TITLE: TELL THE TRUTH
GENRE: Middle Grade
Maggie Woodson peeked over the edge of her cinder block fence. Her best friend Samantha boosted her up from below. From the street, only Maggie’s sunglasses and a mushroom cap of brown curls were visible.
“My back is breaking,” Samantha complained. “Do you see her yet?”
Maggie shushed her. “Subject is approaching from the South.”
“Like you know which way is South,” Samantha grumbled.
Maggie raised her dad’s clunky binoculars to her eyes. She zoomed in on a wild-haired blob bouncing down the sidewalk. With a twist of the knobs, a clear image of her mother came into focus. Mrs. Woodson jogged towards their house, fists jabbing the air like a prizefighter.
“I have her in sight,” Maggie said. “Subject turned around and is now jogging backwards.”
“Why does she always jog backwards?” Samantha asked.
“Because she’s weird,” Maggie said. “It’s a known fact. School bus approaching from the North.”
“Why are you spying on her, anyway?”
“Something’s wrong with her. She’s taking all these pills and being sneaky about it...”
Bang! The rickety old school bus backfired. Black smoke belched from its tailpipe. Maggie watched Mrs. Woodson dart left and dive behind a spikey yucca plant in Samantha’s front yard, like an actor taking cover in some shoot-‘em-up movie.
Maggie’s mouth dropped open. “My mom just face planted in your lava rocks!”
Mrs. Woodson’s head popped up from behind the yucca. Maggie’s eyes narrowed. “Game on, Mom,” she whispered. You can run from me, but you can’t hide.