GENRE: YA Paranormal
It sucks when you love someone and they don’t love you back. That’s all I can think about as I watch Michael park his dented blue Honda in my driveway.
Dropping my camera bag on the porch, I meet him halfway down the sidewalk lined with Mom’s pumpkin orange marigolds. When his lips part, I hook my thumbs in the back pockets of my jeans, and wonder if he’s finally going to say he likes me more than a friend, tell me that he doesn’t know how he’s going to make it through the summer without me.
“All packed up?” He gives me a quirky smile.
“Yup,” I rock back and forth on my heels, hiding my disappointment.
His eyes shift past me and he waves. “Hey! Rachel!”
I turn around and see my other best friend jogging up the sidewalk in her cheer leading uniform, her ponytail bobbing behind her.
The love-struck gleam in Michael’s eyes makes me want to shrivel up and die.
I swallow my feelings like gulping down nasty cough medicine and say, “You should ask her out.”
Michael’s face takes on a flustered shade of red. “What—wait. You think she’d say yes?”
I shrug, unable to bring myself to say more before Rachel joins us on the sidewalk.
“Sorry I’m late. Coach was being a butt and kept us too long.” She tackles me with a hug. “I’m going to miss you so much, Maya Beans.”
I hug her back because I’m going to miss her too.