GENRE: YA Sci-fi
At first, Blair thought it was the spring squall pelting her window that had woken her. Half-awake, she swung her legs to the floor. For a moment she wouldn’t recall; for a moment, her world was perfect once again. But the truth always found her. She dropped her head into her hands as the searing burn of reality hollowed her stomach. Finn was gone. He’d been gone over a month now.
She thought reluctantly back to that Friday. With no pressing homework, they’d started for the cliffs just after school. They mixed with a larger group at school, kids they’d known all their lives, but after school was their time. They never expressly said as much but every day they’d leave their group behind and walk out to the cliffs, seabirds swooping overhead and the tang of low-tide on the wind. This day was different because of a mounting sense of excitement that Blair felt in Finn’s presence, and she guessed he felt in hers too. It was hard to unravel this feeling, having known Finn since they’d both napped in the same crib as their mothers drank coffee together. She’d loved him all her life, but this feeling was new, brand new. It was strange enough that she felt nervous when she knew she was going to see him, but exciting enough that she wanted to see him all the time.
That particular afternoon was exceptionally sunny and warm for late March.