TITLE: Girls in Their Rooms
GENRE: YA realistic fiction
Shy, insecure, and rebounding sixteen-year-old Evie chats for the first time with Kevin Kaplan, the handsome father of the girls she babysits.
“How did everything go?”
“Your girls are tough to win over,” I say. It seems only appropriate to tell it to him straight.
“I know. It isn’t easy when we’re both here, catering to their every whim. I can only imagine. Any blood shed? Tears? Broken bones? Broken spirits?”
“None of the above, actually,” I start to feel almost confident.
“I think we’ll have to hire you forever, then. And give you a raise. I can throw in a car, too, if you want.”
“I think it will be fine. Next time may not go as well.”
“I think you underestimate yourself.”
“I do in most things, so that is probably accurate.”
“You are a beautiful, and obviously talented young woman with great skills in diplomacy and conflict resolution, considering you got my daughters to bed before midnight,” he says. “You should give yourself more credit.”
I blush, smile and look at the floor. My instincts tell me to insult myself again but I keep from saying anything out loud.
“So, did you drive or is your boyfriend going to pick you up?”
“Uh, I don’t have a boyfriend,” I wonder if the drool of stupidity drips from my mouth. “My mom picks me up after her shift. You know her, Phoebe Patterson?”
“Of course I know Phoebe. Your mom is great.”
“Thanks, I think so too.” Sometimes. Maybe.