TITLE: ROMANCE ON THE HIGH SEAS
GENRE: YA Romantic Comedy
Parker Blake leaned against my locker as if he owned it. "So, Laurel, are you in?"
He smelled of pine trees and spoke in a deep voice that made me tingle.
While my fingers fumbled with the lock, my brain tried to remember the combination. "Am I in on what?"
"The spring break cruise."
I spun the dial on my lock and opened the door with a loud click-clunk. The cruise topped my To Do list.
I pictured myself lounging on the deck of a ship, salty mist soft on my face, sun warm on my back, and lilting voices in the distance.
My daydream faded. "No cruise for me. No cash." I slid my senior English book off the shelf and dumped it into my bag, along with my dreams.
"You refused to grovel? I don't blame you. That would make you look wimpy, which you're not, and not very bright, which you are."
"Thanks. Like that helps." I slammed my locker shut and started down the hall.
He stepped in beside me. "You can still go. I have a proposition for you."
Not again. "What kind of a proposition this time?"
He shoved a handful of blond hair out of his eyes. "Nothing hard. It's simple. I promise."
"Where have I heard that before?" I snarled and pretended my hands were paws with extra-sharp claws that I batted at him. "It better not be illegal."
He grinned and ducked away from my claw-paws. "Illegal? Nah. Immoral, maybe."