TITLE: DON'T FALL
GENRE: YA contemporary romance
Lead in: Zander has been out of town and shows up in Anya's yard, throwing rocks at her window. She sneaks out to see him.
“What are you doing here?” I yelled in a whisper.
“I was lying in bed and decided I just couldn’t wait until Tuesday to see you.” He grinned at me and took a step closer. I stepped back and looked up at the house.
“Come on, follow me.” I headed into the woods, following my little worn trail. I was surprised that the woods seemed to be louder in the middle of the night than they did during the day. He followed close behind me and after a few yards I stopped and spun around. He almost crashed into me.
“Hi,” I said, smiling.
I reached out and took his hands and he pulled me closer to him, stopping just short of our bodies touching. “I was starting to think you weren’t happy to see me.”
“Happy yes. Also surprised and a little bit nervous.”
“It’s all right.” The stars shone through the trees and the crickets sung a lullaby to the flowers. “You were saying something about not being able to wait to see me?”
He grinned, his dark eyes bright. My heart beat was fast and loud, interrupting the night song. I took a small step forward, closing the gap between us. My chest and stomach were flat against him. He wrapped his arms around my waist and I slid my hands up his back.
He leaned down and hesitated, his breath warm and staggered. Then he kissed me.
I’d read about butterflies and fireworks, electricity, sparks and flames, your body warming up and getting chills all at the same time. I’d even felt my own body tingle reading their words and longed to feel those things myself. But now, with Zander’s lips against mine, I realized they were all weak descriptions.