TITLE: The Mechanicks
GENRE: YA Dystopian
While searching for her kidnapped sister, Irie tries to make amends with her childhood friend, Hawk, after a series of escalating arguments regarding trust.
“I need your help to find Temple, but that’s not the reason I ran after you. I ran after you because my chest hurts when I think you might never come back, especially when it’s what I deserve.”
Somehow, I must have said the right thing because now Hawk is smiling as if I'm already forgiven. It’s not his usual goofy grin, but a soft smile that sends a flood of heat across my skin. “You’re so stupid, Irie Calloway,” he says with a warmth in his big brown eyes that I’ve never seen before. “I’ll always come back.”
I freeze like a deer in headlights as he leans in and presses his lips against mine.
I lied when I said Rix Fiorino stole my first kiss. His lips against my skin didn’t feel anything like this. Hawk’s kiss is searing hot and so hard that he has to snake his hand behind my neck so I don’t fall backwards off the bench. Rix’s gentle kiss on the cheek feels more like a peck in comparison, a brotherly show of affection.
When I start to kiss him back, I realize that nothing I feel about Hawk is brotherly. I just didn’t know it would take a kiss to bring this feeling to life.
“This doesn’t mean we’re in love,” I tell him, when I finally pull away.
He starts laughing so hard it sounds like it’s coming from the pit of his stomach. Every time his shoulders shrug he winces, which only makes him laugh harder. When he finally stops, he rubs tears from his eyes. This is the way I’ll always imagine him, laughing so hard he has tears in his big brown eyes.
“I know, Irie,” he says, as if he doesn’t believe me for a minute. “I know.”