TITLE: ONE ON ONE
GENRE: YA Contemporary Romance
Bounce twice. Tuck into chest. Breathe.
It was a mantra ingrained into Gigi’s brain.
Practiced before each free throw and said aloud, those six words were supposed to calm her and bring her good results.
Thirty percent of the time, it worked. Somehow, three out of ten times she was called to the line, she’d been able to quell her fear of the spotlight and sink the ball in the hoop.
The rest of the time? Not so much. Had it not been for her speed and ability to bank a shot from anywhere else on the court, she might’ve never made it on the team.
But this mantra was the only thing she had now, walking up to the house.
The house. The famous beautiful farmhouse her parents refused to talk about. The farmhouse in the black and white pictures her dad could never look at without getting sappy and nostalgic. Except this version was dilapidated and worn, slouched against the horizon like a fat cat. And long gone was that happy, young Smith family with their dandelion tufts of curly, blond hair. Today, a platinum-haired woman in a blue polka-dot apron stood in front of it. She held a pale-faced older man almost twice her size by the elbow.
Neither bore a hint of a smile.
Her dad’s fingers found their place on her shoulders and massaged down just as he would right before a game.