TITLE: DO THE MATH
GENRE: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Kat chewed on her pen and studied her tutor’s bent head. Ashley's shiny black hair was pulled back into a ponytail, held in place by a…scrunchie.
Seriously? Was that really a sparkly teal scrunchie? Kat bit down harder on her pen in concentration. Did they even sell those anymore? The last time she'd seen one, she'd been six and wrapped it around her side ponytail, pretending to be Kelly Kapowski while watching Saved By the Bell reruns.
Ashley droned on about something, and Kat yawned. She looked down at her notes but some of the words blurred, increasing her headache, so she gazed around the library. Through the windows, the late-January wind rattled the bare trees.
“Kat? Did you hear me?” Ashley’s voice needled into her ear.
Kat snapped her head back. “Um…yeah?”
Ashley slumped her shoulders with a sigh. “Look, I’m going to be honest here. I like you, okay? But I don’t think you're getting anything out of these sessions. I think my time would be better spent with someone else.”
Kat opened her mouth but then snapped her jaw shut. It wasn't like she hadn't heard it before. Her inability to stay focused had annoyed plenty of tutors. Not to mention just about everyone else in her life. She jutted out her chin with as much confidence as she could muster. She’d find another tutor.
“I think that’s a good idea, Ashley. I had planned to say the same thing.” The lie came easily.