GENRE: Young Adult Romance
An hour before Mrs. Whitman’s funeral, I’m in chemistry class, staring down at a test. My heart sinks as I flip through the pages.
Mia looks about to cry. When I’d quizzed her at lunchtime, I was positive this would be a multiple choice test, and an easy one at that.
Oh, how wrong I was.
I look at the first question. Why do stars shine? Write a detailed paragraph about the elements involved and state three true things about each one.
It’s an essay test. A chemistry essay test.
Mia raises her hand to go to the bathroom. Mumbles something about cramps.
Dr. McCray hesitates. She’s not fooling him, but he nods anyway.
Mia’s out the door.
She doesn’t have cramps. I saw her go into the Dean’s office after lunch, and I never got a chance to ask her what it was all about. She’s upset about something more than this test, I can feel it.
I should follow her, make sure she’s okay, but what if I miss half the test? My scholarship depends on me maintaining straight-A’s.
Feeling guilty, I pick up my pencil.
Stars transform vast amounts of hydrogen into helium.
Someone behind me starts tapping their pencil.
Hydrogen is the lightest gas that feeds the sun.
Tap, tap, tap. Whoever that is, please stop with all the tapping. Great, now I’m blanking out. Think. Focus.
Hydrogen only has one proton and one neutron.
I get the feeling that left to herself, Mia might not come back.