TITLE: MOVING ON
GENRE: MG historical fiction
Patsy and her friends are in sixth grade in 1960. Gary has invited Patsy and two other “couples” over on Saturday to watch American Bandstand.
Patsy scanned the perimeter of Gary’s den. The bookshelves actually have interesting books on them, not just clutter and Daddy’s record albums like at my house. And there are lots of family photos of Gary. She catalogued pictures, baseball trophies, brocade curtains, and a door leading to what she supposed was the kitchen.
Just as her head turned towards Gary, that’s when it happened.
Gary snuck in for a surprise attack.
First, just a peck.
Then, a second kiss that lingered, and Patsy realized that she was making out with Gary Hicks—to the tune of Alley Oop, Oop, Oop-Oop from the TV—in front of Susan and Brian, Becky and Dennis.
Whoa, thought Patsy. Never even saw this coming.
Since Gary kept kissing her, Patsy thought about what it was like. Hmmm…soft, wet…a little salty…he’s sort-of wiggling his head around… our glasses clicked. Gosh, I hope we don’t get stuck together. Patsy was afraid to stop kissing or open her eyes. So, she squinched her eyes shut and puckered, like the actors did on the soap opera As the World Turns, and waited it out. Thank goodness, no tongue. Maybe Gary doesn’t know how to French kiss? Patsy relaxed a little. I wonder how this would feel if someone else were kissing me? Would it feel the same? A face flashed into her mind, and Patsy quickly erased it. Finally, Gary pulled away, wiped his mouth with a sleeve, and took a long sip of his Co-Cola. Patsy concentrated on the TV. No one in the room spoke.
Well, boy howdy, thought Patsy. Maybe no one else noticed? No, I wouldn’t be so lucky. Becky will dial up Pixie as soon as she gets home.