TITLE: Melanie + Kalith
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Melanie’s sent to California after a night involving her boyfriend Kalith and bad decisions, goes epically wrong.She’s there with new friend Grant, taking in the view from the deck of her Aunts beach house.
"I'm not like you. There are things in my past..." I pause not knowing the right way to explain "...I've got some issues."
"So does everyone," Grant says.
"Give it time."
"Yeah ok Mr. Perfect," I joke giving him a shove.
"You think I'm perfect?"
I don't want to give the wrong impression, but yeah, I do.
"Well nothings perfect." I decide to throw in a little honesty "But you’re the closest I've seen in real life."
He searches my face, probably trying to figure out if I’m being serious . I am instantly embarrassed by my words. Finally he turns away.
"What about all this?" he says pointing out to the rocky cliff, the waves methodically crashing against the shore, the sky that’s just turning to the orange purples of a setting sun.
I joke. "You Californians, so obsessed with the view. This…" I say mimicking his gesture "is overrated."
It isn’t though. It’s perfect too. He laughs and then smiles right at me. The direct eye contact makes me fidget. This is the part where you lean in for a kiss. Unconsciously, I’ve already moved closer to him. Just a little closer and it’s a done deal. We hang midway between just friends and something else. I don't want to like him like that. Not right now, maybe later, if there is a later for me here. But not now. Right now I want Kalith, to be seconds from kissing him not Grant. Kalith’s the noun I fill in the blank with. There’s no build up, or awkwardness, or possibility of rejection, or any bit of the unknown. He’ll take my kisses. I don’t have to offer, he doesn’t have to ask. It’s safe and predictable. Its home.