TITLE: Enemies and Allies
GENRE: Contemporary YA
My idea of a perfect Saturday morning: a 2-mile run with my best friend, a steaming hot shower, and breakfast from a box. While I waited for the ding from the toaster, I alternated pointing and flexing each foot. My muscles passed the test—no soreness. The training schedule I had been following obviously worked.
The front door clicked shut and my mom muttered to herself as she put her coat away in the front closet. Just as I was about to call out ‘hello,’ a deep voice rumbled, headed toward the kitchen.
I looked down at my tank top and heart-stamped boxers and decided a quick getaway was probably a good idea. A conversation with an unknown guy while half-naked was not on my agenda for the day. But Reema was also upstairs in the shower, expecting food when she got out.
I glanced at the waffles that were still defrosting in the toaster and decided I would have to sacrifice them in the name of decency. Better to be hungry than forced to make small talk in my skivvies. I did swipe the bananas that I had set on the counter.
“Morgan, you’re here,” Mom called to my back.
My foot was on the bottom step, so close to a clean escape. I took a deep breath and swiveled back toward the kitchen, sporting my best impression of a welcoming smile.
“Sometimes, I don’t see her in the morning. She’s always off jogging.”
I gritted my teeth, deciding not correct her this time.