TITLE: A Complex Solution
GENRE: YA - Contemporary suspense/romance
Walking down his driveway, Joe has just indicated to Amanda he'd like for them to be more than friends. Their relationship had clearly moved past the friendship stage and he proposed the obvious.
“Don’t say anything. Think about it. When you’re ready, let me know.” He squeezed her hand tighter.
“Thank you, Joe. I don’t know what to say. I mean, I know what I want to say, but−” She dropped her eyes to the ground. “You’ve been such a good friend to me, especially with everything that’s happened to me. It’s been tough, ever since my parents died. But I need to tell you, I wasn’t a whole lot 'different' before the accident.”
Joe furrowed his brow. “What do you mean, Mand?”
“I mean, I was…depressed. A lot. For a whole bunch of reasons, I guess. And after mom and dad died, I completely broke down. There was a time I tri−” She inhaled sharply and bit her bottom lip, averting his eyes. No, I can’t do it.
“Hey, c’mon.” A shadow crossed his face. “Please Mand, you can tell me.”
“It’s nothing.” She immediately drew her hand behind her back, the scar burning bone-deep. She still wasn’t ready. But, when?
“Mand, something’s bothering you. If you need to tell me something, don’t keep it inside. I can handle a lot…trust me.” He tilted her chin up with his finger, and looked her in the eye.
“No, what I wanted to say is, time would be good.”
“Whatever you need, I’m here.”