TITLE: The Traveler's Truth
GENRE: YA - Science Fiction
In this scene, my main character, Jaden, is in an uncomfortable situation with her new boyfriend's best friend, Trevor. Neither one of them seem to care much for the other.
He drums his fingers on the dash. “So did he tell you about his brother, Chris?”
I nod, still looking out the window. “Yes, he told me.”
“Just between you and me, I think Chance gets a little depressed sometimes. You can’t really blame him—poor guy. He and his dad aren’t exactly close, either. I think he just tries to stay busy. You know, to keep his mind off all the bad stuff that’s happened.”
“Yeah,” I’ll give Trevor one thing—what he’s saying makes sense.
“Most people kind of harden after dealing with something like what he’s gone through. . . but I think Chance has kinda gone the other way.”
I peer over at him. “What do you mean?”
“He’s kinda gone all soft on me. Like he’s started feeling sorry for people and stuff. He used to be in the popular crowd at school—played baseball and all— but he quit the team last year and now I sometimes see him hanging out with kids who don’t have any other friends. The losers, you know.”
Funny how school in this time sounds a lot like school in my own time. We have the popular cliques and the so-called losers, too. But I narrow my eyes. “Why are you telling me this?”
The corners of his mouth turn up ever so slightly. “I don’t know. Just to give you a heads up I guess.”