TITLE: The Bach Double
GENRE: YA - Contemporary
Elise Reid yanked the vacuum across her carpet, fingers itching to practice her violin. She punched the off button, glancing around the room with critical eyes. Spotless. Alphabetized books lined the desk opposite the perfectly-made bed. Below a pristine mirror, a symmetrical row of knick-knacks adorned the dresser. Not a speck of dust or disorder remained.
Still he wasn’t home.
She straightened her All State Orchestra plaque. Since she was only starting her sophomore year, she’d left space there by the door for three more. But she needed her good bow.
The garage door screeched. She raced downstairs, only to find her father loosening his tie, empty-handed.
“Did you get my bow?”
He clapped a hand to his forehead. “I got hung up with my last patient and totally forgot."
Her breath caught like he’d dumped ice water on her.
He forgot. Why did that surprise her? She swallowed and half turned away from him.
“I’ll take you there now.”
“The shop closed fifteen minutes ago.”
“Why didn’t you text me?”
“Because this morning you said you would get it.” She hated the peevish tone of her voice and crossed her arms.
He reached a hand toward her, and she met his eyes. “You never used to forget things that I needed. A year ago you would have picked up my bow and brought it to me on your lunch hour.”
“Sorry.” Hurt churned in his eyes like she’d punched him.
They stood facing each other, more words threatening to tumble from her.