TITLE: Chinchilla Dreams and Beauty Queens
GENRE: MG Contemporary
Frankie Lee Parker has long list of worries. Money for the beauty pageant, disappointing Mom and Dad, Fiona and her purple van, and Uncle Donny in a jail cell. And now Kate...
The bedsprings squeaked and the shadow of my sister tiptoed across the room, shoes in hand.
“Where are you going?” I whispered.
She froze. “None of your business.”
“You’re going to meet Eddie, aren’t you?”
“No. I’m going outside to get some fresh air.”
“The window’s open. The air’s fresh in here. You going to make out?”
“Frankie! ‘Course not. We’re going to talk about our future.”
Yeah. Right. I wasn’t dumb. I knew what boyfriends and girlfriends did when they snuck out at night.
“Kate, don’t get…like Hannah Watson.” Hannah dropped out of school right after Christmas, before she started showing too much.
“Frankie! You mind your own business. And don’t you dare tell Mom or Dad.”
“I’m not a tattletale.” And I wasn’t. But as I lay awake I added my sister to my list of worries.
My eyes didn’t close until she slipped back into our room a couple hours later.