TITLE: What We Were Missing
GENRE: YA Contemporary
After a huge fight with her sister, Riley has driven to Hall’s apartment, where she’s taken out her anger on him. When she’s calmed down he wants her to talk, but she’s not sure she can trust him.
“Do you want to talk about it?” His eyes are gentle and probing and I almost say yes.
“Of course not,” he mumbles.
My body buzzes with irritation.
“What does that mean?”
He sits back with his lanky legs stretched out before him.
“Just more of the same from you.”
“So what? You want all the juicy details?”
I sink into the cushion behind me and am suddenly, acutely aware of the negative space between us. His head, leaned against the back of the couch, rolls towards me.
“Just something,” he says, and his eyes search my face with small, frantic movements. I pull my feet up, embracing my knees like a shield.
“I don’t know what to do with you,” he whispers, and almost imperceptibly tugs at the hem of my jeans.
“That makes two of us,” I say.
When his eyes meet mine I can hardly remember myself. Little flecks of gray float near his irises, like foam caps in a green sea. This time when he pulls gently on my jeans I release my legs and let them fall towards him. His hand brushes the top of my arm and before I can push back he’s pulling me close, his lips pressing softly into mine. I move into the arc of his body and for a moment I disappear in his warmth. For a moment I melt under his soft touch, his gentle kisses. For a moment I let go.