TITLE: What Goes Up
GENRE: YA Contemporary
She pointed her skis down the mountain, crouched low, and kept her eyes on the jump. When she reached the bottom of the slope, she stood back up, raised her arms, and rode the kicker up to shoot into the sky, twisting her body through the air. On her second flip, she kept her eyes below her, aiming her skis toward the snow, ready to –
She looked up, a little dazed, but suddenly aware that she was not actually on the mountain.
“The year of the French Revolution, Whitney?”
She glanced at the notes on the desk in front of her. The half-filled page wasn’t going to help her here. She didn’t have time to look at her best friend for help, and even if she did, Gracie would never speak in class out of turn, so she answered the first thing she could think of.
“7-8-9! I mean, 1789.”
Ms. Gentig nodded and directed her attention back toward the rest of the class, but not before Whitney saw the amused glint in her eyes. She sank back in her chair. She’d been caught day-dreaming yet again.
When the bell rang ten minutes later, Whitney stuffed her notebook into her backpack and looked up into Gracie’s wide smile. “So what were you practicing this time? Your full-double full?”
“No. Ms. Gentig interrupted me before I finished.”
Gracie laughed at her friend as they walked out the room and down the hall toward the cafeteria.