TITLE: Lost in a Heartbeat
GENRE: YA contemporary
Staring at the lake as if nothing else existed, I spotted one of my old teammates practicing her freestyle. Even from where I sat on the beach, her pale form was a beacon against the choppy blue water.
I looked away, wrapping my arms around my drawn up knees, and fidgeted with the dolphin charm on my bracelet.
“Are you cold?” Alejandra asked from the beach towel next to mine. She had already stripped down to her bikini while I sat there in my jeans and navy hoodie. The hood, as usual, was pulled up, hiding my light blond hair. The way I now preferred it.
“Maybe I’m coming down with something.”
“Or maybe you’re just not eating enough.”
I knew where this was headed. It was a path we had already traipsed down one too many times. “Just ’cause your sister’s struggling with anorexia doesn’t mean I am as well.”
“Yeah well, when we were on the swim team, it was like you were eating all the time. But now nada. Now you’re just skin and bones.”
Knowing I wasn’t going to win this argument, even though she was wrong, I quickly scanned the beach, searching for something so I could change the subject.
“She’s nowhere near as good as you are,” Alejandra said.
I looked at her to see what she was talking about. Her gaze was directed at our old teammate in the water.
“Her timing’s all off,” she said.