TITLE: Melody's Song
GENRE: Young Adult
“Shhh.” My eyes darted around the crowded cafeteria, hoping no one was eavesdropping. The fine tremor in my hand already had the Jell-o on my spoon doing a wiggle dance, and the way Cassie pronounced my name only made it worse.
“You’re joking, right?”
“Nope. Sort of wish I was.” A glob of green Jell-o slid off Cassie’s fork and plopped back into the plastic bowl. She continued to gawk at me, mouth hung open in disbelief. “Stop staring, Cassie.”
“Sorry. I’m just shocked you aren’t more excited.”
Art twirled around in his seat and faced us from across the aisle, one eyebrow raised in question. "Excited about what?"
I bit down on my lip, holding back a groan of frustration. Great. Art was the class gossip. It’d be less than two minutes flat and everyone in school would know I’d been called to Mrs. Perkins’s office.
“Mel is excused from fourth period Culture to go see Mrs. Perkins.” A hint of triumph danced in Cassie’s voice. It wasn’t often people had news that Art the know-it-all didn’t already know.
“Shut up! Really?” Art’s voice pitched an octave higher.
“It’s no biggie, so let’s drop it.”
“No way, babe. Being called to the Placement Guide can only mean one thing; you’re being put into training!” Cassie shovelled a spoonful of Jell-o into her mouth, speaking between bites. “Not that it’s surprising.”
“Yeah, it’s not like you have to go through Placement or anything. You’re guaranteed to be a Love Muse.”