GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal
EMOTION: First Emotion - Interest; Second Emotion - Sorrow
INTRODUCTION: Emma and Owen have spoken before, but only briefly. This is their first conversation that goes beyond surface level as they get to know each other better. Emma opens up to him about what's been bothering her.
“How long have you played the guitar?” I asked Owen.
“I took lessons when I was a kid, but it didn’t last very long. The painful calluses made it unappealing. My parents were disappointed because they had given me a nice Gibson for Christmas, but I just pushed it to the back of my closet. It wasn’t until junior high that I decided to give it another try.”
“What changed?” I asked.
“My parents were going through a divorce. I was extremely unhappy and wasn’t dealing with it well. Some people fight stress with drugs or alcohol. I learned to fight it with music. I’ve been playing ever since.”
“Oh.” I paused, wondering if I could open up to Owen. He seemed like a genuinely nice guy, the type who could understand my situation and be sympathetic. “I think my parents might get a divorce,” I said softly.
“Emma, I’m so sorry,” he said. “I understand what it is like.”
“Does it get any easier?” I asked, trying to suck in my sadness, keeping it from spilling over into my voice.
“Sadly, no,” he answered, looking me straight in the eye. “Even though it is been years since my parents divorced, it’s still hard sometimes, the going back and forth, the double holidays.” He put his hand gently on my arm. “Hey, if you ever need to talk, I’m here.”
“Thanks,” I answered, unable to take my eyes off of his hand still resting on my arm. “I appreciate that.”