TITLE: A Change of Heart
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
Elizabeth sat staring out the rain spattered window of her English class, her thoughts a million miles away. She was vaguely aware of Mrs. Guthrie discussing the homework assignment, but as the rain poured down, her mind continued to stray. She knew she needed to snap out of it and not linger on the sound it made as it bounced off the window beside her. But it was too late. She was already immersed in her memory… the clamor of the pounding rain, the squealing tires on the wet pavement, the screams and…
Someone next to Elizabeth dropped a book on the floor causing her to flinch. Fortunately no one had paid any attention.
It was the spring of her senior year and everyone was buzzing about finals, graduation, receiving college acceptance letters, and of course the prom. Elizabeth couldn’t think about any of it without an instant pain in her heart. This isn’t what she imagined her last year of high school would be like. She’d had hopes, dreams and big plans. Now she just wanted it to end.
“LizBeth are ya’ ok?” The southern twang of her favorite teacher’s voice drew her thoughts back to the present.
“Sorry Mrs. Guthrie. I must’ve got sidetracked.”
“It’s alright LizBeth honey. I wanted to make sure ya’ got the homework for tonight.”
She glanced at the reading assignment written on the board and quickly copied it down as the bell rang.