TITLE: Someone Beautiful
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction
Sand flew into Charlotte Laurent’s face like ocean spray. But she ignored it. Jordan Hampton, the varsity soccer team captain, would have to do better than that to stop her. Another varsity all-star, Richard Lamp, made a steal attempt even though she already had three strides on him. Their goalie, Rowdy Taylor, loomed large and snarling, but he didn’t intimidate her. He was a lug, and she was lightning. Moving fluidly like the waves crashing on to Brighton Beach, she faked the remaining opposition and scored the winning goal.
The girls on her team swarmed in, knocking her down with jubilant embraces. The boys kicked sand and swore. After regaining her feet, Charlotte followed everyone to the ice chest, the soccer ball tucked up under her right arm… her only arm. “Don’t cry, guys. We’ll give you a chance to get even.”
“Give it a rest, Charlie.” Jordan scowled as he grabbed a soda and skulked away, toward the breakers.
“Sorry loser,” she scoffed, loud enough for him to hear. She turned a smug gaze back to the group. “What the hell is the matter with him?”
“Don’t you ever quit?” Nick Simperelli asked, then took a long draw on his Pepsi.
“No,” she stated as if it were obvious. “Why should I?”
Soren Brandenburg, taller and more ripped than any college football player, tossed a sweating can at her. “The invincible C.V. Laurent.”
Charlie dropped the soccer ball and caught the can mid-air.
“See?” Soren shook his head.