TITLE: Eagle's Wings
GENRE: Inspirational Young Adult
Marie (the main character) is a teen cyclist with a crush on Ryan and an allergy to church. Ryan and her friend, Cara, have been pushing her to come to more youth group events; Marie finds it particularly hard to say no to Ryan.
“Marie! How’s it going?”
“Pretty good.” I wrote off the heat in my face to the warm morning. “How was your break?”
“Not bad. My sister came home from college. I tried to get her to toss the football around with me, but…” he shrugged.
“You’re really into football, huh?”
He grinned. “No sport equals it! No offense, of course.”
“None taken.” Why was my stupid smile about a continent wide?
“How was Florida?” he asked. “Are you coming back to church anytime soon?”
“Florida stunk.” I stepped back to let another cyclist sign in.
“That happens sometimes, with the swamps,” Ryan deadpanned, his bright eyes giving him away.
Why did my face get redder every time I grinned?
“Did Cara send you the stuff about Splash Day?”
I smothered a laugh. “You didn’t tell me it was for the little kids!”
“Yeah, so we need a new name. But it’s loads of fun.”
I glanced at his eager expression and wrinkled my nose. “I’ve already been to church twice this month...”
“Splash Day doesn’t count as church.”
I smiled again. Maybe my face would pass through red into purple and I would look like I was choking. “I’ll think about it. I might be busy.”
With homework, snacking, and staring at the walls… but hey.
“Well, I’ve got to talk to Matt,” Ryan said, looking past me. “Come Wednesday, all right? That’s an order.”
I saluted without quite meeting his eyes. “Aye, aye.”