TITLE: A Scorpion's Nature
GENRE: Middle Grade
This is the opening of my novel.
Ryan pressed back against the headrest when he saw the crazed grin on the counselor stationed beneath the summer camp's entrance sign. Neon streamers cascaded from her glittery tiara. Ryan considered asking his mom to throw the car into reverse instead of stopping beside her. Clearing his criminal record might not be worth a week with nut jobs like this.
"Welcome home." The bubbly counselor zipped up to his window. "I'm Button. What's your name?"
"Nice to meet you." The colorful ribbons swished as she bobbed in place. "It's gonna be an awesome week. Are you excited?"
I'd rather chop wood with my spleen. He said, "I guess."
"You guess?" Button scrunched down to Ryan's eye level and whispered. "Do you have any clue how excited I am to be at camp?"
Ryan gazed across at his mom for an answer to Button's question, and whether she suspected the chick was insane.
She tilted her head to the side.
He took the gesture as uncertainty on both counts. Ryan turned to Button. "No."
Button squealed and leapt into the air. She twirled in circles, limbs and streamers flailing, until her feet tangled and she crashed to the ground.
Ryan peered over the windowsill. Peals of laughter erupted below him.
Button got up and dusted herself off. "You can't tell anyone I wiped out. Swear you won't."
"Good. Keep going and the next counselor will show you where to park." Button waved as they pulled away.