TITLE: Cast in Gold
GENRE: YA Contemporary
The lined notebook paper was beginning to tear in the crease. I folded it carefully and slipped it back into the pocket of my jeans.
“Sadie!” Miss Myra, my foster mother, hollered.
“Coming!” I yelled. I pulled my thick brown hair into a ponytail. My foster sisters always ragged me about my looks. Called me high-yellow and tried to get me to admit my dad was black. Whoever my dad was, I doubted Rhonda remembered him. Rhonda, my birth mother, was nothing but pure white Georgia trailer park.
I hopped down the stairs. When I turned the corner at the bottom, I almost collided with Katherine.
Of all of my caseworkers, (eight if you count the “still with birth mom” time) I liked Katherine the best. Fresh out of graduate school, she was determined that I would be her first adoption, her special case. Difficult case would be more like it. Because, come on, who in their right mind was going to adopt a sixteen-year-old lesbian?
“Hey, Katherine. Well? Any news?”
She was already headed back to the cramped utility room that Miss Myra had outfitted as an office, just for these kinds of visits. I followed and tried to see into her briefcase, the manila file folders jammed in so tight it was impossible for her to zip it shut.
She slung her satchel onto the small table and motioned for me to sit down.