TITLE: Don't Fall Down
GENRE: MG Contemporary
When twelve-year-old Chloe breaks one of the unspoken rules of figure skating, she finds herself stuck training with a rink full of misfits. To have a shot at Nationals, she must convince the judges her new rink isn't loser central. Which wouldn't be so hard if she was the loudmouth skater everyone thinks she is.
I have my fingers crossed for a gold medal.
Not where everyone can see them, of course, but hidden in the sleeve of my maroon and white Ridgeline Figure Skating Club jacket. If I win this competition, it'll show the judges I'm the skater to beat at Regionals in October.
My stomach rumbles. It's almost three o'clock, and the last thing I ate
before I performed was a bowl of Toasted Oats cereal early this morning.
The concession stand popcorn smells like something gourmet. I try to
ignore it and stand on the tiptoes of my plastic blade guards to look
for my friend Ellery. I can't spot her in the sea of girls in sparkling
dresses crowding the hallway.
“Aren't you cold, Chloe?” Mom pulls her wool coat tighter around her.
I shake my head. I'm rolling back and forth on my blade guards. Heel. Toe. Heel. Toe. Mom and Dad got me the guards that light up for my twelfth birthday. Every time I move, the lights blink and reflect off my coach's shiny black boots.
Mom checks the time on her phone. “Where are the results?”
Like magic, a competition volunteer threads her way through the anxious crowd in the hallway and tacks the results to the bulletin board. Everyone swarms forward. The volunteer has to elbow her way to safety.
A tingling feeling shoots through my body. This is it.