TITLE: Sins of the Father
GENRE: Contemporary YA
Fallon’s dad, a teacher at her school, was caught sleeping with a student. Someone stuffed a note in her backpack accusing him of rape. Fallon (Rocky) is being consoled by her best friend, Mazzy.
“Lean over, Rocky.”
“Do I need to ask?”
I shook my head and pulled the note from my back pack. She jerked it from my hand and tore into a string of curses as she paced in front of me.
“I know something happened, but I know it wasn’t this.”
“I thought I was going to be okay. They wanted me to transfer and I said no, but it’s only my second class and I don’t know if I can take this. What kind of crap is that? They used to love my dad. Yesterday! Yesterday they loved him. I got sick of hearing how freaking cool he was as a teacher and now I’m getting this.”
“Dude, breathe!” Mazzy shook me by the shoulders.
“Try harder.” I nodded and she let go.
“What am I gonna do, Mazz?”
“You’re gonna walk back in there with your head up and if anyone talks s***, they’re gonna find out why we call you Rocky.” A couple potheads rounded the corner and she shouted, “Hey, Stoner, let me see your lighter.”
One of them narrowed his eyes but handed it over. She lit the tip of the note then handed back the lighter. She held the edge of the page until there was only a one inch strip with a crusted edge.
I couldn’t help but smile. “Mr. Dickhead Dickerson said he’ll expel me if I even breathe on anyone.”
“Hit ‘em hard enough and they won’t say a d*** word.”