TITLE: Wish I Was Here
GENRE: YA Romance
Thirteen minutes after school ended I pulled up across the street from Isaac’s house and checked my image in the visor mirror. Did I look as frazzled as I felt? His words from chem class still echoed in my head.
“I screwed up, Ana.”
I snort laughed. “How? Wouldn’t that be like Michelangelo messing up painting his house?”
“Not the lab. My experiments at home.” He lowered his voice. “I’m in trouble.”
I stared at him for a moment, not sure if he was joking. “What do you mean you’re in—”
“Not now.” He slung his backpack over his shoulder. “I’m leaving early. Can you come over after school?”
I nodded. Since when did he have to ask?
“I need to get ready. Come as soon as you can, okay?”
But the bell rang, and he was out the door before I was off my chair.
I pushed the visor back in place after smoothing my wavy auburn hair, only to have it pop back up. Humidity in May in Ohio. But when did my appearance matter with Isaac anyway? We’d been best friends since we met four years ago, freshman year.
I used the spare key he’d given me so he wouldn’t have to stop working to let me in. I took a deep breath and shoved the door open.
“Is that you, Ana?” Isaac called up from his lab.
“Did you lock the—?”
“I’m locking it now.”
I headed to the basement.