TITLE: Complex Solutions
GENRE: YA Contemporary
Air whirs around me as I race out of the bathroom and shoulder my way through the crowd disbursing into classrooms. I keep my hand pressed to my sleeve and run down the hall. The bell sounds and panic clamps down on my chest. I can’t be late again.
I stumble over my feet and catch myself before I somersault to the floor.
“Walk much?” mumbles someone.
Jess Martin’s flinty voice prickles my skin and sets my teeth on edge.
Heat creeps up my face as I stand and jog the last few steps to my locker, my long hair concealing my embarrassment. I don’t have time for her taunts. I need to get to class. I can’t be late again.
“Of course with those giant boat feet of yours, I’m not surprised you trip all over.”
Go away. Find someone else to harass.
She stalks off, laughing, mumbling the word ‘amazon’ under her breath. I slam my locker door, my hands in fists. Just once, could she leave me alone? What did I ever do to her, except set foot in this school?
I push my hair over my shoulder, grip the strap on my bag and jog down the now-empty hallway to the last door on the right. Sweat trickles down my temples. I wasn’t going to be late today. So much for that.
I open the door to room 104 and shuffle into homeroom. Eighteen pairs of eyes turn toward me as I take my seat.