PW #218: YA Contemporary: SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY
Mentor Name: Jeanmarie Anaya
Mentee Name: Jessica Fonseca
Title: SOMETHING LIKE GRAVITY
Word Count: 82,000
Texting her boyfriend’s best friend Lucas is okay. Sexting him late at night, not so much. As seventeen-year-old Allie’s family life crumbles, she can’t imagine surviving without her perfect-on-paper boyfriend, River. But as the texts keep heating up her heart, a force like Lucas isn’t easy to ignore.
TWO WEEKS EARLIER
LUCAS: U ready 4 me?
ALLIE: Depends what U mean by ready
LUCAS: U know what I mean…;)
ALLIE: Not sure I’ll ever B
LUCAS: Well, ready or not, here I come.
Should B 1 hell of a ride…
It’s amazing what my friends can talk me into.
I hate carnivals. They creep me out with their blaring noises and insane lights. Throw in the screaming kids with whiny voices, and the herd of bodies slamming into you with every step, and to me it doesn’t equal fun. It equals hell.
But I’m still here.
I walk through the crowd of people, clutching River’s hand, hoping to God he doesn’t let go. I don’t want to get swallowed alive by the chaos of eight-year-olds circling us.
Beside me, Toni asks, “So, where’s this Lucas guy at anyway?”
The moment I hear his name, my stomach shoots into my chest. I still can’t believe this is happening. I still can’t believe he’s here. River smiles at me and brushes my hair behind my shoulder. My stomach sails higher into my throat and I pull his arms around me in an attempt to calm myself.
“How about you go look for him and River and I will go back to his Jeep,” I say and nuzzle into River’s chest. He chuckles from somewhere deep inside himself. It vibrates through me. The panic I felt moments ago eases and I grow warmer from the inside out.