This excerpt comes from Andrea & the Five Day Challenge-a YA romantic novel from Pelican Book Group. Releasing March 6th.
I felt a little nervous with the door shut. Why had he shut it? What did he plan to do to me? “It’s OK for me to be in your room, isn’t it?” It seemed like a stupid question since his mother didn’t seem all that worried about us, but still I wondered. I mean, I’m not allowed to have boys in my room.
“You know, it’s never really come up. I’ve never had a girl in my room before.” He sounded angry again, as if my question reminded him of the whole stupid situation which had brought us to fight earlier. I guess it’s not really a fight but definitely tension.
“Well, that’s good to know.” It was a lame response, but I didn’t know what else to say.
“What part—that it’s OK for you to be here or that I’ve never had a girl in my room?” He stepped close.
Even though I’m unusually tall for a female, he towered over me and I felt really small. I didn’t like arguing with him. I hated confrontation and tension.
The doorbell rang in the front of the house, but Luke didn’t seem all that interested in who it might be. Maybe his mom ordered pizza.
“You know, Luke, why don’t you just give me that assignment and I’ll go. You don’t even have to drive me home because I’ve lived here all my life and I can get there on my own.
”Don’t be like that.” His voice softened.
“I’m not being like anything.” My eyes started to mist over. “I...” But I couldn’t say anything else.
“Andrea, please, I’m sorry...” He didn’t finish what he was going to say (and I think it would have been good because his eyes were doing that emotional swirling thing), but it was then that we heard raised voices.
Andrea & the Five Day Challenge.