Friday Excerpt Andrea & the 5 Day Challenge 3/13




Before she had a chance to answer, I heard my name called out. I pivoted, but I was totally unprepared to see Luke coming right up beside me. My face grew warm again. Oh, please, if only my skin wouldn’t turn all blotchy like it usually did when I blushed. “Uh, hi Luke.” I couldn’t say any more. If I opened my mouth, it would come out in gibberish, I was sure. Lord God in Heaven, if You’re listening, and I know You always are, please, please, don’t let him have overheard what we were talking about.When was that spaceship getting here, anyway? I’d settle for an invisibility cloak, too, just as long as I could disappear.
“Hi.” Luke smiled. 
Why now did his smile make my heart do cartwheels? I’d seen him smile dozens of times, maybe even a hundred, and my heart had never done that before. OK, that’s not completely true. There have been a couple occasions when my pulse tripped upwards, but I just needed some more vitamins or something. 
“I was wondering if we could go over that new proof from yesterday. I’m not sure I have it yet.”
Geometry? He wanted to talk about Geometry. 
My heart fell. I don’t know why I thought it would be anything else. I mentally slapped myself in the head. Of course. He just wanted to talk about Geometry. The quiz today.
“Well, I gotta go,” announced Amy with a conspiratorial smile as she adjusted her glasses and walked off. 
I turned to Luke. “You know, Geometry isn’t my strong subject.”
“I know.” He knew? His answer surprised me.
I stood staring at him for a second. His brown eyes looked a little sparkly as he grinned at me. I must have been seeing things. Yeah, I definitely needed some extra vitamin A.
“If I had to guess, I’d say history is your best subject.” Luke still smiled, in fact, I think it grew. 
How did he know my favorite subject? “Uh, yeah, it is. How…”
He raised his expansive shoulders slightly. “I can tell by the way you speak up in class.”
Class. Oh, yes, because we also had U. S. History together. I wanted to run away, but I couldn’t. I wasn’t that much of a coward. I could stand here and look into his eyes…no, I couldn’t. They were somehow more fascinating than ever. I lifted my view to the doorway. “You know, I need to get to my locker and pick up my books for next period.”
“OK, me, too.” 
So, I’m walking with Luke Ryan. He is suddenly very interesting to me and seems to know more about me than I do about him. Something is definitely wrong with this picture. Had I somehow walked through Alice’s looking glass without noticing, because this was unquestionably a wonderland.

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11 comments:

Elaine Cantrell said...

This is sweet and funny and rings true of an adolescent girl.

PT said...

This is such a cute scene -- sweet and funny. Seems Luke must have been paying more attention to her than she has been to him...

Anastasia Vitsky said...

What a sweet scene!

Linda said...

She seems to be underestimating herself a little bit. She is going to study geometry a lot harder from now.
Funny one!

Siobhan Muir said...

Her confusion is realistic and palpable. Good excerpt, Cindy. :)

Cecilia Corona said...

This whole is felt so real to how younger girls are! Great job.

Jennifer Reynolds said...

Sweet scene. I remember those days. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said...

Realistic inner thoughts of a teenage girl. :) Loved the scene.

diannehartsock said...

I hope he's not toying with her! Everything is so tragic at that age. :)

Cindy K. Green said...

Thanks for all your comments today!

JTsuruoka said...

Nice work... you write nice, smooth prose.