Name: Jen Duffey
Title and Genre: BOYFRIENDS, SPIES, AND LIES- YA Contemporary
Pitch: Art school seems like Carissa’s perfect escape--until she finds out her parents are paying her boyfriend to be her bodyguard
“Ms.Stein”. Mr. Jurgensmeyer, our art history teacher, eyed me with irritation. It was the third time that day I’d slipped into a daydream and missed his question. I knew if I did it again he’d blow up.
I shook my head hoping to clear my thoughts and focus on what he’d written on the board in front of us. “I’m sorry, what was the question?” I asked again.
Mr. Jurgensmeyer repeated the question and somehow I bullshitted my way through the answer. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Eric’s shoulders move up and down with laughter. We shared our first class and sat next to each other. Usually he kept me awake and alert; today he’d fallen down on the job. I knew I’d have to give him a hard time after class.
Eric packed up his bag and ran out of the room before I had my books packed. I chased after him in the hall.
Not realizing he stopped, I slammed into his back. “Damnit.” He chuckled.
“You know if you’d slow down you wouldn’t have run into me.” He turned and steadied me.
“Bastard.” I punched him in the shoulder. True to Eric, he didn’t even flinch. Then again I couldn’t put much force behind it while standing on my toes to reach him. I should have gone for the stomach instead. “Why didn’t you help me out today?”
Eric shrugged. “Things on my mind I guess.” With that he sauntered off down the hall.