Title: SOCIAL GRACES
Genre: YA Contemp
Contact: lydiasharp4sff (at) yahoo (dot) com
At the start of her senior year, Rocklyn Geiger is moving from the city to the backwoods. Now she must come out as a lesbian all over again, in a school that's more tightly laced than her Doc Marten boots. As Rocklyn awkwardly navigates through foreign waters, she finds new friends, her first love, and an unexpected confrontation with an old enemy.
Second line of 1st par.:
I prefer to walk, to relish every step of my final trek across town.
First 250 words of 2nd chapter:
Sunday, August 20, 1995
I pass Candy in the hall on my way down to breakfast. She's all sweaty from her daily morning run, which never accomplishes anything. She refuses to accept that she'll always have a baby pooch.
"Hey, slut," I say.
This is about as affectionate as it gets between us. At least we acknowledged each other.
The kitchen smells like a typical Sunday morning--coffee, maple syrup, and bacon grease. Dad's sipping from a mug and reading the Plain Dealer. Mom's fussing over my nephew in the high chair, trying to get him to stop throwing Cheerio's at the stove while she's cooking. I'm pretty sure he hasn't cut any teeth yet, so why she gave him Cheerio's is a mystery.
But everything Mom does is a mystery, really.
My little brother, Jeremy--Mom's "change of life" baby--explodes into smiles when he sees me. I ruff up his hair then sit across from him, grab a plate of bacon and ignore the rest of the spread.
Dad leans over and pecks my forehead. "Good morning, Rocklyn."
Sure it is. "What're you so happy about?" I ask Jeremy.
"We're moving!" He thrusts both hands in the air like he just scored a touchdown.
"Don't remind me."
"Ring, ring!" He drops his fork full of pancakes and mimes picking up a telephone. "Oh hi, Snow White. You're looking for Grumpy? Yeah, hang on." He hands me his invisible phone. "It's for you."
Only Jeremy could get me to laugh at such an outright insult.