Jessie tries to make the most of her senior year while dealing with the recent loss of her mother. She spends most of her time taking care of her dad, who has turned into a workaholic, and spending time with her best friend Stef who is getting over his own tragedy, his boyfriend’s suicide.
The only thing bringing a smile to her face is Derek Stevens. He’s just been dumped by the head cheerleader and Jessie’s dreams come true when he asks her out. Stef warns her that Derek might be using her to get his ex-girlfriend back, but she falls for him anyway.
Life is good until a secret turns her world upside down. Now, Jessie must choose between her own grief and salvaging her tarnished relationships.
16+ due to sexuality, adult situations, language, and violence
I walk in, and Derek is sitting there with my chair pulled out. “Well, well. I wasn’t sure if you were going to join me today.”
“It took some persuasion from Stef to get me out of the car, but I’m tough. I can handle it. Things wouldn’t be so bad if your ex wasn’t making such a big deal out of it. We went to one party. It’s not that big of a deal. It’s like she talked shit all day long yesterday.” I slap my notebook onto the desk and plop into the seat.
Derek tilts his head. “So, you won’t be going out with me again?”
“That’s not what I mean. Why? Are you planning on texting me during Miller’s class again?” I tease him.
“Actually, it’s Tuesday and I was hoping you’d help me … with the spaghetti feed.” He whispers the last part because Mrs. Linn started the class by continuing her monotone lecture from the day before.
I give him a smile but don’t answer. I really can’t afford to not pay attention, no matter how boring she is. He’s nudging my foot but looking to the front of the class. Who knew the quarterback was such a romantic? Opening doors, playing footsies, and that soft kiss he gave me when he dropped me off Friday night, although it did leave me wanting more. A lot more. I spent the rest of the weekend with my dad. We went bowling, washed the vehicles, and watched Rocky IV, our favorite of the series. But all I could think of was that kiss.
Second period is a bit more interesting. Mr. Miller is out so there’s a sub. I tell Stef about helping Derek. “Want to come with?” Having a substitute basically means a free period as long as we are somewhat quiet.
“No. You know I have that thing on Tuesdays. I wish I could though. Spaghetti sounds delish.”
My phone vibrates, and since the entire class is on theirs, I check it.
Derek: U never answered me about tonight
Jessie: U will owe me big time…
Derek: How much?
Jessie: 2 kisses should do it…
I look up and Derek has turned around to face me and is putting Chapstick on and pursing his lips. I shake my head and smile before sending another text.
Jessie: Make it 3