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Passing E-Notes

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Here is an outtake from my book Only A Kiss.

Setting the scene: Katie and Chris are in high school and Chris has met someone he likes. Her name is Bella. There’s just one problem.

Dear Katie,
I know you said you and Chris are just best friends. But I don’t believe it. The entire time we were talking yesterday, he kept asking how you were in school! He told me how hard you studied for our history quiz (who even cares about that?! I know I don’t), and how you wanted cheese with bacon bits in your sandwich for recess. Honestly, Katie, I think you’re great, but when I talk to a boy, I expect to talk about myself. Or him.

Sure he talked about himself a little bit because I asked. He likes soccer, basketball, illustrating. I was especially intrigued by this artistic side of him. It’s not the first thing you think of when you meet this guy. Or maybe that’s just what I thought because I always see him playing one sport or other. But anyway! He started talking about you again! And how you asked him to draw the map of Scotland for your presentation on Macbeth. I mean, come on. Although, I did tell him that I wanted to see it and that I was going to ask you about it (rolling my eyes).

I feel like such a fool. The entire time he was talking about you, I just went along, listening, making appropriate sounds to show I was interested, but really, all I wanted to say was, “Quit it already! Pay attention to me please.” But I think it’s hopeless.

The other girls don’t agree with me when I tell them that he’s probably in love with you. They tell me you’ve been BFFs since preschool and I should leave all the malice out of it. But really, what is going on here? I’m pretty, I’m smart, I’m interesting, and I know how to talk to boys, unlike some girls I know. So why did I end up having the longest conversation of my teenage life talking about another girl?

I think you should just wake up and realize what’s going on here, Katie. It isn’t for your happiness that I’m writing you this email. It’s for the sanity of all the other heartbroken girls in school (who are telling me I shouldn’t do this because then, how will anyone else have a chance? I say forget it! If I can’t be Juliet in this romantic drama, then I might as well be Cupid!)

Frustrated-ly yours,
Bella

Dejected Bella


Dear Chris,
You are an idiot. Why did you talk to Bella about me? You know girls hate it when you do that. You have to talk about HER, remember?
Love, Katie

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Two days later
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Dear Katie,
I take back everything! Chris is the sweetest, most wonderful boy (not to mention the cutest, right?) in the world! He is so attentive, I feel as if I have his entire attention fixed on me and no one else can compete. I don’t know if you said anything to him, Katie, but I’m so happy right now, I could dance on the moon!

Hugs and kisses,
Bella


Dear Chris,
Good job, Buddy.
Love, Katie


Chris & Bella
Dearest Kate,
Almost blew it, right? Thanks for always having my back.
Love, Chris


Read more about Katie and Chris in Only A Kiss, available here on Amazon and here on Buqo.ph

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