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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teaser Tuesday - April 27th

A little teaser since I haven't done it in so long. And, please check out my book review of Undone - it's a great one that you won't want to miss!

Seth joined Kay, Ben and I for lunch the next day, which was kind of awkward because Seth kept looking at me as though he wanted to say something but didn’t dare to. I looked casually around the lunchroom and noticed Monica glaring at me over her Caesar salad. I took a tentative bite of my pepperoni pizza. Grease dripped onto my lunch tray, and while the sight normally would have made me sick to my stomach, I toughed it out. Yeah, that’s right, I thought. No need to starve myself for a guy like all these other blonde femme fatales. I could do just fine with greasy pizza and a bitchy reputation.

“Don’t pay any attention to her,” Kay whispered in my ear.

I kicked her under the table and stole a look at Seth. He pretended to concentrate on his sweet corn, intending to get every last kernel onto his fork before putting it into his mouth.

“So Seth,” Kay began. “Tell us again, why exactly did you start dating Monica two weeks after you and Nikki broke up?”

“Kay,” I hissed, but Seth seemed unperturbed by the question.

“I didn’t,” he replied. “We only went out twice. Once last month and again two weeks ago.”

Kay looked at me as if to suggest he was lying, but I had no basis to say otherwise. I had been so out of it that time had escaped me. Had he gone out with her right away or months after the breakup, I wouldn’t have known the difference.

“Mon likes to cling to guys,” Seth went on. “We became friends after her dad bought the new place on the lake. And …I don’t know. I felt sorry for her what with her parents breaking up and all. I’ve been giving her rides to school.”

“So you’re not a couple?” Kay asked for clarification.

“No,” he said and he looked me straight in the eye. “She sort of took it upon herself to make us look like a couple when we weren’t. We haven’t even kissed.”

“So why didn’t you tell her to back off?” The words popped out before I even knew I had spoken them.

“I guess I didn’t have the heart to. I’d already screwed up one friendship. I didn’t want to mess up another.”

“Dude, that’s just psycho,” Ben said.

“Maybe I was a little mad too,” Seth admitted. “You wouldn’t talk to me – at all. I thought if I could make you jealous then you’d realize you’d made a mistake.”

Kay immediately came to my defense. “That is so twisted, Seth. Using Nikki’s feelings for your own gain.”

“Yeah, you’re right,” he said. “It was stupid for more reason than one. I should have known that Nikki’s not the type to get jealous.”

Oh-ho! What he didn’t know.

16 comments:

Karla Nellenbach said...

ha! LOVE that last line!

Bee said...

"I could do just fine with greasy pizza and a bitchy reputation"~ for some reason this line made me laugh out loud :D

This was a fun read.

Becca said...

Daaaaamn! I could feel the tension all the way over here. :P Love this! <3

Kaitlin Ward said...

Very fun, like Bee said. Great last line!

Jill Wheeler said...

Love that pizza=bitch! You've captured HS lunch perfectly!

Karla Calalang said...

Haha I loved this. Awesome last line!

Annie McElfresh said...

WOW!! That's some good tension!!

La-La-La-Laurie said...

I liked that it didn't feel like the guys was just making an excuse. Everything he said seemed really real.

bethany said...

fabulous last line!

dawn said...

Nice lunchroom scene - feels very authentic. And loved the last line!

Ellen said...

"Oh-ho! What he didn’t know." <-- LOVE! This line made me laugh. And sympathize. I like the complexity here, seems very real :)

Kathy Bradey said...

Flows well and love the rhyme of the last line :)

corrinejackson said...

Loved this line "I could do just fine with greasy pizza and a bitchy reputation." The two go together like peanut butter and jelly. :)

Glen Akin said...

Lol lovely teaser. Great dialogue, and your MC comes out well. Can't wait to read what you'll put up next week.

Debra Driza said...

Ahahaha..the bitchy girl in my novel is totally eating pizza at lunch--pizza, for the win! :D

I agree with Laurie--I love how honest everything is here--especially the guy. Great last line, too. :D

Angie said...

Thanks for all the comments guys. i was kind of iffy about that last line, but I guess I'll have to keep it now.:) Will try to get to everyone else's teasers.

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