Picture this: Waves lapping against beautiful white sand. Seagulls dancing in the summer breeze. Fourteen-year-old Sabrina is enjoying a lazy day at the beach. As soon as she spies Cute Boy, she’s drawn to him. When he edges closer and asks to hang out, she’s on cloud nine. It’s more than his resemblance to Balthazar Getty—there’s a connection between them. Sabrina can feel it. Unfortunately, Cute Boy’s from another state and he’s headed home the next day. But who cares? Sabrina joins Cute Boy for a long walk on the beach. And they have the deepest conversations.
Cue the cheesy background music.
Sabrina says goodbye to Cute Boy and returns home. That’s when things get out of hand. Suddenly, Cute Boy’s hotter than anyone in Sabrina’s stack of Tiger Beat magazines. He certainly had washboard abs, didn’t he? Oh, and those ripped jean shorts were, well, the epitome of style. Sabrina even tapes a song off the radio and dubs it their song. If only they’d exchanged phone numbers or addresses. But no matter—Cute Boy will find a way to contact her again. He has to, right? Fate brought them together the first time, and it will work its magic again.
Oh, Sabrina. Poor, poor Sabrina.
Ugh. Fine. I’m Sabrina. *Hides in embarrassment*
And clearly, my fourteen-year-old self did not reside in reality.
Luckily, the characters I write tend to be smarter about these things. For instance, they probably wouldn’t believe a potential love interest was suspiciously between phone numbers and email addresses. A character would catch on pretty quickly if a love interest made excuses to NOT friend them on Facebook. They’d probably realize (at some point, at least) that sometimes summer love is just that—a summer fling. That’s not to say they wouldn’t download a song or two for the sake of reminiscing. But unlike poor Sabrina, they wouldn’t pine away in their room, replaying that song for hours on end.
So, yeah, that happened. I’m sure Sabrina’s not proud.
Stephanie Winkelhake is a 2012 Golden Heart® finalist for her YA paranormal FOLLOWING YOU (previously titled THE MATTER OF SOULS) and is represented by Marie Lamba of The Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. Her short story DO NOT MACHINE WASH appears in next month’s CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: I CAN’T BELIEVE MY DOG DID THAT! She can be found at www.stephaniewinkelhake.com or on Twitter @StephieWink.
A HUGE thanks to Honestly YA for having me on the blog today. This was fun! Now, does anyone have a summer love denial tale to add? Or an embarrassing story to tell? Anyone?