Welcome to another ‘Happy Everybody reads YA’ #SundayBlogShare.
Today I’m thinking ahead to Valentine’s Day and sharing an excerpt from a story in the anthology published last year by Summer Solstice called First Love. This is an anthology of stories that capture “that magic moment for a teen. The realisation that the person you’ve liked is a little more than a friend. Chance meetings. Old friendships. Even a social media post. These can all lead to that first love.”
In one of the stories, Sleeping Beauty, that first moment comes as an out of body experience!
Suddenly the boy shot up and joined hands with Mum above the bed. They both smiled at me. “Good luck, my darling,” said my mother as she blew me a kiss. “See you!” said the boy, putting both thumbs in the air. Then they both faded away through the wall of the ward. Dad shook himself as if coming out of a trance. He looked at the nurse. “Am I dreaming, or is my daughter really back with us? And what has happened to that funny delivery boy, or whatever he was. Bursting in like that, and then just disappearing?” “It’s not a dream,” said the nurse, shaking herself too. “Just look at her cheeks—all pink and glowing, and it’s not the ventilator doing it for her any more. It must be something to do with that boy. What do you think is in the box he left?”
First Love contains eight short stories and is available as an e-book or a print copy.
Sleeping Beauty is available as a stand-alone story, but only as an e-book.