Chance Of Rain

Chance Of Rain

by Laurel Veil

ISBN: 9781492225409

Publisher Create Space Independent Publishing Platform

Published in Literature & Fiction/Contemporary, Teens/Mysteries, Teens/General, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

Two bff’s going on drive-bys and spying late at night…what could possibly go wrong?

Ashley’s dad left and she’s stuck dealing with her overprotective mom. And now her dad’s friend appears to be interested in her mom.

Ashley’s dad is working undercover again, but she can’t shake the feeling that he’s hiding something so she enlists her best friend, Brianne, to help her spy on him.

While out, Ashley meets Trent. She soon learns that he, like her father, has something to hide, and it’s not long before Brianne and Ashley are spying on Trent, as well. And they don’t like what they see!

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I picked Bri up the next morning. It was dark out; heavy clouds hung low in the sky. It looked outside the way I felt on the inside. Bri tore into me as soon as she got in and saw I still had the same scowl on my face that I did last night.

“You have to quit this pouty BS. You don’t want him to get suspicious, do ya?”

“You’re right. I’ll try to act like nothing’s wrong.”

“Nothing iswrong as far as you’re concerned,” Bri reminded me.

I nodded.

“Now…we need to move on to more important matters.”

“Such as?”

“Such as your birthday. Your eighteenth birthday! It’s only a couple of days away! I have, like, no time to plan.”

“I know you’re trying to distract me, Bri, but you can’t cheer me up. I don’t want to be happy.”

“Well, we’ll talk about it later—when you’re not so moody.”

* *

That morning we were greeted by large signs made of butcher paper covered in red paint. They were hanging from the balcony, inviting us to our annual homecoming dance at the end of the month.

“We should go,” said Bri. “It’s our last year.”

“How ’bout we talk aboutthatwhen I’m less moody too,” I said with a smirk.

When we entered Ms. Elliott’s room, I walked over and sat right next to Trent. Bri sat on my other side. She was happy because she got to sit next to Angel.

Trent and I greeted each other with a smile, and then I rustled through my purse until I found my phone. I texted him.

Sleep tight?

He responded with an adorable grin then typed:

Could have been better.

“Ladies and gentlemen, get where you can best view the TV. We’re watching Romeo and Juliet today.” With some enthusiasm the class applauded. A second later Ms. Elliott had the movie playing and the lights off. Oh, good! It was the 1968 version directed by Franco Zeffirelli. I liked this one.

My phone vibrated with another text from Trent.

Can I take you home?

I responded:

I drove today.

He wrote back:

Can u take me home?

I smiled when I read his message then responded:

I have to work.

Then he texted back:

Let’s just hang out at your house for a little while…pleeease. J

I couldn’t resist him any longer.

Fine—for a little while…Now pay attention!

We were barely past the opening credits when the bell sounded.

“My goodness. I believe that’s a fire alarm,” Ms. Elliott said calmly while shutting off the TV. “Quickly gather all your personal items,” she instructed as she gathered hers.

We walked behind her in a single file to exit the building. Trent came up behind me and whispered, “Hold me. I’m scared.”

I giggled. “Aw…poor baby.”

As Ms. Elliot opened the door to step outside, a gust of wind yanked it from her hand. Her dress was whipping all around, threatening to fly over her head.

We walked out into the schoolyard with hundreds of other students and waited patiently for instructions.

Lightning shot across the sky, and thunder rumbled shortly after. As long as I could remember, I’d always loved the rain. It was exciting and frightening at the same time…like Trent.

Principal Rayburn finally stepped out with his megaphone. “It seems our front office received a bomb threat this morning. Therefore, I am dismissing you for the remainder of the day.” The applause that erupted was almost louder than the thunder. “Quiet down!” He waited for a moment. “Do not reenter the building! Buses will be running shortly. That is all.”

“Not a prob,” said Bri. Then she looked at me. “Hope you don’t mind—I’m catching a ride with Cole.”

“See ya,” I said.

Trent looked at me, and whether or not he realized he was doing it, he licked his lips. “Looks like it’s just you and me,” he said.

I immediately called my mom so I could fill her in. If she didn’t hear about the bomb threat from me, she’d rush home and take my temperature or something.

“Everyone’s OK, though, right?”

“Yes, Mom,” I reassured her for the millionth time. “I’m going straight home to do my homework. Oh, and don’t forget I have to work tonight.”

“Oh, good, now I don’t feel so bad that I’m going to be working late. I’m actually on my way to Houston right now. I’ll be there until tonight.”

“Don’t worry. We’ll go to The Egg and I again this Sunday, OK?”

“That’s a great idea, but only if you let me pay this time,” she said.

“I promise.”

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

“Me too. I’d better get going. Love you,” I said.

“Love you too. Bye.”

The rain was coming down in buckets. Before I could leave my parking spot, I had to figure out how to turn on my wipers. Until this moment I’d never used them.

I had just begun to look for the switch, when Trent leaned across me and found it. “Here it is,” he said confidently.

“Well, aren’t you just sooo smart,” I said. “I would have found it if you had given me half a second.” He was still leaning against me. I pushed him. “And get off me. You’re crushing me,” I said dramatically.

He was grinning. I thought he was getting off me when he reached up and turned the wipers off.

I looked at him like he was crazy. “What are you doing—besides aggravating me, that is?”

It was dark as night, and the rain was pounding. You couldn’t see out, and you couldn’t see in either.

Trent turned slightly to face me. He wasn’t grinning anymore. My heart was pounding like the rain. He licked his bottom lip again. He and I were the only two people in the world, and I’d been yearning to touch him for so long.

I slowly raised my hand to his face. He responded by closing his eyes and pressing his cheek into my palm.

With my other hand, I traced his jawline. It was rough with stubble. I felt him clenching, and then his lips slightly parted, and he subtly caught his breath.

I brushed his dark hair from his eyes, and he opened them. We held each other’s stare. Then I leaned over and kissed him on his cheek. At that moment it felt like everything was OK between us…even though I knew it really wasn’t.

I smiled. “Where do you want to go for lunch?”

* *

We went through a drive-through and devoured soft tacos in the parking lot before heading to my house.

The rain hadn’t let up yet, so we made a mad dash to the front door. We laughed as we shook the rain from our hair on the porch. Inside, I grabbed a couple of towels from the bathroom, and we did our best to dry off.

I rushed to the TV. “Come on.” I flipped on the Weather Channel. I was almost giddy.

“What is it?” he asked as he walked over.

“Look at this footage. Some areas are already flooding.”

“And this excites you?”

“Oh, come on. You don’t think this is interesting?” I laughed. Something scrolled across the bottom of the screen in flashing red letters. “Look! A tornado warning!”


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