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- Author: Lauren Muñoz
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A glass shatters. Someone screams below deck as the Blood Rose hits a
patch of choppy sea. Kassidy ignores the noise and keeps talking.
“Chloe may be super smart or whatever, but even Dean Halliwell nodded
off during her valedictorian speech, and he’s the most boring person I’ve
Kassidy doesn’t seem to care that Chloe could climb the stairs at any
minute and hear us talking about her. I adjust my seasickness wristbands
and take a steadying breath. The loungers on Kassidy’s yacht are plush, but
I can’t get comfortable. Maybe I’m uneasy because of the rocking waves.
Or maybe because I know what’s buried inside the backpack resting at my
feet. Either way, I keep hoping to see Sparrow Island on the horizon.
It’s a cool day for June, but the sun shines brightly above the dark water.
Seabirds coo and caw overhead, occasionally dipping their bills into the
cold sea for fish. Kassidy has pulled her graduation dress above her thighs
so her long legs don’t get tan lines. If she were less wealthy, her skin would
be ivory from living through winters in Maine. But when you spend your
school breaks in places like Seychelles, you end up with a honey glow yearround. I don’t need to travel to look tan—my last name’s Morales.
The telltale pop of a cork reaches our ears.
“They’ve opened the champagne!” says Kassidy, jumping off her
lounger and running to the metal railing. The Blood Rose has tiered levels,
so from each deck you can see the edge of the next. “Bring me a glass,
babe,” she calls to Blaine, leaning so far over the railing her head
disappears from view. “And one for Izzy too.”
I reluctantly slide off my lounger and join Kassidy. Blaine is no longer
wearing his cap and gown, or even his shirt. His broad back is bent over a
table where he’s filling glasses from a magnum bottle of something that
probably costs more than I’ve made at Pegasus Books all semester.
The smile he flashes at Kassidy falters when he sees me. I hurry away
from the railing and return to my lounger.
Kassidy pops back up and ties her glossy blond waves into a messy bun.
“Anyway,” she says obliviously, “I think students should vote for the
valedictorian. Otherwise, you end up with drippy geniuses reciting tortured
clichés about their hopes and dreams.”
I nod, only half listening. Stupid Blaine, I think. He’s going to ruin
everything if he keeps looking at me with those guilty eyes.
I respond a few beats too late. “At least you didn’t have to watch the
other parents treat your mom like a pariah at the reception.”
Kassidy rolls her eyes sympathetically. “Like, how dare she give their
precious babies tough math grades.” She flops onto her lounger and smiles.
“My parents couldn’t believe she gave me a C in calculus. They thought I’d
get the best-friend grade boost.”
A stiff breeze lifts my curls into the air.
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