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It’s senior year. He rules the school. She just wants to make it to graduation. With prom only six weeks away, and his reputation at stake – will Brian be able to get “Scary Pants” out on a date?
Brian Royland is the golden boy of Palm Beach High. He’s smart, handsome, athletic, and charming. He could get any girl in school – but he procrastinated and is now dateless for the most important dance of the year. When he hears about the new girl, Iris Newman aka “Scary Pants,” Brian is intrigued. But when Brian’s friends doubt he’ll succeed in scoring her as his prom date, bets start flying, and she turns into a prize to be won.
Iris has set several goals for herself; make sure her older sister has a smooth pregnancy, help her recently single mother support and manage their family, and find a way to stop her band’s bass guitarist from asking her out every week. She doesn’t have the time or the energy to deal with the arrogant and pesky Brian Royland, who is suddenly determined to get her out on a date.
It only takes six weeks for them to realize they have both experienced great loss. Surrounded by mayhem and high school drama – could they be the key to each other’s healing?
I shut the door to my truck and took a deep breath, unable to suppress a grin. I’m home.
Palm Beach High lay stretched out before me, a collection of gray buildings with the
occasional panther drawing, prom poster or plaque on the outer walls. It was a lowly community high school to some, but the best place in the world to me.
I passed a group of girls while walking across the student parking lot. A cute blond
among the brood stopped mid-sentence when she caught sight of me. She forged a path betweenher friends, tousled her hair, and smiled. “Hey, Brian.”
I didn’t know her from Eve, but I smiled back all the same. “Hey.”
She twisted around to giggle with her friends. I smirked and continued on my way.
“Brian!” I paused in the middle of the hallway and turned to see the leader of the Mathletes approaching. He was panting when he caught up, sweat making his glasses slide down the bridge of his nose. “Tyler…dropped out of…Mathletes on Friday.”
I gripped his elbow before he could pass out on me. “Take a minute and catch your
He did that, pulling out an inhaler from his pocket. Two puffs later and he was breathing
normally again. He smiled and pushed his glasses back, somewhat sheepish. “I’m good. So, I was saying…”
“Something about Tyler leaving the Mathletes? I already told you. I can’t jump in. The
baseball championship game is on the same day as the Mathletes’ face off with Lakeview High.”
The kid groaned, shoulders sagging. “We’re doomed.”
I chuckled, and tapped a light punch on his arm. “I’m sure you’ll be fine. Sorry I can’t
help. See you around.”
“I heard you won the game for us on Wednesday, Brian,” Mr. Henderson called when I
passed by his open classroom door.
I poked my head in the room to flash him a grin. “Sure did, sir.”
He stopped writing the morning assignment on his whiteboard to smirk at me. “I hope
you found the time to finish that paper on…”
“The effects of the feminist movement on today’s politics.” I nodded and waved a hand,
already walking away. “It’ll be the first one on your desk come fifth period.”
A guy from the baseball team saw me from across the hall and came to thump me on the
shoulder. “Thanks for catching that last fly ball on Wednesday night. I swear it came out of nowhere. I didn’t even see it until after you dived and straightened up with it in your glove. Man!How did you manage that? Weren’t you playing left-center?”
I shrugged. “You have to be ready for anything. That’s my motto. See you at practice.”
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