A Previous Engagement
Copyright 2011 Stephanie Haddad
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To my best friend, the love of my life.
Christian shifted nervously on the gym floor, trying not to stare at Tess. He’d been waiting a long time to tell her and today, with Kendra out sick from school, he finally had his chance. It rained in sheets that day, stranding the third grade class indoors. Boredom settled in quickly on the eight- and nine-year-olds, inspiring some to start a game of dodge ball across the gym.
Tess sat next to Christian on the dusty floor, legs crossed underneath them, far from the threat of rogue balls and dodging classmates. Normally, Christian would have jumped right into the game, but he didn’t want to leave Tess sitting alone. She never saw the point of participating in anything where other people intentionally tried to injure her, especially since just walking was hazardous enough for her clumsy feet.