Between Softball and Summer.

Summer heat, the annoyance of a sport, and..... a cute guy going after a best friend? Zaria plays softball (the only sport she hates) and has her best friend (Shannon) is staying for the weekend (YAY!) but, after Zaria's dad drags them to softball practice, she sees a guy. A cute guy. And so far.... he seems to have an eye for Shannon..... who already has a boyfriend...


2. Friday

"Zaria, we're home!"

"SHANNON!" I screamed and rolled of my bed. I laughed to myself and clumzily got back up, finally! It was like her school was going to keep her prisioner all day!

"Zaria? Where'd you go?" Shannon's voice asked.

"I fell." I said laughing. Shannon walked into my room and smiled at me. It had been way too long since I last saw her.

"Why'd you do that?" She asked. She fluffed up her short cut blonde hair and smiled at me.

"Oh, you know, to visit it and say hi. Unlike you, who avoided me for the last month and a half!"

"I wasn't avoiding you! I swear! I've been buzy..." Shannon smiled at me and blushed.

"Oh, that's right... who's this new guy you're after?"

Shannon looked up at me and giggled. "You say it like I've dated a thousand guys!"

"How many has it been?" I asked.

"One. Jackson. One, and you. know. it." Shannon jabbed at me and I laughed. She tossed her bag onto the floor and sat on the foot of my bed.

"So, what's his name?" I asked. Shannon looked up at me smiling. "You told me nothing about him before Shawnee started yelling at you."

"Not my fault, her friend left and we were watching Mean Girls."


Shannon laughed, then smiled at me. "Okay, so, his name's-"

"Zaria! Softball practice! C'mon!"

No. No no no no no.

"Daddy! You said next week!" I yelled into the kitchen.

"No, I said this weeked. So, get ready we're going." My dads voice responded. I got up and went into the kitchen and found him digging around for his truck keys.

"But, Shannon's here."

"She can help."

"But," I paused and lowered my voice, "she's not really dressed for softball practice."

"I CAN HEAR YOU!" Shannon's voice echoed through to us.

"She'll be fine." My dad said shortly.

Why was he so angry? He never spoke like that to me, so why start? I sighed and went back into my room, Shannon was already slipping her sneakers back on.

"I'm sorry," I said with a forced smile.

"Hey, I'm staying at your house. It's cool." She told me. She gave me a smile and a shrug. I felt relieved, thank God it was okay.

"Girls! Let's go!" My dad's voice boomed.

"Let's go!" Shannon said. She grabbed her phone and we raced outside giggling like idiots.

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