Summer Love

Every summer, Kaylee has to go to the Kalihari Desert while her mom is studying meerkats with other scientists. She's the only teenager there, and it's very lonely. Kaylee expects her last summer going to be miserable, but that all changes when she meets the love of her life--Louis Tomlinson.


1. Last Day of School

My summers are always very different from anybody else’s. While all my friends are off shopping and going to the pool, I’m in the Kalahari Desert while my mom is studying meerkats for her job.

It’s actually pretty nice there in the summer—after a week or two of being there, all the sand has been overgrown by these little yellow flowers, so it’s like you’re walking in a sea of flowers. The only problem is that the only people there are my mom’s age or older, except for Melissa who’s 28 and pretty cool.

It was the last day of school and I was packing my things from my locker at the end of the day. My best friend Renee came running up to me. “So, is there any way you can stay home for the summer, Kaylee?”

“Renee, you know I can’t!” I said. “I’m just going to be stuck in the middle of the desert with no wifi or cell service.”

“Too bad there’s no post office nearby, or we could text the old fashioned way,” Renee suggested. “But that would take too much writing.”

I laughed. I was really going to miss Renee.

I shut my locker door for the last time. Renee and I started down the hall to get to my car. “So tomorrow we’re seniors,” Renee admitted. “I feel so old.”

Renee and I jumped in the car and she turned the radio on. I forced myself to shout/sing like we always do even though I was really sad.

Renee leaned over the seat and gave me a giant hug before she climbed out. “You are going to not going to leave your phone until you leave!” she commanded. I drove back to my house with the radio turned off. Why did I feel so much sadder this year?

I went up to my bedroom where most of my clothes were already packed. I started another bag where I put my notebook, phone, iPod, laptop, and a few other things in. The whole time I was trying not to tear up.

My mom cracked the door open. “Kaylee, I’ve got some good news for you.”

I spun my head around quickly. “What is it?” I asked.

Mom walked inside the room and sat on my bed. “You remember Francis Tomlinson?”

I groaned. Francis was probably the nerdiest and my least favorite person who went on the meerkat trip. “Yeah?”

“Well, her husband had to go on a business trip of his own, so her son Louis is coming along, too,” she explained.

Louis? I was going to have to baby-sit on the trip, too? Unbelievable.

“Are you okay with that?” Mom asked me.

I plastered on a smile. “Yeah, of course!” I lied.

“That’s great,” she said, and then she walked out and downstairs to the kitchen.

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