"I don't know," she sniffed and wiped at her eyes. "They wouldn't say. I even locked myself in my room and refused to come out but they said I had no choice."
My throat felt tight and I was unsure of what to make of her words, having a hard time grasping what she was saying. Natalya looked about as devastated as I felt. "We'll never read scary stories in the treehouse again or laugh when Leo falls into the pond? What about sugary buttery popcorn and cartoons every Friday? Who's going to bring me my Monday treats to school lunch if you're not here?"
Nat shook her head again and hugged her arms around herself. "I wish I was a grown up. Then I could decide for myself what to do."
"I'm telling Mom and Dad. They will for sure help." I stood up quickly from the curb I'd been sitting at when she came running and pointed at the house. "And I have to get Henry and Leo. You need to tell to them too."
Her throat moved when she swallowed, her posture slouched with either hurt or defeat. Or both. "Okay," she said in her sweet tone and glanced to the ground. "Hurry."
"I'll be right back." I rushed towards the house, already halfway across the lawn when I turned to take a good look at her flushed face. The face I would remember for a long, long time ahead. Our eyes locked as I whispered, "Promise you'll stay?"
The corners of her lips turned up in a sad smile. "I can't promise that."
"I meant while I get the others." I suddenly felt desperate to keep her with me, almost begging her to come with me inside.
"Just hurry," Nat whined, waving me off.
I tore through the house to find my brothers and parents, eager to get them out front to help me save Natalya. To make her stay. I knew they would be as heartbroken as I felt, but deep down I knew I felt the worst. Because I kind of, sort of, were in love with her. The girl with the stunning caramel brown eyes, charming small gap between her two front teeth and the biggest, kindest heart.
Once I'd finally located my brothers and herded them outside, Natalya was gone.
Years later I would come to learn that you know jack — pun intended — shit about love when you're nine years old but that day, her leaving, was the worst thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.
Up until that point, at least.
Today is a whole different story.
So what do you make of that? Just to give you a small hint what the story will actually be about, I'm giving you the temporary blurb. I WILL MAKE IT BETTER BEFORE I ACTUALLY POST THE STORY, OKAY. This is a rough first draft:
Natalya Fedorova never imagined she would return to the town she grew up in, the small town she remembers with a bittersweet feeling for a variety of reasons. But ten years after she and her family moved, a compilation of mishaps, circumstances and a sprinkle of bad luck puts her right back to where some of her best — and worst — memories were created.
She already knows starting college won't be easy but when she runs into her former best friend/crush Jack Cortez and realizes what he has become while she was gone, things are bound to turn more than a little messy.
Do you have any special expectations of this book? Anything in particular you'd want to read about or is there anything you wish I did not include?
The genre is going to be somewhere between/a mixture of young and new adult and romance. Natalya is 18 while Jack is 19 so it's going to lean slightly to the more mature side meaning there won't be as much of a teen fiction feel to it as there was to HTSARB. I already know what the plot going to be about and how it will end, but I thought I'd let you have your say as well. Sometimes I get great ideas from you lot and it's much appreciated!
ANTICIPATED PUBLISHING DATE: late 2018 or early 2019. Honestly, it all depends on how fast I'll finish my ongoing book.
I think it's time to start wrapping this post up but first, as a small bonus, I want to show you the covers for the other two books in the series: "Henry" and "Leonardo":
Like I said before: these three books will be standalones. You can definitely read them without reading HTSARB before. You don't even need to read "Jack" before reading "Henry" or "Leonardo" BUUUUT I recommend you do because there will be references to the other books and naturally all of the brothers will be mentioned in all three books :)
Okay guys, that's it. Thanks for letting me steal a bit of your time and don't hesitate to ask me any questions! I'll answer every single one of them.
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