Agent Pitch Contest Entry #8: SUMMER RUSH
Title: SUMMER RUSH
Word Count: 92,000
Lexus Breckerson has to “behave herself” this summer if she wants to stay out of boarding school, but her arch-nemesis since birth, Rush Santorini, isn’t going to make it easy. He has a knack for making her do stupid things, and this summer he’s spending so much time around her that he might commit the ultimate unforgivable act: make her care about him. But old habits die hard, and before the summer’s over, someone’s going to get hurt.
“I’ve been considering different ways to kill people without leaving any evidence,” I told my best friend, Tasha. “It can’t be that hard, right? As long as you plan carefully?”
Tasha blinked at me. “You’re kidding, right? Has it really come to this?”
I laughed. There was nothing like the last day of class to lift a girl’s spirits. All around us, the halls of Lincoln High were filled with rushing students decked out in school colors. Laughing and talking, everyone surged towards the big metal doors that led to summer and freedom.
“You are kidding.” She let out a sigh of relief, flipping her hair over her shoulder. “You nearly gave me a heart attack.”
“I’m not kidding entirely.” I tucked my arm into hers. “Something has to be done about him, and I’m sure I could do it if I wanted to.”
“You’d just have to remember not to leave fingerprints, or hairs, or skin cells. Heck, you better not breathe, because they can probably match breath samples nowadays.” Tasha grinned. “And you should probably do it barefoot, or else you’ll get incriminating dirt or carpet fibers on your shoe treads or something.”
“I could wear scrubs, like what nurses wear in surgery, and then burn them afterwards.” She had to admit that was genius. “And yes, it’s come to this. I have a lot at stake this summer, and he’s not going to ruin things for me.”
Tasha scoffed. “You are such a drama queen.”