Tuesday, March 23, 2010

TFA Teaser!

Here is another Teaser from TFA, since I got such good responses to it last week. This is right away in the beginning, the first time Grace and Reece see each again.

While he read down the names of students, Grace quickly jotted down a few notes about the class. All freshman had to sign up for a freshman seminar and Grace had chosen the one that immediately jumped off the paper. She knew this class would give her all the college, and life, skills she would ever need. “Zombies: Advice for College.” Even thinking the name of the class brought a trace of a smile to her lips.

“Brooks, Reece.” Grace’s head snapped up with recognition. Did he really just say…

“Here,” a deep, familiar voice called from the back of the room. Grace practically knocked her desk over when she swirled around to look. The two people next to her eyed her cautiously but she forgot all about them, about everyone, when she located the face that went with the voice.

There he was, Reece. Her Reece. If she hadn’t been staring right at his ridiculously handsome face she never would have believed it. It had been about six years since she had seen her childhood sweetheart, but she knew it was him. His had grown up, but she could still see the boy she used to know. A small smile grazed her lips. Reece was here.

They still do roll call in college? Reece thought idly to himself. I thought they grew out of that. He sighed aloud and responded automatically when his name was called. Guess not. He stopped paying attention again so the teacher read through his large list. When he had read the name of this class, Reece thought it would be a popular choice so it would be easy to fade into the background, grade wise that is. In everything else, Reece had always and would always love attention. He thrived on it. He had been the star point guard on his high school basketball team as long as he could remember. Liking attention sort of came with the territory.

His hand moved without thought across the sheet of paper in front of him, doodling nonsense. His thoughts drifted to his plans with the team tonight, but two words yanked him back to reality abruptly.

“Reynolds, Grace.”

A smooth, silky voice rang out from a few rows in front of him, “Here.” Reece gazed frantically around the room, searching for that voice. He knew he heard right, but he wouldn’t believe it until he saw her. Grace Reynolds wasn’t that uncommon of a name. Just because there was a girl with the same name, and voice, didn’t mean it was really….

Then he found her, and realized she found him too. When Reece met those blue-gray eyes, he knew there was no mistake. It was Grace Robin Reynolds, better known to him as Gracie Lou.

They looked at each other for a solid minute, then Grace smiled slightly, almost shyly, before waving and turning back around. Reece’s eyebrows crinkled. Was that it? Was that all he got? Just a smile and a wave? He shook his head. It didn’t make sense. Here he was, practically jumping out of his skin, and she just turns around, perfectly unaffected by the fact that they had just seen each other for the first time in six years?

Reece crossed his arms and sank down into his seat, completely unable to even fain interest in the lecture about zombies. Memories from the past bombarded his thoughts and long forgotten feelings came flooding back. His breath escaped him in a sigh. Gracie.

And yes, the Zombie class is a real thing. One of my best friends took it her first year in college and I fell in love with the idea. Hope you liked it!


Marilyn Almodovar said...

I really liked this. Love the two voices. Emotions running high. I would love to see where this is going.

V.M.Pettingill said...

Zombie class!! That's awesome! I love the tension between these two! Also you pulled off the PoV very well!

Karla Calalang said...

Oooh I really like this! The voices are great! Nice!

LizPage said...

Awwww this is so cute!! I adore this.

J.S. Wood said...

This is soooo sweet. And a Zombie class - awesome!

Annie McElfresh said...

I like the part about "that's all he got a smile and a wave?" LOL Tells me there is so much to their relationship we don't know! Me wants to know more. YOu have me hooked! :D

Karla Nellenbach said...

They never had a Zombie class when i was in college! I'm thinking I was robbed! lol....loved the dialogue and interaction between the characters...the voices are so real!

Glen Akin said...

Zombie class? Now I'm jealous of your MCs. They get to take a class like that? Great tease. Loved it.

Ang said...

I really like this especially when he pouts because she turned back around after a wave, really they are in the middle of class what did he think she would do :)

Tahereh said...


i looooove me some cutesy romance!!

this was great :D

i was thrown a bit by the transition to reece's perspective, but i think it works -- in fact, i could hear his voice a little more clearly than grace's. it'd been interesting to hear the book from his POV.

loved the tease!! great job!!

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