Story Start 17: Bully

Derek kicked a stone and watched it bounce and roll down the street. He made small adjustments to his direction so he could kick it again as he made his way to school. It was a game to see how long could he keep the stone from taking a random bounce into the grass. Silly, he knew, but it passed the time and kept his mind from thinking ahead to another day of trying to dodge his nemesis, Brian.

Story Start 12: Fair warning

Derek glanced at the clock and cringed. Only ten more minutes. Sweat made his pants stick to the desk chair. In front of him, Sera was leaning back in her seat, hands laced behind her head, making a big show of the fact she was already finished.

“Three minutes!” announced Mr. Olmstead, with what Derek could only interpret as glee.