Thursday, December 15, 2011

Pushing the Edge

There was a new side to Shawna's friends. Underage drinking, apparently condoned—more like encouraged—by a so-called responsible adult. Shawna knew it happened all the time, even among good kids like her new friends. But if her mother ever found out, it would be the end of it. Shawna flashed on a mental picture of her and the beer-drinking girls being caught on the lake by the sheriff. Anticipation of the consequences made her shudder. And who knew where else Terilyn, Josie, and Alexis might push the envelope on the law and drag Shawna into it?

Shawna's mind drifted to another friend—former friend, actually—who had pushed her to the edge and gotten her into a lot of trouble. For all the excitement Destiny brought into her life, Shawna was glad to be separated from her by five hundred miles. Terilyn was not Destiny by a wide stretch, but Shawna sensed in her new friend the same magnetism to the outer limits. Why is there always someone around trying to turn me the wrong way? she asked herself.

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