Take Chances – Enduring Friendships
Take Chances is a story about school violence, about the impossible happening a second time. It's also a story about those very special friends every teen has in their life.
Julie Bond only had one close friend, a person she met a few short years prior to moving to Landry, Georgia. Prior to that, her life had been one where she spent a lot of time with her dad, came to the understanding that her mom put career and connections above family, and strove to overcome the specter of surviving an incident of school violence. Then she had the chance to settle into school from beginning to end. Then she had the chance to make friends. Then she had a chance to be normal – the dream of every military brat.
Once in Landry, once settled with her mom in a house not owned by the military, Julie always thinks about the dad who went out of his way to make her feel better about herself, but she also makes a group of friends who become the most important people in her life.
Who are those friends?
Who are those friends?
Hugh Townsend was the first of these friends. He offered to help Julie move boxes and furniture in her new house. He also became someone she identified with as a person suffering almost problems she was with a parent. In Hugh's case, it was a verbally and physically abusive stepfather, a man who would become notorious for his last act – one that would leave the town reeling, and Hugh and his younger sister, Kitty, orphans.
Heather Billings blasted into Julie's life and brought along another friend. It turns out the trio shared not only a birthday, but they were born at the exact same time. Thanks to Heather's announcement, the three of them became known as the cosmic triplets, a special bond Julie held very dear.
Lukas Miller, the other third of the cosmic triplets, harbored a secret that would, as Julie puts it, cause everyone in their small Southern town to have a cow. And they did, once they discovered what he was. So, what was this star football quarterback's secret? It's one Julie swore never to tell, as she was dating him, letting everyone know they were girlfriend/boyfriend to protect his reputation. Even though the secret is revealed, she continues to protect a guy she loved as a brother.
Tom Maxton, class clown. Every town has a guy like Tom. You can count on him to set up pranks everyone talks about for years. Some are quite harmless, such as the wearing of silly hats at school for no reason or setting up a stink bomb to go off right before a test. Others are so memorable they redefine pranks, and Tom was a master at those. Once the violence began, with Julie, Hugh, Heather, and Lukas trapped in the classroom, Tom proved he was more than the class clown with his masterful plan to rescue his friends. Although he still considered pranks, the violence changed the class clown to the most serious guy in town.
Michael Taylor had loved Julie from afar, but he was two years older than her. He left town, ostensibly to pursue a career as a sports photographer, but he returned the day before the violence exploded. His reason for coming home wasn't what he told everyone, but rather he wanted to reconnect with a girl he had loved for so long, and find out if she returned his feelings.
The relationships this group held went far beyond casual. They would risk their lives for each other, and proved that quite well. This is what enduring friendships are all about, and the true theme of Take Chances.
Julie Bond grew up in Europe as a military brat. She found her very first permanent home in Landry, GA as a teen going into high school. Almost four years later, she's having pre-graduation jitters and flashing back to an incident of school violence she experienced in Europe. She attempts to convince herself that it can never happen again, but continually finds herself flashing back to that day no matter how hard she tries.
The people around her present any number of problems for Julie, and she's hard put to keep from drowning under all the issues. Then Michael--a cool guy she's had a crush on for the last three years—returns from traveling the US as a photographer, and Julie now has one more thing to distract her as she prepares to leave high school. One thing she firmly believes in: no one will ever invade her classroom with violence again.
Once again, the impossible happens. Once again, she's in a classroom with a madman holding a gun. Once again, she must survive.
KC Sprayberry started writing young, first as a diarist, and later through an interest in English and creative writing. Her first experience with publication came when she placed third in The Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge contest while in the Air Force, but her dedication to writing came after she had her youngest child, now in his senior year of high school.
Her family lives in Northwest Georgia where she spends her days creating stories about life in the south, and far beyond. More than a dozen of her short stories have appeared in several magazines. Five anthologies feature other short stories. She has three books that are Amazon best sellers: Softly Say Goodbye, Who Am I?, and Mama's Advice. Her other novels available are: Take Chances, The Ghost Catcher, Family Curse … Times Two, Secret From The Flames, Where U @, The Wrong One, and Grace.