One things covet are their relationships with their friends and family. To an outsider, those relationships might appear as if they’re built on a give and take of harsh words or actions that seem inappropriate. Yet, for many of today’s teens, these relationships are the rocks they lean on in times of trouble.

Alex Starkey is a normal teenager with unfortunate initials. Initials which have been his nemesis his entire life. Initials matter when all the kids call each other by them instead using their names.

If that isn’t awkward enough, there’s Payne, who’s made a career out of bullying kids he thinks deserve it. Alex’s inits make him a target. Alex can deal with that on his own, until Payne crosses the line and tries to force him into doing things with long-range consequences. That’s when Alex stands up and faces him down.

A foreign sound invades my dreams; a constant blaring that demands I respond to its call, telling me that my summer fun has ended. Here I am, fifteen, and my future holds no fun at all.

My sixteenth birthday comes next May, and it can't get here fast enough. Sixteen means a driver's license, after I con Mom and Dad into a learner's permit. Then again, that might be a little hard to accomplish. My brother, Roger, had to renew his permit, after failing his driving test not once, not twice, but a grand total of five times. Seems old Roger, known as RAS, just can't get it right when the examiner tells him to use his turn signal.

Total football hero, and he can't follow directions. No big info reveal there! RAS never does anything the way he's supposed to, unless he can't get around it.

How does that affect my ability to learn how to drive? My parents believe that RAS needs to finish getting his license before I can start driving. Life just is not fair. 

About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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