One October morning, high school junior Bryan Dennison wakes up a different personâhelpful, generous, and chivalrousâa person whose new admirable qualities he doesnât recognize. Stranger still is the urge to tie a red sheet around his neck like a cape.
Bryan soon realizes this compulsion to wear a red cape is accompanied by more unusual behavior. He canât hold back from retrieving kittens from tall trees, helping little old ladies cross busy streets, and defending innocence anywhere he finds it.
Shockingly, at school, he realizes he used to be a bully. Heâs attracted to the former victim of his bullying, Scott Beckett, though he has no memory of Scott from before âthe change.â Where heâd been lazy in academics, overly aggressive in sports, and socially insecure, heâs a new person. And although he can recall behaving egotistically, he cannot remember his motivations.
Everyone, from his mother to his teachers to his âsuperjockâ former pals, is shocked by his dramatic transformation. However, Scott Beckett is not impressed by Bryanâs newfound virtue. And convincing Scott heâs genuinely changed and improved, hopefully gaining Scottâs trust and maybe even his love, becomes Bryanâs obsession.
âHey, you guys!â Marley plunked her ass down on the chair across the table from me. As usual, Kathy followed closely behind and hovered by her shoulder when Marley sat down. âIâve got big news!â
We all turned to her at once. Josh even put down his walnut-grape-granola-goat-cheese-chicken-salad sandwich on focaccia to give her his full attention. âWhatâs up?â he asked between enthusiastic chews.
âI just heard some teachers talking in the hall. And they said that Friday is Miss Libbyâs thirtieth birthday.â
Kathy pursed her green lips. âWe canât let it pass without doing something for her. Sheâs the coolest teacher at Appleton.â
âYou know what would be so funny?â It was Josh again. âIt would be such a riot if we set up a flash mob for her.â
We all laughed, just imagining it in our heads.
âNo, seriously,â Josh said. âWe should set up a flash mob for her. Doesnât she have lunch duty on most Fridays?â
Is this the Josh I know?
But, then, what did I have to lose? âIâm in.â It was the least I could do for Miss Libby, whoâd given me a chance to redeem myself with Scotty.
âYouâd do that?â Scott appeared absolutely scandalized. âWhat about those guys?â He again nodded toward the Superjocks. âTheyâll never let you live it down.â
âAsk me if I care?â
Scott just sat there, his full spoon frozen just beneath his lips.
When Scott didnât voice the question, David did. âD-do y-you c-care?â
I looked squarely at David. âNot even slightly. Plus, you should see me dance. It is something to behold.â
Josh rolled his eyes, because heâd seen it a time or two, but everyone else seated at the Social Justice League Table nodded and grinned.
âIâll get together as many kids as I can and Iâll find some music. We can practice at the community center right after school on Thursday. Iâll reserve it.â Marley was always on top of those kinds of things.
That posed a problem for me, though: basketball practice. But I had new priorities. I would work it out. âIâll be there. How about all of you?â
Everybody nodded again. Scott had turned an enticing shade of pink.
I looked right at him and said, âThen Thursday after school is a date.â
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional childrenâall named after saintsâand five non-pedigreed catsâall named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but donât ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.
Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.
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Sweetness. Unconventional love, tortured/damaged heroes - only love can save them.
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