A Kiss, a Dare and a Boat Called Promise

By Fiona Foden

A humorous, touching tale approximately lifestyles adjustments, friendship and primary love. Josie has lived on her boat, Promise, her complete existence. She unearths it more straightforward to stroll on deck than she does to stroll on land. yet Promise has been condemned, and in flip, Josie is condemned to continue to exist dry land. Then she meets Leon, a boy from her neighbourhood...

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Yet while I say it, i do know it wouldn’t consider correct, giving up at the Bald-faced Stag so quickly. Like forsaking Mum (and, convinced, Ryan too). “So … inform me extra in regards to the pub,” she urges me. i attempt to contemplate anything humorous to inform her, yet all i will dredge up is an outline of biting into what i presumed used to be an odd, thick crisp, yet used to be really a bit of piggy epidermis. “Oh,” I upload quietly, “and ladies have simply walked into the park and they’re coming this manner. ” “Do they appear pleasant? ” she asks.

And what your mum will say while she reveals out? ” Her expression softens as she wipes a tendril of rainy hair from my face. “I should still name her,” I say glumly, fishing my mobilephone from my pocket. yet in fact, it’s waterlogged. No signal of existence in any respect. “I wager yours is damaged too,” I upload, Leon. he is taking it from the pocket of his sopping wet denims, together with his small black leather-based pockets and Swiss military knife. “Yeah, however it may dry out,” he says with a shrug. “I don’t carry out a lot hope,” Kate says quickly, leaping up from the bench.

What does that suggest? ” he asks. “Instead of mooring on the financial institution, we’ll tie up opposed to one other boat. I’ll get as shut as attainable to the golf green one, okay? That’s Bella’s. Take the rope, then bounce directly to her and tie it round the railing as speedy as you could. ” “Sure,” he says. He grabs the rope and is poised, able to bounce. “Just inform me when…” “Josie? ” comes Tyler’s voice from around the water. “What are you doing right here? ” at once, I’m concentrating so not easy on guiding Promise in lightly along Tarragon, I can’t even answer.

Don’t you need to telephone her now? ” he asks. I shake my head. “Can you think how she’d react? No – greater to inform her head to head. Then i will clarify every little thing adequately and she or he won’t freak out. ” i look at Leon, conscious that he’s learning me with a quizzical glance on his face. Is it simply because I’ve taken his dare extra than he’d ever imagined, or does he imagine I’ve long gone thoroughly nuts? I’m approximately to invite if he’s comfortable with all of this whilst he does anything that takes the phrases correct out of my mouth. with none caution in any respect, he leans ahead and lightly kisses my lips.

Invoice stated he desperately wanted the distance. ” “So … she’s long gone already? ” I croak. “Probably, yes,” Mum murmurs. “I’m sorry, Josie. I simply suggestion it might be much less frightening this manner. ” I end the decision with no asserting see you later. “What’s improper? ” Bella asks, eyes broad with predicament. i glance down on the parched floor. “Mum and your mom and dad were to the boatyard to take all our issues off Promise,” I say quietly. “We’re truly leaving at the present time. ” “What? You suggest they’ve emptied the total boat? ” Ryan exclaims.

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