I know you don’t really see me, but I always see you. I watch you as you draw pictures in your maths notebook to distract yourself from the uninspired classes we take together. Even though the teacher is a total bore, these hours are my favorite moments of the week because I get to look at you and dream about you. You’re my dream prince. You’re the most handsome guy I’ve ever laid eyes on, and I wish you weren’t just my boyfriend in my dreams.
My best friend Gaby says I should be careful around you. You’re a bit of a player, after all, but she still supports me. She knows I want to stop dreaming about you and really take action during prom. At the end of June. We’re seniors, and soon we’ll all go our separate ways. And before you move to Graz to go to college there and I stay behind in good old Salzburg, I need to tell you what I feel for you. I’ll never forgive myself if I don’t.
Prom is still several months away, but I know that’ll be the best moment for me to tell you. Or maybe I want to postpone the moment for as long as I can so I can daydream about what’ll happen. What you’ll say to me. How you’ll kiss me.
My mom says I’m a dreamer and an artist. She’s right. If only I weren’t so shy. If only I could tell you I write my poems and compose my piano music with you in mind.
One day, I’ll show you what’s in my heart. But until then, I’ll keep my feelings to myself and watch you from this quiet corner of the classroom.
Happy Valentine, my Michael.
The Boy From the Woods Synopsis:
Julia has been in love with Michael for years. He’s the hottest guy in school, and she can’t believe her luck when they finally hit it off during Senior Prom. Her dream doesn’t last, though: after a few dates, he callously dumps her out of the blue. Summer vacation starts with Julia feeling heart-broken and miserable.
But then she rescues Michael in the woods when he has a motorcycle accident in a heavy thunderstorm. From that point onward, her life is turned upside down. Michael has changed completely after the blow to the head that nearly killed him… and he wants her back. But why is he so different? And will she be able to trust him this time around?
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Meet Jen Minkman:
Jen Minkman (1978) writes paranormal romance, dystopian fiction and poetry. She is from the Netherlands and self-publishes her work in English. Her works are available in paperback & digital format.
Jen was born in the Netherlands and lived in Austria, Belgium and the UK during her studies. She learned how to read at the age of three and has never stopped reading since. Her favourite books to read are (YA) paranormal/fantasy, sci-fi, dystopian and romance, and this is reflected in the stories she writes. In her home country, she is a trade-published author of paranormal romance and chicklit. Across the border, she is a self-published author of poetry, paranormal romance and dystopian fiction. Her books are already available in English, Dutch, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, and Afrikaans!
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