THE BAND PERFORMS IN THE COFFEE SHOP
At 5PM on Friday, Phoebe’s girls’ team and their friends began to gather in the courtyard, talking, listening to music on earphones, juggling soccer balls, and riding scooters and skateboards. Phoebe could see that the coming concert was attracting attention. Even soccer practice attracted a crowd that evening. A special zing seemed to be in the air. The time flew by. Suddenly twilight was settling over Middletown, and it was hard to see the ball.
The stirring sound of a guitar chord rang out from the back door of the coffee shop. Phoebe blew three bursts on her whistle, thanked the team, and wished them all a great evening. In her heart Phoebe felt just as drawn by the magnetism of the concert as her players, but she found herself feeling lonely and abandoned in the darkening backyard, with everyone else talking and laughing next door. She stood on the steps and saw the nearly full moon rising, but it did not seem to be shining for her.
After putting away the equipment, Phoebe had an idea. She took a deep breath and told Gilligan, “Oh, I think I left some stuff outside." She vanished out the back door into the moonlight. In a moment, she climbed the small wire fence, and then slowly opened the back door of the coffee shop. A song had just ended, and applause and yells of enthusiasm filled the air. Phoebe carefully slipped through the half opened door, staying low to the floor. The backs of the performers were not ten feet away, and beyond were rows of teens seated on the floor, on chairs, and standing packed together.
A few finger picked chords quieted the audience noise, and George’s mournful guitar played a melody Phoebe hadn’t heard before. His voice sang out the words. “Could he have written that about what we went through?” Phoebe wondered. Her heart was in her mouth. But despite her painful thoughts, she was happy for George – and for all of them – for making something new and interesting out of their strange lives.
And The Upcoming...GHOST GIRL (Book III)
THE BAND PERFORMS AT THE COFFEE HOUSE illustration
by Carlos Uribe