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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Beyond the Book: The Captain and the Cheerleader

Hello, and welcome to Beyond the Book. I've been sharing excerpts from The Captain and the Cheerleader. I'm picking up where I left off last week. Robin Lanford who's a royal pain in the butt just bet Susan English that she couldn't get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach. Some of the other faculty members also got in on the bet. Kurt showed up and Susan asked about the football game later that night. Kurt went to be with the football players before the game. He told his friend Jason that Susan had given him a compliment, and Jason reminded him that he already had a girl named Aleisha Childs. Kurt isn't sure if it's serious between them. In today's excerpt, Kurt is about to lose his Friday night ball game when a boy interrupted him. The boy had a football play from Susan, and today we see how it all worked out.

Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.

Excerpt: He held his breath as the team lined up on the field and snapped the ball. If he hadn’t known better, he would have thought the boys had practiced this play many times because it went as smoothly as clockwork. The Mavericks moved the ball across the goal line almost before the other team could find where it went. The score was tied.

Kurt’s fingernails dug into his palms when the team lined up to kick the extra point. The spectators rose to their feet and fell silent until the announcer screamed, “It’s good! Mavericks on top twenty-one to twenty.” The crowd went wild. With only three seconds remaining on the clock, the band began to play as the cheerleaders led a cheer for their team.

Jason came running from the far end of the field. “What a play! Why’d you keep it a secret?”

“Later,” Kurt shouted as his players threw themselves against him in a concentrated group hug. 

How did Susan know a football play? Will it get her that date with Kurt?

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