I love giving readers more insight into the characters that I create since I have so much fun creating and fleshing them out. So, step inside the mind of my characters Melodee and Amir from my December 23rd release, Girl Code. Beginning with Melodee…
I started calling Amir A.J. after I heard his mother, Ms. Anita, refer to him by the nickname. I thought it was so cute because every time she’d call him that; it looked like his eyes would light up and he’d be his happiest self. So, I started calling him that to tease him because he was such a mama’s boy. But then it stuck, and I found it weird to call him Amir. A.J. was the coolest guy I’d ever met. He oozed charm and was a gentleman even at the tender age of 14. He’d hold doors open for girls, grab their hand to climb high stairs, say good morning instead of what’s up when we’d see each other in the morning during homeroom. And he wasn’t phony about it, it was just in his nature. But he was still cool and smooth with it. Able to fit in with the “it” crowd without compromising who he was.
Every girl wanted him in high school. He was handsome with light eyes and a big bright smile with super straight white teeth. A.J. was tall too and had a lot of style. Add on to that a beautiful singing voice, and you had girls who would tear each other’s hair out just to have him look their way instead of at another girl. After I hooked A.J. up with my best girlfriend Sheena, the girls got jealous. They would talk shit in the stalls in our bathroom, write taunting messages, confessions really, on the bathroom walls, like they kissed A.J. on so and so date or that they had sex with him in that very stall. They did it hoping Sheena would read them and she did, all of them. But she was the type to love it. Getting under girls’ skins and having something they all wanted, that was Sheena’s style.
That couldn’t be me. In fact, that was one of the reasons I never wanted A.J. and my friendship to be anything more. Dealing with those types of girls and that kind of attention was never my thing. I was the chill-in-the-cut kind of girl, still am. Whenever I was around A.J. my heart would do a little dance in my chest and beat faster than it should have. But I always ignored it. He was my boy; someone I could be myself around. I loved him as a friend and he was a significant part of my high school experience. So, I wouldn’t have changed a thing between us… back then.