Shawn and Alex have been friends since first grade.
Alex, the rock star quarterback, appears to be basking in the limelight of his success and his new romance with Pam. But appearances can be deceiving.
Shawn is the key man in the football team’s solid defense. He’s also the senior class’ most eligible bachelor. But Shawn has no time to get involved with a girl—at least, that’s what he tells his friends.
In reality, he does have a love interest… Tony Valito.
Side-by-side, the relationships between the two couples blossom. One in the open. The other in secret. That is, until Shawn’s world erupts when the rumor that he’s gay gathers momentum.
In trying to find Shawn, perhaps his friends will end up finding themselves. And everyone will discover how dangerous are the lives of high school athletes.
Finding Shawn is the first book in the Dangerous Lives of High School Athletes series.
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"Okay. Okay. I give up. I give up."
Alex rolled off. "See? I’m still the champ. I own you."
"Yeah, you’re the champ all right."
They huffed and puffed and rested side by side.
Alex’s mind started to drift. He whined. "Oh, man."
"What now, Alex?"
"Just wondering." He stared up toward the clouds. "Where will we be next year?"
Shawn sensed the abrupt mood change. He wanted to undo it. "Next year? Hell, I’m not even sure where I’ll be an hour from now. And who cares?"
"I’m serious, Shawn. This is all going to change. You. Me. Pam. We’re all going to go our separate ways. College is going to change everything. If I go to college. I wish I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I can’t…."
"What, no sixty-million-dollar contract to play for the Buffalo Bills?"
"Yeah, right." Alex’s mood commenced free fall. "I don’t even know if my knee will make it through the rest of this season."
Shawn hadn’t planned on a pity party. Not today. He needed to turn this around. "Alex. You’re bringing me down. Look, it’ll all work out all right. You’ll see. But right now, I’m hungry and Pam is waiting for us. And speaking of Pam." He rolled onto his side and brought his face dangerously close to his best bud. If they had been any closer, they would have kissed.
Tony’s mouth dropped open. His jealous heart skipped a beat.
Shawn hadn’t planned on bringing this up today, but as long as they were on the subject…. "So, Alex. When are you going to ask Pam out?"
About the author
PHIL MARCELLO started writing as a boy in the sixties. Growing up in the projects wasn’t easy, but reading and writing were a couple of healthy vices he picked up along the way. Life happened, but Phil never entirely lost his interest and over the years, he started, but never finished, over a dozen stories.
Fortunately, he saved them all and now has the time and desire to complete them. Phil knows it will take years, but as he enjoys writing and views it as his art form it’s a labor of love he gladly undertakes.
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