Published Feb 2017
I wanna say to Nicu
‘I’m way out of your league’,
‘Look at me and look at you,’
But I don’t.
And I’m not sure why.
And I dreaming of you last night,
But my eyes don’t close for sleeping,
And it raining in my stomach,
And it storming in my heart.
Nicu is so not Jess’s type. He’s all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. Appearances matter to Jess. She has a lot to hide.
Nicu shouldn’t even be looking at Jess. His parents are planning his marriage to a girl he’s never met back home in Romania. But he wants to work hard, do better, stay here.
As they grow closer, their secrets surface like bruises. And as the world around them grows more hostile, the only safe place Jess and Nicu have is with each other.