This story was one of my favorites to write because a lot of the plot is based on a real time in my life: the summer where my husband and I coached a youth softball team. He's a baseball guy, I'm a softball girl, and our ideologies clashes the entire summer. Yeah, we never hated each other or fought but we did spend hours talking through every single strategy and it was so much fun. We were lucky we got to experience that and the entire plot bunny (the term to use when you think of a new shiny story idea) came from the question: what if two people who hated each other (but were seriously attracted to the other) had to coach everyday for four months? What type of fights would they get in? How would they banter and push each other's buttons? How would they hide their disdain in front of the kids?
Fiona is... foul-mouthed, obnoxious, confused, and struggling to deal with loss. Gideon is bitter, grumpy, and desperate to get his career back on track after an injury. It was a challenge to write two characters who aren't necessary like-able and not only get them to fall for each other but for them to realize they aren't perfect.
This excerpt gives a preview of these two. I love them so much... even their attitudes and awful language.
“Guess who the fuck I got paired with to coach this team. Guess.” I plopped onto our long-standing burgundy couch. It had been a family piece and my mom had given it to us. It smelled like an old basement, of stale popcorn with a mix of lemon furniture polish. I loved it. Michelle ran her manicured red nails over her chin, humming in thought.
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