About Ava’s Wishes
Ava Haines had big plans for her life. Her short-term goals included passing Statistics (on the third try), graduating college on time, and securing a job in the art gallery on Main Street. Her long-term goal was to one day own an art gallery of her very own. Oh sure, she would some day like to fall in love and get married, but all of that was secondary to making sure her other goals were in line. Fellow student Max Wallis and esteemed photographer Thomas Malloy were just minor distractions she was more than capable of handling. She was entitled to a little fun once in a while, right? However, as reality takes a tumble, Ava begins to wonder if she really can manage it all. Will all her wishes come true?
Ava took a step back and admired her sketch. If you’d seen one naked body, you’d seen them all. In the three and a half months since she’d been enrolled in the Figure Drawing class at Wolfenson College, she really had seen them all—tall, short, thin, fat, male, female. She was getting tired of drawing the human form and was ready to move on to something else … anything else. The models were mainly other students looking to make some extra money. She couldn’t blame them. She was tired of being broke herself, although you couldn’t pay her enough to pose nude. It’s not that she was ashamed of her body. She just thought that some things were meant to stay private.
Drawing live nudes had been awkward at first, especially when it was someone she knew, but after a while, they were just bodies—no different really than a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers. Still, she preferred to remain on her side of the easel and counted the days until the class was over.
The men were the worst. Ava hated to be judgmental, but most of the guys were full of themselves. They were okay in the looks department, however she’d seen better. She’d have liked to tell them so, but figured that would get her kicked out of a class she needed in order to graduate. Luckily, this was the final model of the semester. His name was Mark, or maybe it was Matt. She couldn’t really remember, nor did she care. The important thing was finishing this course—one of the many required for her dual art and business degrees. Her big dream was to open up an art gallery one day.
“Ava!” Ms. Senaca snapped, pulling her out of her thoughts. “A little less gawking, and a little more sketching, please.”
Feeling the heat rising to her cheeks, she returned to her drawing. The snickering from the other students didn’t help.
“As if,” she mumbled to herself.
About Karen Pokras
Karen Pokras writes adult contemporary and middle grade fiction under the names Karen Pokras and Karen Pokras Toz. Her books have won several awards including two Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, the Grand Prize in the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, as well as placing first for two Global E-Book Awards for Pre-Teen Literature. Karen is a member of the Society of the Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). For children, her books include the Nate Rocks series, Millicent Marie is Not My Name, and Pie and Other Brilliant Ideas. For adult readers, Karen’s books include Chasing Invisible, and her newly released, Whispered Wishes series. A native of Connecticut, Karen now lives outside of Philadelphia with her family.
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