Do you like teen and young adult fiction? This Sunday Snippet allows you to read for FREE a chapter from the novel TRUCE: Novis Initiis by Risha Chaurasia.
TRUCE: Novis Initiis by Risha Chaurasia is published by Book Media and is aimed at readers 13+. It is currently available as a Paperback (ISBN 978-8194913748), Hardcover, 978-8194913740 and Ebook (Amazon ASIN B08TLZBTYC). All three versions of the book were published on 20th January 2021.
Synopsis of TRUCE: Novis Initiis by Risha Chaurasia
Truce explores the themes of friendship, love and self-discovery in a fun way. The story revolves around 5 protagonists-Tiya, Ron, Udit, Cayra and Edi, with each one of them facing their own challenges.
The story takes you through their journey of tackling their problems and blooming into confident young adults. But, they don’t do this alone. They do this through the power of friendship and relationships.
The story beautifully portrays the reality of today’s youth and provides a fresh perspective to the reader.
It’s all about finding the right people at the right time!
Name of chapter: Chapter 3- Take Me Back
The day of the finals finally arrived. We woke up, all enthusiastic and full of life. We could hear the cheering and music from far away. This was going to be one electrifying match. As we enter the field, the crowd welcomes us with a standing ovation. It was a sight to see.
We warm-up, and after meeting with the principal and the opposing team, we take our places. The referee blows the whistle, and the match starts. For the most part of the first 20 minutes, the ball was in our control. Our passing was on point, and Cherrywood was having a hard time tackling us. The match continues with not much action until the 35th minute.
Ron had the ball, and he raced down the field. He passes it to Noah. A few meters away from the goal, Noah passes the ball to me, and I shoot. The ball goes flying into the net, and the ground erupts with applause. 1-0!!!!!
Valerie: I didn’t know what happened, but when Udit shot the first goal, my heart fluttered. I jumped up from my chair with joy. I had in fact started getting attracted to him and felt ecstatic about the part that he had shot the goal.
After I shot the goal, I felt an urging need to look up at Valerie. I found her looking back at me. Our eyes met for a split second, but I looked away.
We resumed play, and the second half was even better. In the 57th and 78th minute, Ron scored, and in the 66th I did. This time around, also I looked at Valerie, and there she was smiling at me. Cherry Wood scored in the 83rd minute, and by the last 5 minutes, they were down by 2. We had the match in the bag.
As the referee blew the whistle to end the match, the ground exploded with applaud and cheer. All of us ran into the field and shouted till our throats went sore. It was a surreal experience.
After a day of rest, the school had organized a 2 day trip for everybody. And this trip provided me the ideal spot to ask Valerie out: the beach!
Everything had already been set up. She tidies herself, and we go to the beach. The sun was almost setting. The sky was a confection of a million brilliant colors. It looked like a scene straight out of a movie.
“Oh my god, Udit! This is so pretty! You don’t need my help,” she says, looking at the picnic I’d set up by the rocks. She turns towards me, and there I was, down on one knee, with a rose in hand,
“Actually, I do. Don’t let all this hard work go to waste. I’ve been practicing saying this, here goes nothing,
When I first met you, I couldn’t have even imagined saying this. I didn’t think I’d fall in love with you snoot. But guess what? I have, harder than ever. Never have I felt this way, and standing with you right now feels so right. Looking at you feels right, talking to you feels right. Every damn thing about you feels right.
And I promise if you say yes, I will be more than just a boyfriend to you. I will always be there, no matter what. I promise to treat you like a queen, to respect you, and give you all my love. I promise to make the little things count and never ever feel insecure.
Valerie, I am not someone who gets attached easily, but with you, everything has been different. I’ve never felt this way about anyone, and it’s terrifying. I don’t know if I would be able to be the perfect boyfriend, but I can promise that I will always love you. I will never do anything to hurt you. So Valerie Jenkins, would you make me the happiest man on earth by being my girlfriend?”
And she said yes! And nothing could have been better than that!
We understood each other without saying a word. There were days when I said some pretty mean things to her, but in the end, she knew what I was doing was for us, to stay with her. Just a look and I’d understand what she meant.
And ours wasn’t a smooth sailing, flawless fairy tale. We had our share of obstacles. But none was strong enough to break us.
We never gave up. At times when breaking up was the most feasible option we ruled it out. We kept going because in our hearts we knew that breaking up was simply not a choice. She was the biggest blessing. How can you just let your biggest blessing go?
And love is not seasonal. You are not in love with somebody until it is easy for you. You are in love when you get out of your way to be with them, when tags or people or lies matter nothing over being with each other. We kept on fighting for and with each other. For me nothing was more important than her.
But things weren’t going to be all sunshine and rainbows. The biggest test lay ahead, the sort of test neither of us was prepared for.
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