Megan Cross

Age: 23

Occupation: Grad-School Dropout


“What about you?” he persisted. “What’s your one word?”

I sifted through possibilities. Careful. Untried. Afraid. Lost. Found. “You pick one for me.”

“Hmmm.” He seemed to be giving it a lot of thought. Finally he said, “Refreshing.”

“Seriously? That’s – odd.” I thought it made me sound like a breath mint.

“OK then – how about cute? Gorgeous? Perky?”

“Perky??” Was this the best he could do? 


Up until this summer, Megan's one word definitely would have been "safe." She grew up going to church, excelling in school, following the rules. She dated her high school boyfriend right through university. It's not until the former straight-A student starts flunking classes in grad school that she admits to herself she has no idea where her life is headed.


Megan hopes for rescue, for someone to come along and show her what her own life is supposed to be about. It's a long way from St. John's to California, and a lot of things are going to change before Megan, Andrew and Jonathan make it to the West Coast -- if they ever do.

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