Amelia Harris has a reputation for being dramatic, and she plans to live up to it by coming out as trans by auditioning for the role of Elle in her high school's production of Legally Blonde. Even if it means auditioning in front of her crush, Travis, who's a shoo-in for the role of her love interest.
1. BRING IT ON
“This might be the most chaotic idea you’ve ever had, Amelia—and that’s a high bar.”
I sit on the floor of Lana’s bedroom, legs tucked to my side as I paint her nails the same dusty rose she’s finished painting mine. Our bimonthly manicures are never her favorite part of the time we hang out together, but Lana’s a good sport. She complains as little as possible while I apply the top coat, rolling her eyes at the precision with which I work. I know she doesn’t care what her hands look like, but I never do anything but my best, even if her nails are choppy and short from constant biting. This isn’t about the end result—it’s about the artistry.
“You’re ignoring me,” she accuses. And I am, but I won’t get away with it for long. Once she gets an idea in mind, Lana doesn’t let go. She’s probably right, but that doesn’t change the fact that auditioning for Elle is my mistake to make. Besides, I can’t think of any way to come out that doesn’t feel too scary to follow through with. I may as well kill two birds with one stone. “This is a bad idea.”
“And you’re twitching,” I retort. “How can I do a good job if you’re always moving?”
Lana shakes her head. “For Heaven’s sake, Amelia, I don’t even like getting my nails done.That’s you and Tori’s thing, not mine.”