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Born and bred to win, Cami’s family expects her to join a secret society called The Guard, marry one of the two identical twin boys next door, and stay on Pinhold Island for the rest of her life. But she has other plans: work beach patrol, win the Surf Carnival and get a sponsor so that she can leave Pinhold to compete in international surf rescue competitions and see the world.
Home to epic waves, black sand beaches, and the world-famous Surf Carnival, Pinhold Island is regularly voted the top surf spot in the country. People come from all over the world to ride the waves or just relax in the natural beauty and rejuvenating water. While visitors are jealous of the few hundred people who get to live there, sixteen year old Cami feels stifled and trapped by her small community and her family's expectations. Thanks to the intense link she shares with her twin brother Mica, she can't even be alone with her thoughts. As decedents of the ten families who originally settled on Pinhold, Cami and Mica are part of a new generation of extreme surf lifeguards who are expected to earn invitations into The Guard.
But a seemingly small injury knocks her out of the first event and turns her summer upside down. It's suddenly impossible for Cami to resist the magnetic attraction to Blake, one of the twins next door; the one she's never been interested in. Just as the Surf Carnival competition starts to heat up, the best swimmers start to drown. Pulled to the ocean floor, they're found barely alive , stuck in unexplainable comas. When Mica goes down too, Cami can no longer wait for those in charge to figure out how to help him. To save the lives of her brother and their friends, Cami must ignore what she sees and what she's told, and instead must learn to trust the clicks, her instincts, that help her find the truth in heart even when it goes against everything her brain thinks it knows.
“Klutz,” said Mica, putting his hands on the rails and vaulting gracefully into the back.
“Let me help you,” Blake offered, lifting me over the side and into the flatbed, following me in with ease. I crammed against Mica to sit down, but no matter how I wiggled, we were not all going to fit.
“This worked a lot better last summer,” Blake said in that smooth, slow tone that made everyone lean in to hear him talk.
“All the extra workouts, bro,” Liam said, giving Blake a high five.
I squirmed away from both of them, standing again.
“I’ll walk,” said Blake, getting up like a gentleman so there was room for me.
“Nah,” said Mica, squinting his silvery eyes at the setting sun. “Can’t be late. Cami can sit on your lap.”
When the boys had satisfactorily arranged their legs, I settled on Blake, gingerly, trying not to get close. Then Billy gunned the gas and I fell hard onto Blake’s lap as the cart took off. We were speeding way to fast for me to adjust my position, so I looked around trying to distract myself from how uncomfortable I felt having this much physical contact with Blake.
It wasn’t hard to find something that captured my eyes. Our sunsets rivaled any wonder in the world. Pink light glinted off the bay on one side and the ocean on another, sparkling on the narrow gravel road made from tiny pieces of the black stone we quarried here.
We slowed down through the center of town to avoid the day-trippers who walked slowly back to ferry, blissed out and happily exhausted from their beach day.
“Mainer,” Mica muttered under his breath, when a cute guy with a surfboard locked eyes with me.
Visitors from the mainland kept the Island going, but most of us who lived there who lived here had a love/hate relationship with them. Except for me. I smiled back only to get an elbow in the gut from Mica.
“Be nice,” Billy called from the front. “Those folks will pay your salary this summer and make it possible to sustain The Guard, which you’ll appreciate soon. If you get in, of course.”
“Have you seen me swim lately? I’ve beat all the local records—even yours,” Mica said.
“Tonight’s not about speed, man—swimming from the little island to here is meant to represent rebirth,” said Billy.
“Don’t get all Yoda on me, Billy,” laughed Liam. “This is Pinhold. If you’re in the water, it’s a race.”
“For Nibblers like you, yes. But The Guard’s about other things,” Billy warned, wrestling the golfie onto the bumpier path down to the beach. It was kitted out with dune buggy wheels, but hardly a smooth ride.
“Those days are long gone. After three years in the Junior Guard I’m more than ready for the big dance,” Mica said in a casual voice that hid his feelings. Those he sent to me—dark, angry feels that clicked directly from his brain to mine. Like telepathic text messaging that I both loved and hated. Mica was half of my heart—but, I could never be alone with my thoughts. He saw everything that mattered to me, our secrets sent in clicks and symbols and feelings, back and forth even when we didn’t want to share.
On a harsh hitch I flew sideways, bouncing back down on Blake. “I got you,” Blake said, keeping his arms around me this time. This was Blake, polite and protective. Charming to a fault, protective of everyone. Being this close to him disrupted my equilibrium, and not in a good way. It got worse with every bump and blip. Each time we moved, he’d adjust his arm around me, pulling me closer. Between the forced contact and the bouncing truck, I felt nauseous by the time we arrived at the private beach where the party would be held.
A small crowd—kids younger than us and volunteers who were not participating in the ceremony or attending the party—were preparing the beach for the bonfire. Islanders sixteen and up were welcome at the party, but usually just the high school and college crowd stuck around. Mica and I were the oldest of five sets of twins born within six months of each other after a ten-year dry spell in which only a handful of babies had been born at all. In Billy’s year, he was the only child born. Growing up there weren’t many kids on the Island his age, so he was very happy when we were born when he was eight. He was there almost every day of my childhood, taking care of Kaleb and Blake along with Mica and me.
“Everyone else here in The Guard went over all ready,” said Billy’s girlfriend, Celeste, walking over to give him a kiss. Celeste wasn’t Pinhold born and bred, but she’d accepted an internship with the Ocean Research Institute for the summer. She visited us last year and I’d come to love her quickly. “So, are you guys ready for this?” Celeste asked to Blake, Mica and me. We each nodded enthusiastically, and Mica, Blake and I waved goodbye to her and walked toward the long wooded canoes waiting in the water. I had waited sixteen years to get to go to the small island and couldn’t wait a moment longer.
About the Author
Amy Evans is a wife, mother, ocean lover and storyteller. She's created multi-platform mobile apps, social media games, and interactive story worlds for HIPnTASTY, a company she co-founded in 2001. She loves dolphins, aliens and pugs, and sometimes writes for so long they all look like the same thing. Clicks is her debut novel about instincts, a Surf Carnival, an endless summer and the hottest beach patrol on the California coast. Clicks are truths you can feel, the sounds that the universe makes when it warns you that your world is about to change forever. If you listen to them, you get on the wave before it crests; control your path, surf into your destiny. If you ignore them, the wave crashes around you, and you try desperately not to drown.
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