Melinda St.James, one of the younger (and more innocent) characters from the Valentine series, has decided on what she wants to do, when summer arrives. Here’s a snippet from the upcoming Valentine 5, which features a conversation between Melinda and Jo Fuentes. Enjoy!
“Hey, I know what I want to do this summer,” Melinda said. “I heard someone at school talking about the Pride Parade in June. I wanna go!”
Veronica, Val and Jo all turned to her in surprise. “The Pride Parade?” Val asked.
Melinda set her bowl on the coffee table and nodded enthusiastically. “Yes!” she said. “Can we go this year?”
“Uh, sweetie, do you know what the Pride Parade is for?” Jo asked.
“Sure,” Melinda said. “It’s about celebrating who you are, and being proud of yourself and your friends.”
Jo turned to Val and Victoria and smiled. “She’s so innocent, it’s too adorable,” she said. She turned back to Melinda, and said, “Well, you’re not wrong. Pride celebrates the LGBTQ community. It reminds people to be tolerant and open-minded, and embrace everyone’s differences. It helps the community be more aware of people like me.”
Melinda blinked at her in surprise. “What, do you mean, like, other Marines?”
Jo raised her eyebrows. “You’re really adorable, do you know that?”
Melinda beamed, and picked up her bowl of cereal. “Thank you.” Victoria leaned over and whispered something into Melinda’s ear.
Jo smiled at Val and Veronica. “This year, she should lead the Pride Parade.”