Long Past Dawn

Thug.
Delinquent. It’s no secret he’s dangerous.
Miguel González doesn’t have any memories that don’t include cruel fists raining down on him. He’s jumped from foster home to foster home before ending up in New Mexico, a wayward dump infested by rich snobs six months ago.
He knows what he looks like; tattooed with his hair buzz cut, lips downturned into a snarl.
Miguel doesn’t belong.
He smokes, he drinks, he doesn’t care for anyone or anything.
Students and teachers pass by him making faces at the stench. It’s a new school year. There are a bunch of new faces, fresh and eager to learn as they navigate through high school.
Then there’s him.
Javier Hernández isn’t afraid. He welcomes the danger. Javier is loaded. An uppity prick who thinks he’s better than everyone around him.
Only he isn’t. Miguel wants to wipe that smug smirk clean off his face.
Miguel isn’t good. He breaks beautiful things.
But Javier begs for it.

MM Short Reads, Novella, MM coming of age story.