boniferhasty, bless her shipper heart, asked me for some WallyxLinda just after I’d posted High School Never Ends. Since my brain was still in that AU space, here’s what I came up with.
Hot for Teacher
The soccer ball hurtled toward Linda Park’s face. Without breaking stride, she caught it squarely in both hands. Without goalie gloves, her palms stung wickedly, but she was too used to the sensation for it to make her drop the ball.
The boy who’d kicked it wheezed as he jogged up to her. “Wow! Sorry, Coach.”
“It happens, Jared,” she said easily. “You guys sign up for this field?” She knew they hadn’t. Kids who wanted to play pickup games at lunch had to check in with her, and use school equipment. The lime green and acid yellow ball in her hands was definitely not property of Brentwood High School.
“Wha - uh, no, but it’s cool, right? We’re studying!”
“Studying,” she said, surveying the mess of boys and a few girls who came jogging up to her. “Yeah, I see that. You’re studying real hard.”
“We are, though,” said a tall black boy toward the back of the group.“Newton’s Laws of Motion.”
“Aha,” she said. “So, an object in motion will remain in motion - ” She dropped the ball and kicked it over the kids’ heads.
He leapt straight up, his long body arching, and caught it. “Until another force acts upon it. Like my hands.”