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No, not really… Not at all,” she said with a shrug. “I just bumped into him yesterday and, I don’t know. ” “You’re so far out of his league he was probably just shellshocked at the sight of you, limo and all,” Kay-Kay said with a giggle. “Yeah, I’m being silly. ” With that the girls resumed their work. Despite that she had decided to forget the nonsense with Jake, an hour later she again slowed down as she passed his apartment. The door stayed closed. When she got downstairs and opened the front door to leave the building surprise brushed across her face at the sight of him sitting on the hood of her car.

Eleanor, never one to let anything slip by, replied, “Having interesting things to say to people is its own end. ” Paige didn’t respond. One afternoon at Jake’s she casually told him that she planned to go to Harvard. “Don’t do that for me. ” “I just don’t want to be responsible for you staying here. You said you wanted to go to New York. ” “Well, that’s what people do, isn’t it? And it’s not like I’m staying here to go to some crummy school. ” “Yeah, and you’d be under your mother’s thumb, in a city you’re bored of.

In addition to their morning tutoring sessions, Paige started seeking Kay-Kay out at lunch and inviting her to sit with her friends. Kay-Kay was confident, upbeat, wickedly funny and never held back. When Paige’s friend Laurel was contemplating getting a new hairstyle she asked the group what they thought. After a series of niceties like, “Oh, you’ll look great no matter what you do,” Kay-Kay shook her head and said, “Girl, you got a big forehead and you need to get some bangs. ” After a short pause the girls, including Laurel, burst into laughter.

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