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Paige brought picnic lunches, and Jake brought a small Boom Box. By the end of July, Paige was ready and one night after a day at the lake they went back to Jake’s and made love. She thought it was remarkable that someone as strong as Jake could be so gentle. ” She hated leaving Jake to go to the Cape but she missed her father and was happy to get a chance to go to the beach. When she 34 AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE returned Kay-Kay was happy to tell her that while she was gone Jake worked extra hours and hung out alone at his place.

He sat down on the edge of the bed while she just stood there. He had never spoken to her that way before. ” “Bullshit. Why haven’t you ever brought me to your place, to meet your parents? Why do we always hang out here? Do you think I’m stupid? You care. ” She sat down next to him, and touched his face. “Look at me. Please, don’t look down, look at me,” she said softly. “I’m sorry. I should have introduced you to my family a long time ago. I honestly didn’t think you wanted to meet them and…” He cut her off, “It’s Ok.

The day after Christmas she picked up the phone, took a deep breath and called Kay-Kay. ” “Kay-Kay? ” “Whoa… God, Paige. ” 38 AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE “Yeah, I know… Kay-Kay I’m so sorry I just left for school with no word and that I never returned your calls. ” “It’s Ok, I get it,” Kay-Kay said, still sounding caught off guard by Paige’s call. “So, how are you? ” Paige asked. “Uh, it’s fine. I had to take the SATs which were awful but mostly it’s fine. ” “And Jake? ” Kay-Kay made a sound as if she was about to answer when Paige said, “I was thinking of seeing him.

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