“We can spend every waking moment together as soon as school’s out.”
“Until you go away to college,” I say,
He shakes a finger at me.
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He comes closer and weaves his fingers in between mine.
and I can hear a tiny tremble in the sentence.
“Don’t get to the end before we even have our beginning.”
“You can’t live life like that.”
And there he is, Win, next to me in the water.
He smiles, water droplets catching the light in his hair,
He shakes his head, whipping his hair out of his eyes.
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little mirrors and colors trapped in tiny globes.
“Your smile gets crooked when you relax,” he says.
In the distance the Tetons are tinged with pink and the sky is midnight blue,
like the Crayola color.
I swallow hard.
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This place is coming damn close to taking my breath away.
She turns and kisses me full-on, on the lips, for the briefest possible moment,
before pulling away and facing out to the view again.
I taste mint and feel sparks down to the base of my spine.
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“I’m not kidding. Your safety is first. If anything happened to you…”
“Same for you, Andrew. You know that. Life is precious and short.
You’re talking to the expert at that, remember?”
I hustle out the door with Tucker to the waiting limo.
No press. No photographers. This is a good sign.
I’ve tried to warn Kelly. I hope she’s ready for the full-on fame game.
It can get pretty damn old.
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“Real love is hard to come by,
and it transforms the very long and sad road of life into
the autobahn of love, light, and green eyes and freckles.”
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“As summer began to unfold, the days warmed.
The soil dried out, and the sun shone on the foothills
Ginger tried to fight back the feeling of being swallowed up. ”
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and turned them lush green.
“Diamonds weren’t forever ———
they were little pieces of carbon that had the random luck
If that was supposed to symbolize marriage,
to get squashed deep below ground for centuries.
then okay—trapped and squashed.”
She caught herself thinking about him...
That was the nicest feeling in the world.
Fender locked his eyes on her, and that seemed to make her beautiful.
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She felt like she could be something better when he looked at her that way.
just the way he looked at her when she was talking.
No one had ever looked at her like that before.
“... running finds me in my time of trouble,
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and I am rescued by the rhythm of it.”
“Miss Reynolds, you’re going to want to put on your sunglasses
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We’re about to throw your friend here to the wolves.”
and look nonchalant.
“It’s a bluebird day. Warm spring skiing, clear skies, soft snow.
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On Upper Nugget, the turns come to me easily,
someone terribly suave and possibly European. ”
and I feel for a brief moment like an expert skier,
“.... Real means that sometime in the next ten years,
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I will develop the Harrison chin, which is actually no chin at all.
Real is outweighing that big-head-on-a-toothpick
Real is having things in your past that are ugly.
Real is a mortgage and crow’s feet and sometimes getting sick and tired of
driving kids and doing dishes and sometimes even getting sick
co-star of yours by at least twenty pounds.
of the person in the bed next to you every night.”