by Edeyn Hannah Blackeney
"Who in the world is THAT?"
"Oh. Um, out of your league, hermano, for so many reasons..."
"Out of my league or not, she's... beautiful."
"Yes, she is. Don't even think it, though. Her girlfriend is third year at college."
"Ohhh... lesbian, huh? Well, let's shift gears into open-minded-friend mode. I just wanna meet her."
"Augh. You are NOT even listening. Look, take it from me... my older sister is one of her best friends... you just need to forget it."
"Alright. Don't say this chica didn't try to warn you. I'll tell you about her."
"That's all I'm asking!"
"You are totally hopeless. Alright. She's a Senior, and you a lowly Frosh."
"If her girlfriend is a third year college girl, same age difference."
"She's pretty much far and away the only choice for valedictorian this year."
"Well, I'm not a complete imbecile. I'm smart."
"Not just smart, Ese. That... what you see in her grades? That is just plain dedication. For an entire YEAR after the attack on her sister, she did nothing. With anyone. Except hit the books. Her girlfriend and her family ... and probably a good therapist... are the only reasons she finally came out of her shell again, and it took them more than a year to do it."
"Her sister died? Oh, shit."
"Not just sister. Twin. Wombmates. Not dead. Comatose. She goes and spends her Sundays at the hospital, reading to her sister. Like, nine in the morning until visiting hours end at eight at night."
"That poor girl..."
"Well, since she's been back in the swing of things so to speak, she's also Student Council President, Senior Class President, Cheer Captain again, she founded the Equality Alliance, and she's the reason that the hospital fundraisers go so well around here. Since she got her license, it's a means for her to go farther and knock on more doors."
"So, she's driven. You realize, everything you're saying just makes me want to meet her even more, right?"
"Alright, Ese. Last -- and most compelling -- reason to steer clear of her and anyone she cares about... your last name is Wexler."
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