I said, somewhat confused, What’s the problem?[Kristy] rolled her eyes. Beside her, Monica said, Donneven.Kristy. Delia shook her head. This isn’t the time or the place, okay?The time or the place for what? Caroline asked.There is never, Kristy said adamantly, a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.Throbbing? my mother said, leaning forward and looking at me. Who’s throbbing?Macy and Wes, Kristy told her.We are not, I said indignantly. Kristy, Delia said helplessly. Please God I’m begging you, not now.Wait a second, wait a second. Caroline held her hands up. Kristy. Explain.Yes, Kristy, my mother said, but she was looking at me. Not really mad as much as confused. Join the club, I thought. Explain.Bert said, This ought to be good.Kristy ignored him, tucking a piece of hair behind her ear. Wes wants to be with Macy. And Macy, whether she’ll admit it or not, wants to be with Wes. And yet they’re not together, which is not only unjust, but really, when you think about it, tragical.That’s not a word, Bert pointed out.It is now, she said. How else can you explain a situation where Wes, a truly extraordinary boy, would be sent packing in favor of some brainiac loser…Why, I said, feeling embarrassed, do we have to keep talking about this?Because it’s tragical! Kristy said….I’ll tell you what it is. It’s wrong. You should be with Wes, Macy. The whole time you guys were hanging out, talking about how you were both with other people, it was so obvious to everyone. It was even obvious to Wes. You were the only one who couldn’t see it, just like you can’t see it now.Mmm-hmm, Monica said aloud.
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