Chance Inheritance (A Sample) (Chapter 3, page 1 of 5)


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1974

Graduation is finally here. GO! Natick High Class of '74. Allie has been going steady with Greg Monroe for almost a year. He's heading to UCLA and the GALs will all be in Bean town, Yeah! Allie has her Rose Colored Glasses on regarding the staying power of her relationship. Les and I both think, given the distance, it will be a miracle if they make it past first semester. Les has been accepted to Boston College, majoring in finance. Allie got into Harvard pre-med (her father's alma mater), and I will be attending Suffolk for Interior Design. The GALs are sharing an apartment in Brookline, courtesy of Dr. Clark. "As long as you all keep your grades up, I'm happy to foot the bill for living expenses."

Les and I call him our 'Sugar daddy without the sugar'. Allie says he throws money at his guilt.

I say, "Let him."

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The GALs are shopping for clothes before leaving for Boston. We are all on cloud nine anticipating this year of firsts. Leslie holds a sweater up to me.

"This would look great on you."

Feeling the fabric, I level my eyes on her with a, "Duh" to which she responds, "Oh right, itchy."

Leslie and Allison are the only people I trust with memories of my mother. They are aware of the many times I was forced to wear pretty dresses with crinoline skirts that were so itchy I wanted to scream, while she fashioned my hair into perfect tendrils yelling, 'If you don't sit still I'm going to rip it out of your head'. They also know that my brother and I were often punished for getting our play clothes dirty and that my mother spent a great deal of time pacing the living room, wringing her hands mumbling, 'What am I going to do, what am I going to do?'.

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