Cate gathered the pitcher and glasses and carried the inside. She loaded the dishwasher and slumped into a chair at the kitchen table. She had no idea how to handle this new problem.
A half an hour later her friends returned. She met them in the hall. In their eyes she saw questions she didn’t want to answer.
“Are you all right?” Liz asked.
Megan cocked her head. “Why didn’t you come over? You and he were so close.”
Cate’s hands clenched. “My reason is evident.” She drew a deep breath. “I’m ready for lunch.”
“Good idea.” Liz walked to the kitchen door. “Brandon, Justin, come in and wash your hands and faces. We’re going to the Hot Doggery.”
Three boys and one girl stormed into the house. Once they washed they went to their cars.
“See you there,” Cate called.
Maddie fastened her seatbelt. “The boys are nice but I wish there was another girl.”
Cate started the car. “When you go to the Community Center for the rest of this month and when school starts you’ll find girl friends.”
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