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Grade
12

   The plastic walls scratch at the back of her neck as she leans over and rests her cheek on his shoulder. Years ago, this might have induced a fluttery feeling in her stomach. Now? It merely elicits the warm knowledge that he is there. His phone buzzes; his girlfriend no doubt. Once upon a time, it might have made her jealous.
    When the door to the doctor’s office emerges and a clipboard emerges, her pulse quickens, then halts. The news is not dire. All is well.
     He smiles. “You good?”
     “Yeah. Thanks.”
      Then they part ways. Friends always, love always.

State
CA
Zip Code
92336