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Right From the Start by Claire Hennessy

Right From the Start by Claire Hennessy

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The first chapter of my memoir, about how I reunited with my very first boyfriend after a 30 year separation, entitled "Our First Meeting".
The first chapter of my memoir, about how I reunited with my very first boyfriend after a 30 year separation, entitled "Our First Meeting".

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Published by: Claire Hennessy on Jun 14, 2010
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Right From The Start 
Part One
By Claire Hennessy
 
Bug (left)
 
Claire
The hilarious, heartwarming, true story of how two High School sweetheartsare reunited after a 30 year separation, only to find themselves on opposite sidesof the world.
 
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Chapter One
Our First Meeting
Reuniting with my very first boyfriend after a 30 year separation was always goingto be a unique experience, but meeting outside a Waitrose supermarket at nine
o’clock on a cold
 
winter’s
night would not have been my first choice. Not the mostromantic of settings, and one that certainly did not reflect the life-changingimportance it would have on me and my family, but there you go, who can say
where love will blossom … again.
I first laid eyes on him when I was at boarding school. It happened in a sweet shopof all places so I suppose we were destined to meet in unromantic places eventhen. I was only thirteen years old and had never had a boyfriend before. In fact,as it was an all-girls boarding school, I hardly ever spoke to boys, let aloneanything else. He was a couple of years older and had an air of confidence andexperience about him which made the age difference seem more than that. Theway he wore his school shirt with the top few buttons undone, plus thefashionable black boots under the black school uniform trousers made him seemreally cool. He was small and skinny and I remember him staring at me, all floppy
 
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black hair and intense brown eyes looking out under enormous bushy eyebrows,like a giant hairy caterpillar crawling across his forehead. He said his name wasBug and
I wasn’t surprised.
 We were in the sleepy little village near to my school when we first met, and it
wasn’t until over 30 years later that I found out it was no coincidence we bumped
into each other, but a carefully orchestrated meeting. There was a lot about Bug I
didn’t find out til later … including his real name.
 It was a lovely afternoon i
n the long hot summer of ’76 a
nd I was with my friendsTanya, Bucket, Linda and Victoria. Bug was with two other boys and we all walkedrather self-consciously back to our school and sat in the playing fields, us girlstrying not to be too over-awed by being with
actual boys
. We were ridiculouslyshy and silly, so goodness
knows why they didn’t just leave an
d find some moremature girls to hang out with. We laughed at all their jokes, hungry for whateververbal morsel fell out of their mouths so perhaps that was the appeal. That firstmeeting is permanently etched in my memory, maybe a sign, now that I look backon it, that meeting Bug was always going to be more than just a casual flirtation inmy life.

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How excited am I that 4 agents have asked me to send them either a FULL or partial manuscript of my book ... WHEN I've finished writing it! Yay!
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I have revised and edited and changed and edited this first chapter - must upload a new version soon.
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Just reached 35,000 reads. Thanks Scribd and everyone. Now just need an agent .... :)
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Half way through Part Three and really enjoying writing today :)

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