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her# the k$ss on the s%orts !$eld# the rush$ng o! h$s l$%s on hers. &e'd al"ost (ut h$s !$nger on a saw# e$ng %reo((u%$ed w$th thoughts o! her# her e)es through glasses# the $nno(en(e o! l$l$es a out her# the wa) she looked so sur%r$sed# he ha*$ng k$ssed her. Not %lanned# no he d$dn+t %lan the k$ss# he was ,ust go$ng to talk w$th her# get to know her "ore and etter# when the $"%ulse to k$ss# o*er (a"e h$"# as $! so"e rarel) seen !$sh o! the sea had drawn h$" $nto de%ths he'd not known. &e s$ts on the s(hool us# got on e!ore she had# looks out the w$ndow# sh) o! see$ng her# now wonder$ng what she'd sa) a!ter that k$ss# her rea(t$on. Tre*or sa)s so!tl) so"eth$ng a out the Fru"%# he doesn't turn# looks at the k$ds wa$t$ng to get on the us# e-($ted# engaged $n the$r (on*ersat$ons# laugh$ng. &e $s aware# that she "a) e on the us now# he $s so sel! o sessed# he (an hear h$s heart eat# thu"% through h$s (hest. Tre*or ne-t to h$"# talk$ng a(ross the a$sle# sa)s so"eth$ng a out her# ut he $sn+t l$sten$ng# stares out. &e !eels as $! he's under a "$(ros(o%e# e)es gawk$ng at h$"# words around h$". .a) e others saw the k$ss/ &e d$dn+t th$nk a out that# ne*er ga*e $t thought. The rad$o $s on# the "us$( lares# so"e one $s s$ng$ng a out lo*e and "$ss$ng her. &e rela-es as the us "o*e o!!# senses no one $s aware o! the k$ss# no talk# or (hatter

o! $t. E*en Tre*or# who $s the *anguard o! goss$%# sa)s noth$ng a out that at all. 0ohn $s aware she s$ts a(ross the a$sle# a l$ttle $t a(k. &e (ould %oss$ l) see her# $! he glan(ed o*er the to% o! h$s seat# ut he doesn't# he looks at the %ass$ng s(ene# trees# hedges# !$elds# (ottages. &e tr$es to (al" h$s eat$ng heart# the thu"% see"s al"ost aud$ le# as $! the whole us (an hear $ts thu"%. &e (loses h$s e)es and th$nks o! her# the l$%s k$ssed# the e)es eh$nd her s%e(ta(les# her "outh# the wa) her words were st$lled ) h$s k$ss# were dren(hed $n her *$rg$n "outh1 he had tou(hed her# too. &$s hand had so!t tou(hed her ar"# drew her od) (loser to h$". She s"elt o! (ountr)s$de# a$r# and ha) and !$elds. &er l$%s there were !eather so!t1 he (ould ha*e sle%t there# la) there# rushed the l$%s# as $! a red utter!l) had landed# sought re!resh"ent. &e reruns the k$ss# $n h$s head# %la)s $t o*er and o*er. She $s there ,ust a(ross the wa)1 he (an al"ost sense her e)es on h$"# l$ke !eelers rea(h$ng o*er the seats to tou(h h$". &e o%ens h$s e)es# Tre*or has !oot all (ards $n h$s $nk) hands# he talks o! th$s %la)er and that# that !oot all tea" and th$s# ut all 0ohn (an th$nk on $s the utter!l) land$ng k$ss.