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SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE
by Morgan Matson
I opened my mouth to say something to that, when the diner’s glass door opened and Dawn, Collins, and Frank all came inside, Dawn shaking her head at me. “Oh no,” I sighed, as I slid to the end of the booth so that Frank could sit next to me. Collins slid in next to Beckett, and Dawn next to him, and she nodded at me.
“They’re back to it,” she confirmed.
“Don’t let me down,” Frank said to Collins, pointing across the table. “You said you’d pay this time.”
“In my life, have I ever lied to you?” Collins asked, sounding affronted.
“Let it be,” Frank said, shaking his head. “We don’t need to get into that.”
“Please stop this,” I said, but Frank and Collins just shook their heads without even looking at me. For the last three days, they had been starting their sentences with only the titles of Beatles songs. They were allowed to speak normally to everyone else–and they’d put the game on hold when they were at work–but with each other, they were locked in, trying to prove who was the bigger fan.
“What’s going on?” Beckett asked, looking from Frank to Collins.
“I wish you guys would just declare a winner,” Dawn said, then frowned. “Actually, ‘winner’ might be the wrong word in this situation.”
“Bucket,” Collins said, turning to my brother, “how well-versed are you in the Beatles?”
“I’m looking through you,” Frank said, shaking his head, and Collins pointed to my brother.
“With a little help from my friends,” he said, defensively. “Since when is that not allowed?”
“Anyway,” Dawn said, turning toward me. “I want to set you up with someone.” This was surprising enough that I just blinked at her, and saw Frank turn his head sharply to look at Dawn.
“I’m so tired,” Collins was saying as he flipped through the menu. “Maybe I’ll get some coffee.”
“I don’t…,” I started. I was about to tell Dawn that I wasn’t interested, even though I really couldn’t have said why. It wasn’t like I still wasn’t over Gideon, or anything like that. “Um, who is it?”
Collins was snapping his fingers at Frank, who said, sounding distracted, “Right. Um…” A moment later, he seemed to realize what he’d done. “Wait,” he said quickly. “Help. You can’t do that…”
“I just totally won!” Collins yelled, pumping his fist in the air. “There is not, to the best of my knowledge, a Beatles song called ‘Right, Um.'” He drummed his hands on the table excitedly, then leaned back against the booth, like he was settling in. “Buckett, let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a place called Liverpool…”
Why is this quote fantastic?
Talk about being distracted. It doesn’t take a genius to know why, Frank. And it’s okay. Heh Heh. ^_^
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night?
Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn?
Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger?
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
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