The Boyfriend

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
The story below is told by a young child who's elder sister invites her boyfriend round for dinner. The couple are about seventeen years of age, and there is some awkwardness
at the table.

Submitted: April 25, 2008

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It’s bang on six.
He turns up in his best, with lilies in one hand, chocolates in the other. He kisses my sister on the cheek and slithers to the dining-room.
He greets my father by shaking his hand, and kisses my mother on both cheeks.
The dinner is on the table.
The boyfriend touches my sister.
Mother looks across at Father, displeased, worried, not amused.
Father looks at my sister, gritting his teeth as the boyfriend crunches on carrots. My sister takes her boyfriend’s hand under the table. Mother avoids my sister’s eyes, glancing down at her belly. She grimaces.


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