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Katie walked along the wooden planks of a boardwalk across the cliffs of Cambria as sun beamed down on them and waves exploded over the rocks below. Bushes, shrubs, and playful scrub jays lay on the side opposite the cliffs. She loved her hometown: small, safe, and with a view of the rugged cliffs of California. Her friend Laura walked beside her.
“You and Matt doing good?” Laura asked.
Katie’s heart raced at the thought of him. “Better than good.”
“What about college?”
A gust of wind blew Katie’s blonde hair behind her. “Well, San Luis Obispo and Santa Cruz aren’t that far. We’ll survive.”
Two forms sat on a bench further down the boardwalk. Well, a guy sat on the bench. The girl sat on top of him; they were connected at the lips.
“Ugh, a little heavy on the PDA, don’t you think?” Laura said.
Katie shrugged. “I’ve done worse.”
As they got closer, she thought it funny how the guy looked a little like Matt.
She stopped just a few footsteps from the bench.
“Matt?” she said uneasily.
The guy pulled out for air and stared back at Katie. Lipstick covered his face.
“Uh… hey, Katie,” he said.
The girl on his lap turned. It was Suzie, Suzie the freshman! They stared at each other for a moment in stunned silence.
Something inside Katie exploded like an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. She felt like her stomach was about to burst out of her skin.
“What are you doing?” Katie shouted.
“Uh, this isn’t quite, uh…” Matt stuttered.
She felt the black smoke of burning oil rolling out of her ears.
“You traitor!” she shouted.
She knocked the stunned freshman off his lap and went for after Matt’s face with her fingernails.
Matt threw up an arm to save his eyeballs. He fell backwards off the side of the bench and into the dirt.
“What happened to ‘I love you’?” Katie screeched.
Arms held her from behind, someone’s arms… Laura, it had to be Laura, keeping her from second degree murder.
Matt stood up and brushed off some of the dirt. He stared at Katie and shouted. “You’re boring, that’s what happened.”
He grabbed Suzie by the hand. “Come on, let’s find another bench,” he said. They stomped down the boardwalk.
Suzie turned back with an arrogant smile, stared at Lizze, and blew a kiss. (more…)