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By Beverly Cleary

First Date

Fifteen-year-old Jean is astonished while a good-looking Johnny whirls her ‘round the dance flooring. She's by no means given a lot inspiration to boys sooner than; now Johnny is all that is on her brain. ultimately she reveals the braveness to ask him to a dance. however the pleasure of a brand new costume and a scheme to take Johnny's photo can't cease jean's starting to be uneasiness that she likes Johnny much more than he likes her . . .

This high-school tale, that is either humorous and touching, is ready a woman who lacks self-confidence, and a boy who has an excessive amount of.

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There has been remorse in Mr. Jarrett’s voice, and his daughters knew he might have loved to convey the woman a letter from her son on a daily basis. “She was once so upset that after I received again to the put up workplace I appeared round and likely adequate, there has been a letter for her from long island. Airmail. I bought to pondering this terrible lady dwelling on their own and spending the complete weekend wishing she had that letter. So whilst I left the place of work I drove out to her residence and gave it to her. I want you have got noticeable her face whilst she observed that go back handle. ” Jean and Sue smiled affectionately at their father. “We may have known,” acknowledged Sue. “Last week it was once the woman who was once anticipating the coloured slides of her journey to Europe, simply because she used to be having corporation that night and desired to convey them. ” “And the week ahead of it used to be the woman expecting the letter from the sailor in Okinawa,” extra Jean, pouring a steaming cup of espresso for her father. “It was once a small factor to do, and it made her satisfied. I merely want it were a thicker letter. ” Mr. Jarrett approved the espresso with a thankful smile for Jean. “Are you prepared for that younger guy of yours? ” “Yes,” replied Jean. “Now if the elements will simply remedy ahead of this night. ” yet by the point Mrs. Jarrett got here domestic from paintings it used to be noticeable that the typhoon wouldn't purely proceed yet could most likely develop worse. Squalls of wind dashed rain opposed to the living-room and dining-room home windows. Rain gurgled out of the gutters at the roof, and drops fell down the chimney and plopped into the chilly ashes within the fire. The branches of the timber that covered the road bowed and lashed and tossed. “I desire the roof doesn’t leak. ” Mrs. Jarrett sounded anxious. Their roof, as all of them knew, was once outdated, and even though Mr. Jarrett had patched it final summer season, it wanted reshingling. Jean started to be uneasy. maybe Johnny wouldn't have the ability to come in spite of everything. She listened for vehicles in the street, and it appeared a long time prior to one handed. A department torn from a tree blew opposed to the home. behind her brain was once the fear that she was once now not beautiful sufficient or fascinating adequate for a boy to come back via a hurricane to work out. Don’t be foolish, she instructed herself sternly. “Neither rain, nor snow, nor warmth, nor gloom of night…” Now she used to be being even sillier. Johnny was once no longer a mailman. Jean attempted to close out the phobia that the phone may perhaps ring and it'd be Johnny breaking the date. She puzzled if Elaine and Maxine had had a good time advertising for his or her supper and the way many Greek olives they'd had funds for whilst every thing else were bought. She questioned if Elaine ignored her and if Maxine cherished avocados up to she did. while supper used to be over and the dishes washed, Jean took one final reassuring peek into the fridge on the truffles she had kept for herself and Johnny. to this point he had now not telephoned to damage the date, so possibly every little thing used to be going to be alright finally. She went to her room to alter her gown. Sue was once already sitting on the desk with a pile of books and notes in entrance of her.

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