From Issue 17: Phone Calls and Flowers

Hilary Brewster   March, 1995 I let the phone ring three times before I answer. I’m hoping it’s the boy I have a crush on, and I can’t seem too eager, says Seventeen. I close my algebra textbook. “Hello?” I lilt the O. “Can I talk to Katharine?” a man drawls. I’m disappointed it’s not for me. “Sure, hold on one minute please.” My phone etiquette education did not include requesting the caller’s identification. I put down the receiver and walk to the landing to shout downstairs. I lift the phone back to my ear to confirm she’s on the…

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