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Fierce on The Page by Sage Cohen

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Reaching High Is the True Triumph

Early in high school, I became infatuated with Bobby Sullivan. He was in my gym class, which was a forty-minute reprieve from the caste divides of teenage social order: the smart kids, the popular kids, the stoners, the Goody Two-Shoes. Bobby was kind in an enigmatic sort of way, and he had those sad, looking-beyond-me eyes that would become my holy grail of fumbled romance for many years to come. Everyone knew that the people you talked to in gym class weren’t the people you talked to in the halls—when you had on your real clothes and your real friends were in reach.

For a week or two, I biked past Bobby’s house in Woodcrest every day after school, back and forth, back and forth, as the leaves papered the ...

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