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They often took long walks all over Boston, talking about their lives and their dreams. Although Jake routinely talked about his aspirations, it was always tempered with self-doubt. He had never known anyone with “big dreams” who had achieved them. Paige used every chance she could to plant the seeds of hope in him. She said things like, “All things are possible if you believe in yourself and you’re willing to work, which you are. I believe in you. You should go for it, don’t hold back. ” She was the only person in his life to ever say things like that to him, and when she said something was possible it actually felt possible.
Paige sat up, pulling the sheet up to cover herself. She shimmied backwards and folded her legs up. ” “I wanted to tell you, but…” “But what? Two, did you say he’s two? ” 36 AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE “It isn’t like that. I mean, it is, but I didn’t mean it that way. His mother is just a girl I slept with a few times and she showed up on my doorstep like eight months pregnant, right before she was going to pop. I didn’t even think the kid was mine. ” Paige sat perfectly still. “It was just before I met you.
Paige couldn’t bear the thought of being away from Jake all summer, so she convinced her parents to let her stay in town with Aggie so that she could take some college prep courses and continue tutoring Kay-Kay. Her parents reluctantly agreed but insisted that she come to Cape Cod for a couple of weeks at the end of the summer. The next eight weeks were the best of her life. While people usually don’t appreciate the great moments of life while they are happening, Paige did. Just like they had since the day they met, Paige 33 CHAPTER 3 and Jake each did their own thing and when they had free time, they spent it together.
American Circumstance by Patricia Leavy (auth.)