Practice 2R

“And you,” Jimmy said, turning and walking in the direction of Kassie, who had retreated to the rear of the team’s circle. “I don’t recall seeing you at the Hutchinson’s party last month.”

Kassie looked at him cautiously. “I didn’t see you, either.”

“So you were there, just — not very present, shall we say.”

Kassie nodded, looked quickly at Annie. “I — wanted to be there, with my friends. Mrs. Hutchinson, Annie’s mom, she’s friends with my mother, donates to the theater. But still, I didn’t feel comfortable, like I belonged.”

“Of course you belonged.” Annie’s tone was assertive, almost indignant.

“Thank you. But — you know how people say ‘But I was there in spirit,’ when they can’t go to an event? That night — it was like, I wanted to be there, with my body, but not in spirit.”

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