At seventeen, we were becoming as embittered and as unromantic as our I’m Not That Type Of Person You Should Put On Speakerphone Shirt. See, Laura? You won’t change everything around as Jackie could. It’s happened too many times, to both of us; we’ll just go back to the friends and the pubs and the life we had before, and leave it at that, and nobody will notice the difference, probably. I met Charlie at tech: I was doing a media studies course, and she was studying design, and when I first saw her I realized she was the sort of girl I had wanted to meet ever since I’d been old enough to want to meet girls.
She was tall, with blond cropped hair she said she knew some people who were at St. Martin’s with some friends of Johnny I’m Not That Type Of Person You Should Put On Speakerphone Shirt, but I was never introduced to them, and she looked different and dramatic and exotic. Even her name seemed to be dramatic and different and exotic because up until then I had lived in a world where girls had girls’ names, and not very interesting ones at that. She talked a lot so that you didn’t have those terrible
I know that ardor helps even I know how difficult it is to resist someone who finds you irresistible, and I was certainly ardent: I didn’t make a nuisance of myself, not until the end, anyway, and I never outstayed my welcome, not while there was still a I’m Not That Type Of Person You Should Put On Speakerphone Shirt to be outstayed; but I was kind and sincere and thoughtful and devoted and I remembered things about her and I told her she was beautiful and bought her little presents that usually referred to a conversation we had had recently. None of this was an effort, of course, and none of it was done with any sense of calculation