Just Before the War with the Eskimos

FivestraightSaturdaymornings,GinnieMannoxhadplayedtennisattheEastSideCourtswithSelenaGraff,aclassmateatMissBasehoar’s.GinnieopenlyconsideredSelenathebiggestdripatMissBasehoar’saschoolostensiblyaboundingwithfair-sizeddripsbutatthesametimeshehadneverknownanyonelikeSelenaforbringingfreshcansoftennisballs.Selena’sfathermadethemorsomething.(Atdinneronenight,fortheedificationoftheentireMannoxfamily,GinniehadconjuredupavisionofdinneroverattheGraffs’;itinvolvedaperfectservantcomingaroundtoeveryone’sleftwith,insteadofaglassoftomatojuice,acanoftennisballs.)ButthisbusinessofdroppingSelenaoffatherhouseaftertennisandthengettingstuckeverysingletimeforthewholecabfarewasgettingonGinnie’snerves.Afterall,takingthetaxihomefromthecourtsinsteadofthebushadbeenSelena’sidea.OnthefifthSaturday,however,asthecabstartednorthinYorkAvenue,Ginniesuddenlyspokeup.

"Hey,Selena..."

"What?"askedSelena,whowasbusyfeelingthefloorofthecabwithherhand."Ican’tfindthecovertomyracket!"shemoaned.

DespitethewarmMayweather,bothgirlswerewearingtopcoatsovertheirshorts.

"Youputitinyourpocket,"Ginniesaid."Hey,listen"

"Oh,God!You’vesavedmylife!"

"Listen,"saidGinnie,whowantednopartofSelena’sgratitude.

"What?"

Ginniedecidedtocomerightoutwithit.ThecabwasnearlyatSelena’sstreet."Idon’tfeellikegettingstuckforthewholecabfareagaintoday,"shesaid.

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