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    It’s not until later Tuesday night, when April falls exhausted into bed with only four hours left until school starts, that she realizes this is the first election night in a dozen years where she hasn’t been scared of her father. She falls asleep without even looking at her phone.

    Then she wakes up.

    Last night, she had purposefully avoided looking at any national or statewide results. There was something insular and safe about being in that backyard, surrounded by a specific bubble of joy that April didn’t want to break with any outside information.

    April checks her news alerts, and breaks it.

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    Or, November 4-9, 2020 as experienced by one April Stevens.

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    30 Mar 2021

  2. Public Bookmark 26

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    “Besides,” April says, lowering her voice to a whisper, seemingly ignoring how Sterling is deeply unwell, “Twelfth Night has a delightful amount of lesbian subtext. It can be fully viewed as Olivia realizing why the only man she ever loved was not, in fact, a man, and what that implies about the constrictions of the era-”

    “I love you.”

    April’s eyebrows shoot to her forehead. Sterling could die. Maybe she will. Maybe the linoleum floor will swallow her up right now. Anything would be preferable to accidentally blurting out that she loves (loves?!) someone who she spent a week making out with over a year ago, and has only been on speaking terms with for the past two weeks.

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    30 Mar 2021

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    “April’s right,” Blair says, and in April’s ten years and eleven months on this planet, she’s not sure there’s a greater satisfaction than those two words right after each other. 

    “Thank you,” she says smugly. 

    “But!” Blair says, grinning, “our party is so going to be better than yours.”

    “Oh, you’re so on.”

    “Can we not?” Sterling asks. They both ignore her. 

    It becomes a sort of competition then, to see who can have the better party. All under the guise of good fun of course. But April will not lose. 
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    Or, April celebrating Sterling's birthday over the years.

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    30 Mar 2021

  4. Public Bookmark 13

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    Sterling knows it’s bordering on, like, fully being a stalker, but some nights she sees the light flick on in April’s room and wonders if April’s up there thinking of her. Some nights she sees the light flick off and she really really wonders if April is thinking of her. If April lays in the dark of her room and pictures Sterling in her bed with her, if she pictures the same thing Sterling does almost every night.

    She sits in her car and she thinks and she wonders and she wishes and she hopes and she wants.

    And then she drives home.
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    Taylor Swift's "Treacherous." Kind of.

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    30 Mar 2021

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    Sterling's hands gently glide the glossy black cover, before opening the book and letting herself fall into it. She loves it here, loves taking the stray lunch to sit in this chair with the company of only a book and absolutely no one else. 

    Twilight? Have some standards.”

    So maybe not absolutely no one else. 

    Sterling puts her finger in her place and grins up at April, who is looking at her with an acute combination of judgement and amusement.

    “Hey, it’s romantic!”

    “Is it?”

    “I mean, it’s supposed to be. I don’t know, right now she’s kind of just describing how pale she is.”

    “Groundbreaking literature.”

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    Or, Sterling, April, and The Twilight Saga over the years.

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    14 Feb 2021

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