During the past few months of Sweet Saturday Samples, we followed our friend Peggy, one of the three protagonists—June, Kiki, & Peggy—from our book, I.O.U. Sex. Today we’re introducing you to June, whose old high school diary inspired a pact between the three friends. They’ve vowed to find their former steadies and pay them back for all those sexual refusals when they were teens. In this excerpt, June, with her dog Daisy for company, considers what she wants to do.
By the time Peggy and Kiki left that morning they'd read most of June's diary entries from their Rayburn High senior year. The diary brought back memories of how much fun they'd had as Rayettes, dancing during halftimes at football games and marching in the Dallas Cotton Bowl Parade--"a big honor," according to her January 2nd entry. The everyday details revealed in the pages made them realize how different their lives were then. Pay phones, sleeping in curlers, driving to the DQ with their boyfriends, just to buy a cherry coke. And woven through it all were their high school loves--Denny, Greg, and Mark.
Then June's thoughts jumped to Kiki's crazy idea. She wondered if her friend was serious about this boyfriend search. Would she really go looking for Greg? Knowing Kiki, she probably would.
What about Peggy? Yeah, she agreed to the search, but it was probably the booze talking instead of her sane brain. She'd be surprised if Peg really went hunting for Mark.
Her thoughts sobered and she snuggled Daisy in her arms.
More importantly, what about me and Denny? It's not the same situation for me as it is for Kiki and Peg--not so simple.
She'd thought of her old boyfriend a lot since moving back to Dallas, wondering what she'd say if they should accidentally meet. The last June had heard, Denny was running his dad's garage in their same old Dallas neighborhood, but that was years ago. She wondered if the business still existed. Maybe she'd look in the phone book later, when she wasn't so tired.
"It's time I talked to him, Daisy," she said aloud. "Past time. Maybe this crazy idea of Kiki's is just the encouragement I need."
Are you wondering what makes June's situation different from that of her friends? What does she need to talk to Denny about after all these years? In the coming weeks, we'll reveal more of her story.
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