Luke and Janet had been friends since Janet moved in next-door nine years ago. She had been the only one to show up at his tenth birthday party. Back then, Luke had been short, fat, and wore enough silver in his mouth to plate the bumper on an old Buick.
Now that had all changed, Luke had grown taller, the fat had melted away as he became more active with sports, and his teeth were straight and pearly white. The only thing that had remained the same was his friendship with Janet.
She was home schooled and didn’t mingle much. This had always confused Luke. While Janet wasn’t a raving beauty by any means, she was the typical cute girl next-door type. Luke paused in dealing the cards he held and thought about that. He had never seen Janet in anything besides baggy clothes. She had always refused his invitations to use his family’s pool.
Looking across the coffee table at Janet, he asked, “Why don’t you ever come over to go swimming when I ask you?”
“I don’t swim for one and I don’t own a bathing suit for another. Anyway, my mom wouldn’t allow it,” Janet replied as she picked up her cards and looked at Luke expectantly.
With a little jerk, Luke continued to deal the cards. “I wonder when the power will come back on?”
“When the power company fixes the problems the storm …