This was a very special September evening for Jessica Ferris. Earlier in the day, the sorority that had rushed her that past summer accepted her as a pledge. A freshman in college, she felt odd sitting next to Tony, a cadet officer at the military academy. He was her age and their relationship had spanned the last three years. When they met, she was a cheerleader, he the quarterback on their high school’s football team.
As the movie flashed on the screen, Jessica’s mind drifted into the past. She remembered their first date, the DWI, and the judge’s ruling that influenced Tony’s parents to enroll him in the academy. She recalled the night Tony’s second touchdown won the state championship. How after the dancing they did at the school’s victory dance, she gave him her innocence in the back seat of his Chevy. She remembered how frightened she was for two weeks thinking she might be pregnant, because in their haste in the back seat Tony’s frantic pumping had broken his condom.
–by Ron Hanlon, from Hearts Can Change in Time: A Novel of Love Lost then Found
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