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- Author: Helen Hardt
- Language: English
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My sister, Frankie—short for Francesca—has two settings. High and low.
Either she’s going to have incredibly good news or incredibly bad news when
she calls. So when her name and number pop up on my buzzing cell phone,
my stomach sinks and I assume the worst. If it ends up being good news, it’s
a relief. And if it’s bad news, at least I’m a little prepared.
I sigh. I have a headache after staring at my computer screen for ten hours
—an average day on the job for me, but now that I’m mentally playing
“guess that phone call,” the pain feels sharper.
Relax. It can’t be worse than when she called to say Mom was rushed to
I look at her name pulsing on my phone screen in time with my pounding
head and pick up the call.
“Hey, Frank,” I say into the phone, trying to keep my voice light.
“Mandy, you’re never going to guess what happened!” she squeals.
Good news, then. Thank God. I lean back in my chair, relief washing over
me in a pleasant rush.
“You’re right, I’ll never guess,” I say and rub my temple. “So just tell me.
“Penn proposed last night! We’re getting married!”
And just like that, my relief turns to anxiety again.
Pendleton Berry is Frankie’s on-again, off-again significant other. He’s
also an overgrown frat brat who sells software systems but actually lives off a
trust fund from his grandfather. He and Frankie have been together for more
than five years—but with all the breakups, they’ve probably only been
together around half of that.
Am I supposed to take this seriously? Maybe, because this is the first time
the man actually proposed to her.
Frankie is younger than I am by two years. Even so, she gets everything
first. Seriously. She even started menstruating before I did. She was twelve
and I was fourteen. Sure, I got the curse a month later, but still, she had to
show me up. I was an awkward kid, introverted and hardly athletically
inclined. Frankie even learned to ride a bike before I did.
I love my sister, but now that I’m pushing thirty? This shit is getting old.
She’s going to get married, and I don’t even have any prospects.
And if I’m honest with myself? I don’t want any prospects, because I’m
hopelessly in love with the one man I’ll never have. But now’s not the time to
focus on that one problem. My sister just dropped a bombshell and is likely
waiting on me to share her excitement.
“Aren’t you going to say anything?” Frankie asks.
I inject as much enthusiasm as I can into my voice. “That’s great, Frank.
She scoffs. “Don’t increase your heart rate or anything, Mandy.”
“I’m sorry. I’m happy for you. Really.” Do I sound sincere? Part of me
truly is sincere. I don’t wish anything bad on Frankie. I adore my sister and
want her to be happy. I’m just not sure Penn Berry is the man who can
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