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Deleting Martina – Chapter Three

“Okay,” said Callie.  “How are your grades?”

Martina said, “average, I would imagine.  Do you have good grades?” Callie said, “I have to.  I need all the scholarships I can get.  I’m going to try to get one for archery as well as academics.  I know I have a bit of a problem with authority and most of my teachers think I’m a bit truculent, but I have plans and those plans are to go to college.”

“You know archery?” asked Martina.  Callie laughed and said, “it’s not something you know.  It’s something you do.”

“Are you good?” asked Martina.  Callie said, “yes, I am.  I can shoot the wings off of a fly at fifty paces, but I have practiced for a long time.  My first bow and arrow set were two sticks and a piece of twine, and my quiver was one of my knee-socks.”

Callie looked at Martina and said, “this is what we’re going to do.  We’re going to go to the same college and we’re going to be roommates.  But it won’t be one of those community colleges.  We’re going to shoot for the moon.  Somewhere like Harvard or Yale or Princeton.”

Martina said, “I don’t think I could get into one of those schools.”

Callie said, “are you kidding?  Sure you can.  Your father can build a library on campus and they can name it after him, or he could maybe…I don’t know…buy the Dean a kidney or something.  You don’t have to worry about getting in a school.  I do.”

Martina was intrigued with the notion of going to college.  It had never been discussed but she wondered aloud what good it would do if she did.  Callie said, “with a degree, you can do anything.  You could start a business!”

“What kind of business?” asked Martina.  “Well, what can you do?” asked Callie.  Martina thought for a minute and said, “I know how to sit properly, and I know where the silverware is supposed to be when we dine.  I know how to…”

“To what?” asked Callie.  “I know how to be seen and not heard,” said Martina.

Callie said, “you are going to learn how to be seen and heard.  You are going to learn how to roar!”

Callie looked at the huge Grandfather Clock in the corner of the massive room and said, “goodness.  Look at the time.  Can you get Jeeves to call the driver to take me home?”  Martina smiled and said, “his name is Mr. Bradley, and he will get cross if you don’t call him that.”

Callie laughed and said, “I know.  But isn’t it fun to kind of stir the pot?  People don’t have to be so serious all the time.  They need to live a little.  They need to break the rules now and then.  They need to be playful now and then.  When we’re old, there will be time to be all formal and goody-goody.  We’re young and we should act young.  Believe me, one day our youth is going to disappear like boiling water in a tea kettle, and we don’t want to have to ask ourselves where all those years have gone.”


To be continued___________

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