muttered, "But I hate this school, and this city, and the sooner
I leave, the better. I want to start over in a new place. I haven't .
. ." her voice trailed off and she looked away from Jason,
hoping instead to find her words among the falling raindrops. "Do
you ever feel like you aren't the person you're supposed to be? That
you could be a different person - and have a better life - if things
had been just a little different?"
-from The Spring
Leah looked at her parents, lost in
their own fantasies, and decided that the three of them were a pretty
pathetic family - but she wasn't sure who was more pathetic: the
dateless girl spending the night of the big dance by herself in her
bedroom, or the parents who foolishly believed a boy would arrive on
their doorstep with flowers, a limo, and a promise to rescue their
daughter from her solitude.