My mother sent me to his home every day in the summer to keep him company. "He has no one," she'd say, "since your nana passed." He never said much to me. He only gave gruff instructions in broken English and a complaint here and there about how I didn't know Spanish. It was my second summer with him, and I could see why he was always alone.
I was grounded from seeing Jay for a month. Sometimes I would see him in the hallway, and he'd give me a small, embarrassed smile. Every day I could see him changing: His hair was growing longer, and he’d ripped his jeans like Peter's.
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Jay flipped his hair so that it was out of his eyes. I could tell he was trying to act cool, but he must have been shaking on the inside.
"You don’t have to," I said.
"What do you know?" Pete said. "Mr. Soccer with his fancy jersey." My mom had just bought this new soccer jersey for me. At the start of the day, Jay had said how much he liked it, but now he was laughing right along with Pete. Then I watched as Jay walked over to the red car, kicking his feet out as he walked like Pete did, and tore off the antenna.
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Jay and I were kicking a soccer ball. We had decided early in the summer to work on our skills. We were hoping to make the middle school team that fall. Jay and I had started playing soccer in first grade, and we practiced on Sunday afternoons.
"What do you know?" Pete said. "Mr. Soccer with his fancy jersey." My mom had just bought this new soccer jersey for me. At the start of the day, Jay had said how much he liked it, but now he was laughing right along with Pete.
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