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  • Nancy was wild hair and wide green-eyed gorgeous. We were all of 14, just kids. And I didn't know much about girls.

    One day, Nancy flat out told me she liked me. I said I liked her back, and I meant it. Her smile grew big as summer.

    Well, that settled it, almost. After weeks of justabouts and we'll sees, Nancy pulls me upstairs, closes her bedroom door and lets me kiss her. My first kiss, her's too, soft and sweet as a kiss could ever be, a whole new world. Oh, Nancy. I pumped my stingray hard that night, butt off the seat all the way home. Every busted connection I'd ever felt in this world disappeared that night.

    Nancy and I kissed some more after that. We got good at it, and my brother Marc even fell for her sister. But then Nancy and I lost each other. I guess other things started to matter more, things that stepped between us.

    And just like that, 40 years went by.

    Yesterday, Marc paid a condolence call to her sister. He'd stayed in touch all this time. And there's Nancy, married, with kids, beautiful as ever, grieving the loss of the man who called her into this world.

    "That Steven, he was the best boy out of all of them", she said to my brother, eyes wide and green. "That's what my Mom says whenever we talk about those days. The best of all of them."

    She smiled, eyes big as summer. "Please Marc, please send him my love."

    Marc said that he would. And he did.
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