Part One

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"Goodbye," she said.

It wasn't the first time. It would be the last.

Her first goodbye had been playful, he recalled. A dismissal of that awkward pause that precedes every first kiss.

She hovered in front of him, poised. He lifted up to meet her, crooked-- a caricature of an amorous position.

She smiled. He smiled. Their lips parted.

But they did not kiss.

She jerked her head away, giggling.

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