|Angela paused at her front door and composed herself. She didn’t want anyone to see that she had been crying. The date with Justin hadn’t gone quite liked she had hoped. That was really not quite correct. It had been a disaster. She would probably never hear from him again.
She steadied herself and opened the door. Her mom and dad were sitting in the living-room while some program played from the television set across the room.
“Hi honey,” her mother called out “How was your date?”
“OK” she lied as she turned and headed for her bedroom. “If anyone asks, I'm not here."
She stepped in her room and threw her purse onto the side table and collapsed onto her bed. Before anything else could happen there was a gentle tapping on her door.
“Can I come in?” her mother opened the door and stuck her head in.
“I don’t feel like talking right now.” Angela started to say and then broke down in tears.
In a moment her mother was there holding her teenaged daughter. Angela could hold it in no longer. She broke into long sobbing wail. Her mother just held her and waited knowing that she would talk about her problem when she was ready.
Finally Angela pulled back and said “Justin and I are going to break-up.” With that Angela once again started to cry. Her mother desperately wanted to quiz her as to what had happened but realized she had to wait for an explanation.
“Mother, sob, he’s just terrible. He wanted me to … you know… do it and when I said I wouldn’t he told me that I couldn’t be his girlfriend.”
Angela’s mother was proud of her daughter and at the same timewas lost for words to help her.
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