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[2 of 5] The Hate U Give - Part 1: When It Happens - Six to Ten - by Angie Thomas (2017)

Author: Angie Thomas

“Part 1: When It Happens - Six to Ten.” The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, 2017, pp. 93–198.

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My mom and I arrive at the police station at four thirty on the dot.

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A handful of cops talk on phones, type on computers, or stand around. Normal stuff, like on Law & Order, but my breath catches. I count: One. Two. Three. Four. I lose count around twelve because the guns in their holsters are all I can see.

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Brendaly N (Oct 19 2020 8:08AM) : Her breath catches when she sees the guns because she knows the awful things they have done with them
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(Oct 19 2020 8:09AM) : No person should have to face this.
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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 6:24PM) : Starr's Mom Lisa doesn't think Starr can handle being asked about Kahlil's death.
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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 6:30PM) : Starr starts blaming herself and feeling guilt of Kahlil's death. This connects to how a lot of people react to things that happened to other people.
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Estefani F (Oct 28 2020 9:30PM) : I would not be at all concentrated with all those policemen and the only thing that I see them are only the pistols. I would not feel comfortable.
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jade B (Dec 14 2020 9:45PM) : Are seeing police in this book as a stereotype, just like the press's efforts to depict Khalil as a punk?
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Dawry C (Mar 10 2021 7:49AM) : summary/connections [Edited] more

she get scare and catches her breath when she sees the gun. if i was in that same situation i would be scare for my life too.

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All of them. Two of us.

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Momma squeezes my hand. “Breathe.” I didn’t realize I had grabbed hers.

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Paul D (Nov 20 2020 10:24PM) : Purpose more

The purpose of this part is to show that Starr is very stressed and up tight about this whole thing. She is still very traumatized and reliving the incident might be hard for her.

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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 5:32PM) : Starr is very nervous, scared too
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Rumeysa Y (Mar 15 2021 5:31PM) : Starr is feeling really scared/nervous. Her mom is holding her hand so that Starr feels a little more at ease.
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I take a deep breath and another, and she nods with each one, saying, “That’s it. You’re okay. We’re okay.”

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Uncle Carlos comes over, and he and Momma lead me to his desk, where I sit down. I feel eyes on me from all around. The grip tightens around my lungs. Uncle Carlos hands me a sweating bottle of water. Momma puts it up to my lips.

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I take slow sips and look around Uncle Carlos’s desk to avoid the curious eyes of the officers. He has almost as many pictures of me and Sekani on display as he has of his own kids.

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“I’m taking her home,” Momma tells him. “I’m not putting her through this today. She’s not ready.” “I understand, but she has to talk to them at some point, Lisa. She’s a vital part of this investigation.” Momma sighs. “Carlos—”

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Ginger B (Oct 08 2020 6:03PM) : Momma knows her daughter well on how much she can and cannot take. She serves as a nurturing and usually gentle woman.
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Zachary J (Oct 09 2020 12:51PM) : Summary more

Starrs mom Lisa is worried starr is not mentally prepared to be questioned about khalils death and wants to take her home.

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“I get it,” he says, in a noticeably lower voice. “Believe me, I do. Unfortunately, if we want this investigation done right, she has to talk to them. If not today, then another day.”

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Another day of waiting and wondering what’s gonna happen. I can’t go through that.

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“I wanna do it today,” I mumble. “I wanna get it over with.” They look at me, like they just remembered I’m here.

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Uncle Carlos kneels in front of me. “Are you sure, baby girl?” I nod before I lose my nerve.

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“All right,” Momma says. “But I’m going with her.” “That’s totally fine,” Uncle Carlos says.

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“I don’t care if it’s not fine.” She looks at me. “She’s not doing this alone.” Those words feel as good as any hug I’ve ever gotten.

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Teia W (Dec 17 2020 5:49AM) : starr is scared. She wants to get it over with even though she needs to do this.
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Brendaly N (Oct 19 2020 8:12AM) : Her mom is going to be there for support so Starr doesn’t have another panic attack
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Sandeep A (Dec 09 2020 12:43PM) : I agree with comment because in the book starr family is always there for her when she needs help and just someone to talk to.

Uncle Carlos keeps an arm around me and leads us to a small room that has nothing in it but a table and some chairs. An unseen air conditioner hums loudly, blasting freezing air into the room.

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“All right,” Uncle Carlos says. “I’ll be outside, okay?” “Okay,” I say.

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He kisses my forehead with his usual two pecks. Momma takes my hand, and her tight squeeze tells me what she doesn’t say out loud—I got your back.

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We sit at the table. She’s still holding my hand when the two detectives come in—a young white guy

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Julie Z (Sep 22 2020 3:51PM) : Why does this have to be a description about race?
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with slick black hair and a Latina with lines around her mouth and a spiky haircut. Both of them wear guns on their waists.

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Keep your hands visible. No sudden moves.

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Ginger B (Oct 08 2020 6:06PM) : This phrase is repeated throughout the book showing what People of Color have to deal with often. It reminds us of the trauma and anxiety she feels around police, which are supposed to exist in order to make people feel safer.
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ahmed s (Nov 21 2020 5:34PM) : she is saying this in her head, kinda like the guns triggers memories of what to do more

a lot of parents tell this to their children so their children don’t get shot. its sad that people have to teach their kids how not to get shot because of their skin color. it goes to show how the law was back then and still is now(not as much as it used to be)

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Rumeysa Y (Mar 15 2021 5:36PM) : A phrase that was taught by Big Mav, Starr's father. If she doesn't stay still or put her hands somewhere visible, she might go through something she doesn't want to just like Khalil. Khalil got shot because he had a hairbrush in his hand and kept moving. [Edited]
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Only speak when spoken to.

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Nimra R (Nov 20 2020 3:54PM) : Changing more

This explicitly states how Starr changes her demeanor. The fact that she does it without thinking shows how it’s engraved into her life.

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Rumeysa Y (Mar 15 2021 8:38PM) : Another phrase that was taught to Starr and her siblings by their father Big Mav in order to keep them safe?
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“Hi, Starr and Mrs. Carter,” the woman says, holding out her hand. “I’m Detective Gomez, and this is my partner, Detective Wilkes.”

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I let go of my mom’s hand to shake the detectives’ hands. “Hello.” My voice is changing already. It always happens around “other” people, whether I’m at Williamson or not. I don’t talk like me or sound like me. I choose every word carefully and make sure I pronounce them well. I can never, ever let anyone think I’m ghetto.

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Brendaly N (Oct 19 2020 8:15AM) : She has a fear of falling into those negative stereotypes because they might cost her , her life around officers or nasty looks around people who don’t look like her
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Julie Z (Sep 22 2020 12:51PM) : So sad:(

“It’s so nice to meet you both,” Wilkes says.

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“Considering the circumstances, I wouldn’t call it nice,” says Momma. Wilkes’s face and neck get extremely red.

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Nimra R (Oct 08 2020 5:36PM) : Confrontation more

i think confrontation like this is not being rude but instead expressing yourself and helping the other people in the situation empathize with you. It’s pretty clear that the cop was embarrassed. But both of the cops failed to acknowledge the situation head on

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“What he means is we’ve heard so much about you both,” Gomez says. “Carlos always gushes about his wonderful family. We feel like we know you already.”

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She’s laying it on extra thick.

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“Please, have a seat.” Gomez points to a chair, and she and Wilkes sit across from us. “Just so you know, you’re being recorded, but it’s simply so we can have Starr’s statement on record.”

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“Okay,” I say. There it is again, all perky and shit. I’m never perky.

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Detective Gomez gives the date and time and the names of the people in the room and reminds us that we’re being recorded. Wilkes scribbles in his notebook. Momma rubs my back. For a moment there’s only the sound of pencil on paper.

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“All right then.” Gomez adjusts herself in her chair and smiles, the lines around her mouth deepening. “Don’t be nervous, Starr. You haven’t done anything wrong. We just want to know what happened.”

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I know I haven’t done anything wrong, I think, but it comes out as, “Yes, ma’am.” “You’re sixteen, right?”

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“Yes, ma’am.”

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“How long did you know Khalil?”

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“Since I was three. His grandmother used to babysit me.”

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“Wow,” she says, all teacher-like, stretching out the word. “That’s a long time. Can you tell us what happened the night of the incident?”

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“You mean the night he was killed?”

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Shit.

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Gomez’s smile dims, the lines around her mouth aren’t as deep, but she says, “The night of the incident, yes. Start where you feel comfortable.”

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I look at Momma. She nods.

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“My friend Kenya and I went to a house party hosted by a guy named Darius,” I say.

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Thump-thump-thump. I drum the table. Stop. No sudden moves.

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I lay my hands flat to keep them visible.

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“He has one every spring break,” I say. “Khalil saw me, came over, and said hello.” “Do you know why he was at the party?” Gomez asks.

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Why does anybody go to a party? To party. “I assume it was for recreational purposes,” I say. “He and I talked about things going on in our lives.”

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“What kind of things?” she questions.

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“His grandmother has cancer. I didn’t know until he told me that evening.” “I see,” Gomez says. “What happened after that?”

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“A fight occurred at the party, so we left together in his car.” “Khalil didn’t have anything to do with the fight?”

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I raise an eyebrow. “Nah.”

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Dammit. Proper English.

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Chloe B (Oct 09 2020 4:20PM) : Inference more

Starr is trying to be seen as educated and professional to the police, so they do not racially profile her and jump to conclusions on Khalil’s death.

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I sit up straight. “I mean, no, ma’am. We were talking when the fight occurred.” “Okay, so you two left. Where were you going?”

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“He offered to take me home or to my father’s grocery store. Before we could decide, One-Fifteen pulled us over.”

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Paul D (Nov 21 2020 1:26AM) : Purpose more

Starr still calls him 115 because she doesn’t consider him human. A human would not have done something like that.

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“Who?” she asks.

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“The officer, that’s his badge number,” I say. “I remember it.” Wilkes scribbles.

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“I see,” Gomez says. “Can you describe what happened next?”

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I don’t think I’ll ever forget what happened, but saying it out loud, that’s different. And hard. My eyes prickle. I blink, staring at the table.

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Momma rubs my back. “Look up, Starr.”

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My parents have this thing where they never want me or my brothers to talk to somebody without looking them in their eyes. They claim that a person’s eyes say more than their mouth, and that it goes both ways—if we look someone in their eyes and mean what we say, they should have little reason to doubt us.

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Estefani F (Nov 02 2020 10:59AM) : If you look the person in the eye saying something that happened in real life they will believe you but if you do not look them in the eye they will not believe you because sometimes it happened to me too.
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Nimra R (Oct 08 2020 5:38PM) : Advice more
I believe that this is a very useful piece of advice it shows us something about the character of Starr’s mom
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William S (Oct 09 2020 3:28PM) : I think this is interesting because it talks about how a persons body movement can have a different story to tell than what is actually being said.
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Owen G (Nov 22 2020 9:31PM) : It forces them to see you as a person.

I look at Gomez.

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“Khalil pulled over to the side of the road and turned the ignition off,” I say. “One-Fifteen put his brights on. He approached the window and asked Khalil for his license and registration.”

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“Did Khalil comply?” Gomez asks.

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“He asked the officer why he pulled us over first. Then he showed his license and registration.” “Did Khalil seem irate during this exchange?”

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“Annoyed, not irate,” I say. “He felt that the cop was harassing him.” “Did he tell you this?”

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jade B (Dec 15 2020 12:47AM) : Irate versus annoyed. Annoyed is much lower on the anger line than irate. Irate is verging on out of control. I don't think he was annoyed.
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“No, but I could tell. I assumed the same thing myself.”

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Shit.

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Gomez scoots closer. Maroon lipstick stains her teeth, and her breath smells like coffee. “And why was that?”

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Chloe B (Oct 09 2020 4:21PM) : Connect more

The way the detectives are trying to find any way of putting the blame on Khalil for his death is similar to how law enforcement acts in the world, they always try to find any excuse to not prosecute a officer.

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Breathe.

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The room isn’t hot. You’re nervous.

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“Because we weren’t doing anything wrong,” I say. “Khalil wasn’t speeding or driving recklessly. It didn’t seem like he had a reason to pull us over.”

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“I see. What happened next?”

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“The officer forced Khalil out the car.”

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“Forced?” she says.

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“Yes, ma’am. He pulled him out.” “Because Khalil was hesitant, right?”

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Momma makes this throaty sound, like she was about to say something but stopped herself. She purses her lips and rubs my back in circles.

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I remember what Daddy said—“Don’t let them put words in your mouth.”

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Brendaly N (Oct 21 2020 8:36PM) : She takes note of her dads advice and uses it in this moment
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Nimra R (Nov 20 2020 3:57PM) : Words more

This is a really good piece of advice. But Starr finds herself frustrated because it’s easier said then done.

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Paul D (Nov 21 2020 3:20AM) : Summary more

Her dad had had previous encounters with the police and knew what their tactics would be. Thankfully he warned Starr about them.

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“No, ma’am,” I say to Gomez. “He was getting out on his own, and the officer yanked him the rest of the way.”

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She says “I see” again, but she didn’t see it so she probably doesn’t believe it. “What happened next?” she asks.

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“The officer patted Khalil down three times.” “Three?”

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Yeah. I counted. “Yes, ma’am. He didn’t find anything. He then told Khalil to stay put while he ran his license and registration.”

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“But Khalil didn’t stay put, did he?” she says. “He didn’t pull the trigger on himself either.”

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Brendaly N (Oct 21 2020 8:38PM) : It seems like the officer is trying to incriminate Khalil which is causing Starr to get defensive
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Nimra R (Nov 20 2020 4:00PM) : Advice more

I feel like Starr is sometimes set up of aggravated in a way by the officers to say “self- sabotaging” things

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Shit. Your fucking big mouth.

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The detectives glance at each other. A moment of silent conversation.

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The walls move in closer. The grip around my lungs returns. I pull my shirt away from my neck. “I think we’re done for today,” Momma says, taking my hand as she starts to stand up.

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“But Mrs. Carter, we’re not finished.” “I don’t care—”

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“Mom,” I say, and she looks down at me. “It’s okay. I can do this.”

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She gives them a glare similar to the one she gives me and my brothers when we’ve pushed her to her limit. She sits down but holds on to my hand.

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“Okay,” Gomez says. “So he patted Khalil down and told him he would check his license and registration. What next?”

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“Khalil opened the driver’s side door and—”

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Pow!

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Pow!

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Pow!

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Blood.

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Tears crawl down my cheeks. I wipe them on my arm. “The officer shot him.” “Do you—” Gomez starts, but Momma holds a finger toward her.

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“Could you please give her a second,” she says. It sounds more like an order than a question. Gomez doesn’t say anything. Wilkes scribbles some more.

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My mom wipes some of my tears for me. “Whenever you’re ready,” she says. I swallow the lump in my throat and nod.

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“Okay,” Gomez says, and takes a deep breath. “Do you know why Khalil came to the door, Starr?” “I think he was coming to ask if I was okay.”

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“You think?”

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I’m not a telepath. “Yes, ma’am. He started asking but didn’t finish because the officer shot him in the back.”

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More salty tears fall on my lips.

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Gomez leans across the table. “We all want to get to the bottom of this, Starr. We appreciate your cooperation. I understand this is hard right now.”

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I wipe my face on my arm again. “Yeah.”

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“Yeah.” She smiles and says in that same sugary, sympathetic tone, “Now, do you know if Khalil sold narcotics?”

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Jaden J (Oct 07 2020 9:14PM) : Summary more

While Starr is answering the police’s questions they keep trying to find a reason to paint Khalil as a criminal. Instead of being unbiased and focused on the murder the cops are more focused on justifying the policeman’s actions.

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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 9:36PM) : This connects to the real world in the way that investigators will twist up the story they are told to lean towards the cops side. [Edited]
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Owen G (Nov 22 2020 9:33PM) : It's so messed up that this seems to be the thing that is discussed the most, like selling drugs had anything at all to do with him getting killed.
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Teia W (Dec 17 2020 8:52AM) : the woman seems to be trying to find a reason for how khalil may be the bad guy even though he isnt.
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Axel R (Oct 06 2020 3:49AM) : Summarize more

Starr goes to the police interview and has a sense that they will try to twist the story. This part is exactly that, the police are trying to distract from the fact that the officer killed Khalil by introducing the idea that he may have been a drug dealer. The police intend to paint Khalil in bad light in order to distract from the killing.

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Grecia E (Oct 10 2020 11:24PM) : Connect more

I feel like this situation can connect to the real world. Many investigators have the tendency to side with the cop instead of actually trying to see what happened. They always want to make the victim seem like a criminal to justify the cop’s actions.

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Nimra R (Nov 20 2020 4:05PM) : Sabotage more

I feel like this was the beginning of them creating Khalil’s profile as a “drug dealer”

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Dawry C (Mar 08 2021 12:18PM) : summary more

while starr taking to the cops they still trying to find a reason to paint khalil as a criminal.

Pause.

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What the fuck?

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My tears stop. For real, my eyes get dry with the quickness. Before I can say anything, my mom goes, “What does that have to do with anything?”

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“It’s only a question,” Gomez says. “Do you, Starr?”

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blen r (Oct 08 2020 8:46PM) : Question more

What does that have anything to do with anything? Just seeing this quote proves on how this person is literally trying to change the subject and make it seem like Khalil was the bad person here.

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All the sympathy, the smiles, the understanding. This chick was baiting me. Investigating or justifying?

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Brendaly N (Oct 21 2020 8:47PM) : She was trying to use Starrs emotions to get the best of her and dig deeper into what happened to see if there’s a way to justify what the cop did yo Khalil
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I know the answer to her question. I knew it when I saw Khalil at the party. He never wore new shoes. And jewelry? Those little ninety-nine-cent chains he bought at the beauty supply store didn’t count. Ms. Rosalie just confirmed it.

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But what the hell does that have to do with him getting murdered? Is that supposed to make all of this okay?

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Gomez tilts her head. “Starr? Can you please answer the question?” I refuse to make them feel better about killing my friend.

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I straighten up, look Gomez dead in her eyes, and say, “I never saw him sell drugs or do drugs.” “But do you know if he sold them?” she asks.

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“He never told me he did,” I say, which is true. Khalil never flat-out admitted it to me. “Do you have knowledge of him selling them?”

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Paul D (Nov 21 2020 3:21AM) : Summary more

It seems like the person conducting the interview wants her to say very specific things. Like the interviewer wants Starr to say that it was Kahlil’s fault or something.

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“I heard things.” Also true.

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She sighs. “I see. Do you know if he was involved with the King Lords?” “No.”

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“The Garden Disciples?” “No.”

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“Did you consume any alcohol at the party?” she asks.

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I know that move from Law & Order. She’s trying to discredit me. “No. I don’t drink.” “Did Khalil?”

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jade B (Dec 15 2020 12:49AM) : Another reference to Law and Order in the book, could this be on purpose? Maybe reality is just the opposite of law and order.
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Teia W (Dec 17 2020 8:53AM) : again the woman keeps trying to make him look like a criminal, even though he isnt.
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Dawry C (Mar 08 2021 12:45PM) : summary more

they still trying to make khalil look like a criminal

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“Whoa, wait one second,” Momma says. “Are y’all putting Khalil and Starr on trial or the cop who killed him?”

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Wilkes looks up from his notes.

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“I—I don’t quite understand, Mrs. Carter?” Gomez sputters.

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“You haven’t asked my child about that cop yet,” Momma says. “You keep asking her about Khalil, like he’s the reason he’s dead. Like she said, he didn’t pull the trigger on himself.”

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Mazda N (Oct 05 2020 4:46AM) : Summary more

In other words, The cops that are asking Starr the questions are trying to bait Starr so that she admits that Khalil was a drug dealer. And I feel like they are doing this so that the cop that killed Khalil could get away for what he did.

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Zachary J (Oct 05 2020 2:27PM) : Summary of chapter more

The cops are basically trying to degrade khalil by saying he’s a drug dealer and trying to get starr to say he was a bad person so the masses don’t feel for him

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“We just want the whole picture, Mrs. Carter. That’s all.”

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“One-Fifteen killed him,” I say. “And he wasn’t doing anything wrong. How much of a bigger picture do you need?”

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Fifteen minutes later, I leave the police station with my mom. Both of us know the same thing: This is gonna be some bullshit.

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Brendaly N (Oct 21 2020 8:48PM) : They know that no matter what they say the officer’s intentions are clear they aren’t looking to give him justice their looking to justify his murder

SEVEN

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Khalil’s funeral is Friday. Tomorrow. Exactly one week since he died.

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I’m at school, trying not to think about what he’ll look like in the coffin, how many people will be there, what he’ll look like in the coffin, if other people will know I was with him when he died . . . what he’ll look like in the coffin.

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I’m failing at not thinking about it.

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On the Monday night news, they finally gave Khalil’s name in the story about the shooting, but with a title added to it—Khalil Harris, a Suspected Drug Dealer. They didn’t mention that he was unarmed. They said that an “unidentified witness” had been questioned and that the police were still investigating.

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William S (Oct 04 2020 3:50PM) : This is very important because it reflects what we see in the real world and how only the details that support whatever bias the writer has are given which can make it hard to find out what actually happened.
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blen r (Oct 08 2020 5:49PM) : Connection more

This shows how the media twists things to fit in to the mold they want it to fit into. The fact that they mentioned him being a drug dealer but not the fact that he got shot unarmed shows that they are trying to convince the audience members that the officers got rid of a bad person and not that the officers just killed an innocent man which is what they do in real life with everything

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Brendaly N (Oct 21 2020 5:51PM) : They add in incriminating things like these to lower his importance to in a way say he kinda deserved it
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Eric G (Oct 04 2020 11:18AM) : Connection more

This is seen in the real world, where media chooses to leave out certain details of any incident to make the situation seem better or worse, depending on who they are biased against.

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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 6:39PM) : Another example how the media can mix up stories and make the cops look like the good guys.
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After what I told the cops, I’m not sure what’s left to “investigate.”

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Axel R (Oct 06 2020 12:55AM) : Connection more

In real life we see this in many cases, everyone obviously knows what happens yet the police are “investigating”. For example, when George Floyd was killed, the video was circulated and it was clear that the officer killed him, yet the police were still investigating. To me its confusing because I don’t know what else there is to investigate.

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blen r (Oct 08 2020 5:39PM) : Connection to Real World [Edited] more

We have seen these types of situations multiple times in real life. When people are clearly shot or harassed or whatever in clear sight officers will still say oh there are things that need to be investigated. I think people saying this is just people trying to run away from responsibilities or try to find a loop hole of some sort

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Estefani F (Nov 03 2020 7:26AM) : She does not know what remains to be investigated there is still much to investigate because she has to search for more witnesses. And if Khalil was dealing with drugs or not or if he was at a bargain and they have to investigate everything.
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In the gym everyone’s changed into their blue shorts and gold Williamson T-shirts, but class hasn’t started yet. To pass time, some of the girls challenged some of the boys to a basketball game. They’re playing on one end of the gym, the floor squeaking as they run around. The girls are all “Staawp!” when the guys guard them. Flirting, Williamson style.

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Paul D (Nov 21 2020 1:29AM) : Purpose more

The author showing how normal life continues around the nightmare Starr is living in.

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Hailey, Maya, and I are in the bleachers on the other end. On the floor, some guys are supposedly dancing, trying to get their moves ready for prom. I say supposedly because there’s no way that shit can be called dancing. Maya’s boyfriend, Ryan, is the only one even close, and he’s just doing the dab. It’s his go-to move. He’s a big, wide-shouldered linebacker, and it looks a little funny, but that’s an advantage of being the sole black guy in class. You can look silly and still be cool.

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Chris is on the bottom bleacher, playing one of his mixes on his phone for them to dance to. He glances over his shoulder at me.

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I have two bodyguards who won’t allow him near me—Maya on one side, cheering Ryan on, and Hailey, who’s laughing her ass off at Luke and recording him. They’re still pissed at Chris.

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I’m honestly not. He made a mistake, and I forgive him. The Fresh Prince theme and his willingness to embarrass himself helped with that.

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But that moment he grabbed my hands and I flashed back to that night, it’s like I suddenly really, really realized that Chris is white. Just like One-Fifteen. And I know, I’m sitting here next to my white best friend, but it’s almost as if I’m giving Khalil, Daddy, Seven, and every other black guy in my life a big, loud “fuck you” by having a white boyfriend.

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Julian S (Oct 09 2020 4:18PM) : inference more

This is a pretty heavy person v self conflict, but I think that she doesn’t want to make her relationship about race.

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Grecia E (Oct 05 2020 9:59PM) : Purpose more

The purpose of this sentence is to show how traumatized Starr is and how her witnessing a white cop kill her innocent best friend has been affecting her tremendously. To the point where she has lost trust in people who look like the cop.

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Eric G (Oct 04 2020 11:21AM) : Question more

I want to know why she feels this way. Why is dating a white guy disrespectful to her black family and friends?

Chris didn’t pull us over, he didn’t shoot Khalil, but am I betraying who I am by dating him? I need to figure this out.

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Estefani F (Nov 03 2020 7:34AM) : Now she wants to solve it but she doesn't know if she wants to continue with Chris it will be because she feels guilty for Khalil's death.
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Cyrus E (Nov 21 2020 6:42PM) : This more of how Starr is feeling guilt for Kahlil's death and is an example of person vs. self
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Nimra R (Oct 08 2020 2:39PM) : Conflict more

this is a very good example of person vs. self conflict

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“Oh my God, that’s sickening,” says Hailey. She’s stopped recording to watch the basketball game. “They’re not even trying.”

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They’re really not. The ball sails past the hoop from an attempted shot by Bridgette Holloway. Either homegirl’s hand-eye coordination is way off or she missed that on purpose, because now Jackson Reynolds is showing her how to shoot. Basically, he’s all up on her. And shirtless.

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“I don’t know what’s worse,” Hailey says. “The fact that they’re going soft on them because they’re

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girls, or that the girls are letting them go soft on them.”

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“Equality in basketball. Right, Hails?” Maya says with a wink.

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“Yes! Wait.” She eyes Maya suspiciously. “Are you making fun of me or are you serious, Shorty?” “Both,” I say, leaning back on my elbows, my belly pooching out my shirt—a food baby. We just left

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lunch, and the cafeteria had fried chicken, one of the foods Williamson gets right. “It’s not even a real game, Hails,” I tell her.

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“Nope.” Maya pats my stomach. “When are you due?” “Same day as you.”

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“Aww! We can raise our food offspring as siblings.” “I know, right? I’m naming mine Fernando,” I say. “Why Fernando?” Maya asks.

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“Dunno. It sounds like a food baby name. Especially when you roll the r.”

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“I can’t roll my r’s.” She tries, but she makes some weird noise, spit flying, and I’m cracking up. Hailey points at the game. “Look at that! It’s that whole ‘play like a girl’ mind-set the male gender

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uses to belittle women, when we have as much athleticism as they do.” Oh my Lord. She’s seriously upset over this.

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“Take the ball to the hole!” she hollers to the girls.

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Maya catches my eye, hers glimmering sneakily, and it’s middle school déjà vu. “And don’t be afraid to shoot the outside J!” Maya shouts.

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“Just keep ya head in the game,” I say. “Just keep ya head in the game.” “And don’t be afraid to ‘shoot the outside J,’” Maya sings.

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“‘Just get’cha head in the game,’” I sing.

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We bust out with “Get’cha Head in the Game” from High School Musical. It’ll be stuck in my head for days. We were obsessed with the movies around the same time as our Jonas Brothers obsession. Disney took all our parents’ money.

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We’re loud with it now. Hailey’s trying to glare at us. She snorts.

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“C’mon.” She gets up and pulls me and Maya up too. “Get’cha head in this game.”

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I’m thinking, Oh, so you can drag me to play basketball during one of your feminist rages, but you can’t follow my Tumblr because of Emmett Till? I don’t know why I can’t make myself bring it up. It’s Tumblr.

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Starr takes careful note of how Hailey is selectively politically correct when it comes to different types of issues.

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But then, it’s Tumblr.

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“Hey!” Hailey says. “We wanna play.”

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“No we don’t,” Maya mutters. Hailey nudges her.

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I don’t wanna play either, but for some reason Hailey makes decisions and Maya and I follow along. It’s not like we planned it to be this way. Sometimes the shit just happens, and one day you realize there’s a leader among you and your friends and it’s not you.

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“Come on in, ladies.” Jackson beckons us into the game. “There’s always room for pretty girls. We’ll try not to hurt you.”

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Paul D (Nov 21 2020 1:31AM) : Summary more

Sexist flirting = win?

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Hailey looks at me, I look at her, and we have the same deadpan expression that we’ve had mastered since fifth grade, mouths slightly open, eyes ready to roll at any moment.

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“Alrighty then,” I say. “Let’s play.”

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“Three on three,” Hailey says as we take our positions. “Girls versus boys. Half court. First to twenty. Sorry, ladies, but me and my girls are gonna handle this one, mm-kay?”

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Bridgette gives Hailey some serious stank-eye. She and her friends move to the sideline.

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The dance party stops and those guys come over, Chris included. He whispers something to Tyler, one

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