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They would joke that someday Kay-Kay could make a gown for Eleanor. Kay-Kay visited Paige’s house many times too. Paige never warned people about her home, because there was no right way to do it. So the first time Kay-Kay came over, her jaw dropped as they drove up the winding private drive. ” Although the awe-factor never wore off, Kay-Kay was comfortable there, and they had many sleepovers, staying up all night and giggling. ” Paige’s parents invited Kay-Kay to several events at their home too, the kinds of silver-tray parties KayKay, like most people, always wondered about.

It isn’t like that at all. If you knew my stepmother and her friends you’d understand. I assumed she’d set me up with some mindless princess interested in the Bradley name and money, as she was. I’m pretty sure that was her motivation for 42 AMERICAN CIRCUMSTANCE marrying my dad. The get together was a way to get her off my back. ” Paige stared at him in silence. “Please, you’re amazing and I’m mortified. ” Paige gave him a stern look. He seemed entirely sincere. “I respect people who are forthright,” she said.

Paige continued to implore her not to but it was impossible to gauge if Eleanor intended to comply. Several weeks later Paige found herself at a small holiday party at an off-campus apartment. It wasn’t the typical student’s apartment but rather a palatial bachelor pad in a full-service building with a doorman. Paige was invited by a friend of a friend. She was sitting with a small group of friends when a guy she had never seen before came over and started introducing himself to the group. His name was Spencer.

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