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Party People Not In The House (Young Adult Novel (5))

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Sep. 13th, 2012 | 12:51 pm

Young Adult Novel - This is part five. Parts two, three, four, and the end of the book; part one is not yet posted.
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The party is, as they say around here, major.

There are cars all the way down the street on both sides. Which is good, because no-one notices Grampa dropping me off on the corner in his green Plymouth (“I know it’s racist, Aurora Dawn, but I just can’t bring myself to buy an Oriental car,” hence, numerous trips to the mechanic and an encyclopedic knowledge of the passes-for-public-transportation around here rather than borrow Mom’s Honda.) It’s a long block, and I don’t know the address, but the house is streaming with light and the front door is open, kids walking out to light up down on the street and walking back in after stubbing out their cigarettes on the tires of whoever’s car is closest.

Dubstep remixes are pouring out just loud enough to say party without pissing off the neighbors. I know already there will be a pool in the back with everyone shoving each other into it and groping each other below the surface, and a room, probably the den, with all the lights out and much louder music and more vigorous groping. Last year’s cast party after the musical (2nd Follow Spot Operator: Aurora Dawn Crenshaw) was at the McMansion across the street, on the less-expensive, non-waterfront side. The houses here are big and squatty, it’s another flood zone, and anything built in the past ten years has a big swooping front staircase leading to a wide landing twelve feet up, fake Italianate grandeur hiding the garages underneath (grandeur: the quality or state of being impressive, two more SAT points for you). You can’t get insurance in this neighborhood anymore without being basically a stilt house. There’s three hundred thousand dollars difference, but that’s pretty much the only thing separating Jessica Mattoni et famille from pylons in a bayou.

“You wanna actually go in?”

I’m so startled I jump and scream a little.

“I know, I blend in with the dark,” Tyler says.

“Try smiling,” I say, and he flashes white white teeth that do show up brightly, racist me.

“If I close my eyes I’m like a ninja.”

I don’t know what to say next. For ever. For at least twenty seconds. For long enough to realize this was all a terrible mistake, I never should have come, he is never going to like me like that.

We both look at the house.

“Here goes nothing,” I say. And Tyler reaches out and takes my hand, and suddenly I’m ready for anything.



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whipchick is reassuring herself that it's ok to only write one page the first day back.

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Sep. 13th, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
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“If I close my eyes I’m like a ninja.”
This cracked me up. Partly because it's unlikely to really be true, no matter how dark Tyler is, and because "like a ninja" never stops being funny.

but that’s pretty much the only thing separating Jessica Mattoni et famille from pylons in a bayou.
Great description of something that actually isn't light or funny. If you don't elevate your house in that area, you'll eventually be sorry. It's only a matter of time. And how grand can you be, when you're essentially a house on stilts? ;)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I'm glad the details are working for you :) Yeah, I get such a kick out of cruising down the street in Florida and seeing how many of these big, squatty McMansions are actually stilt houses so they don't get flooded...

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Rowan

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from: mzrowan
date: Sep. 13th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Yay YA installment!

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Bit by bit :) It'll be coming on Thursdays!

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from: yachiru
date: Sep. 13th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
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I'm gonna have to read all of these. This is awesome.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Sep. 14th, 2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
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Thanks :) I'll be doing YA pages on Thursdays, hoping to make my way through the first draft in the next four months!

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