Life Expectancy weekend-reads

Coach Theo Burke was standing outside his classroom during break when he noticed Josie across the hall, pinned up against a locker. One of the varsity basketball players, Jatarius, was doing the pinning—his near-seven feet making Josie seem almost short in comparison, big hands straddling her shoulders, too-handsome black face leaned in to kissing distance. The worst thing—the thing that felt like a punch in the gut—was the look on Josie's face, a look Theo knew. Her head was tilted, and she was smiling, but just a little: that smart smile, that sexy half-smile with the bottom lip barely caught under her front teeth, an expression that Theo recognized as the smallest bit calculated but mostly genuine. Mostly the only way Josie knew how to be. He strode over, hands shoved so deep in his khakis that his watch got caught on one side. He cleared his throat. "Jatarius," Theo said. "Yeah." A slow breath, dusky, directed on Josie and not at him. "Move it along." Jatarius pulled

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Longitudinal Study

By JP Grasser

Coach Theo Burke was standing outside his classroom during break when he noticed Josie across the hall, pinned up against a locker. One of the varsity basketball players, Jatarius, was […]

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