I know you might not understand any of what Im saying, thats the risk, but Im hoping you do and are willing to give me the room I need to grow, make my own decisions, and rebuild my life. Then and only then will I be ready for love.
The same could be said about your upcoming military service, Penelope, Mother comments.In Wessco, every citizen, male or female, is required to serve two years in the military.
Penny dramatically slouches back in her chair, throwing her arms wide like Christ on the cross. Its not the same at all! Ill be a terrible soldier—Im not cut out for all that marching and climbing and sweating.She checks her glittery manicure to make sure she hasnt chipped a nail from just talking about it. I tried convincing them to let me serve my time in the WSO.The WSO is the Wessco Service Organization—they put on shows and entertain the servicemen. And Penelope has always dreamed of stardom—shes too short to be a model, but certainly melodramatic enough to be an actress.
Thats much more my bag. Sparkly outfits and dancing. But, its against orders, they said.Yes, I smirk. The military likes to have their orders followed. Theyre funny like that.
She sticks her tongue out at me.
Before I can decide which obscene gesture to respond with, thunder claps so loudly outside, the china and crystal rattles on the table.She made a note of it and turned to Sunshine. And for you?
Sunshine admired her resilience. Iced tea, please.The young woman made a hasty retreat, and Sunshine didnt blame her.
Was that really necessary? she asked, keeping her voice low and calm.Definitely necessary. We are no lovebirds.