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Part One: Callow

Callow, Part One is available for sale on Amazon both in Paperback and Kindle.

A massive big THANK YOU, to my friends for all their support (you know who you are, because we will be having a glass of wine together very soon).

Below is one of my favorite conversations between Liam and Amy:

“Need a ride?” Amy asked through the passenger window.

“Sure thanks,” Liam said, getting in.

“So how are you,” Amy attempted small talk but couldn’t hold back her laugh.

“I’m good.” Liam grinned at her. “Emily told you about our date, didn’t she?”

“Um, yes.” Amy gave him a smile. “I’m proud of you.”

“Gee, thanks Mom,” Liam said sarcastically. “Did she also tell you her parents got home only seconds after I left.”

“What? No!” Amy was shocked.

“If I hadn’t stopped it, we would have been caught, right there on the sofa. Me defiling their sweet girl of her innocents, in full view of her parents as they walked in from their nice evening out.” Liam started laughing at the thought.

“I guess she has a couple of reasons to be grateful to you.” Amy giggled. “By the way, I’m fairly sure her father owns a shotgun.”

“Something you could have told me Monday!” Liam complained with a laugh.

“Can I ask you something?” Amy’s tone got serious.

“Sure, but I may choose not to answer,” Liam responded cautiously.

Amy nodded. “Why did you stop with Emily? I mean, you have a bit of a reputation.”

Liam sighed. At first Amy didn’t think he would answer, she worried she had offended him, but then he replied.

“It’s true, I may have had some fun before,” he started to explain. “When my brother was still living at home last summer, he used to party a lot and I would join him. My mom had just left, and I was angry and reckless. He told the girls I was in college with him. I was tall enough even then; no one questioned it. Those girls were all older, and more experienced. They always initiated it, but I wasn't exactly protesting.” He paused; he seemed to be considering if he could trust her with the next part. “One girl fell for me hard. When she realized I wasn’t up for anything more than the physical aspect, she was crushed. She tried to hurt herself and her parents pulled her out of school.”

Amy could hear the regret in Liam’s voice, and it seemed to upset him to talk about it.

“I learned from that,” he continued. “I want to make sure I don’t do that to anyone else, Emily included. She just seems so young and innocent.”

“Sounds like you might actually care for her,” Amy said.

“I respect her, and I don’t want her to get hurt,” Liam said quickly. “Unfortunately, that was my mistake with the others, I wasn’t thinking of them at all.” Liam looked Amy in the eyes. She could see he was struggling talking about this. “Look Amy, I’m not proud of it, and I’m not the bragging type. The only reason it got around the school was because one of the guys on the ball team. His older brother was at some of the same parties and told him I had been sleeping around with older girls. He started bragging for me, but really I was just embarrassed.”

Amy glanced at him, then made the turn into the school parking lot.

“You keep surprising me Liam,” she said as she parked the car. “I promise you can trust me. I won’t tell Emily anything.”

“Thanks, I appreciate it.”

“How come we haven’t spoken like this before Liam?” Amy asked. “We’ve been in classes together all through high school. I think we have spoken more to each other during this car ride than we have in the last three years.”

“That’s probably because you thought I was a man-whore womaniser,” Liam said only half joking.

“Yeah, you’re right, that was it. I’m so sorry for that,” she said, not denying his allegation.

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