Reputation

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The roar of the truck engine barreling down a dirt road pierced the calm of the Sunday afternoon.  It was Ricky, in his dad’s old truck, the one he’d spent nearly the entire summer after graduation fixing up.  CeCe leaned closer to the window to get a better look.  She could smell the rosebushes her mother had planted along the front of the house as a brisk wind blew through the screen.

Her neighbor, Sara, ran down the front steps.  She wore cowgirl boots and a flirty little sundress which swirled around her as Ricky lifted her in his arms.

CeCe’s mom tut-tutted behind her.  “That girl!  Running off with one boy after another every weekend.  She’s getting a reputation!”  Her mother put her hand on her shoulder.  “You can hold your head high.  You’re a good girl.

Her mother left the kitchen, and CeCe stole another look across the street.  Sara and Ricky roared past.  Sara held her hand out of the window, catching the wind, a huge smile on her face.

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31 thoughts on “Reputation

  1. I love your story! I can’t help but feel that CeCe is a bit envious of Sara, who doesn’t seem to care about her reputation and just enjoys life 🙂

      1. Both times I saw her I was in college. Once was opening for Deep Purple, and once was at my school itself…but we’re going back over 25 years ago now 😮

      2. Indeed it was! I was fortunate to go to school in Worcester, Massachusetts, and at that time, the arena there was luring the top acts away from Boston so I saw a bunch of great stuff there.

  2. Wonderful story and the Song is one of my favourites, I have the feeling Sarah would like to have fun and live life a little. A reputation doesn’t matter much when you want to be out with a guy too. Cece might have a bad rep but she’s having fun. I think there is probably a happy medium Sarah could have.

  3. I think CeCe realizes what her mother is saying, yet she has a desire to be in Sara’s shoes to experience the kind of fun she seems to be having….and she will one day, but will probably have a good time, but maybe not carried away to the point of ruining her reputation. Great story…one many can relate to. 🙂

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