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in a HEARTBEAT “Not for her.” “Right.” Kelly peeled out of the driveway. “You’re taking ballet lessons and you do off-ice conditioning besides skating practice five times a week. And that’s fine because you’re good enough to have that Olympic dream. But only if you’re doing it for yourself.” Kelly paused. Her voice was low. “Sometimes I wonder if you’re doing all this for her.” “God, she’s such a head case,” I said. “Nothing I do pleases her anyway.” “At least your mom makes it to all your competitions. My mom is going to my sister’s soccer tournament today.” “Yeah, but you want your mom to come.” Kelly handed me a purple lollipop, my usual precompetition snack. “Look at it this way. You have a bigger cheering section.” I unwrapped the lollipop and took a long lick. “She needs therapy.” “Don’t all moms?” “Believe me, she needs it more than most.” “I have an aunt who takes antidepressants. Maybe you can slip some in your mom’s drink.” “That’s a great idea.” “I was joking!” “I wasn’t.” “You’re bad.” Kelly laughed as she made a quick right turn. She snorted when she laughed and never cared who heard it. “I’m going to miss this next year. You ragging about your mom. I’m even going to miss skating every day. It’s stuck in my system. Wish I was as good as you, though.”

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