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Kayla Pongrac This Sentimental Way

A stranger is telling me how to lick my lips and I am taking him seriously. Don’t ask. Okay, fine. I’ll take a brief moment to explain to you why I’m here, sitting in a crazy-uncomfortable desk, licking my lips as if someone had just Sharpie’d them a half hour before my junior prom. My best friend works at a community college that sometimes offers adult education classes that are open to public. This month, they put together a “kissing class” titled . . . and I swear I’m not joking . . . “Kissing 101: How to Suck Your Partner’s Face.” When Amanda texted me about this “awesome opportunity,” I laughed out loud and told her that there is absolutely no way on God’s sandy beaches that I would take the class with her, no matter how many gluten-

free chocolate chip cookies she baked for me. But when the cookies kept arriving on my doorstep with loveydovey friendship quotes and thoughtprovoking questions (“What are friends really for?”) taped to the plastic wrap, I felt I had no choice. So here I am, Week Freaking One, trying to make the best of this class not just because it is costing me $30 but also because Amanda is the most serious person in the world and, well, she wants to learn how to be the best kisser in the world. “By continuing to lick your lips in this sentimental way, you’re actively sending a seductive message to your lip partner.” Lip partner? I look at Amanda and give her my best I-think-this-guy-is-apsycho look, to which she reciprocates a just-relax-and-be-

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Crack the Spine - Issue 122  

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