English Short Stories
Love is in the Air
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Every summer, Penny travels to a
family reunion barbeque. Penny is never excited, and this year is no
different. She dreads the drive.
She does not like talking to her relatives. And she does not like the
smell of hamburgers. (Penny is a vegetarian.)
When Penny arrives, she sees lots of familiar faces. It is July and
Uncle Vernon is wearing a sweater. Uncle Vernon is always cold. It’s
She sees her cousin Polly. Polly has six children. The youngest one
screams. Then the oldest one screams. Polly’s children are always
She sees many of her other cousins in the field playing softball. They
play a softball game every year, and it always ends in a big argument.
Penny wonders, again, why they never solve it.
Then Penny sees an incredibly handsome man. She stares at him. He
catches her staring. He smiles and walks over to her. Penny is very
nervous. She is nervous because a handsome man is walking up to her and
she is nervous because this handsome man might be her cousin.
The man sticks out his hand and says, "Hi, I’m Paul."
"Hi, I’m Penny," Penny says. "Are we related?"
Paul laughs. "No, we are not related. I am Vernon's nurse. He is sick
and needs to keep me close by. But he did not want to miss this
"Oh, thank goodness," Penny says and then blushes. Penny always blushes
when she is nervous, embarrassed, or hot, and right now she is all
Handsome Paul laughs and says, "Would you like to go get a hamburger
with me? They smell delicious."
Penny smiles, "Sure. I love hamburgers!"
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