9.59 Cheer Up, Juliette

“So, my twin, you seem to have your hands full juggling all your menfolk.”

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“It’s not a glamorous job, but somebody’s gotta do it!”

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“Oh, Janessa…if I weren’t already depressed and jealous of you, I might think you were teasing me,” she said sarcastically.

“Juliette! Why would you be jealous of me?”

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“BECAUSE! want to get married! want to have children! You don’t want any of these things, and you have guys practically falling at your feet to worship you, and you don’t even care! It’s not fair.”

“I never said I didn’t want children!”

“That’s beside the point! You have more prospects than you know what to do with, and I have zero!”

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“What about Arjun,” Janessa asked.

“What about him?”

“I saw you talking to him at Jonathan’s party. Isn’t he someone?”

“He’s nobody!” cute nobody, but nobody!

“Oh,” Janessa said. “I’m sorry. That makes me sad.”

“Awwww, poor baby. Does my plummy little life make your cheerful, happy-go-lucky self sad,” she taunted.

“Why do you have to be so mean, Juliette?”

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“Cheer up, sunshine. At least without my competition, you can have all the guys you want. None of them want me anyway.”

“Oh Juliette. You shouldn’t believe things like that!”

Julian and Jeannette emerged from their bedroom and helped themselves to Juliette’s pancakes.

“What’s all the fuss about,” Jeannette asked.

“I was just telling your wonderful daughter that she shouldn’t believe that there isn’t anyone interested in her. There is someone out there for her!”

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“Who needs a man when you have Blic Block? Blic Block is fun…and it doesn’t have feelings. I think I love Blic Block,” Juliette said.

Jeannette couldn’t stand seeing Juliette so depressed and down on herself. She knew that the sarcasm was just a front to hide her true feelings. Julian wanted to say something, but he couldn’t think of anything.

“Juliette,” Janessa said, “Blic Block can’t love you back, but Arjun can.”

Jeannette’s ears perked up in hopes of hearing about a potential match for Juliette. “Is this true, dear? Are you seeing someone?”

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“He’s nobody, mommy. Your golden child sees what she wants to see,” Juliette said.

Julian’s face quietly fell. He was rooting for her.

“She doesn’t know what she’s talking about, mommy,” Janessa said. “I think she likes him a little.”

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“Mommy, tell your flighty daughter to keep her opinions on her side of the table. Please and thank you.”

“Ok, Juliette,” Jeannette said. “There’s no need for name calling. Why don’t you just give this guy a chance?”

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“Really, mommy? Are you trying to make me miserable?”

“You never know what could happen! There are countless couples out there who didn’t like each other before they started dating who can’t get enough of each other now.”

“Name one…”

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