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hair and a flowing scarf walked over to them. “Here’s my candidate!” She hugged Kate and put an arm on Liam who was smiling and shaking, “Mell! Mell!” “Hey, Michelle.” Neil gave a half wave. “Will you two please excuse me? I need to check on my kids.” “Well, well,” Michelle said when Neil had walked away. “Someone has an awful crush on you. What would the president say about that? I mean the ex-president.” Kate blushed as she pushed Liam’s chair into the auditorium. “You know what I’m talking about. He’s crazy about you. I’ve seen him waiting for you after drop-off to walk out together.” “Don’t be ridiculous,” Kate said, though she couldn’t help remembering how, last month, at the forum where she and Bonnie had discussed their platforms to the handful of parents that had showed up, Neil had nodded his head in agreement when she said that mainstreaming special needs children with typical children helped the typical children just as much, if not more. “To teach a child compassion is just as important as teaching them reading and arithmetic,” she’d said. Bonnie, on the other hand, had argued that her child’s test scores had dropped


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