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Kate looked back at Neil. He was walking in her direction. She smiled. He winked. I wonder if he’ll vote for me, she thought. She walked over to a group of folding chairs with colored Xeroxed papers on them. Pocketbooks and coats were strewn over the backs of some chairs. Bonnie took the podium. “Welcome friends, welcome.” The room did not quiet. There was a group of kids hanging around the desserts. They stacked their plates with cookies and cupcakes. The kids were practicing their grown-up talk. She heard one boy mention “politics,” and Kate moved closer to hear what he was saying. Then another boy said, “War? Is there still a war?” Bonnie shuffled some papers and cleared her throat. “People, please. We have a lot to get through. Take your seats, and please be quiet.” Kate was parking Liam. The wheelchair was stuck on a piece of ripped carpet that was jutting upwards making it repeatedly clang loudly against the metal folding chair. People watched as Kate struggled with the chair. Finally, she got around the carpet, laughed and said, “First thing I’m gonna do if I win is fix this rug!” No one laughed. She sat next to Liam and slung an arm around his shoulder. Liam kissed the air. She did back. Neil walked over. “All set?”


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