a cure for the common block

By the Numbers

When Garrett lost his voice it was a blessing – for an entire week not a single teacher called on him to answer a question, and he could freely pass notes to his friends under the guise of “discussing the lesson.” When his voice came back the following Monday – much to his chagrin – his life returned to normal, with one exception: among the recipients of his notes was Jessica Hall (at least an 8 to his at-best 6), who agreed to go on a date with him, under the sympathy spell just like everyone else. Their relationship didn’t break down the barriers or put an end to high school stereotypes, but they both became disenchanted with the concept of a “point system” and gained the respective confidence and open-mindedness to pursue the unexpected.

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