Ill-Starred Romance

by Roderick T. Long

[1976-ish, around age 12, Idaho Falls ID or Scottsdale AZ.]

SHE: Put the words apple and tree together and what do you get?

HE: Appletree.

SHE: No no no, you get pineapple. Pine is a tree. Pine-apple. Pineapple. Get it?

HE: Look, I really have to finish this report before 7:00.

SHE: Just answer me this. Do you get it?

HE: Yes.

SHE: Do you think it’s funny?

HE: Yes, it’s a riot.

SHE: Then why don’t you laugh?

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