GENRE: Young Adult
Meri came up with the Plan after she and Will tried to have sex.
She knew it would appall her grandparents - sex in general, anyway - and Will, who had his own reasons for doing things, said to her one day on the way back from school, "You're a girl."
"Unless you ask the boys in shop class," she said.
"Would you sleep with me? Everyone already thinks we're dating."
Meri considered it for a minute. "All right. My grandparents will be asleep by nine. I'll leave my window unlocked."
Her grandmother had forbidden this; she seemed to think Nazis roamed the Oregon coast, trying to sneak into houses through unlatched windows. Will turned dead white.
"No - I mean -" Then he took a few deep breaths. "Okay."
It didn't work.
They sat side-by-side on top of the covers of Meri's bed, and Meri, who had bothered to find reasonably clean pajamas for the occasion, said "Now what?" "I don't think I can do this," Will said, blushing up to his hairline. Meri thought of a number of responses to this, such as the fact that he'd asked, or that she was the one about to lose her virtue, but since Will seemed about to faint, she just said "Deep breaths." He rolled his eyes.
"That's not the problem."
He unbuttoned his trousers and jammed his hand inside.