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Orem High
  1. And where did he serve his mission?
  2. A warm October day down by the Provo River
  3. Orem's not so bad when you give it a chance
  4. I can rely on myself
  5. Jared gets drunk and gets laid
  6. Forget about her, Jared
  7. A story I never tell anyone
  1. Young Women's
  2. Youth Conference
  3. Saturday's Warrior
  4. Brigham Young University
  5. Polygamist
  6. Temple Wedding
  7. Orem High
  8. Bordeaux Mission
  9. Exmo Conference
Orem High

Part VII: Orem High


Monday evening

Sam was pretty lucky that his cousin Joe had come to live with him. The three of us were all in the same math class together, which meant that Sam got free help with his math homework every night while I only got help when they invited me over. I couldn't figure out how Joe could derive all those trig identities so easily. I mean, I could follow Joe's answers when he showed me, and so could Sam, more or less, but how the answers came to him in the first place was like some kind of miracle.

Chewing on my pencil and listening to Joe, I started wishing I had inherited some of the math talent my older brother Rex had gotten. He was a real whiz at math! He would be helping me with my homework himself if he weren't off at grad school.

We were finishing up the last few problems when Sam's mom called upstairs to us. "Sam! Is your friend Jared going to stay for dinner?"

"How 'bout it?" asked Sam.

"Okay," I replied.

"Okay, Mom," Sam yelled back downstairs.

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"I just have to call my mom and tell her what time to pick me up," I said.

"Oh, yeah, I was going to ask you about that," said Sam. "How come you didn't drive today?"

"Oh, I'm being punished. I've lost my car privileges."

"What'd you do?" asked Joe, laughing.

"Nothing lately," I replied. "You guys remember when Rex was visiting last Summer and bought us all that beer and porn?"

They both laughed. "Hard to forget!" said Sam.

"Well, anyway, Mom found the porn stash just the other day. She asked me where I got it, but I didn't tell her it was left over from Rex's visit." I still felt bad that it was my fault that Mom and Dad found out about Rex buying me that beer and got into that big fight with him over it. I could see how Mom and Dad would be mad at Rex for being a bad influence on me and all especially since they knew I looked up to him. Still, I figured they should know that I wasn't the kind of guy to just blindly follow someone else's example!

"That's good you didn't get him in trouble again," said Joe. "Poor Rex."

"Yeah," I said. "I guess maybe he shouldn't have done that in the first place, but I know he was just trying to be nice in his own way."

"It was cool that he spent so much time hanging out with us, actually," said Joe.

"Yeah, it was fun!" said Sam. "He's cool even though he's bad."

"Do you guys still have the porn he bought you?" I asked.

Out of the blue, Sam said "I'm going to go see how Mom's coming with dinner." Then he left.

"What's with him?" I asked.

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