The next morning I called up Joe and Sam to ask them if they wanted to go to the mall. Mostly I wanted to get myself a Cat Stevens album after the movie I'd watched with Andrea the night before. It turned out that Sam didn't have to go to football practice that day so they were both available. I swung by their house to pick them up and we went to the mall.
When we got to the mall, my first stop was the record store. I picked out a compilation that had on it most of the songs that I remembered from the movie.
As I was buying it, Joe asked, "Why the sudden interest in Cat Stevens?" I didn't want to tell him the truth because I didn't want to tell him I'd been on a date with Andrea. In case he liked her too, as I suspected. So I made something up.
"Joy recommended it," I said.
Sam laughed. "Since when do you listen to Joy?"
"Well, it wasn't so much that she recommended it as that she has a Cat Stevens album that she likes to play all the time, and after hearing her play it I decided I wanted one too."
"Isn't Joy off at college?" asked Joe.
"Well, yeah," I said. "I mean, she was playing it during the Summer. I just remembered now, though."
"Oh, okay," said Joe. That was a close one!
"Let's go have lunch," said Sam, "my treat!"
We started walking toward the food court. "What's the occasion?" I asked Sam.
"I'm trying to get on Joe's good side," said Sam, laughing. "He just started a new job. He's been out working all evening for the past few days. Doing so many hours like that, come payday he's gonna be in the money!"
"You're working after school?" I asked Joe.
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