“The Dragon” by Cynthia Forder starts with two friends, Bob and Kay, spending time on the porch swing. Kay does not like Bob very much and finds every word he says boring. Bob’s mother is friends with Kay’s mother, which gives Bob a reason to come visit Kay. Kay says she only hangs out with Bob because of her mother, who thinks Bob is nice. 

The two teenagers engage in a conversation which Kay seems to want to put a stop to. Bob invites her to the movies, and Kay lies about being busy, telling him she has plans to write poetry. She almost expresses her feelings of dislike for him, but Bob changes the subject, so they talk about college.

After he attempts to keep the conversation going with Kay, Bob gives up and boldly addresses Kay’s attitude...

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