My crush and (sometimes best friend) had his first real girlfriend the summer before we started Year Nine. Actually, it continued well into Term One, where I listened to play-by-plays of pashing sessions the same way people can’t take their eyes away from a car accident.

And then they broke up.

So, I was kind of happy, in the super selfish way that you are when the one you like has just became single again.

But I also wasn’t because who wants to see the one you like moping around?

A few days after the breakup we were sitting in English when he turned to me and said ‘I’m over her.’

‘What? How?’

‘Well, I just laid on the back grass after tea for tea nights and listened to the whole Dawson’s Creek soundtrack on my discman.’

(I always wanted a discman.)

‘And it worked?’

‘Yup.’

And from then on, I never heard him utter That Girl’s name ever again. Over the course of the next few years, the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack flitted between the pair of us — I borrowed it, he would take it back, I borrowed it again… until the Second Girlfriend came along. ‘You know what, you can keep the CD,’ he said one day after I tried to give it back.

And that was that, I still have the CD (which skips through track 4), and while I haven’t used it to get over any break ups, it’s been a damn good companion.

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I like books, rubber ducks, 90s pop music and putting words on paper. Wrote a thesis on romance. Tea and learning tarot.

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