How Small is A Small Town

Ashley smiled and nodded as she covered her mouth and swallowed her food politely.

Ashley: Why yes we are. I'm Ashley and this is Blossom. She is our new adorable flyer.

Blossom blushed and tried not to choke on the compliment. Though it was nice to have Ashley stick up for her.

Blossom: I'm Blossom, like a flower? I'm from Map Dot, Montana.

Ashley: But were are on the Freshmen squad so we have a lot to learn. And you are?

"Courtney. Let me guess it's literally a Dot on the Map, kind of town. I'm from one of those. Bell Buckle, Tennessee. Round about 500 people and I reckon, at least, 1/3 are related to me." She smiled.

Jocelyn shrugged "Not likely anyone's ever heard of it. but Cottonwood Falls." she said taking a bit of her burger. "Not many people there, but mom and I moved out here a bit after the summer started," she said. "So not my home anymore, good riddance I say."

"Small towns tend to..what's the word to put it nicely. Well religion. Doesn't help." she trailed off. "I don't want to talk about it."

"That's cool, you don't have to tell anyone if you don't want to. Besides Politics and religion in a big group always makes trouble," said Conner to Jocelyn. "I was born and raised in this area. I could not imagine living in a small town. You are here now. So, what do you think?" asked Conner.

Courtney heard Jocelyn say she was also from a big town and about the religion and was about to say something but Conner spoke up and she decided against it. "Well, you're in good company with us girls from small towns." She paused and leaned into Jocelyn. "Don't worry. We are far from the bible belt here. People are pretty cool 'bout things."

Kyle caught a glance from Justin and smiled at him. "So, I guess it's not a complete first day back at any high school without some drama."

Heath just sat back without saying much else his mind wandered elsewhere for a moment. Before Courtney ribbed him. "So, you OK? Ya seem quiet."

"Yeah. I'm fine." Heath smiled at her.

Courtney bit her lip a little and took a sip of her drink; then asked the table in general. "So, what y'all got planned for after dinner?"

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