The chapter begins with Jamie admitting a few days before the New Year that Landon is the first boy she has ever kissed. Landon says he thought so and as a result, Jamie wonders if she did it wrong. He assures her that she's a great kisser, which is the truth to him, but she only turns and gets a far-off look in her eyes. He doesn't become too alarmed at that, because she has been doing it a lot. She then asks him if he's ever been in love and he responds like James Dean, You mean before now? So, she doesn't take him seriously. He then tells her that he has and when she asks him how he knew, he says that you know it's love when all you want to do is spend time with the other person, and you sort of know that the other person feels the same way. He thinks, when all she says is, I see, that she's playing me like a harp.
On New Year's Eve, Landon takes Jamie out to dinner at Flauvin's, a
very exclusive restaurant. It had been his mother's idea that he take
Jamie to someplace special. He had talked to his mother about his feelings
and how Jamie seemed reluctant to commit to him as seriously as he has
committed to her. She told him that just going to Jamie's house every
day wouldn't let her know just how he felt and she suggested buying her
perfume. Of course, Landon knows that Hegbert would never allow her to
wear it, so his mother tells him to take Jamie out to dinner. When Landon
confesses that he..........
Throughout the chapter, there are signs that prepare the reader for Jamie's admission that she's dying. She often has a faroff look on her face and she is tired, listless, runs a fever, has unexplainable bruises, and has lost weight. Landon is so happy to be with her that, even though he notices all those things, he doesn't really notice at all. He is...........
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