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At lunchtime, Melinda knows Heather is having problems with the Marthas. She isn't dressed like the other Marthas – which means they didn't call her to tell her what to wear.
Heather sits "at the fringe of the Martha table" (44.1). Melinda sits at another table, but near Heather. Siobhan asks Heather why she contributed canned beets to the canned-food drive.
Heather tells her that a neighbor donated the beets and since beets are foods people eat, she contributed them to the drive.
Well, canned beets just aren't acceptable to the Marthas – a beet is not a fashionable food.
Next, Siobhan tells Heather that she hasn't collected nearly enough cans, and that the posters she made for the canned-food drive are silly and bad. The drive is a failure and it's Heather's fault.
Emily is finished with her lunch, and Heather gets up to clear her tray,
defending Melinda's posters.
Siobhan is excited now. She tells Emily that Andy Evans is coming up to their table.
Melinda turns to see who they are talking about. They are talking about IT.
Now she knows ITs name.
Heather asks Emily and Siobhan if it's true that Andy is a bad guy.
Siobhan says that's just gossip. Emily says that the truth is that Andy's rich, good looking, and maybe just a tad "dangerous" (44.18). Emily brags that Andy called her last night.
Siobhan says that according to gossip, Andy "sleeps with anything" (44.19).
The peanut butter from Melinda's sandwich glues her jaws together.
Emily says she doesn't believe the rumors.
And then Andy is at the table.
Everything gets blurry and dark for Melinda. She can't really hear what's going on either.
Andy is playing with Melinda's hair. Emily looks upset about it.
Melinda runs to the bathroom, vomits and washes her face.
Heather doesn't come to see if Melinda is OK.
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