...st of Ridgeway's male population going, if she worked it right.
Was that the reason, then? Had she turned to him just because she knew she'd be able to overpower him? Had she turned to him just because she knew he wouldn't be strong enough to resist her? Was he really that much of a pushover?
At any other time, the thought might have made him feel a little indignant. He might have felt a little angry that Sam thought she was free to use him as a toy like she was. He might have felt a little embarrassed that, even at 17, he could still be pushed around by a girl. He might have even felt a little disappointed that a friend would do something so manipulative to another friend.
At any other time, Freddie might have felt any or all these things. This time, however, Freddie felt none of these things. Or he did feel them, but they had been pushed aside and calmed as the whole rest of his attitude seemed to relax and his usual anxieties be relieved. He might have even felt a little proud of himself, although he wouldn't recognize it as that.
A few weeks had passed when Sam called him again. It was a Saturday afternoon and she needed help finishing a report and presentation that had been assigned over summer for her marine biology class the next year. Her topic was the Arctic Ocean, ...