If she’s from the Park or Society Hill, then hide the cheese in the cabinet above the oven, where she’ll never see it. Her parents won’t want her seeing a boy from the Terrace—people get stabbed in the Terrace—but she’s strong-headed and this time will get her way. Sometimes the girl won’t flow over at all and the next day in school she’ll say, Sorry, and smile, and you’ll believe her and be stupid enough to ask her out again. Don’t tell her that your moms knew right away what it was, that she recognized the smell from the year the United States invaded your island. While she’s in the bathroom, you might call one of your boys and say, Ya lo hice, cabrón.
(He’s gotten big, she’ll say.) And even though your moms knew you weren’t sick you stuck to your story until finally she said, Go ahead and stay, Malcriado. If the girl’s from the Terrace, stack the boxes in the crisper. If she’s an outsider her father will bring her, maybe her mother. Sometimes she’ll run into her friends and a whole crowd will show up, and even though that means you ain’t getting shit it will be fun anyway and you’ll wish these people would come over more often. She will say that she needs easier directions to get out, and even though she already has the best directions on her lap, give her new ones. If the girl’s from the Terrace, none of this will happen. If the girl’s from around the way, take her to El Cibao for dinner. Amaze her if she’s black, let her correct you if she’s Latina. Tell her about the pendejo who stored cannisters of Army tear gas in his basement for years until one day they all cracked and the neighborhood got a dose of military-strength stuff. She has to live in the same neighborhood as you do. Think of her old lady coming to get her, and imagine what she would say if she knew that her daughter had just lain under you and blown your name into your ear.
Back then, she’ll say, people thought it was a radical thing to do.
Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of intellectual debate among readers and scholars.
is claiming that Chris allegedly texted Rihanna after hearing about her and Drake’s breakup, joking in the message that “she could lay on his chest if she needed a rock for support” as she handles her latest split.
The source then alleged that Rihanna replied to her exes’ message of support with one word, simply writing back to Brown, “lol.” Neither Rihanna nor Chris have confirmed the supposed interaction, though the insider went on to claim that the twosome’s quick text conversation left Brown believing that a reconciliation could potentially be on the cards himself and Rihanna, who he split with back in 2013 after a rocky on/off romance that included Chris being arrested for domestic violence in 2009.