69 pages 2 hours read

Bryn Greenwood

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2016

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Part 2, Chapters 1-6

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Part 2

Part 2, Chapter 1 Summary: “Kellen: December 1979”

It is December when Kellen first sleeps in Wavy’s bed. Kellen repeats several times that he was drunk and “being stupid” before ending up in this position (73). It’s his birthday and he has brought Wavy a gift, so he climbs a trellis to her window; he once climbed into a high school girlfriend’s window for a sexual encounter, and he realizes that the two moments feel similar.

At first, he refuses to get into Wavy’s bed after she invites him. Once Kellen decides to get into Wavy’s bed, he keeps his clothes on, so Kellen and Wavy embrace each other to get warm. When Kellen realizes that he will fall asleep and might be caught, he tries to leave. Wavy tells Kellen she loves him, and he returns the sentiment, telling her twice to be sure she hears. He spends the night in her bed and wakes up with an erection. He pees out of Wavy’s window to avoid being discovered by her mother; Wavy giggles when he does. She asks for the gift Kellen claimed he came to give her. Kellen gives Wavy plastic stars for her ceiling, which he sees as cheap after spending the night with her.