From the November 2013 magazine.

November 2013: The Beauty Queen

The prettiest woman in school never knew how much she helped him

The alumni magazine from my high school arrived today. One of my classmates was listed in the “In Memoriam” section. It did not surprise me, based on our last meeting at the reunion, which occurred nearly five years ago. I remember she arrived with another classmate in a taxi. They were both very drunk. She was wearing a badly wrinkled blouse, which was buttoned off kilter and missing a button. She looked gaunt and worn, with only traces of the beauty queen she had been in our teen years remaining. A couple of my men friends reported afterward that she had made sexual advances toward them, but had found no takers.

I was one of the members of the organizing committee that year and stayed late to break down after the event. As we were getting ready to leave, I found her and her companion still there with no way to get back home on the other side of the bay. So I offered to drive them to her house, and off we went.

-- Anonymous

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