“Would you cut it out? I don’t want them.” Lisa shoved Tracy’s hand out of her way so she could get into her room.
She took out her cell phone, but before she could press the button to make it light up so she could read the time, Tracy got in her face again.
“If you had any idea what I went through to get these…”
“What do I care? I’m not into Passion Pit.” She pushed the tickets away again. This time she saw the time. 6:48 pm. If she didn’t hurry, she’d be late and then what would be the point?
She took two steps toward her desk, but Tracy caught her in a bear hug.
“The show is tonight! You and Ben have to go.”
“No. We. Don’t.” Lisa carefully pried Tracy’s arms apart.
“Why not? Just tell me that and I’ll let you go.”
“Because Ben and I already have plans for tonight. It’s important.” Lisa stumbled forward, off balance because of how quickly Tracy had let her go. She got her feet under her fast, and grabbed her backpack and her laptop.
“A date? For real?”
“Yes, for real.” Lisa shoved the laptop into the backpack, grabbed a couple of pencils and the notebook where she wrote out her ideas and drew sketches of her characters. Ben always talked about that, but Lisa did it literally.
“Wait.” Tracy’s eyes lit on the backpack and narrowed. “Where?”
“What?” Lisa played dumb. She didn’t want to get into it with her cousin.
“Where are you going? On this date. It’s not just to his house, is it?”
“No.” Lisa felt stung. Like there was anything wrong with always hanging out at his house. It was better than being alone at hers. “We’re going to the library.”
“That’s not a date!” Tracy got in the way again though all Lisa was doing was zipping up the backpack.
“Yes it is. And an important one.”
“More important than going out to a show together?”
“Worlds more important.” Lisa tried to slip past Tracy, but couldn’t get around the arm block.
“I’m not letting you go until you explain.” Tracy got into the doorway and totally blocked it with arms and legs braced.
Lisa glanced at her cell phone time again and sighed. Knowing Tracy, if she tried to just push through this could get really weird and would certainly take a lot more time.
“Do you know why we broke up in the first place?” Lisa didn’t wait for Tracy to nod. “Because he tried to make me not be a writer. Like I’m supposed to sit there and be his fan, but that’s it. Like I can’t decide things for myself. I mean, I knew he loved me even before he said it in front of everyone. But so what? If I can’t be me, what good is love?”
Tracy nodded like she thought this was only right and everyone would know it so get to the good stuff.
“Well, he took it all back, and said it was ok, but I don’t trust him all the way. I mean, I do, but I don’t. So… tonight Ben proves himself. We’re going to meet in the library and write together. We’re going to write at the same time and see who can come up with the most words and talk about what we’re writing and do it in front of the whole world so everyone will know we’re both writers. I think if he can do that for a whole hour, then that’s proof enough. Right? But if I don’t get there right now, the library will close before we’ve been doing it for a whole hour. So get out of my way!!!!”
“Oh. Ok.” Tracy stepped aside.
Lisa charged through the door. If she walked fast there would still be enough time.
“Hey! Lisa. What am I supposed to do with the tickets?”
“You’re the rocker.” Lisa didn’t even look back as she grabbed her coat and opened the front door. “Go with Gene. He’s your boyfriend, isn’t he? He’d like it more than Ben or I would.”
Lisa stepped out into the cold, grateful that the snow had already melted so she would have clear sidewalks the whole way.
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