“Oh come on Meg, you know I can't slow down! I guess I'm just too fast for you now.”

“Don’t make me smack you.”

“You would never!”

Tempt me.”

“You love me — I don’t know what it is lately though! I mean, I know Mercury isn’t in retrograde anymore, unless it’s just been stuck there for years...?"

“Maybe your training is finally paying off? Not everything is cosmic.”

“I’m so sure, Meg, I’ve been losing to you forever, & we go to all the same practices so, I don't think it's that simple... you still have no idea what happened to me at the party?”

“Girl, you don’t even remember what happened to you at the party. I remember what happened to me though…”

“I know, I know, you & Steve, yeah, you told me like 4 times &, trust me, the first time was plenty.”

“Well, it was that bi—“

“& we’re done with that conversation! So, yeah, Bricks said I went to the bathroom, which I totally remember, but then I never came out...  Bricks said Kirk Crewel picked the lock for him, only I wasn’t inside anymore.”

“So bizarre.”

“Too bizarre! The bathroom doesn’t even have a window!”

“Maybe you Kool-Aid man-ed out of there?”

“Very funny. But even then you could see why I wasn’t there anymore… but there was no trace. I was just, gone.”

“Look Jane, I wouldn’t think about it too much.”

She always brushed her hair back from her cheek like that when she was nervous. It took me decades to realize that.

“Meg, first of all, it’s all I can think about because it cured me & like, what if it’s something I can give to everyone? I have to find out, right? & second of all, you’re actually the clumsiest person I’ve ever known.”

The scrunch of her nose, the way she flinched like a little kid — scared & vulnerable. I miss her so much. 

“Don’t be rude, I’m being attacked! That locker is out to get me, I swear. Anyway, I'm fine, do you think Bricks is just making it all up to scare you? I mean he did give you that drink right before you went to the bathroom...”

“He’s not like that.”

“His friends are…”

“His friends are the football team, probably a bad pool to judge from — & the only thing they have in common is they’re large & like hitting stuff.”

“Well, you’re right about that… oh, hey, can you help me out with Algebra, I’m totally flunking hard.”

Always averting her eyes; the things you notice when just existing isn’t a chore.