Why was it Laleh had to be so nice? Why was it she had the good stuff? And where was her mother? Lauren thought.
Then the kiss.
It came out of nowhere. Lauren was popping popcorn in her mouth while watching the tele. Naturally, it was Sweeney Todd. Laleh had her very own copy. And they'd sang the Johanna song everytime it came on. It was fun. It couldn't be helped. They were having fun.
And then Lauren felt Laleh's lips on hers. She didn't know what to say. It was a bit shocking. Yet not that shocking. Perhaps. Lauren focused on the DVD as if nothing had happened maybe that was the best way to go about it. Maybe Laleh wasn't even thinking of her, but of someone else.
She wondered if Laleh thought of Newt. Really, Lauren hadn't thought about him either, until now.
"So have you seen Newt about?" Lauren looked over at Laleh.
"No, not really, he's just a ghost these days." She stared at the TV then crossing her arms.
"Were you ever really together, anyway?" Lauren questioned.
"No, of course not, " she shook off a laugh and sighed.
There was a silence then. Lauren ate more popcorn. Handed over the bucket to Laleh. Lauren hugged herself then.
"Ian is my boyfriend, you know," Lauren said.
"I know." Laleh told her, but then she looked over at Lauren. "We could just do a little experimenting."