“Did you hear what I said, Mads?” Lila exclaims.
“Huh? …What?” Distracted Madeleine replies.
“Are you coming or not?” Lila quickly responds, in a frustrated tone.
“Coming? …Where again?” Madeleine asks as she mentally resurfaces.
“To the “Hip-Ball”…You know, the hottest underground party of the season?” Lila says excitedly.
“Yeah…Um…Don’t we have to be 18 to get in?” Madeleine asks with a confused expression.
“You know I’ve got that handled Girl!” Lila asserts. “Jonas is already working on the outrageous phony IDs.” Lila roars with laughter.
Madeleine silently ponders for a brief moment. “Ahh…Yeah, I don’t know about that Lila.”
“Huh? Why the heck not Mads?” Lila asks flabbergasted.
Madeleine pauses to consider her next move. Her mother’s caring, though preachy words, begin to fill her mind, blended with the burning desire to seamlessly fit-in at her new school forced upon her by her Father’s periodic work assignments. She catches Lila’s glaring gaze.
“I…I think that’s cool!” Madeleine manages to get out. “So does Jonas do this type of thing a lot?” Madeleine inquires.
“Yeah, of course…It’s his thing!” Lila replies spiritedly.
“Ah, ok.” Madeleine responds thoughtfully “Well…I guess it’s all good then!” She exclaims with forced merriment.
“You know it is!” Lila responds as she puts her arms around Madeleine’s shoulders and leads her out of the high-school female bathroom.
To Be Continued…