Going wasn’t where she wanted to be right now. She had decided, once she had learned she could bottle life for later, to figure out why this place would become where she was from.
She had seen people talk about the place where someone was from. How it made them who they were. How unlikely it was, but how fortunate they were. When the someone was the one talking about it, it was as if they had just woken up to find themselves made, like they were a bag of ingredients that only needed time to cook and didn’t realize they were already in the oven. How they wished at the time they had known. She wished to know, too, and she would make the time.
She knew she should tell Delia. She didn’t like it, but she didn’t have to like it. She just had to do it. The less sober, the better, she thought.
With her older sister Maribel’s ID — backer by her student ID from North South City College — she bought some mini bottles of tequila and the big bottle of Coke.
After Laura picked her up to meet at Delia’s, they stopped by the bush down the street where Arielle hid her bags.
Delia was playing a video game when they got there. “We’ve got the house to ourselves. They all went to a movie,” she said.
“Cool,” said Arielle, looking from Delia to the TV screen.
“What time are we going to Trey’s party?” Laura asked.
“I don’t know. Taco Bell at like 9 then go?” said Delia, looking to Arielle.
“Taco Belllll,” ringed Arielle, falling dreamily onto the couch beside Delia. Eyes closed, clutching at her heart, “my love.”
“Mexican Pizza?” Delia asked a bit quieter.
“Mm, to share yeah. But I’m getting my own Crunchwrap,” Arielle said and turned to Laura. “Want to split nachos if I get them with jalapeños?”
Laura nodded and murmured while drinking from her water bottle. “Definitely,” she exhaled. “Are we going to the KFC-Taco Bell?”
“I mean, we could,” said Arielle looking to Delia, who paused the game.
“Yeah, we could. It’s not really on the way, though,” Delia said back to Arielle.
“Yeah, but it’s not like Trey’s party is going anywhere. His parents don’t get back until Sunday,” Arielle said.
“It could get broken up like Arthur’s,” said Laura.
“Oh shit, that’s right,” said Delia. “Yo, what was I doing with Joey Sampson that night?”
“Not much after he came his pants,” said Arielle.
“Oh my God, yeah. Because then you had to drop him off after me.”
“I wouldn’t have had to if you still lived down the street from me,” Arielle said.
“I wish I hadn’t traded my turn for Joey Sampson,” said Delia.
“No trading back because I plan on cashing in my turn for graduation tomorrow,” said Arielle.
“Oh fuck,” said Delia and then opened a bottle from Arielle’s bag.