Upsetting
Friday, January 09, 2004
 
In the back streets of a small town outside Los Angeles tonight, someone is going to learn what they are made of. He doesn’t know it yet, might not even realize until years from now, but tonight will be a pivotal moment in the life of young Bruce Cozzell.

His girlfriend Ginny has already learned something about herself this week – she found out she was capable of doing something antithetical to her beliefs. She has vowed to never do it again, what she termed selling herself out.

It’s a hard world in the United States streets, for sure, but the belief in the eternal power of love keeps the kids moving. Later, if they make it, they will learn about Sternberg’s triangular theory of love and realize maybe they only had a couple of the necessary components. But that’s okay. What they have now is good enough for them.

Money has to be made, and they’re meeting Dario at 10, right about the time the first newscast goes on the air. Dad worked in the same shop for 35 years, built a nice home and kept it warm, but Bruce has wanderlust with a touch of bloodlust.

Ginny smells like she just came out of the oven, or the association of her scent makes Bruce's stomach groan with hunger. Her hair is back in ponytail, several pieces sprung loose like wings on the side. Her fingernails are chipped but not bitten. There’s a lick of sweat on her neck, and Bruce knows that now is not the time.

The planes soar above in the black sky as the young lovers huddle with the embers of their cigarettes, cherry beacons in the new year night. The cars go past occasionally, grown-ups off to behave like children. They say that since tomorrow is Saturday, it’s not a school night – they haven’t been to class in more than 20 years.

Ginny doesn’t skateboard, and neither does Bruce. He drives a hand-me-down Buick with a killer heater. If everything goes to plan to night he’ll have enough to get it out of the shop.

Dario has other plans that do not involve transferring any capital to the young couple. Instead, he intends to incarcerate them in a fortress of alcohol and marijuana and alight with Ginny. Ever since he saw her wearing shorts at the gas station the plan has been in motion.

You cross your fingers for Ginny and Bruce, hope that Dario comes to his senses. You don’t want him to confirm his registration on the other side, and you hope that Ginny and Bruce can stay on this side.

You hope.
 
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