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“You haven’t? Don’t like every lesbian couple do it?”


“I Googled it.”

“Sorry we don’t fit into your Googled version of a homosexual relationship.”

“Dude, that’s not- Like, I mean, you don’t have to. You can just be like… Romeo and Juliet.”


“What? No. Like, love the way you want to love, not what other people want. Why would you be dead?”

“They die.”

“Oh. Did they? I don’t remember that part.”

“Did you even read Romeo and Juliet?”

“Sort of. It was long. And all weird and the words were just… Yuh known.”

“It was written by one of the greatest playwrights of the 16th century.”

“Doesn’t mean he had to write so weird.”

“Ugh. Whatever. Focus.”


“My big lesbian problem.”

“Oh, right. Have you tried like just talking to her? I mean, I know she was raised with the whole Catholic thing but like, she’s dating you right?”

“What’s that supposed to mean?”

“Like she loves you, so like, just talk to her then. She’ll totally understand.”

“Hey you, how was your day?”


“Good? That sounds a bit ominous. Usually you have some crazy story-“

“I talked to Paul.”

“O-oh. Okay. And?”

“He said I should just talk to you.”

“Okay? About? … Sweetie? Is everything okay?”

“We should do it.”

“We should… do it? Do what?”

“You know, couples do it all the time. Paul says it’s normal. Even in a Catholic household.”

“Okay. Breathe. Good. Now, you know I love you but you’re gonna have to be a bit more specific. Couples do a lot of things. Even Catholic ones. I think.”

“You know, the thing.”

“The thing? Motioning doesn’t- wait. You mean-“

“You’re blushing. Why are you blushing? Paul said it was normal. Is it not normal? It’s not normal. You don’t want to-“

“No. I mean, I want to. I just-“

“You just don’t want to with me. I mean, I get it. We’ve only been together six months. It's a big responsibility."

“What? No, El, that’s not it. I totally want to with you. I just-”

“Is it the hair?”

“Hair? I mean, I can’t say I really ever thought about the hair.”

“It’s too long. We could cut it. Or get like a short haired one.”

“I mean, if that’s what you want to do, I would totally support your decision.”

“Oh. Thank God or no, goodness. Or well God too, I guess, for you. So do you want a big one or like a little one?”

“A big or a little…”

“I read that a big one might be best to start. They're easier to- Hey, are you sure you’re okay?”

“Peachy. Just… just so I can clarify, what exactly are we talking about honey?”

“Adopting a cat. What else would we be talking about?”