Deirdre / her mom / house / downhill street / Frederick Avenue.
Porch / cracked wood / rocking chair / Deirdre painted purple rockets / black stars.
Kitchen / red table / vase / wild zinnias / plastic chili peppers dangling / back wall / winding staircase.
Basement called The Passion Pit. Made out / “Date with the Night” / Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Deirdre’s mom / shorthaired woman / pointy teeth. Leinie’s Honey Weiss / watching Six Feet Under.
Deirdre’s dad / started new family / didn’t see them anymore / Deirdre’s mom came out / lesbian.
Deirdre’s mom invited him / Deirdre’s high school graduation / he didn’t come. Daniel sat beside Deirdre’s mom / watched her cry / she said “Don’t tell her I cried.”
Visiting / break from college / four months before break-up. Deirdre’s mom asked Daniel / why / still with her daughter. “You seem like an interesting guy. Deirdre’s insipid.”
Met / John’s house / August 16 / 2003.
First time hanging out / Deirdre’s mom saw Daniel looking / plastic skeleton in the closet. “That’s where we put her last boyfriend.”
Second time hanging out / Daniel kissed Deirdre / Benny & Joon.
Third time hanging out / preparing / say goodbye. Daniel / decided / say “I love you.”
“I love you.”
Deirdre stuttered / her face flushed / blood / shifted her weight / bright green Chuck Taylors. She avoided Daniel’s eyes. Deirdre stopped shifting her weight / looked / the eyes / said “I think I love you too.”
Daniel thought / the word “think.”