Playing Normal
by Patricia R.D.

He walks quietly across the theater, carrying a soda and a tiny box of popcorn. She's already there, the movie screen going alive the moment he sits next to her. They watch in silence as they share his popcorn and soda, first the previews, then the movie itself, three hours of Tolkien fantasy. Neither one mentions there are worst thing than Sauron lurking every alley in LA. This isn't about good or evil, or even about what do they think of the storyline. This is about playing normal, failing deep inside. Then it's over. Wesley kisses Lilah's cheek and leaves.


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