How to spell “Love”
written by Maya Fink
Pauline is at her best friend Claire’s boyfriend’s birthday party, where she first gets acquainted with Jaylin. Little do they know that, after a few dark and difficult experiences, the two will prove to each other that sometimes love is enough.
Ugh god how did you let me date that.
Oh come on, he’s not so bad.
Let’s go before he comes to greet me or some shit.
PAULINE grabs CLAIRE by the wrist and drags her to the kitchen where she grabs a wine opener using it on the cork of the bottle of wine she just bought. CLAIRE grabs two glasses of wine.
Did the bitch come?
(She looks at her friend disapprovingly)
She’s already uglier than you, the poor thing, leave her alone.
The girls laugh.
You’re right. That’s what’s worrying too though. It’s like, if that’s his standard what does that make me?
Too good for him?
Amen. Must have been possessed at the time.
They laugh, clink glasses and take a sip.
It’s so funny, I saw this meme the other day on Insta where a woman tweeted
“I’m glad my boyfriend doesn’t talk to other girls, but also, am I the only stupid one to want him or…?”
And this guy tweeted back saying “what do girls want!”. And I thought.. it’s so true.
We’re never happy!
So she is here?
They suddenly hear the door open and a bunch of men yelling in joy celebrating the arrival of this new person. The girls walk over to the living room to see who it is. Its JAYLIN.
She walks back into the kitchen chugging her wine. CLAIRE, noticing, runs after her.
Do you know him?
PAULINE doesn’t answer as she pours herself more wine.
Oh my god. You fucked him.
What? No! But I literally just met him on my way over here and he bought me pads and this wine.
Wait what? He bought you pads?
Yeah…it was kind of weird.
He’s kind of hot!
Is he Mat’s friend?
CLAIRE shrugs – She’s never met him before. They look at each other for a while. Suddenly JAYLIN walks into the kitchen.
Do you know where the bottle opener is?
He looks up and notices PAULINE.
No way. Pad lady!
Matt’s girlfriend Claire?
Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too, uh-
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