Becky slammed open her door yelling “Morgan!” She stuck her fingers in her mouth and pulled her lips apart to show her new braces. “Lewk! Imma monsher.” She gnashed her teeth and snarled at her friend laying on the floor eating chips.
Morgan bolted upright and said, “Holy shit! Was that today?”
“Yeah, sorry for being late. Mom took me to get them today. She had to go back to work, but she gave me money for pizza.”
“Oh, I can’t stay, my brother is going to get me in a bit. I’m helping him with some art project of his.”
“Lame.” Becky moved on quickly and closed her door. “It’s such bullshit, Dad said I wouldn’t have to get these if I got As.”
Morgan smiled. “You failed geometry.”
“Yeah, but the rest were As!”
Morgan put down her chips, stood up and walked over to Becky, motioning for her to open her mouth. Becky smiled wide.
Morgan leaned closer and said, “Does it hurt?”
“No, of course not! I’m not a wimp.” Becky lied.
Morgan laughed a little and flopped down onto Becky’s bed. “You’re so cool.”
Becky’s eyes opened wide. “Oh! You think that’s cool!” Becky jumped down to the floor and started rooting under her bed. First, she pulled out the record player that her parents got her for Christmas two years ago. And then she pulled out a red sleeve with the words “Limited Release” printed in black. Except for a small fold near the corner, the sleeve looked brand new. Becky started to remove the record from the sleeve and said, “You have to listen to this, okay? Just tell me what you hear.”