“I can’t believe we’re actually in New York!” I said, staring out the window of the car at the skyscrapers as we passed by.
“I don’t really like the city,” Josh said, crinkling his nose up adorably.
“How? Everything’s so big and- and grand!”
“I couldn’t think of a better word,” I said indignantly.
He found a parking spot and we got out. I took his hand and dragged him into the lobby of the theater.
“Broadway! This is so cool! We’re going to see “Alice in Wonderland” on Broadway!” I squealed.
“We are! Oh, look, there’s Nina,” Josh said.
We walked over to her. She was standing at the concession stand. “Do you like the color orange?” she was asking the guy running it.
“Uh…I guess,” he said.
“I am no longer your friend.”
“We weren’t- okay.”
“Can you pick the orange Skittles out of the box for me?”
“Then I demand a refund.”
“Listen, ma’am, there’s a line of people behind you.”
“They can wait while I get my refund or you pick the orange Skittles out.”
I stepped up and pulled her away. “I’ll pick your orange Skittles out for you.”
“The damage is already done. That guy obviously didn’t want to be my friend.”
I sighed, laughing. “Some people just aren’t worth our time. Where’s everyone else?”
“Over here.” She grabbed my hand and Josh’s, and pulled us to a different end of the lobby. “Oh God, they’re still at it.” She looked disdainfully at Sara and Jake, who were wrapped in each other’s arms, making out.
I glanced at Josh. He was smiling down at me. He pecked me on the lips.
“Dear Lord. Don’t you two start. Then I’ll have to make out with, like, some random stranger.” A guy, hearing this last part of the conversation as he walked by, gave her a strange look. “Are you volunteering?!” she yelled at him. He hurried away.
She stood on one leg and kicked Sara in the back with the other. “There are other people in the world beside you two, you know!”
They reluctantly disentangled themselves from each other.
“Hey guys,” Jake said.
“We got, uh, bored,” Sara explained.
“Because I’m a boring person? Ummm, what?!” Nina continued to kick Sara, occasionally kicking Jake instead.
“Nina, people are staring,” Sara said.
“Every person in this room was staring at you a minute ago.”
“Heeeey guys!” Faith said, running over. She hugged all of us. “Sorry I’m late.”
“It’s all good. Ready to go?” Sara asked.
We nodded and followed her to the ticket booth, where we handed in our tickets. We went to our seats and sat down. We had seats in the third row. I couldn't help but wonder how we had managed to get such close seats.
“Do you think I should get a weave?” Nina asked the person sitting next to her.
“Uh…” He shrugged.
“I want to get a weave,” I said.
“No you don’t,” Josh said. He was sitting on my right. Sara, Jake, Faith, and Nina were all on my left.
“You’re right, I don’t.”
The lights flashed, signaling that the play was about to start.
The curtain opened. A girl was sitting onstage. My first thought was Alice is black… My second thought was that black Alice looked familiar.
The play continued, but I couldn’t concentrate. There was just something about Alice that was driving me crazy. She looked so familiar, but I couldn’t place her. The room started to spin. I put my head in my hands.
“Are you alright, Clare?” Josh asked. He continued talking, but I couldn’t hear him.
I knew the girl who played Alice. I had to. She was- she was- a “T” name, definitely.
Taylor! It was definitely Taylor…One of my best friends. I had met her in 7th grade. She had dreams to become a Broadway star.
She had been in “Little Women” at school. School was…William J. High.
Things started coming back faster now. Names and memories flew into my head.
My first kiss; my 16th birthday party; the day I met Josh; Ella and Matt’s wedding; the day I learned how to ride a bike.
I could remember everything.
I lifted my head out of my hands. People were starting to leave. I looked at Josh.
Josh. God, Josh. I had put him through so much pain in the last two months. He had stuck with me through everything.
I leaned forward abruptly and kissed him. I pulled back after a few seconds, aware that people were staring.
“What was that for?” he asked.
“I remember, God, Josh, I remember,” I said, tears streaming down my face.
His eyes widened. “Everything?”
He grabbed me in a hug, then pulled back so he could kiss me. “Oh my god- I never thought- after the accident-”
“You are literally the most beautiful person on earth.”
“Josh, stop it,” I giggled. “Keep your eyes on the road.”
“How can I, when there is such a hottie sitting next to me?”
“You’re the hottie.”
“Please. You’re my permanent woman-crush-Wednesday.”
“Josh, that’s so last year.”
I snorted. “You’re weird, but you’re sort of hot, so I guess I’ll stick with you.”
“You know you love me.”
“You know I do.”
I screamed, because all of a sudden another car came straight towards us. They were going in the complete wrong direction, swerving violently. Josh tried to move out of the way, but couldn’t in time. The car crashed right into us, and everything went black.