Lila leaned back into her seat, “Well you’ve got the charm down pat.”
Lo grinned playfully, “Me? Nah.”
“Yeah you, that line was smooooth.”
The pair laughed, slipping back into an uncomfortable silence. Lila began wracking her brain, for something, anything to talk about. ‘If I’m quiet for too long and he’ll think I want to leave,’ but that was the last thing on her mind.
“So… what were you doing out here, so far from the big Twiz?”
“Well,” said Lila shortly. “My friend thought she’d cheer my up by leaving me stranded in a dark forest with a bunch of juiced up jocks. Needless to say, it didn’t work.”
“Doesn’t sounds like much of a friend. What did you need cheering up for anyhow?”
“Oh, it’s nothing…” said Lila, then after a short pause, “Bad date. Mark issues, you know.”
Quirking an eyebrow, Lo looked to Lila leaving her momentarily stunned, “Mark issues?” he asked.
“Yeah,” Lila sighed, “You know, you show me yours oh but I don’t show me mine. Yada yada.”
“I don’t quite follow you.”
Lila never considered the fact this boy probably didn’t know much about the process and suddenly felt incredibly out of her league of explanations. “Oh right I forget… Um you know the mark on your back, the weird symbol, I assume you have one?”
“Well I don’t know if you’ve ever been told, but it’s supposed to hold the key to soul mates or something.”
“Well, it’s sort of a long process. See, the guy has to show the girl he’s dating his mark and then she tells him whether they are a match. If they are they somehow magically fall in love and if their not, someone has to magically… go. So you can guess how my last date went.”
Lo laughed out into the open air, wedging a false familiarity between them, “That has to be a joke. Do people really believe that?”
“Like the hand of Berry herself ordained it.”