Ashley was the
one who came up with the choo choo train.
We drew this long and winding track that took up half a block,
and drew our little train, with a cartoon bubble that had the words CHOO
CHOO coming out of it. Made
our little choo choo train go through a forest of dragons, a lollipop
field, and the Silicone Mountains.
Choo Choo Train survived an attack of the No Money Men, but made
it up the hill of Your Cute Guy Friends Who Are Dating Other
People, and brought it on home.
It was sublimely ridiculous, it was the kind of
ridiculous thing where anybody walking down the street (and
since it was Saturday, there was more than a few) would think
Something's Wrong With Those Girls, and then when they got home
would think Wish I Could Be That Crazy.
I could always be that crazy with Ash.
"Yes, the Choo Choo Train," I tell her.
And we smile.
at the gate, she's already blitzed, and she takes me aside.
"In all seriousness, this thing with Ethan.
could tell you that I don't like him.
But that's not it. I
could tell you that any guy who causes you this much pain and
misery isn't worth it. But
that's not it. I could tell you that what you think is love isn't love.
But that's not it. Because I don't know the answer to any of these questions.