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At the pier, an eight-year-old girl blows bubbles as her grandparents watch.

The bubbles travel to a forest. Within one of the bubbles, a 16-year-old guy gets his girlfriend’s name tattooed on his arm. She kisses him.

Justin stands by a tree.

On a bench, a young woman turns her head and sees a sketch a man drew of her.  Joey stares at the bubbles as walk into the forest. Lance, JC and Chris join the rest of the group in the forest.

A twentysomething man and woman run on the sidewalk within in a bubble. JC reaches for it. It pops in his palm. The twentysomething couple ride a streetcar together.

A young man ties his shoelaces by the library. His girlfriend checks her watch.

Justin, JC, Chris, Joey and Lance people eat outdoors at a diner. The twentysomething couple receives their food. A second little girl pops a bubble and giggles. The teenaged couple look over their menus. The girlfriend sits alone, waiting. The young man puts his arm around before he sits down. They kiss on the beach.

Rating: 3.5/5

The young man jumps out of his seat in the cafeteria and tells his friends goodbye. He’s going to be late to meet his girlfriend. It’ll be the second time this week and it’s only Wednesday. It worries him that she has been staying silent. It’s as though she’s already given up. He sees her at the diner, staring off to the side and gives her a hug. He really needs to start treating her better.

The 16-year-old young woman boasts to her friends that her boyfriend got her name tattooed on her. They want details. She points to his arm and says he didn’t really cry. Next week, she adds, she’s going to get a tatoo with his name somewhere on her ankle. He picks her up at her friend’s house and they run to the car, wanting to see his tattoo. He can’t believe he’s dating her. He would do anything for her. It’s a few more months to prom and he hopes they are still together by then.

The man gives the young woman the drawing. She mutters a “thank you.” It’s probably one of the nicest things anyone has done in a while for her. She can’t seem to rely on anyone. However, the man usually sits next to her and tries to get to her talk. It was a difficult week and she was glad to see him sitting on the bench. Although he may not know it, he has become of the most important people in her life. She dreads the day he no longer wants to come to the park.

Director: Dave Meyers Year: 2000

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit & 45 Magazine.

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