Later on that day, Martha and Monica went home. As soon as Martha and Monica entered the house, their parents stood by the door with their arms folded.
“Are you two okay?” Martha asked. “You two look crooked.”
“You talk to them, Nina,” their father said.
“Where have you two been?” Nina asked.
“Looking for a prom dress,” Martha said.
“Somebody told us that you dropped by a drug house.”
“Who told you that?”
“None of your business! How could you drive your sister there, Monica?”
“She’s the one who went inside,” Monica said.
“But you fucking drove her there!”
“Everybody shut-up!” Martha and Monica’s father said.
“Don’t tell anybody to shut-up, Jerry,” Nina said.
Jerry took a deep breath.
“As soon as you two graduates, Martha’s going into rehab, and Monica’s moving out,” Jerry said.
“We’ll be eighteen in September,” Martha said. “I don’t have to go to rehab if I don’t want to.”
“In that case, the both of you can just move out!”
Jerry stormed upstairs and Nina followed him.
“I’m sick and tired of getting into trouble because of you,” Monica said.
“You’re getting on with foolishness,” Martha said.
”Look at you. You’re turning into Mom and Dad. Except they’re not druggies like you.”
Martha ended the conversation and she stormed off.
Over the course of a few weeks, Martha and Monica only talked to each other when they needed to. However, a few days before the prom, that’s all Monica and Martha talked about. They even made plans for the prom. Larry and Emily would meet at Martha and Monica’s home. They would all take a limo together, and they would sit at a table together. While Martha and Monica became sisters again, they didn’t talk about the car accident, nor Martha’s drug problem.
The prom took place a few weeks later. Martha arrived wearing a teal dress.
“Love the dress,” Larry said.
“Thanks,” Martha said. “There’s something I want to ask you. Why have you come to our school one month before graduation?”
“What are you talking about? I came to this school when I was in grade 10.”
“How come I’ve never noticed you before?”
“I used to be the invisible kid. But then I hit the gym and I gained some confidence.”
“Oh! That makes sense. Have you’ve noticed me around?”
“Yes. I wanted to ask you out a few times, but I was too nervous.”
Martha gave Larry an innocent kiss on the lips.
Meanwhile, Monica sat at a table by herself. That is until Emily joined her.
“What’s the matter?” Emily asked.
“It’s Martha,” Monica said. “I keep getting into trouble because of her all the time and I’m sick of it.”
“Quit being so emo.”
“It’s something that will be popular in the 2000’s. Never mind. The point is you’re living in your sister’s shadow. If you stop that, she won’t get you into any trouble.”
“Maybe you’re right.”
“You know I’m right. Come on, let’s dance.”
Everybody danced the night away. Toward the end of the night, though, Martha brought Larry outside, to the side of the school where nobody would see them.
“Wanna puff?” Martha asked.
“I don’t smoke,” Larry said.
“There’s no harm is smoking weed, but okay. So, what are your plans after graduation?”
“Ever hear of the internet? I want to design websites for a living. I heard there’s a lot of money in that.”
“What’s a website?”
“I’ll explain later. What about you? What do you wanna do?”
“I might become an English teacher. That was the one subject I’m good at.”
“Sounds wicket. Would want to have kids someday?”
“Yeah, but not anytime soon.”
“You can’t have kids if you smoke weed.”
“When I’m ready to have kids, I’ll stop. It’s not like I’m a drug addict.”
“Weed is not a drug.”
“Okay, if you say so.”
Martha was not even half-way done smoking her joint and she just snuffed it out. Then she shoved her tongue down Larry’s throat.
“I tell you what,” Martha said. “Every time I smoke a joint, or a drink a beer, or do any other drug, just take it away from me.”
“Why?” Larry asked.
“I don’t know. Maybe there are more important things in life. Or you can just let me be.”
Once again, Martha shoved her tongue down Larry’s throat.
The graduation ceremony took place one week later. Martha was valedictorian.
“Graduating high school is bittersweet, because we’re like a family,” Martha said. “We see each other every day. We don’t always get along, but we’re there for each other. When this day ends, we will all go different paths. But we have nothing to fear, because life never takes you where you expect it to go. Instead it will take us somewhere better. Thank you, class of 1993.”
The crowd cheered.
After Martha’s speech, the class of 1993 received their diplomas. After the ceremony, the class said their tearful goodbyes.
One year later, Martha got pregnant with Larry’s first child. As a result, they landed multiple jobs each, while attending college, and they looked for an apartment together.
Meanwhile, Monica shared a two-bedroom apartment with Emily.
Martha and Monica got their lives together. But eventually, their lives would be turned upside down.
One evening, Monica had coffee with Emily.
“When was the last time you’ve been on a date?” Emily asked.
“I don’t know,” Monica said. “Why?”
“I know a guy you might like?”
“Why not? He’s no Brad Pitt. But he’s cute, nice, and funny.”
“I don’t want to hook up with anybody.”
“Why? Are you gay?”
“What? No! I’m happy being single. The only thing I don’t like about it is everybody pressuring me to be with somebody.”
“How about he hangs out with us sometime and let’s see where things go?”
“Fine then. But why do you want me to hook up someone so badly?”
“Honestly, it’s because you’re always tense. You really need to get laid.”
Monica rolled her eyes. “Whatever,” she said.
A few days later, Monica and Emily hung out in a restaurant.
“So, where is this guy?” Monica asked.
A man with short orange hair met with Monica and Emily.
“Monica, this is John,” Emily said. “John, this is Monica.”
“Hey,” Monica said.
“Hey,” John said.
Monica and John didn’t say much to each other at first. In fact, Emily did most of the talking. But eventually, John and Monica ended up having a real conversation.
“You like science fiction,” Monica said. “Let me guess, you like Star Trek.”
“No, not really,” John said. “I used watch Doctor Who when it was on TV.”
“So did I! Who’s your favorite doctor?”
“I liked Patrick Troughton.”
“I really miss that show.”
“Same. Maybe it will come on TV again, some day.”
“Yeah, in 2005, maybe. Although I heard it will be made into a TV movie in a year or two.”
“I hope that’s true.”
John and Monica were so into their conversation, they forgot Emily was there.
“Where’s Emily?” Monica asked.
“I’m sitting next to you,” Emily said as she seemingly appeared out nowhere.
“Where did you come from?” Monica asked.
“I was here the whole time,” Emily said.
“This is like a moment from a bad rom-com,” John said.
“So, that’s like 90% of rom-coms,” Monica said.
John and Monica went on a few more dates. Eventually, John invited Monica over to his apartment.
The moment John opened the door to his apartment, the first thing Monica noticed was a giant bookshelf.
“I see you like to read,” Monica said.
“Yeah, I do,” John said.
“Mind if I take a look?”
Monica looked through John’s bookshelf. There was nothing that grabbed Monica’s attention, except this one book: ‘History of Planet Oberon.’