Day Thirty-one: Friend
It was colder than anyone would like for Halloween, but that’s what you get for living in the Midwest. Parker could recall a few Halloween’s from her his childhood where there were multiple feet of snow on the ground so trick or treating was mostly kids in snow suits with masks or crowns on and parents miserable as ever. But that’s also why he and Beatrice had planned a costume that allowed them to wear long johns beneath their jeans and as many layers as they desired under their pastel sweatshirts.
However the large cardboard piece dangling from the chain on his neck was a bit more cumbersome than he had anticipated. It was difficult enough to cut out the half of a heart with a jagged center out of thick cardboard, but then wearing it all night, bumping into everyone and making holding a drink a task in and of itself was not as fun as the idea had been when they thought it up.
Behind him he heard some guy yell over the music to Beatrice, “What exactly are you supposed to even be?” And they had heard it enough all night that Parker knew without Beatrice even having to shout over to him, he turned and stood right next to her friend. With their hips locked to each other they took their outside hands and held up their respective cardboard heart pieces, and their jagged edges aligned perfectly. On the front for everyone to read was “Best Friends” across the now put together heart and both of them were grinning ear to ear with their pride at their costume.
The guy however seemed only moderately impressed, he gave a slow nod and a soft “oh” before back peddling away. But before they could lower their necklaces a group of girls dressed up like the Powerpuff Girls ran over and started complimenting their costume & going on and on about how they loved it. Parker caught Beatrice’s eyes and they scrunched their faces up at each other, once again so happy at their decision to do a paired costume.