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They walk by together and drop their suitcases to the floor with a exhausted thump. Mom slumps down on the bench to decipher their scheduled departure time and gate from ticket stub. They are : coats and scarves layered extra thick. Mom is patient, Daughter is restless. Pacing, prowling. I am given a once over as she walks by, and recieve a smile when I look back and make eye contact. On the return trip to Mom's bench she asks, can she sit down next to me? This is good because I have been watching the clock wishing it would spin faster for the last fifteen minutes.

do you know what time it is
10:00
are you on the bus that leaves gate nine?
ya
Do you know Juliet Roberts?
no, do you?
i dont know her but i wish i did.
do you know if the bus is going to california?

i'm not sure. check the departures list there, the bus number is 6521
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you are going to california?
ya
are you going for a vacation down there?
yes. um no.
growing up was real bad, well....it sucked
people picked on me a lot, they made fun of me, they were mean
Do you know Juliet Roberts?

no, i don't
i am really tired
and sort of bored

who was mean to you
at school, they were mean.
where are you from?

xxxx
where are you from?
xxxx, are you from here originally?
yes. they were so mean to me.
are your parents from xxxx?

no,my parents moved out here from back east when my mother was pregnant with my sister.
do you have any brothers or sisters?
yes, a sister who is two years older than i am
Do you know Juliet Roberts?
oh, no i don't
Have you met her?
nope
Are you from Hollywood?
no, i live down in xxxx
how old are you?
twenty four
I am twenty two
Have you ever met Juliet Roberts?

no, i dont think i have
are you married?
no, are you?
do you have a girlfriend?
yes
um okay bye it was nice to meet you


Mother to Daughter :
Did you ask him about Julia Roberts?
well...yes
now why you ask that all the time?
i...cant help it
we got different taste in men, now see him over there....ya that one.....