“You really mean this?” Izzy asked. “I mean, I think it sounds like a good idea, just…”

“We might end up hating each other?”

“Well, yeah.”

“Really quickly?”

“Yeah,” Izzy said.

“So then maybe it’s best to do it now, while we don’t know each other, so there’s a lot less to lose?”

Izzy considered. “That actually almost makes sense.”

“It makes perfect sense.”

“Have you tried this before?”


Izzy grinned. “Okay. So what do we do?”

“Talk, I suppose. Without politeness.”

“Okay.” Izzy looked at Emma.

There was a brief silence.

“Yeah,” Izzy said. “I don’t know what to say.”

Emma wanted to laugh. “Me either. Ask me something.”

They looked at each other. There was another silence. Neither of them seemed to know how to start.