Owners of two Lonely Hearts
It was eleventh grade. Charlie had lost his father a year ago, Lena was dealing with her parents’ divorce. He was getting out of a long-term but fake relationship, she had lived three years of violent, possessive boyfriends.
His heart was empty. Her heart was broken. Their lives were awful.
They met in English class, they were both 17. Charlie’s best friend was also Lena’s best friend, and his name was Joseph.
Charlie met Joseph when they were in 10th grade; both cinephiles, with a mutual passion for Queen, Pop Culture and Quentin Tarantino. He was there for Charlie when his father had been killed in a car accident.
Lena met Joseph that year, they happened to be classmates. Both subscribed to the same YouTubers, fans of the same TV shows and borned in the same month. He was there for Lena when her mom got kicked out of her house by her husband.
Joseph was also in English with them, and he shared seat with Lena. When Charlie entered the classroom, his first intention was to look for his friend, but when he realized Joseph was sitting next to a new girl, his first thought was that he was probably flirting. So, he walked towards him to mess with them a little.
‘What a smile…,’ Lena thought when Charlie arrived, and started blushing.
‘Damn, those eyes are beautiful,’ Charlie thought, and immediately forgot why he was there in the first place.
“Charlie, this is Lena, she…”
“Nice to meet you,” said Charlie interrupting his friend, awkwardly. She smiled.
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