Peggy was already awake when the vibration and soundmeant to wake her happened. She groaned for severalseconds before her boyfriend, also awake, made a soundlike laughing but wasn't. She rested her head in his armsfor a few more minutes before the buzzing happenedagain.
She pulled her hair back into a knot that was too tight andmade a small portion of oatmeal with water in thesaucepan. They didn't have any pots or pans anymore.Some of the oatmeal got on the hob and the kitchen filledwith the oatmeal-burning smell. Swirling with the suncoming from the window, the smoke set off the alarm,and she shut the kitchen door as quietly as her bodyallowed.She tried on two pairs of black skinny jeans that lookedalmost identical. She debated before choosing the pair that seemed marginally better. She managed to put on atop and left the house still confused.