to blow dry it straight or it wouldn’t look as cute. That was enough to let Carmen beCarmen and she’d stay Maggie. High maintenance, she wasn’t. She wished she hadgotten the opportunity to talk Carmen out of it because it dawned on her that it was goingto take Carmen longer than ever to be ready in the morning.Dressed in all black, Carmen’s top was gauzy and short sleeved. It was over eighty degrees after all. As always, the guys took notice often smiling at Carmen, whoreturned the favor without delay. Occasionally, they’d deign a cursory glance to Maggiewho also smiled back, always growing a bit pink in the process. Every time Carmen pretended she didn’t find this shyness endearing, which she did. More proof she was toohappy to be emo.“That one was cute.” Carmen said when a guy bumped into Maggie and gave her an approving scan as he apologized.“Makes up for almost knocking me down.” Maggie joked thinking he was onlyaverage looking.“Girl, you hold yourself back. Matthew asked me if you like him.” ApparentlyCarmen had spoken to Matthew since Friday, or she sat on the news a full weekend,which would be an impossibility for her.Like was a strong word but he was fetching. Maggie wouldn’t mind spendingsome time with him. She had never had a heavy steady and he was high on her wish list.“When did Matthew supposedly say this?”“Sunday and he did say it.” Carmen’s voice always sounded like a little girls,more so when she was irked.“And you didn’t think to tell me this earlier? Like on the plane or for the last sixhours we’ve spent together.”“I forgot.”Maggie tried to imagine how she came up in conversation. Then it the bulb lit upso to speak. Matthew was trying to woo Carmen, who had recently broken it off withOwen after a yearlong romance. Carmen wouldn’t be keen on Matthew because he’ssuper straight-laced, so she pushed the idea of Maggie on him as a substitute. Too kindto be a jerk, he most likely gave a noncommittal statement of agreement and Carmen readinto it.