Jay walked outside and blew warmth into his palms as the chilly evening air whipped across his face. He dug his hands in his pockets and walked down the empty block. He got to his post and stood there, looking in both directions. It had been a year. He was well on his way to a promotion, so he didn't sweat the lonely nights. He pulled out his iPhone and went through his contacts. He stopped on Monique's name, just as a young guy approached. He looked to be about 15. Jay looked him in the face and nodded.
"Mookie sent me." The guy said.
Jay dug in his pocket and handed him a dime bag. The dude handed him a crumpled twenty and walked off down the street. Jay pressed Monique's name and put the phone to his ear. Her voice broke the silence surrounding him and he looked down the street, as he leaned up against the building he shared this corner with.
"What you doin tonight?" He asked, his tone of voice implying that he wanted to see her.
"Mm, nothing if you tryna come through." She said.
"Be up when I call." He said, hanging up the phone and putting it back in his pocket.
He sighed and looked up at the sky and marveled at the number of stars he could count tonight. He wondered what was up there. He wondered who was sharing this view with him this evening.
3 miles to the north, Selena looked up at the stars and wished that she was there. She looked back at the crowd of kids surrounding the swimming pool, celebrating graduation. She spotted Narvin and his eyes were glued to her. She turned away and sighed. She heard his footsteps behind her on the concrete. He put his hand on her lower back and she stepped away.
"Are you crazy? What are you doing?" She asked, looking at him.
"I haven't heard from you." He said.
"I didn't know this was something I'd committed to." She said, frowning at him.
"So what? What happened doesn't mean anything to you?" He asked.
"No. She's my best friend, Narvin." Selena snapped.
"Can I have everyone's attention!"
Selena heard her best friend Chelsea's voice and she shivered.
"I wanna thank everyone for coming! Thanks to everyone who has ever been there for me. We're graduating you guys! This is huge. I've had so many good times with everyone out here. I'm gonna miss everyone. I really wanna thank my best friend Selena and my boyfriend Narvin for being there when I needed them. I love the both of you. I don't know who I'd be without you guys." She said.
Narvin smiled and Selena's face swelled with tears. She stared blankly back at her best friend and then at the sky. She didn't want to be here anymore.