10:28 (for Tiffany F.)
I was young. I lost everyone I ever knew in a night of headlights and dizziness. I wandered into the weak, urine-colored lights of a pedestrian tunnel. I squinted at the graffiti tangled across arched brick walls. I took a stick of chalk out of my back pocket and wrote your name in big letters across the bricks. I thought writing your name might be enough to summon you. I waited for a long time, watching the moths dogfight around the lightbulbs. I waited until my head got sleepy and my fingertips got cold.
I was young.
I left the tunnel, determined to model every future imaginary friend after my memory of you.