How to Take a Group Picture
Place your hand casually around her neck. Let it dangle in front of her collarbone. Grin, wide. Allow your laugh lines to crease, revealing your front teeth, the right slightly overlapping with the left.
Let her rest her hand on your back.
Make out her shape and color from the corner of your eye. Your 5-inch height difference will become evident when you look down, realizing you can see the peach lace of her bra framing her breasts. Once, when she sat on your bed as you dressed yourself at the its foot, you told her she was “classy but still cute.”
She hadn’t taken her shoes off that time.
Because it will be illuminated by the streetlight, her hair will temporarily become a harsher yellow than its natural red. It will not clash with her sunburn, though, you’ll think. You will clash with her, however. Your skin will be dark and olive.
It will be with swift impulse and smooth motion that she will place her index finger through the loop of fabric on the back of your shirt. You will feel the urgency of her touch through the rayon-blend.
“It is meant to be used for hanging,” she will assume, silently, of the loop. With the pad of the same finger, she will draw a circle around one of the checks printed on your shirt. She will use the small square as a guideline and will stay within its boundaries. “Don’t wander,” she’ll beg of her finger.
But you must beckon it to.