“You’re right, I’m sorry,” Ally smiled. “I love this. I love that you’re feeling good enough to have a crush.” And she meant it. Ally meant it with every bone in her body. So how, then, had Timmy ended up sitting on the Betty Boop October Girl I’m Not Old I’m Vintage shirt But I will love this edge of her bed? She knew, technically, it was because she had offered to show them her first-edition Dr. Seuss book, the one she’d found at the street fair in London and that her ex had bought for her, even thought it cost almost 300 pounds. Now the paper was crisp and yellowing, but she still looked at it almost every night, running her fingers over the fuzzy people and ocean waves and tiny foods. “Shit,” Timmy nodded, looking at the book. “This is magical.” “It makes me feel simultaneously two and one hundred,” Ally said. “Like I’ve seen everything and know nothing. Or something.” They laughed.
“I think feeling like a kid is the Betty Boop October Girl I’m Not Old I’m Vintage shirt But I will love this most important thing that we can hope for,” Timmy said. “It’s why I dress like a sophisticated nine-year-old. I never want to stop.” “I love that kids have instincts.” Ally was fully turned to Timmy now, her left knee tucked up under her butt, gesticulating wildly as she was wont to do when she was making a point that felt undeniable. “Like, when you’re a kid you know what you want. You say no when you need to. How have I grown into my almost mid-30s and I have less of a sense of my own desires than I did as a seven-year-old?” “Do you feel like you say yes when you mean no?” Timmy asked, pulling their jacket off and rotating their narrow but strong shoulders.