Two things: This is the worst idea you’ve ever had. And I’m glad it’s you I’m stuck here with.
—-Reverb, Disaster Academy Issue #10
Spoiler alert: I’m in love with two boys.
Head over heels, smiling--at--nothing--while--walking--into--walls kind of love.
But they’re not real people. They’re comic book characters. Also, they might be in love with each other. Huge emphasis on the might.
“You’re doing that thing again, Isaac.”
I tilt my head. “What thing?”
Diego, the virtuoso of bad imitations, gives me this exaggerated smile with wide, Disneyesque heart eyes, sighing loudly. One of those I’m--helplessly--in--love sighs.
“Shut up,” I say halfheartedly.
“It’s very distracting. And annoying.”
“You’re annoying,” I tell him.
I’m lying on my back, my head resting on the edge of Diego’s bed, reading last month’s issue of my favorite comic book, Disaster Academy. He’s next to me, sitting upright, tongue between his teeth, focused on a video game.
Diego’s right—-I’m making The Face.
I can’t help it, though. The chemistry between my favorite characters, Charm and Reverb, while they’re crowded in an air vent, awaiting the signal to attack the villains below, is too much. It’s the proximity of their shoulders. Their easy banter. The way Charm’s eyebrows lift when Reverb says he wouldn’t want to be stuck with...