“Look at this!” she said, pointing at the two Buddy Scooters parked side-by-side on the sidewalk, one a pale orange and the other a light blue. “Beautiful. I love it. I wish I had my camera.”
“I have mine,” he said, foraging through his messenger bag trying to find it.
“Do you have an eye for these things?”
“Of course. I love photography. Do you?” She nodded. “Good.” He snapped a few photos and then held the camera out for her to see. She moved her oversized sunglasses to the tip of her nose and looked over them into the tiny screen.
“Good. Do you think they belong to a couple?”
“I think this is so cute.”
“But you aren’t a romantic,” he said, the corners of his mouth raised a tiny bit.
“I never said I was not a romantic.”
“Yes you did.”
She stomped her foot a bit with a smile on her face. “This does not necessarily prove I am a romantic. This doesn’t make sense.”
“I knew you were. We can smell our own.”
She started walking again, hoping to change the subject. “What does it matter. Romantic, unromantic, this does not matter. And this proves nothing,” she said, gesturing back towards the vehicles. He stopped walking, forcing her to stop as well and turn back to look at him.
“You find the idea of a couple who each have a scooter, the same model but in different colors, beautiful. You probably pictured this perfect couple driving them between cars down the street, stopping at traffic lights and smiling at one another, maybe stopping at some cute little café for lunch…that is what makes you a romantic. But it really doesn’t matter if you are or aren’t, I just think you’re in denial.”
She smiled and walked towards him, taking his arm and turning him around. “Look,” she said, aiming him towards the scooters.
A couple had left the building and approached the Buddies, unlocked the helmet boxes on the back and removed a blue and an orange helmet. The guy put on the orange one and sat on the blue bike, while the girl put on the blue one and sat on the orange moped.
“Come, let’s go to a café,” she said to him.
Photographs by Dennis Finocchiaro