The first time Sauria stays the night at Layla’s house, she learns Layla's roommate is Jo. Jo, who causes Sauria’s heart to flutter with loss, with longing, with an uncomfortable sense of deja vu Sauria can’t explain every time she sees her. Feelings she tried to discuss with Layla, who laughed, said something in Tagalog, shrugged, and kissed Sauria right on the lips which only led to more kissing, not on the lips.
The second time Sauria stays at Layla’s house, she learns Jo rarely sleeps. Layla has to leave at the ‘armpit of dawn’, as she says, accent heavy in the early morning. It’s to teach a class just to see which dancers really want the lead parts, she claims, and kisses Sauria goodbye. Sauria sleeps for two more hours before forcing herself out of bed to hunt down breakfast. She finds a tangle of Jo on the couch instead, sandy, somewhat damp like the surfboard in the corner, and very asleep, until she