"I'm going out to the Lucky Duck," Yuri announced as she hurried her way past her parents, who were seated on the couch in the living room, watching the news. She prayed they were too involved in the stories of terrorism and politics to pay too much attention to her. Her prayers went unanswered.

"The coffee shop? What for?" inquired her mother in an incredulous voice, like the idea of going out at six o'clock at night was ridiculous.

Yuri paused at the edge of the kitchen and living room, nervously twisted her house key around in her hand. "Just meeting up with some friends- I promise I'll be back by nine."

"What friends are you going to be with?" her father asked, his eyes suspicious. "That boy Roger? Because you already spend more than enough time with him, Yuri. You know the saying- why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free."

Yuri fumed a bit at this assumption, but decided to let it go for her own good. "No, Dad, I am going to see my friends Poe and Marcus." After school, she had gotten a ride from Poe, with Marcus too, of course- the two had patched things up during lunch, apparently; Yuri had spent the remainder of lunch at her and Poe's bench(that was how she referred to it in her mind now), catching up on some reading for English class. They had invited her to hang out with them at the Lucky Duck at six-thirty.

"More boys?" her father snorted.

"They're gay, Dad."

"Homosexuals?" he spluttered.

"Yes, Dad," Yuri said, rolling her eyes. "Flamingly homosexual boys who do very homosexual things with one another." She glanced over at the clock above the couch. "Okay, well, I'm going to be late if I don't get going now, so I'll see you later tonight. Au revoir." And with that, she left her parents wide-eyed and shocked, having burst their bubble of suburban "normality".

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When Yuri arrived at the Lucky Duck, she was surprised to see that she would not be accompanied by Marcus and his boo boo, but his boo boo alone. Along with a bright-haired girl. He was at a small table, chewing on a scone, when she walked in, and there was a girl with unnaturally red hair in the chair across from him, leaning onto the small table. She seemed to be speaking to Poe, and Poe seemed to be squirming in his seat.

"Hey Poe," Yuri said uncertainly, pulling a chair up to the table.

"Hey Yuri," the guy said, his voice just as timid.

The redhead shot Yuri a penetrating glare and went on: "I truly believe that you won't know if you like girls or not until you have been with one, you know?"

Poe took the chance to put in, "Seriously, I am gay. Freaking hot for penises. Thanks for trying but--"

The girl interrupted him. "And- Poe, is it? Poe, I will give you the time of your life. Just give me one hour of your life."

Yuri could not believe what she was hearing. This chick was actually trying to turn Poe bi. She had to pretend to cough to keep from laughing. When she broke into her short fit of coughs, the girl shot her another annoyed look.

"Excuse me, but do you have pressing business with Poe? Because if not, I'd appreciate it if you would leave."

"Excuse me," Yuri mocked, "but this boy is mine." She moved closer to Poe to wrap her arms around his waist, as she had seen many a girl to do Roger. Don't think about this right now. She put away the memories and continued. "I'd appreciate it if you would leave."

The girl gaped at the two. "But- you just told me you were gay!"

Poe shrugged, putting an arm around Yuri's shoulders so that they looked like your average can't-keep-their-hands-off-each-other teenage couple. "With one exception."

She narrowed her eyes at Yuri and Poe, but took that as her cue to leave. She jumped up from her seat and snatched her coffee. "You're missing out," she hissed at Poe before flouncing off, obviously trying especially hard to showcase her booty in her tiny plaid skirt.

Yuri waited for the girl to leave the shop, still wrapped in the Poe-and-Yuri knot. She was on Poe's left side, as it was, and she could hear his heart pounding through his worn red t-shirt, since her head was leaning on his chest. I guess that girl really freaked him out. "Eww," she whispered to Poe, as they both watched the girl walk out. They removed themselves from the other's embrace. "Skirts that short should be illegal."

Poe laughed. "I know- that's terrible, isn't it?"

"How did this start? What'd she do, just walk up to you and start hitting on you?"

"Yeah," Poe said, grimacing at the memory. "When I tried to tell her that I was gay, she just told me how I shouldn't knock it if I haven't tried it."

Yuri wrinkled her nose. "What a ho."

Poe's eyebrows went up high and he began to laugh. "Wow, Yuri, I didn't expect that from you."

"What? I call 'em as I see 'em, Poe," Yuri said, chuckling. They laughed for a while, before Yuri remembered that they were missing Marcus. "Hey, where's your boyfriend?"

Poe's smile disappeared, and his expression became pained. "Ah, well…"

"What happened?"

"I broke up with him."

"Oh, I'm sorry, Poe," Yuri said.

"No, it's fine, really," Poe said, forcing his lips to turn up a bit. "I didn't like him as much as I had thought, and I didn't want to pretend that we were in this happy little relationship. He deserves more than that, you know?"

"Yeah," Yuri murmured. "Well," she said, putting her hand on his shoulder. "That was a great thing for you to do then- some people would have just continued to lead him on because they wouldn't want to deal with the break up."

"That would have been messed up," Poe said. "I try to be straightforward. With most things." He added a nervous chuckle. Yuri wasn't sure what to make of that.

"Well, to reward you for your good-guyness," Yuri said, grinning, "I shall take you out for a movie. I heard there's a great zombie one out." She stood up, offering her arm to him.

Poe laughed and shook his head, standing up beside her. "You are one weird girl, Yuri." He linked arms with her.

"Fo' sho'," Yuri said. "Only the weirdest."

OH NO! Will Poe and Marcus hook back up or are they done for real this time? :P Two chapters in one day! I feel accomplished.
Hahaha, Yuri's dad reminds me of some of the kids at my school- what with the whole intolerance when it comes to gay people. Thought I'd make fun of homophobia a bit. Anyways,
I know my chapters are short, but that's just my writing style. Hope you enjoy this one.