Sally’s Nail Salon, 1 p.m.

Mission Loc@l: What do you think of love?

Elizabeth [teenage girl wearing sneakers]: Do you have all day?

Fatima [Elizabeth’s older sister]: I don’t know how to describe love, but the only way I can truly appreciate love is the love between a mother and a child. Otherwise love sucks.

Elizabeth: I don’t know anything about love. Love sucks.

Fatima: It sure feels like it.

ML: Are you in love?

Fatima: Yes I am. I can’t seem to get away.

Elizabeth: He never seems to go away. He seduces you with his manipulative ways.

Fatima: Yes, with his seducing ways. But she is too young for love.

ML: What advice did your parents give you about love?

Fatima: Stay away! Be single! Enjoy your life! I should have listened. Stand up on your own two feet before you fall in love. I got married. I was married for four years.

ML: Are you still married?

Fatima: No, I am not married anymore. It was the craziest thing I have done, and I am glad that it was over with. I honestly don’t know why I did it. I was so young. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done? [to Elizabeth] Not much, right?

Elizabeth: Yes, not much. I once chased a guy all the way down 24th Street. Chasing boys that I like was crazy. Do you remember that?

Fatima: Oh yes! [laughing]

ML: Any advice for your potential significant others?

Elizabeth: Learn how to treat us right. That’s it. We are simple.

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