Snow was falling, never to meet the ground. London was only sludgy, wet streets. The weather was grey, and it was already getting dark, but Dino did not care. They were due to return to school the next day, and his parents had agreed to let him stay with his girlfriend for last weekend. They weren't too keen on getting to King's Cross themselves, seeing as they barely got out of Derry, so they'd agreed, after Dino had been a complete melter and had done their head in, to let him and Orla stay in London. Orla was crashing at her best friend's place, but they had hesitated to let their son spend the night at his girlfriend's. Finallty they'd relented, in what Dino would have considered to be a sudden moment of open-mindedness, if spending the night with Velvet had meant anything more to either of them than listening to the lastest in punk rock and nu metal CDs they'd gotten for Christmas.
More than their son's nocturnal activities, though, Dino's parents should have been worried about what he was about to do with Velvet during the day.
The teenagers were running through the streets excitedly, heading towards the tattoo and piercing parlour.
'Remind me why I'm doing this again?' Dino asked. He was sure it was going to hurt like a bitch, but he was still game, and went along with Velvet's craziest ideas.