How did John and Lorraine become friends?

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John and Lorraine attend the same high school, so it is perhaps inevitable that they'd meet at some point. Their first meeting takes place on the school bus one morning. John sits next to Lorraine and immediately starts laughing for no apparent reason. As well as being embarrassed, Lorraine is rather upset at this. Just about everyone else laughs at her, and it seems that John is like all the others. She tells John to stop laughing, as she doesn't want to be seen sitting next to a "lunatic." John replies that he is indeed a lunatic.

Now, as well as being embarrassed and upset, Lorraine is getting quite nervous, and she drops one of her books on the floor. Furious at John, she wishes that his eyeball would explode and that a big cat would get at his neck. John dissolves the tension by laughing out loud again. This time, Lorraine joins in, and the two start laughing like mad together. A strange new friendship has just been born.

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John and Lorraine first met on the bus on the way to school.  He sat down next to her which made her at first feel uncomfortable.  He almost immediately began laughing, so she thought he was making fun of her.  His laughter was contagious because she started laughing too and the two of them laughed together uncontrollably.  Though they are very different, John and Lorraine are able to remain good friends because they can keep each other laughing and can feel comfortable being silly around each other.  This laughter is a nice antidote to cure the pain they respectively feel from their dysfunctional families.

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