It's a chilly spring night in Los Angeles.
The scene is Don Antonio's Mexican restaurant. The subject is the End of Western Civilization - also known as Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt.
Watching the fair-haired lovers stroll through their beloved Don Antonio's feels like seeing Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe walk into the Stork Club back in the day.
That is, if Joe and Marilyn were the irresistible villains on The Hills, a maddeningly addictive MTV show in which nothing ever really happens.
As they sit at a dimly lit corner booth, and you can almost hear the text messages being tapped at nearby tables â€" omfg spencer n heidi r here!!!
Spencer Pratt, 24, who's wearing a black Don Antonio's polo and a wispy blond goatee, rattles off a grande order without consulting the menu.
Heidi Montag, a 21-year-old mane of blond highlights dressed in a blue sweater and white sweatpants, tucks her tiny head into his shoulder.
"I wish I got to see what you saw today," Spencer says.
He's referring to the Rolling Stone cover photo shoot attended by Heidi and her three castmates on The Hills: Audrina Patridge, 22, Whitney Port, 23, and the show's star and protagonist, the lovely Lauren Conrad, 22.
Heidi Montag has been engaged in an ugly feud with Lauren Conrad (which started when she began dating Pratt but escalated over sex tape rumors).
Maybe you've heard about this ongoing charade at some point.
In any case, this Rolling Stone cover shoot was the first time Heidi and Lauren had been photographed, not merely Photoshopped (as MTV has been forced to do), together in more than a year. Like, OMG, 4 real.
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