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Worst case scenario...
Tue Jun 12, 2018 06:01

He wasn’t going with Raine. She supposed that should technically count as good news. But clearly he had wanted to. This hadn’t exactly been a scenario Georgia had pictured herself dealing with. She had always imagined it to be a much more cut and dry kind of thing. Obviously Joe still had to do the prefect dance with someone. It wasn’t as if being rejected by the one person he wanted to go with meant he just wasn’t going to go on a date. Or, rather, not have a partner for the dance. Whoever she did the dance with, she was pretty sure it was going to be Not A Date. But anyway, it made the whole situation messy and awkward. Which made actually asking even worse than she had thought it would be. Ok, admittedly not as bad as some of her own worst case scenarios, but… She had pictured seriously romantic scenarios, with someone actually turning out to like her. Occasionally this was- a certain real boy from Sonora (she was not saying who!), but more often an imaginary transfer student who looked not unlike the hero of some teen dramas she’d watched over the summer who showed up and inexplicably liked her. She had known it was one hundred percent unrealistic but it had been fun to indulge. Her solid middle ground, where she had expected to find herself, had involved just… making a practical arrangement with someone who was as ambivalent towards the whole thing as she was. It looked like her best option was currently practical arrangement with someone who was going to be wishing they were there with someone else.

“Sorry. Sucks you can’t go with the person you wanted,” she sympathised. “Uh… no,” she admitted, when he turned the question back on her. “No, I- I mean. Guys-” what was she going to blame it on? Not being Pureblood or being fat? Both were probably equal reasons why no one was asking her out, but Joe was probably well aware enough of them without her pointing them out. Why hadn’t she stopped at just ‘No’ which answered the question perfectly well? Why did she always have to keep opening her mouth to start sentences only to find she had no idea how to finish them and end up blathering like an idiot? “I don’t,” she finished, deciding to just cut herself off, although she was pretty sure she was bright red not only due to the fact that she was always rambling but also having to admit that no one wanted to go out with her, and also the fact that she probably looked completely obvious and desperate to Joe now, and even though she did want him to ask her, she really had hoped to get there without seeming as pathetic as she actually was. At least she could cling to the fact that she hadn’t actually asked, and he could just… leave if he wanted and hopefully not mention it to everyone. Because the fact that he hadn’t laughed in her face, or got the whole school to laugh at her, was about all that was currently separating this from her worst case scenario.

  • “Siblings do help,” agreed Joe when Georgia explained why passing the blame didn’t often work for her. “Of course, with mine, it usually was John’s fault, or Paul’s, so I didn’t so much have to pass... more
    • Worst case scenario... — Georgia, Tue Jun 12 06:01
      • Joe honestly didn’t know if he’d really wanted to go to the Ball with Raine – it was all complicated, as were most things involving non-familial female people these days, the one curious exception... more
        • There is still a plague thoughGeorgia, Fri Jun 29 07:11
          She wasn’t sure whether he really meant his first remark. Well, ok, she was pretty sure he would survive. But he seemed to brush the thing off so casually, and she wasn’t sure if that was real.... more
          • I’ll take my chances.Joe, Fri Jun 29 19:15
            Georgia was, it had to be said, not his type physically – at least to the extent he was aware of having one. If he was quite honest, the things that popped to mind when he thought of specifics were... more
            • Ooh, did you know....Georgia, Fri Jun 29 21:30
              (OOC - CW: Georgia’s views are deliberately a little bit blinkered and heteronormative, along with the language she uses, cos she’s a straight, sheltered teenage girl). This definitely could be... more
              • I did not, thanks for saying Joe, Fri Jun 29 22:15
                People coupling up. People did that, didn’t they? Joe had never really thought about it, but of course people would do that – the fact that the Ball was seared into his memory as a source of... more
                • Is this information.... useful to you?Georgia, Fri Jun 29 23:02
                  “Right, sounds good,” she nodded. She really should not have said anything about Kir, because Joe was rambling and she’d clearly made him uncomfortable, although she wasn’t sure why. Maybe he wasn’t... more
                  • “That’s good of you,” said Joe when Georgia defended herself against an accusation of homophobia which he hadn’t actually made. “It’s usually best just to leave people’s private lives to them.” God... more
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