Evelyn Stones
Well... you're not wrong.
Fri Aug 31, 2018 15:07 (XFF:

At some point in some book, Evelyn had read that drunk people often survive incidents that sober people couldn't simply because their response time is limited and they don't stiffen up in dangerous situations. She'd been reading about the effects of alcohol on the human body and most of it went over her head, but that part had stuck with her. Ever since then, she'd practiced it herself. If she could learn to relax when she was afraid, then maybe the scary things in life wouldn't hurt so much.

So when Malikhi put an arm over her and she found herself instinctively relaxing. The instant fear reaction made her stomach clench and her eyes widen. Then she noticed that Malikhi's hair was tickling her cheek and he really was very close. His arm was warm and soft and kind. His breath seemed very present, as if all the night air had warmed and softened and it all poured from Malikhi's lungs.

She thought of her mother and the way she would rest a cheek against Evelyn's hair when they cuddled. Then she thought of how disappointed her mother would probably be to find her daughter cuddling with a boy. Then she wondered what cuddling really meant and decided she'd cuddled with Ness so she'd cuddled lots of different people.

Then she relaxed and knew for sure it wasn't fear. Probably. She wasn't going to let it be fear, though.

No matter what happens.

The words hurt. What about what had already happened? What about all the things she hadn't told him about? What was there really left to tell?

"Thanks, Kai," she murmured, putting her opposite arm on top of his across her stomach. "You're a great friend."

It was true. It was just a shame that she wasn't.

  • Please don't. That's gross. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Fri Aug 31 01:12
    Malikhi was feeling better and better the longer he was spending with Evelyn. He'd missed it being just the two of them and she had this ability to make him feel better, regardless of what was... more
    • Well... you're not wrong. — Evelyn Stones, Fri Aug 31 15:07
      • I'm never wrong!Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Fri Aug 31 16:32
        Malikhi found that he could lie cuddling Evelyn for hours. All the tension he'd been feeling in his entire body seemed to be slowly melting away. She smelled like flowers and it was sweet and... more
        • EhhhhhEvelyn Stones, Sat Sep 1 03:49
          Evelyn was glad she wasn't looking directly at Malikhi. Her mom had told her a similar story growing up, except in those versions, the princess always learned to sPerhaps it was harsh to compare her... more
          • What d'ya mean 'ehhhhh'?Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Sep 2 13:41
            Malikhi's chest swelled with warmth when Evelyn told him that he wasn't stupid. She'd said with such force that he had to believe that it was true - though he did know that there was no way he'd be... more
            • Just exactly that.Evelyn Stones, Sun Sep 2 15:21
              Evelyn was surprised by the rush of emotions that went through her in rapid succession. She was pretty sure she hated being twelve then. At first, she was mad. Why was Malikhi making this about him?... more
              • You don't make any sense. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Sep 2 15:51
                Malikhi was surprised when he felt Evelyn's hand on his shoulder and uncurled himself and looked at her, searching her face. His feelings of being left out melted away when he saw her crying,... more
                • Rude!Evelyn Stones, Sun Sep 2 19:03
                  Evelyn managed a smile and a chuckle, grateful that Malikhi's sleeve had saved her the trouble of wiping her tear-covered face on her wrist. "Thank you," she whispered. "I'm glad I know I can talk to ... more
                  • But true...Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Sep 2 19:31
                    Malikhi shifted so that he was sitting next to Evelyn again and pulled his knees up to his chest and rested his chin on them, his arms wrapped around himself. He thought for a short while about what... more
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