Evelyn Stones
Sun Sep 2, 2018 19:03 (XFF:

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 you."

Evelyn wanted to ask whether he would be okay with the fact that she wouldn't always. It was hard enough trying to talk about this stuff once, let alone multiple times, and she was sure that having any of these conversations with both Malikhi and Ness present, let alone Professor Carter or anybody else, would not be the way to handle it.

Tonight, however, had had enough drama and hard conversations, and Evelyn was sick of those more than anything. It felt good to be able to cry, but Evelyn loved Malikhi for his ability to make her laugh. Separating herself from him and laying back down in the grass, she looked up at him with a playful expression and wide eyes.

Malikhi was only a few months younger than Evelyn, but he seemed much younger in so many ways. He was innocent and inexperienced and so kind. Evelyn wondered if it was his naivety that so endeared him to her. With Malikhi, she almost thought she could be that way, too.

"Tell me a happy story," Evelyn said. "Not one with a happy ending, but one that's actually just a happy story." She patted the grass beside her and smiled at Malikhi, offering the space beside her, her honesty, and, if she was really lucky, her friendship.

  • 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
      • 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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