Is that a good thing?
Tue Dec 19, 2017 14:23

Raine did not recognise Joe’s moment of difficulty with the English language for what it was. Whilst she had reduced Ben to stuttering distraction a few times, she hadn’t known at the time what it meant, and thus didn’t connect it now - plus she had tended to be distracted herself, by the distracting things she was doing, so she hadn’t always had her full attention on her friend. Guys who had wanted her had usually been pretty confident and forthcoming about that point.

“You didn’t interrupt,” she assured him, “Or rather, I don’t mind. I’m nearly done.” She swapped her front splits for side ones. She probably, having said that she was nearly done, and having arranged to hang out with Joe, would have to finish up soon. She only had to hope he’d have got the idea by then…

“Yes,” she smiled, when he asked if she’d had a good practice. Talking about practice was good. Her practising was usually considered appealing. But Joe wasn’t exactly complimenting her on it, and she didn’t exactly know how to flaunt herself or her own achievements. Beyond doing what she was doing, she had no idea how further to encourage Joe. How to bring the subject subtly round to what he might think of her or like to do… “I’m very flexible,” she added, in case he somehow hadn’t noticed or really considered that point.

  • I am rapidly questioning things I thought I knew.Joe Umland, Wed Dec 13 21:41
    Logically (Joe would have thought if he had, in the moment, really had much of a connection with his higher brain functions), it followed that if Raine was having circus practice in the sports room... more
    • Is that a good thing? — Raine, Tue Dec 19 14:23
      • Jury's still out.Joe, Wed Dec 20 23:48
        It was obvious, Joe thought as Raine moved from one kind of split to another, that Raine really knew what she was doing with this. He, who actually felt weird on the rare occasions he didn’t have a... more
        • Oh. I see... Um...Raine, Sat Dec 23 15:09
          “Thank you,” Raine smiled, as Joe mentioned how it was cool that she could do all this. That was definitely a step in the right direction, and even Raine couldn’t miss Joe telling her she looked... more
          • ...Er, yeah, that’s all very...ah....Joe, Thu Dec 28 13:59
            Before today, Joe had thought he had known what an awkward situation was. As a brief silence developed after Raine thanked him for his botched attempt at a compliment, though, he realized that no,... more
            • So...Raine, Thu Jan 4 12:51
              “Oh,” Raine responded to Joe’s ramble about not relaxing, trying not to sound too disappointed. She took his response to be an indication that he wasn’t interested in engaging in “relaxation” with... more
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