No, it's the law!
Sat Nov 11, 2017 00:24

Marley blew her nose again. She tried to watch Claudia throughout, but her eyes (and really the rest of her face too, forehead and chin and all) instinctively scrunched up when she blew out, and that caused the tears to get squished out too, and that made it too blurry to see properly. But once her nose had been emptied, at least temporarily since being teary always meant her nose just kept running and running until the whole teary part had stopped, she was able to see that Claudia had immobilized the faerie. Even though Claudia was also sniffly, she had managed to cast the spell perfectly. She was so talented and smart and pretty and Marley didn’t want them to not be friends anymore, definitely not!

Despite ploughing through what she had to say without leaving very much room for Claudia to get more than a few words in, those few words had stuck with her and she was a little relieved that Claudia had said them, because it seemed like she also didn’t want them to not be friends anymore. But Marley still didn’t know at all where they were supposed to go from here when she felt this sad about everything. She wasn’t big on what-next thinking anyways, she was more of a what-now person, but it was like she couldn’t even focus on what-now right now and it was Hard.

Using a dry corner of her Kleenex to dab at her eyes, she bobbed her head a little morosely at Claudia’s words. Normally she would use a separate Kleenex for eyes and nose, because her grandmum had a lot to say about germs and sanitation, and her mum had a lot to say about getting sick, and somehow those were related even though they talked about it completely differently. But the normal type of nose-blowing and eye-wiping that Marley used Kleenex for was when she spent a lot of time outside in the winter and the cold air scraped against her face for long enough that it, like, basically tricked her body into thinking it was sick even when she was actually totally healthy. She was totally healthy today, but she was also a hundred times more upset than normal, which made it easy to forget about low priority things like sanitation.

“I can’t believe it, either. Like, every time I brought it up, he kept saying how it sounded like a good idea and it was nice of me to ask and… I didn’t even think...” Marley cut herself off, giving herself a vigorous shake. Not a full body shake - it kind of just went between her head and her shoulders, and that was only half of the body song that she had sung as a little kid in school - yes, there was much more to the body than just head, shoulders, knees and toes, but the song was a good basic measure for it! - but it was enough of a shake to get back on track. “No, this isn’t about Connor. He’s… he’s sorta an idiot, I guess,” and that hurt a bit to say, “to be so rude to both of us. Lying to both of us about dating and stuff is pretty mean.”

Lying was a Big Deal and it was a bad one, too. She learned that for the first time while at church with her gram and gramps, but she had learned it again and again, a lot more times, from movies and books and even the full-page cartoons in the weekend papers.

“You… you really hurt me. But I accept-” another sniffle “-your apology. And I’m so so sorry for calling you a bad friend. Maybe… maybe I am ridiculous.” Now she was crying again for real. The dark-skinned girl gave up on her soggy Kleenex, stuck it back in her pocket, and resumed wiping her cheeks by hand. From what she had heard Claudia say in between all of her interruptions, it was now obvious: the other girl had tried to be a good friend but didn’t know how, just like Marley didn’t know how to handle this. For a girl who always knew how to handle everything, that was such a weird, annoying, disheartening, grumpy, sadsadsad feeling. “I don’t want to hate you. C-can you forgive me?” Optimistically, she held out her arms a little. Her dad had always said that a good strong hug could fix most problems, after all. Maybe it could fix them.

  • That’s not a Thing - Claudia, Wed Nov 8 09:30
    Marley sounded like she didn’t believe her. Why wouldn’t she believe that Connor had asked Claudia? Except that it was, in fact, a lie. There was no way Marley could know that. There was also no... more
    • No, it's the law! - Marley, Sat Nov 11 00:24
      • What is the penalty for breaking it? - Claudia, Sun Nov 12 10:17
        He said it sounded like a good idea? He said it was nice of her to ask? One of the two girls was obviously very wrong - Claudia was certain that Connor would not find it agreeable to date Marley, and ... more
        • I've never had to find out before - Marley, Mon Nov 13 00:17
          Yeah, the hug helped. Really helped. Hugging Claudia wasn’t exactly an unusual event, although it didn’t happen nearly as often as it could have, in her opinion, but considering that they weren’t in... more
          • How sheltered you have been from the World - Claudia, Mon Nov 13 15:13
            It seemed like things between Claudia and Marley were more or less back to normal; they were hugging and Marley was talking too much (and she wasn’t crying any more), and Claudia didn’t really know... more
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