Does this help?
Wed Dec 27, 2017 23:24

Although it was totally accurate to say that Ruben had taken a while to pick up on English slang and still wasn't quite perfect at it, "It's fine" was not one of those phrases yet outstanding. In that, English and Swedish (and German and Spanish, which he also was familiar with to some extent) (and presumably every other language) worked the same way. He knew immediately that Kaye didn't actually mean she was fine.

And really, even if he hadn't guessed that, the fact that she was now voluntarily resuming her workout was a pretty solid indicator of something not being right. He'd have to be, like, Emmett levels of stupid not to clue in on that. Kaye hated crunches. And all forms of physical activity, with the exception of eating, although he was reasonably confident that if it was possible for her to eat without having to actually move to the Diner every day, she would be all over it.

And also, Ruben was very aware that this was not right. "No, thirteen," he responded before shaking his head. "Just stop. Please." That wasn't priority. Well, ja, it was, because it was Kaye's health at stake here! If he had to choose between her health and their friendship/more-than-friends-sort-of-ship, he'd of course choose health, because Alive Kaye was much more important. But that didn't mean he wanted to neglect the ??-ship side of things.

Ruben wanted to assume that his addition of 'please' meant she would listen, but this was Kaye. More specifically, Kaye in a definitely not fine state. He powered over whatever protest she might have made and emphasized again "Please." The blonde additionally reached out to - well, it'd be most effective to grab her by the hands or wrists, but she had her hands behind her head - and next logical would be elbows except she was hella skinny and could probably slide her elbows right through his grasp - so he went for his third choice and sort of seized on to her shoulders. This was in an attempt to stop her from crunching (he didn't really want to force her, but realistically, his strength meant he could prevent her from moving forwards or falling back again without even putting the effort into it) as well as to get her attention properly.

"I know this is not fine. But we can talk about it, okay? We are-" he didn't want to say friends but what was a better word "-close." Not good enough. "Closer to each other than I am to anyone else here." Fan det alla, why couldn't his face do the normal face thing instead of this dumb blushing? He was not the blushing type. Doing his best to ignore it, Ruben continued, insistently, "You do not have to pretend. I'm also not fine with this. How can I like you so much but not feel the same kissing you? How are you the only one who does this to me?" This last bit was accompanied by him withdrawing one hand to wave at his too-warm face. He hadn't given up on ignoring it, because Ruben never gave up on anything. Nope, he'd simply decided to take his own advice and stop pretending like everything was normal. "How can I fix it? Not this," he clarified, waving at his face again, "I mean, it is not helpful but also not a thing that needs fixing. What needs fixing is... me, I think." There, he'd said it, now they could start figuring this mess out.

  • I'm not sure it's helping anything - Kaye, Sun Dec 24 23:53
    Ruben reached out and tucked hair behind her ears, and it took a lot of self-control not to lean into his touch. No one ever did that for Kaye before. Most people didnít get close enough to touch... more
    • Does this help? - Ruben, Wed Dec 27 23:24
      • Depends, what do you think? - Kaye, Fri Dec 29 15:57
        Thirteen crunches were doable. She didnít remember doing the first seven, but at least that was seven fewer than she needed to do now. After this, heíd probably make her do something ridiculous like... more
        • I think this is going nowhere - Ruben, Sat Dec 30 23:41
          Punching was an excellent method of conflict resolution. A well-developed punch was swift, both in the literal meaning of the word but also in terms of quickly finding a conclusion. A well-delivered... more
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