Oh, no! How can I help?
Sun Oct 29, 2017 19:12

And she actually did it, wow. Marley was so impressed with herself. Her hand wasn’t even shaking, although her heart was doing a loud bongo-like thumping, and that was definitely something to be impressed with because normally her heart kinda seemed to dictate everything that she did (right now she meant this literally, duh, and cue the whole ‘not shaking’ bit, but it was also true metaphorically, duh again). Being impressed with yourself for successfully flirting was probably a bit weird. Maybe even selfish, since flirting needed two people and it was supposed to be about impressing the other person, not yourself. But Marley decided very quickly that it was perfectly okay for her to be impressed with herself anyways, since she’d just keep quiet about that and not tell anyone how impressed she was.

Connor didn’t seem very impressed, though. He’d just gone still and hadn’t done anything else, and that was a bit concerning at first because did that mean he wasn’t gonna flirt back? Did he not like it? But then he spoke and Marley instantly relaxed. Oh, he didn’t even realize that she was flirting. Now it made sense; of course he would be confused and not know what to do! Not that Marley knew what to do, either, because she didn’t think she’d ever been flirted with properly, although she was pretty sure that you weren’t supposed to explain it because adults never did that, they all just seemed to Get It and figure out it was flirting without having to ask. But then again, adults had tons of experience. Maybe it made sense that kids would have to explain it to each other. They were all pretty new to it, after all.

Her heart was still playing the bongos but she was feeling a lot better, now, so she managed to smile normally at him as she put her hand down. “I’m flirting with you, silly. Haven’t you ever been flirted with? I mean, not that I’m judging or anything like that, of course,” she was fast to assert, “because I’m not really an expert and I bet most people here aren’t either. But… yeah.” Normally eloquent, Marley managed to somehow run out of things to say to conclude that train of thought. However, spinning a bean between her fingers, something else came to mind. “Oh, do you not like people touching your hair? I don’t mind it much, which is probably a good thing since sometimes even random people on the street want to-” her parents each had different choice words to describe those people, but it basically came down to Black hair being more interesting, Marley assumed “-but if you don’t like it, then I’m really sorry and I’ll think of a different way to flirt with you, okay?” That seemed an important thing to offer. Facing him, speaking earnestly, she hoped that the point got across that she didn’t wanna make him uncomfortable. She was feeling good right now, relaxed, even, but hopefully she hadn’t made Connor feel not-good by flirting with him.

  • In great distress, maybe - Connor, Sun Oct 29 14:56
    She was touching him . Every single alarm bell in Connor’s entire body was going off because oh Merlin Marley was touching him she was touching his head why was she touching his head oh Merlin why.... more
    • Oh, no! How can I help? - Marley, Sun Oct 29 19:12
      • Unsurprisingly, Marley’s answer was not an answer that Connor deemed appropriate explanation for her touching him. More surprisingly, apparently this is what constituted flirting in Marley’s twisted... more
        • Connor’s confirmation that he hadn’t done much flirting before, either, was not only accompanied by a small smile of his own, but in turn met with a more enthusiastic smile from Marley. Oh, phew !... more
          • Trust me, my plans do not include you - Connor, Wed Nov 1 11:17
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            • Something's wrong!! (tag: Mister Aaron) - Marley, Wed Nov 1 16:42
              Connor didn't immediately agree that yes a date would be marvelous, great idea Marley, you're marvelous too , but he also didn't immediately say no never , so she supposed that his silent staring and ... more
              • Yeah I'm starting to get that feeling - Professor McKindy, Thu Nov 2 18:47
                Although Aaron had been wandering around the room at the start of class, answering questions, he had since let the students get on with their projects without his constant hovering. If they needed... more
                • You have no idea - Connor, Thu Nov 2 19:03
                  Connor had barely had the opportunity to take a deep breath when he heard Marley outside the door. Why had she followed him? His eyes were wide as he looked around the bathroom contemplating the best ... more
                  • I don't, either!! - Marley, Fri Nov 3 21:09
                    The great thing about Mister Aaron was that he was not only super nice, but he was also a super good pay-attention-er. (Was there a real word for that? She didn’t think so, but even if there was,... more
                    • At least we're all on the same page - Prof. McKindy, Sat Nov 4 11:03
                      Marley stepped back and let the door swing shut, so that was one fewer thing that Aaron had to do. She was still bouncing, clearly invested in the situation, but at the very least she was giving poor ... more
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