Both! At the same time!
Wed Dec 13, 2017 22:51

“Yeah, peanut butter,” she interjected with a firm nod to emphasize even more that Teal had heard her properly. Her curly bush of an Afro nodded along with her. “Peanut butter is great, especially chunky peanut butter because the texture feels almost exactly like those Christmas cookies that aren’t real cookies - d’you know the ones? With, like, Rice Krispies on the inside? - anyways peanut butter isn’t the absolute greatest for sandwiches but still pretty great, and it’s the only one that’s safe. Or safe-er," she declared seriously. “Apparently jam is made with fruits that have pesticides, and honeybees get pollen for honey from flowers that also have pesticides and sometimes even worse chemicals because people are obsessed with bright colours that aren’t natural for flowers, which is dumb, and plain non-peanut butter is just awful, the poor cows are-- Teal are you okay?!” she cried. Her rambling thoughts, er, words, had been going in a sort of nonspecific direction but now they were totally directionless. That was what happened when one of your best friends smashed their head on their chair. It was very distracting.

Marley had sort of scooted forwards automatically when Teal hit her head, her hands moving out as if to offer support even though really there wasn't much that she could do to help. “Sorry, I don’t know what I can do to help. Oh, sorry, that’s a weird thing to apologize for. Wait, why did I apologize for that too? Hah! I’m such a stereotype.” The Canadian was cut short (which was probably for the best) by a sudden eruption from Teal. Her brown eyes widened in confusion. “Of course I think you’re cool. You’re a great friend and really smart and I don’t understand why bonking your head would make you not cool? Like, I guess if you bonked your head hard enough, you might not be really smart anymore, but being cool is about a lot more than being smart,” Marley pointed out reasonably. “Not all smart people are cool. Like Connor. Ugh, Connor.” Connor was smart, as demonstrated by the fact that every class assignment they’d worked together had resulted in a grade better than Marley’s usual grades, but ever since The Incident when she found out he had been lying to her for months, he was literally the least cool person ever. “He’s literally the least cool person ever.” That was a strange repetition.

It was made slightly less strange by Teal subsequently repeating, not once or twice but three times in total, which maybe actually meant the same thing as ‘repeated twice’ but whatever, oops had she just muttered that aloud? Meh. Anyways. Teal complimented her like a bunch of times in a row, and then fired off something about something she didn’t want Marley to know, and then made a noise that sounded strangely like her owl Bludger when she didn’t take a letter in time and he got tired of holding it, and then covered up her mouth entirely. The repetition part wasn’t strange, and the compliments weren’t either, but the rest was. “Why wouldn’t you want me to know something? We’re best friends!” Marley protested. “And I guess not all secrets are bad secrets, like for example, I’m not gonna tell you what I got for your birthday present… though honestly I haven’t even decided on what it’ll be yet…

“Like,” she managed to divert onto another track of thought, “thanks for the compliment, that’s so nice of you. It’s not actually lipstick. Just coloured gloss. The last time I wore it was for Hallowe’en and maybe it’s not the most appropriate for class? Though who even decides what’s appropriate and what isn’t? Mister Rob? Or the Headmaster? It’s always the patriarchy, anyways. But I really wanted something colourful today because I thought it would make me feel better since I’m on my hockey murder week.” Oh, no, Teal wouldn’t know what that meant. Marley wasn’t at all a murderer (her new-found commitment to adopting Myffi’s vegan lifestyle was a solid example of that) and she assumed, like, basically everyone would assume that, so maybe Teal could guess it was a reference but it almost definitely wasn’t one she would know. “Oops, I guess you won’t understand that. But I don’t wanna say it either. But I’m on my period for the first time and I know it’s supposed to be normal or whatever but it’s actually gross and uncomfy. Gosh, why did I say that? Don’t be grossed out, please!” Marley made a face and tried to laugh it off. “Oh no I can’t even laugh at it. This is awkward. Quick, Teal, say something! Talking will make it less awkward, right? I hope so! And maybe then you’ll tell me the secret! Oops no, that was supposed to be just in my head, too.” The dark-skinned girl sighed loudly.

  • Bad-weird, or good-weird? - Teal Rosse, Tue Dec 12 23:17
    There had been, like a lot of drama lately. Teal fortunately wasn’t at the center of it, but she was lurking at the edges, waiting for her opportunity to pounce. There hadn’t been a chance. Connor... more
    • Both! At the same time! - Marley, Wed Dec 13 22:51
      • Let's try to make it good! - Teal, Mon Dec 18 00:35
        The good news was that Marley thought that Teal was cool. The bad news was that Marley mentioned Connor, but the good news to that was Marley had finally realized that Connor was a big butthead.... more
        • Something really weird was obviously happening. Marley usually talked a lot. Like her gran said, there wasn’t a gate to slow down anything from moving between her brain and her mouth, or maybe even... more
          • Yes, we're getting much closer - Teal, Fri Dec 29 15:56
            Teal had been crossing her fingers under the table after her terrifying confession. Marley gawped at her, and Teal couldn't tell if it was in a good way or a shocked way or a scared way. There were... more
            • Yay! - Marley, Sat Dec 30 17:30
              It ended up being totally fine that Marley's attention had scampered off very briefly for a bit of a walk, because now Teal was talking and she was talking loudly . And also standing up. And smashing ... more
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