If at first you don't succeed...
Tue Sep 11, 2018 21:54

Quickly recovering from the surprise of Claudia requesting to help with the tire repair, Marley bobbed her head, long-ish curls bouncing along with her. “Oh my gosh, yeah, of course.” Laying the wheel flat on the workbench, she pointed out the little screw thingy that sealed the air in (what were names). This part wasn’t really a two-person job, so Marley just unscrewed it by hand herself. The tire was already pretty flat - no need to squish any more air out, she thought, though maybe she was wrong; they would find out soon enough - so she poked through the available tools and identified a couple flat screwdrivers. It wasn’t the same as what her mum would’ve used, but they would prooobably work okay enough for this. “We’ll use these as levers, to pop the tire off,” she explained, offering one of the screwdrivers to Claudia. “Slip that under the lip of the tire, and I’ll do the same on this end, and we can work ‘em all the way around until it’s loose.”

Tires were kind of weird, Marley reflected vaguely as she wiggled the end of her screwdriver underneath. Like, she understood why they had two layers from a practical perspective: the puffy tube inside was the part that filled with air and it was protected by the thicker cover which was technically called the tire even though people used the word ‘tire’ to refer to the whole thing. But also from a practical perspective, wouldn’t it be easier to just have one piece that both inflated and was sturdy enough for riding on? It might be trickier to repair, manually at least (in the real world, her mum used a combination of wands and wrenches at her mechanic’s shop, only going full Muggle when she thought that magic would react badly and make their safety a concern). But it would be more efficient in the long term compared to taking apart multiple layers in order to get at the problem. Hmm.

This moment of reflection had been vague because she wasn’t sure what more to say at the moment yet removing the tire didn’t take quite enough of her attention to justify focusing exclusively on that and not thinking at all. So it was easily discarded when Claudia spoke up again, as this was something far more worth paying attention to than unnecessary musings about bike tires. Marley listened with increasing curiosity-slash-surprise as the other girl seemed to slowly talk her way through her thoughts - in part because Claudia had always been so put-together and she couldn’t remember ever hearing her think out loud, her words normally seeming to be all organized a long time before she spoke, and in part because she wanted to fix their friendship, which sure wasn’t how it had seemed the last time they had spoken written to each other. (Granted, now that she was trying to keep in mind that they both had changed, she could see how writing Claudia from that perspective might have upset her, or just been generally detrimental in resolving whatever the point of her letters had been beyond ‘checking in’.)

“Umm.” Chewing on her lip, but catching herself before it went too far, phew, it would suck to ruin her tinted lip balm, though not as much as it’d suck to not actually be friends again after this, Marley wiggled her screwdriver the last centimetre and pop the tire came loose. She’d jumped when it happened, and let out a quiet breathy laugh at herself before looking back at Claudia. “I guess I need to… to re-think some of our past talks, from the perspective that I didn’t actually know how you felt at the time,” she proposed, building off Claudia’s own statement. “And look for parts where I acted badly ‘cause of my assumptions, and try to fix it. And also I need to forgive you, for - Holland.” Unlike most of the hazy stuff in her head, Marley could remember pretty clearly hanging out with the older Lyras over a meal one day (okay she couldn’t remember which meal but whatever) when Danny and Claudia had come over. Holland had seemed marginally appeased, but for herself, witnessing the apology had just felt uncomfortable and not satisfying at all. Like, had Claudia actually known why she was apologizing? Had she done it for the right reasons? “Or at least I need to recognize you apologized, and umm, try not to poke holes in it.” Her gaze had dropped by this point but now she glanced up again, tentatively, as if hoping Claudia wouldn’t take offense.

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    • If at first you don't succeed... - Marley, Tue Sep 11 21:54
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