Scale of 1-10, how off am I?
Mon Jan 16, 2017 22:39

She was a little pink, but not like him. Emmett had been growing a steady blush, but his was from the rush of things he felt about her, whereas hers was probably just from dancing. But with her hands on his hips, he was immediately and acutely aware of the fact that he probably had more pink than white left on his face. So that was great, because what was cooler than a small baby raspberry with an obvious crush on you?

Maybe the bubonic plague. It was a pretty close coolness comparison that might just have him beat.

Don’t try so hard? That was easy advice from her. She was Marissa Kendrick, epitome of cool without trying, naturally beautiful, naturally clever, naturally talented, naturally perfect. But he was Emmett Lawrence, a walking disaster who couldn’t handle a portkey without falling on his face, couldn’t function without help from Holland, and couldn’t get a girl to like him for more than like three months. It was a little bit harder not to worry about stuff and not to try very hard when your natural state was a walking trash can.

“Yeah, I’ll try,” he conceded with a crooked smile. At least he was a semi-decent actor. That was part of being Lyra, he thought. The constant persona he played, the cocky tool, all an effort to mean it someday. He’d been a bit surprised to end up in that House, really, when both of his siblings were Aquilas in their respective times at the school. That was the difference between him and his brother, at least. Mikey was literally just a tool. Emmett was just trying to be something noticeable, so he emulated it.

“You’d better put that emphasis on trying to dance, though,” he laughed at himself like he always laughed at himself. “I might need some extra help. Think you can teach me?” The fourth year waggled his eyebrows playfully. Was it a tactic to get her hands back somewhere on his person? Maybe. Was it clever or subtle? Definitely not. Was it at least funny? Hopefully. Emmett was the funny guy. Jokes, jokes, jokes.

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    • Scale of 1-10, how off am I? - Emmett, Mon Jan 16 22:39
      • I never said you were off! - Marissa, Wed Jan 18 10:32
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        • Sounds like a solid 0. Nice. - Emmett, Wed Jan 18 21:39
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              • You're the only one confused here - Marissa, Sat Jan 28 20:17
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