Canít say I disagree
Tue Jul 25, 2017 16:47

Russell had seemed terribly nervous before Ruben told him to get lost, so maybe Holland should have been a little nicer when they talked to the boy. Or maybe not; after all, heíd decided to come over, even if Emmett had been the one to tell him to do that, which was obviously the case. They werenít mad at the Cetus for trying to mediate, but he should have said no to Emmett if he hadnít wanted to do it.

Holland was annoyed at Emmett, though. Possibly more annoyed than theyíd ever been at him in the past. Their friend group didnít really have fights amongst each other. It had been awkward for about a second after Emmett and Marissa had broken up, but that hadnít lasted long and no one had had to take sides. The big exception had been last year, when Marissa hadnít been speaking to Rose for a little while because of the whole debacle with Camilla, but even that had been resolved without too much trouble. In the sense, again, that no one else had gotten involved. Holland wasnít planning on anyone else being involved in this, but they thought they were as mad at Emmett now as Marissa had been at Rose last year.

Anyway they didnít think they were being especially mean to Russell, but then he knocked Jacob over, threw up, and quit the room. So maybe a gentler touch would have helped.

With all that going on, it took a Holland moment to process Rubenís question. ďWith Russell or with Emmett?Ē Holland asked Ruben. He had gone back to painting his nails as though Russell hadnít run out of the room like a drunken kangaroo being chased by killer bees. ďWhatís wrong with Russell is, Iím guessing, social anxiety and overall eagerness to please.Ē Neither of which were doing him any favors. Marissa had taken a clear liking to the transfer, but he hadnít made much of an impression on Holland yet. Tonight had not helped him. ďAnd whatís wrong with Emmett is that heís really protective. Which would be fine except that heís being really annoying about it.Ē They would have to talk to him later.

  • This pleases me - Ruben, Mon Jul 24 21:38
    Still smirking, Ruben made a whining noise in the back of his throat when Holland whapped him. ďReally?Ē His hand dropped soon after this. He didnít wait to push his luck; in some ways, he was... more
    • Canít say I disagree - Holland, Tue Jul 25 16:47
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