Emmett Lawrence
An elaborate confession [Tag: Rose probably]
Wed Nov 22, 2017 19:03
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The first sign that Emmett was a frantic idiot was that he told Rose to meet him. He didn’t ask.

“Meet me in the Passageways at 5:00,” his note instructed because he was in fact a pineappleing idiot. Telling Rose Farnon to do something was, like, the number one way to get her to do the opposite. She was never gonna show up! Never!

But he’d already sent it, and he couldn’t take it back, and he couldn’t stand her up in case she did decide to show up, so he went to the spot he’d described in his note. His chest felt tight, like someone - probably Rose, actually - had his muscles wrapped up in a clenched fist. Emmett had been “dating” Rose for some time now, or at least fake dating so that Marissa would be happy and Ruben would be annoyed or something. But then some stuff was happening and Emmett was spending more and more time with just Rose and thinking about Rose and talking about Rose, and somehow, telling people he liked Rose had turned into actually liking Rose.

And that was both very good, because it made him feel all goofy and happy inside, and very bad, because he couldn’t tell anybody about it. It was a thing he’d tell Holland normally, but Rose hadn’t let him tell them this whole thing was fake anyway, so as far as Holland knew, he already liked Rose. The only person he could tell that he liked Rose… was Rose.

Emmett didn’t really know how to do that, but he was gonna try. In fact, he was pretty confident the result was going to be him getting punched in the face and maybe dumped, but he was going to explode otherwise. Still, since he doubted she was going to show up, he started practicing to the air.

“Hi, Rose,” he started. “Hey, Rose, thanks for coming. Wow, Rose, you look nice.” Emmett groaned because he was dumb and everything he tried sounded dumb. It was around this point that, a more observant human being with the physical ability to turn vibrations into perceivable signals might have become aware that someone was approaching, as dictated by footsteps. But Emmett Lawrence, as previously established, was dumb, so he didn’t.

“Rose, look, I’ve got… not quite a problem, but it’s something I’d normally talk to Holland about, but I can’t talk to them about it, so I’m… I’m just gonna pretend you’re them, so please just be quiet and listen.” Emmett paused. “Not that that’s what Holland would do, but, uh, go with me?” He took a deep breath and tried to picture Rose, and then picture Holland over her. Because that made sense.

At this point, Emmett spoke very quickly. “I like Rose, but I don’t know what to do about it because everybody already thinks we’re dating, and I can’t ask her out if we’re already going out because that would make no sense. Also I’m afraid to tell her because she’s the most beautiful girl in the school and I’m, like, the second dorkiest person here behind Russell.” Who Holland was apparently fixing, which meant Emmett was about to drop rank. “So what should I d- AHH!” At that moment, he happened to glance slightly over his shoulder. Then and only then did he become aware of the fact that he was not alone. “How much of that did you hear?!”

    • Well that was unexpected - Rose Farnon, Thu Nov 23 20:53
      Emmett Lawrence was forceful 0% of the time, so Rose was pretty sure that he’d either been kidnapped by centaurs or that it the note telling her to come to the passageways was a trap. And she was... more
      • ABORT ABORT ABORT - Emmett, Fri Nov 24 09:52
        It was her. It was her and now she knew. Now she knew because she heard him practicing talking to her, which was like the ultimate spazz move. From her response - lowering him below even the level of ... more
        • Let's try to recover this mission - Rose, Fri Nov 24 10:20
          Okay, maybe that had been a little too harsh to count as kidding, which is how she had mostly meant it. Rose’s face flushed more as Emmett turned red too and apologized. Part of how Emmett and Rose... more
          • I'm willing to try if you are - Emmett, Fri Nov 24 10:43
            Emmett was content - or something resembling it, or at least as close to it as he was likely to get in this awkward and painful situation - to just stare at his shoes for a while, but Rose started... more
            • We're in it together, I guess - Rose, Fri Nov 24 11:04
              Well Emmett didn’t want Rose to hex Russell (which was probably for the best, Marissa wouldn’t have been too happy) and he seemed a little less like a kicked puppy which was good but he definitely... more
              • You said it. - Emmett, Sun Nov 26 17:42
                The initial “No” surprised him, but he was more thrown off by the way Rose seemed to go back and forth. Rose always seemed to know what she wanted, and she had a formed, steady opinion on most... more
                • Okay so Rose and Emmett were hugging and it was definitely the first time that they’d done this in private. Emmett never initiated anything, presumably because he was terrified that Rose would hex... more
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