I'm ... fine
Sun Jul 8, 2018 05:20

Teal. What a beautiful name that was. It made Leah think of merpeople, which – no surprise there – she found fascinating. Nevertheless, without the girl’s reminder, she wouldn’t have remember that a prefect sat next to her, asking a ton of questions and offering her something that looked like a crumpled flower made out of soft dough.

Leah shook her head, indicating that she wasn’t hungry (even though that was a lie; she hadn’t eaten all day). It took almost all of her strength to hold Teal’s gaze, which was why her voice sounded a bit shaky when she spoke. “I’m fine, it’s just … it’s so much, so … busy. Exciting, but … quite overwhelming. I don’t think I can eat.”

Right on cue, her stomach growled loudly. Traitor. Leah blushed and averted her eyes. Bloody hell, body! I’m trying to play it cool here! But maybe it was time to stop pretending, no matter how hard it was to just be herself around strangers.

“Sorry,” she apologised for both her tummy and her insincerity. “I probably should eat something.” She eyed the dough thing in Teal’s hand again, which actually looked quite appetising. But first, she needed to know what it was.
Leah had made the mistake of blindly eating something someone else had made only once in her life, but that experience had been enough to put her on her guard, making her extremely cautious around food. The taste of jackalope meat (and the horror upon realising that she’d ingested it) still haunted her in her nightmares.

Nervously, Leah cleared her throat. “Is there meat inside?” she asked, pointing at the flower. “Because I can’t-” She stopped herself, because that wasn’t entirely true. Leah wasn’t allergic. At the age of 4, however, she’d made the decision that, for her, eating living beings just wasn’t compatible with loving them. “I mean, I don’t eat meat.”

She glanced at Teal’s face to see how she’d take this information. As a home-schooled loner, Leah had never had to deal with a peer’s judgement of herself before. That was probably why she’d silently started chanting Please don’t hate me, please don’t hate me, even though she knew how desperate and pathetic that was.

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