'Have to' is such a strong phrase
Mon Sep 18, 2017 14:58

Holland answered Dade’s question about midterm with things he only vaguely understood (they’d talked about different types of movies in Cultural Studies but he hadn’t been paying much attention). He hadn’t known that Holland’s mom had a shop, probably because he didn’t know Holland very well. He’d only talked to the older boy briefly in the past, although he’d spent a fair amount of time shyly watching him as they passed in the hallways or during meals. Dade was generally intrigued by Holland, although he didn’t usually talk about that especially around Connor. Connor had used a not-very-nice word to describe Holland recently, and Dade didn’t want to deal with that. Remington knew, but that was it. And if anyone else knew Dade would hex them until they couldn’t tell anyone.

“I was talking to Rose about our breaks.”

Dade froze. He knew what was coming next and he didn’t want to know what was coming next. Rose had clearly told Holland about what she had caught him doing. His face flushed, apparent despite his darker complexion, as Holland confirmed his fears.

“No I can’t,” he snapped, tears springing to his eyes as he started upwards and slammed the book shut. Dade picked up his backpack and slung it over one shoulder before glaring at Holland. “I’m not you,” he said, stalking off into the shelves.

  • Guess I have to redial - Holland, Sat Sep 16 21:38
    Encouragingly, Dade seemed like he was in a decent mood. He was usually surly even at the best of times, and he admittedly didn’t sound like someone who had had an okay midterm, but an answer to... more
    • 'Have to' is such a strong phrase - Dade, Mon Sep 18 14:58
      • It’s that or face Rose’s wrath - Holland, Mon Sep 18 15:37
        Well, that hadn’t gone very well. And probably Holland should have expected it, because when they were younger they wouldn’t have wanted to talk about this subject like this either. Monty and Bryony... more
        • Holland followed him into the stacks and Dade was furious. He just wanted to be left alone and he wanted everyone to forget what happened over midterm and he wanted everything to be normal but Rose... more
          • So we agree on something - Holland, Mon Sep 18 17:07
            Holland had half expected Dade to refuse the nail polish, and been prepared to refuse his refusal, so it was a surprise and a relief when he pocketed it. He was probably going to run away now, and... more
            • Sometimes I'm agreeable - Dade, Thu Sep 21 06:46
              Wow Holland said a lot of words. Wow. Dade’s hazel eyes grew very round as Holland explained gender, which was something that Dade had previously been entirely sure did not require any explanation.... more
              • Once in a blue moon - Holland, Thu Sep 21 16:28
                Dade was quiet for a long time. Holland waited. They would’ve preferred to have this conversation sitting down, but the stacks seemed more private, so that was all right. They read the titles of the... more
                • So Rose thought he might be ‘questioning his gender’ or the way he ‘expressed his gender’. Dade scowled. He didn’t even know what that meant. He had mostly followed along with Holland’s explanation... more
                  • Is it made of blue cheese? - Holland, Fri Sep 29 04:00
                    Dade was back to looking surly, which Holland supposed shouldn’t surprise them. It seemed to be Rose’s brother’s default attitude. Just like how Rose defaulted to stubbornness, and Connor... more
                    • Blue cheese isn't that blue - Dade, Sat Sep 30 15:48
                      Well if this was what Rose thought was helpful, Dade didn’t want to see what Rose thought of as unhelpful . The helpful thing would have been to just ignore it and move on (okay, the yelling part had ... more
                      • Maybe the moon is Swiss cheese - Holland, Sat Sep 30 19:19
                        Holland maintained a practiced composure while Dade got defensive. Ah, shit. Dade might actually be some flavor of gender non-conforming. If he didn’t identify at all with what Holland had said, the... more
                        • I don't think the Swiss are smurfs - Dade, Sat Oct 14 15:21
                          Nope this was bad. Very bad. Holland kept talking and Dade just felt more and more uncomfortable. He kind of wanted to ask more questions, but he also very much did not want to ask more questions.... more
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