Doesn't quite sound "okay" to me
Mon Jan 30, 2017 13:42

Oh, shit, again. From the corner of his eye, he could see Nick coming over. This had the potential to be the first real interaction they’d had in, well, a while, and he wholly expected the worst to come out of it. Lucien had tried to imagine their situation from Nick’s perspective, but hadn’t been able to. He had acquired some experience (more than his fair share, really) in the situation of ‘so the person you’re dating decides to run off with your sibling instead’, but his experience was nil in the categories of both ‘so you’re dating your roommate/casual friend’s sibling’ and ‘so your roommate/casual friend is dating your sibling’. He had therefore been unable to decide how he should react or predict how Nick might.

For not the first time in recent weeks, he found himself wishing that Alphonse had dated more over their time at RMI together. This would have likely come across to others as being a weird thing for him to wish for, but it made sense. His older brother had only ever dated people in his own year or above, so Lucien had never been friends with his girlfriends prior to being introduced to them as, well, his brother’s girlfriend. If he had, then maybe he would be able to properly put himself in Nick’s shoes now and reassure himself that this wasn’t as big a deal as it seemed.

Admittedly, Lucien didn’t know how he would have reacted to his friends dating Alphonse. Thinking about it in hypotheticals was unproductive. So it was entirely possible that it was actually a big deal, a huge deal, even, and properly putting himself in Nick’s shoes might have resulted in no reassurance whatsoever.

Speculating down that line of thought made him uncomfortable. Hypotheticals might be unproductive, but they still had some effect on him. He fidgeted with his sword and briefly fantasized that it was actually a broom on which he could escape. Except that quickly made him even more uncomfortable, because Nick was much better at broom-flying than he was, not to mention being on the Quidditch team and a Beater at that which meant Lucien’s stereotypical body-of-an-academic stood no chance, and shit for the third time, Nick was here.

Turning back to face him, Lucien managed a smile that was only semi-grimace. “Hey.” The question about Francine (obviously a subtle jab at their relationship) was followed by one about his paint, and Lucien stared at him with some confusion as he debated which to address first. The paint topic was quickly overrun by his desire to point out that just because we’re not glued at the hip doesn’t mean we’ve broken up yet so don’t get your hopes up. Of course he wasn’t going to say that outright, though; he didn’t want to provoke Nick by coming off too strong. He was defensive about his new girlfriend, but that didn’t mean he was lacking in survival instincts!

“I don’t think she’s here yet,” Lucien told Nick, brown eyes darting around briefly in a hopeful scan of the crowd. “We didn’t come together; we were going to meet up, so I’ve just been watching for her. And, well, paint is paint, isn’t it?” The art store he’d gotten the hair spray from had sold pallets emblazoned with some face-paint slogan, but he hadn’t thought the little green disc in the kit would be enough to paint his entire face and instead grabbed a whole bottle that looked like the right colour.

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    • Doesn't quite sound "okay" to me - Lucien , Mon Jan 30 13:42
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