It might be smart.
Thu Mar 15, 2018 18:23

“Oh.” Marissa thought she still knew Danny’s schedule perfectly. Apparently she still did, except she didn’t know what he did with his free time. Granted, it was silly to think she’d be able to predict whether he’d swim or run in the mornings. What she still knew was he exercised in the mornings, while she was still in bed trying to convince herself to get up and at least have some breakfast. On the days where she felt overwhelmed from the moment she woke, it was a battle to even do that. She’d been late to class on a few occasions, but she always made sure to get lunch after.

She felt silly for even being upset or overwhelmed. It wasn’t like she was trying to get into some fancy, important school. Her mediocre grades would get her into a mediocre university, which meant even the application process was mediocre. Nothing was that stressful. It was a questionnaire, personal statement, another essay if needed. She didn’t even need interviews and, minus one dance program she knew she’d get into, there weren’t auditions. She literally had the least involved college application process she could have, and it was still killing her.

The stress her friends were going through was practically unimaginable. Rose and Holland were staking their futures on these big schools. Their dreams were there; they knew what they wanted and this was their way to get there. It was the next big step. Danny might be going into his family’s company after this school year. That was a whole new ballgame, and he’d have to navigate it while participating in a Not Betrothal, if he continued to date Holland. They were really cute together, so Marissa hoped they would. She knew enough about the pureblood world to know that that wouldn’t be easy for them, though.

Knowing what her friends were thinking about made her own feelings seem almost insignificant. How could she possibly complain about this to them? Selfish.

Danny kept talking, and she held back a sigh. When was the last time they’d hung out together? They hadn’t. The group hung out sometimes, but even that was incredibly rare. It was like everyone was already moving on, and Marissa wasn’t invited. It sucked.

“If you’re always free about now we could make a habit of swimming together, if you don’t mind the company.”

Marissa adjusted so she was no longer floating but treading water. The movement was smooth. She moved herself back slightly, creating enough distance between them as she tried very hard not to react the way her brain said to. She wanted to snap or cry or – of course he was talking to her without a shirt – at least try to say something nice, but she couldn’t. Instead, an eyebrow rose slightly and she bit down on the inside of her cheek before pointedly asking, “Oh, so now you want to hang out with me?”

  • Should I keep my distance? - Dardanius, Tue Mar 13 17:22
    “No,” came the blunt reply, further reinforcing Danny’s suspicions that something was up with Marissa. She hadn’t even organized a party yet this term, as far as he was aware. There was usually a... more
    • It might be smart. - Marissa, Thu Mar 15 18:23
      • Not one of my strongest qualities - Danny, Fri Mar 16 06:27
        “Oh, so now you want to hang out with me?” Marissa fluidly maneuvered in the water so she was no longer lying on her back; Danny followed suit, his height advantage allowing him to stand on the... more
        • You have worse ones, probably - Marissa, Fri Mar 16 21:46
          “You did.” Marissa couldn’t deny it, and she knew that. All of this was her fault, really. She could have tried to initiate something, but she wanted to give Danny and Holland their space to be…... more
          • I have been known to make Bad Choices - Danny, Sun Mar 18 04:26
            “Everyone will have more time after Christmas,” Danny assured Marissa, with the confidence of someone who believed entirely the words he was speaking. If she was down because everyone had just been... more
            • Bad choices tend to be more fun - Marissa, Sun Mar 18 14:12
              Marissa nodded a little with Danny’s agreement. He seemed to truly think people would have more time after Christmas. More time for what, Marissa wasn’t entirely sure. Rose and Emmett spent quite a... more
              • Depends on your options - Danny, Sun Mar 18 15:26
                Marissa’s midterm sounded chilled out, which was probably exactly what she needed. It was difficult to properly kick back and relax when there was so much stress around at school - it was like exam... more
                • Limited, it seems - Marissa, Fri Mar 23 12:46
                  “You’re going to tell your parents?” Marissa’s question was accompanied by raised eyebrows and a grin. Now this she could talk about. The subject was infinitely better than college plans and her... more
                  • Yikes - Danny, Mon Mar 26 15:49
                    “You’re going to tell your parents?” Marissa asked, grinning, and surprised. Danny chuckled as he glided serenely past her in the water. He guessed it was legitimate for Marissa to sound surprised,... more
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