Mon Mar 26, 2018 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, considering how guarded Danny and Holland had been in these early weeks of their relationship. It was only a couple of months since that spontaneous, winding conversation in the passageways, and while so far the actual relationship part was going well, everything else about it still felt … strange. Danny kept waiting for Holland to change their mind, or Claudia to surprise him with another emotional outburst, but so far neither of those things had happened. Holland was still interested in him, and Claudia was still ignoring him.

“Claudia knows already,” Danny pointed out. Telling her had been awful - far worse than he’d imagined - but he was still glad that he’d decided to talk to her that day, considering how quickly the gossip had spread. He didn’t think Claudia would tell their parents - she was probably hoping that he and Holland would break up before it became relevant - but she could if she wanted to. The same way he had told Claudia to prevent her hearing it from anyone else, Danny would rather divulge the news to his parents personally. “I’ll have to tell them at some point.” There was a slim chance they might hear it from other people, as there were students at RMI from families who might share some social contacts in common with his own family, but this wasn’t exactly the sort of thing Danny could put in a letter. He was going to tell them when he went home at midterm.

“And Holland’s parents are coming to Thanksgiving,” he added, still floating in a wide circle with Marissa at its center, “so I guess I’ll meet them then.” It was too soon - it was all very much too soon - but Holland had already told their parents about Danny, so it wasn’t as thought the situation could be avoided.

“I’m sure it’ll be fine,” Marissa nodded; Danny could see her bright - shorter, but still bright - hair bobbing above the water with the motion - and her voice sounded more like the Marissa he was used to as she said, “And if it’s not, you know that the Kendrick house is open for runaways at any and all times.”

Danny smirked. “Good to know,” he replied, his own voice teasing in response. He hoped it wouldn’t be that bad. His mother knew he was… well, Danny hadn’t settled on the right word yet, but she knew he wasn’t straight, anyway. They had talked about that, and that had gone okay. He acknowledged there was a difference between admitting an attraction and actually dating that person, but he didn’t think anything so drastic would occur that a safehouse would be required. “I’m sure your Dad would be very pleased to have me back,” he joked. The rest of Marissa’s family seemed to like him okay. Maybe her Dad was just protective? Danny could understand that; he was protective of Marissa, too. “Oh no,” a horrifying thought crossed Danny’s mind, causing him to stop floating on his back and stand upright once more. “Your Dad’s not coming to Thanksgiving too, is he?” If meeting Holland’s Dad was going to be awkward, it was going to be doubly so with Marissa’s Dad there, too. Thank Merlin his own parents weren’t coming.

  • 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
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