Maybe I should swim away now
Mon May 8, 2017 19:06

Marissa held back a small sigh. She was super aware that this was up to her; she just needed someone to talk to about it. Rose wasn’t an option right now, and she didn’t know where to find Holland this early in the morning. Really, getting advice from Holland would probably be the best plan, because the Lyra was good at giving logical answers without invalidating people’s feelings. Marissa wanted Danny’s attention, though, so he was the one she sought out.

“I mean, last time we had a conversation, she slapped me,” Marissa pointed out. “I’m not exactly comfortable with the idea of giving her another opportunity.”

It wouldn’t be as bad, probably, if she’d seen it coming. Camilla must have had more going on in her head than just what Marissa accidentally said, because nothing she mentioned was worth getting physically hurt over. She tried to imagine something that might be an okay reason to slap someone. Ruben and Rose seemed to think that retaliation was a perfectly good reason, but Marissa didn’t share that opinion. Even if she did, who knows what Camilla would have done next?!

“I talked to Camilla last night.”

Marissa blinked her green eyes, bringing them back to Danny instead of on the letter she’d read plenty of times. He’d talked to Camilla? A knot of anxiety twisted uncomfortably in her stomach. This entire situation was just embarrassing enough as it was; she didn’t know how to feel about Danny talking to Camilla about it. The dancer just wanted the whole thing to die down and disappear. That didn’t seem like it was going to happen, though, and that was stressful. She didn’t like conflict, especially if it revolved around her. Drama, yes. Conflict? No.

It helped to hear that the Cetus told Danny she was sorry, though. She didn’t want Camilla to feel bad, because it seemed like she was already feeling awful enough without Marissa’s help. That was probably truer than she initially realized, since Danny confirmed the Aquila’s suspicions about Camilla’s feelings for Elijah.

“I guess I understand a little of how she was feeling.” Marissa tried to force herself to focus on the fact that Danny was talking to her, instead of being hyperaware of his hand in hers. Unconsciously (or consciously, it was hard for her to tell), she moved her hand so she could lace her fingers through his. Her heart did that obnoxious, twitterpated jump that it wasn’t supposed to do, but she didn’t silently scold it this time.

“You do?” She asked with a slight grin. It was close to a teasing grin, because before all of this, that’s what she would have done. She would have playfully made fun of him, and they would have gotten a good laugh in before breakfast.

“Look, me and Elijah… it wasn’t – at first it was just for the play. Then you stopped wanting to,” Marissa’s eyes darted down to their hands, then to a spot just next to their hands. She stopped herself from saying that Camilla’s comments were probably spot-on, knowing that that level of self-deprecation wasn’t going to be helpful. “I don’t know. I guess I get it, too. Because that’s how I feel - felt about you and her sometimes.”

  • When in doubt, swim it out - Dardanius Dubois, Sun May 7 16:30
    It happened a couple of times a week that Danny decided to swim before breakfast. Sometimes he was alone, sometimes there were other students there; quite often he swam with Rose. He didn’t think he... more
    • Maybe I should swim away now - Marissa, Mon May 8 19:06
      • Please stay. I'll keep you afloat. - Dardanius, Tue May 9 08:55
        “I don’t think she’d slap you again,” Danny replied. Marissa’s concern was justified, considering that is exactly what had happened when the girls had last interacted, but it didn’t seem consistent... more
        • Can we use cute little floaties? - Marissa, Tue May 9 16:36
          Marissa knew Danny very well. They’d been friends since their first year at Rocky Mountain International. It happened naturally. Both of them were always happy and funny children, and the two of them ... more
          • Inflatable frogs and dolphins okay? - Danny , Wed May 10 10:40
            Wait, what? Marissa did like him that way? Danny laughed. He couldn't help it; he'd been assuming this whole time that the stomach-jolting, heart-tingling feelings had been entirely one-sided in... more
            • I'll stay for the dolphin - Marissa, Thu May 11 15:22
              He gave her a quick kiss, and it was pretty magical. Marissa was not a stranger to kisses, but they always felt like something a little more important with Danny. They were more than just fun; there... more
              • Wow. Outranked by a dolphin. - Danny, Fri May 12 06:38
                Every word Marissa uttered made Danny smile yet more broadly - he was actually starting to become aware of the muscles in his cheeks and jaw - and his insides were doing a strange sort of dance that... more
                • The dolphin is just an extra perk - Marissa, Tue May 16 16:08
                  Some things were becoming clear from this conversation. She and Danny definitely shared mutual feelings. Marissa knew this already, but Danny hadn’t. Now, it was common knowledge. Both of them had... more
                  • Perks are fun - Danny, Wed May 17 07:17
                    When he woke up that morning, Danny had no idea that within an hour he’d be talking with Marissa about the future of their hypothetical relationship. Whatever else happened that day, nothing could... more
                    • Lots of things are fun - Marissa, Wed May 17 10:50
                      Marissa had meant that they needed to come up with a more immediate definition of what this was, but Danny didn’t seem to reach the same conclusion. He mentioned that they had the summer to figure it ... more
                      • I feel like you're the expert on fun - Danny, Fri May 19 05:13
                        “This is okay,” Danny affirmed. More than okay, really. His skin was thrumming, his heart thudding, his arms were around Marissa. ‘Okay’ was an understatement. Admittedly this didn’t exactly fit in... more
                        • I'm perfectly happy with that as my legacy - Marissa, Sat May 20 15:57
                          Marissa grinned and kissed him quickly. This was okay. It wasn’t ideal. Most of what Marissa knew about the pureblood world was from people who didn’t agree with it or didn’t understand it. She knew... more
                          • What's my legacy? - Danny, Mon May 22 07:41
                            “Okay.” the syllable Marissa uttered elicited mixed feelings from the Lyra. Yes, he was exceptionally content to resume the decidedly not-platonic activities of their unconventional friendship, but... more
                            • What is a legacy? - Marissa, Thu May 25 13:35
                              Suddenly, Danny didn’t seem as excited about their new arrangement as Marissa hoped he would be. Was it something I said? The red-head thought she’d come up with a good compromise. She couldn’t help... more
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