Inflatable frogs and dolphins okay?
Wed May 10, 2017 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 their interactions. Holland was right - he was an idiot.

Marissa went on to explain that of course she liked him that way. Dardanius had managed to stop laughing but nothing was going to wipe the grin off his face. Nobody had ever told him that before. Marissa was smiling too, in a completely adorable way that made Danny want to cuddle her all over again, but that was conflicting with the strong urge he had to kiss her right now. As the two desires battled it out, he settled for listening, holding her hand, and grinning from ear to ear. Even as Marissa elaborated on their situation, the Lyra was still smiling.

She was right, of course. Danny did have all these hypotheticals on his mind, which Marissa knew better than anyone, as she was the person he had talked to most about his confusion with kissing, dating, and that whole circus. Yet since his conversation with Camilla regarding the culture that governed them both, Dardanius had begun to harbour some doubts about his future, which prior to then had always been so certain. If those same ideals had prevented Marissa from admitting her feelings for him simply to make his life easier, that further contributed to his confusion. She hadn't said anything because of all he’d told her, yet paradoxically, if they hadn't ever had that conversation then Danny probably would never have kissed her, and they wouldn't be having this conversation, either. If she thought they stood a chance she might have spoken up sooner. If Danny had thought he had a chance with Marissa, he probably would have said something before now. Danny agreed their scenario was problematic. Still he smiled; he couldn't be sad about the girl he liked reciprocating those feelings.

Now Danny had this information, he wasn't sure what to do with it. All he really wanted to do was kiss her, so he leaned in and did just that, touching her lips just briefly with his own. When he pulled back again, some words had formed in his mind, so he let them flow out of his mouth before he’d had time to overthink them.

“I can't imagine not having you as a friend.” That, above all else, troubled him. Maybe they could find a way to overcome his concerns about marriage and his family and all the interconnected concerns that held for him. Maybe he could come to terms with Marissa’s open relationship approach to dating. Maybe she wouldn't get bored over the summer when they wouldn't see each other for weeks together. But that was a lot of maybes.

“I wasn't expecting this.” He was still smiling, but he'd managed to reign in his broad grin to a calmer expression. “I think-” he stared at their hands again, because that seemed easier than looking anywhere else, “I think I'm right that neither of us are looking for anything serious right now?” He paused a little in case she wanted to refute that. “And we tried being casual but, I guess, I can't do that. I find it… overwhelming.” He chanced a glance back at Marissa to try and judge how she might be feeling.

  • 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
      • 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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