You are a rare breed
Sat Feb 4, 2017 14:13

As Danny finished his explanation, he felt that Marissa was being surprisingly understanding. No wait, that wasn't fair; her being understanding was completely within her character. Danny was aware that he had just dumped a load of crazy on her and he was impressed that she was being so open-minded about his approach to romantic liaisons, especially as it was almost polar opposite to hers.

“People rarely, rarely, marry their school sweetheart,” Marissa said.

“Your parents did,” Danny pointed out, not conceding her point. “But my parents had an arranged marriage to keep the money in the family.” His grandfather was his other grandmother's third cousin or something. Danny didn't actively keep track of his family yet, but he would have to start paying attention some time soon. His parents were in love now - and they had both entered willingly into the engagement - but it could easily have not ended so happily for them. “I don't want to do that if I can avoid it.” Not least ’cause he would likely have to marry his fussy, French, cousin-of-some-sort Emma.

His redheaded friend reached over to take his hands, and Danny let her move them as she pleased. He had started the hand analogy, after all; it would be incongruent for him to deny its continuance. Everything that she was saying made sense and he knew it all to be true, because he had often told himself all the same things on plenty of prior occasions. He was hung up on ‘what if’s: what if he fell in love with the first girl he kissed and she didn't want his life; what if she fell in love with him and he didn't want her. What if neither of them fell in love and his family pushed it, anyway?

“I know,” Dardanius agreed readily, smiling in spite of himself. He linked his fingers through Marissa’s, preventing her from withdrawing her hands. It was comforting to hear all this from someone other than his own reflection. “To all of it,” he clarified, with a grin. “But, until I can convince myself,” he said through a sigh, “I’ll be having fun in a strictly hands-off capacity.” He released her hands and clasped his own together in his lap, instead. He felt like he ought to thank her for listening, for not making fun of him, for being supportive of his choices. Instead, he quietly said, “If that ever changes I'll let you know.”

  • I have manners - Marissa, Sat Feb 4 11:32
    Marissa did think Danny was sweet. He was great, really. She could always trust Danny for some kind of laugh. They teased and flirted all the time. He really was one of her best friends at RMI. Rose, ... more
    • You are a rare breed - Danny, Sat Feb 4 14:13
      • I think we're both pretty unique - Marissa, Sat Feb 4 15:48
        It didn’t look like Danny was going to kiss her, and Marissa couldn’t help but be disappointed by that. She wasn’t the type of person to push someone if they said no; it wasn’t her style. People just ... more
        • Just like everybody else - Danny, Sat Feb 4 17:01
          He hadn’t even realised that he wanted to have this conversation with someone, but now that it had happened, Danny was glad about it. He didn’t think his kissing habits, or lack thereof, would ever... more
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