Am I on trial?
Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:17

Almost as if they had been reading his thoughts (Danny didn't think Holland had mastered legilimency, but then it probably wouldn't be a skill a person would shout about. Of the two of them, Dardanius was by far the least like to suspect on conspiracy, so his suspicions remained figurative), Holland said, “Emmett and Rose are still a thing and they adopted a puffskein together. Am I the only one who thinks this is super weird?”

Danny made a non-committal sound and shrugged awkwardly with one shoulder. Yes, it was weird. He didn't think either of them were particularly well suited and he didn't understand the arrangement from its inception, but the longer it continued, the more he was forced to consider that perhaps he was mistaken. Holland thinking it was weird too was sort of reassuring, because at least Danny wasn't imagining the weirdness.

“Yeah, it’s kind of weird,” he said, deciding it was okay to voice his thoughts on the matter as Holland had already broken that taboo. “If I'd have bet on them I'd have lost money.” Fortunately he tended only to run bets with Rose, and obviously she was exempt from this particular wager.

It did feel disloyal to be discussing their relationship, but maybe Holland was right that it was about time someone said something. It wasn't like when Emmett and Danny had discussed - well founded, it turned out - concerns about Ruben when Holland had started dating him, or when none of them had really understood why Marissa had gone out with Lucien, because Rose and Emmett were both, separately, awesome people. Just not - from an outsider’s perspective - right for each other.

“If they’re really into each other then good for them, I guess,” he said, although this tone indicated that he didn't think this was very likely. “Though they’re not who I'd have imagined would work for each other,” Danny confessed, then he shrugged again. As previously discussed, he was hardly an expert on that sort of thing. It was evidently bothering Holland enough for them to mention something; they were closer to Emmett than Danny. “What do you think?”

  • Would you like a judge or a jury? - Holland, Wed Sep 27 07:12
    Holland was about to protest that something must have changed—if nothing had needed to change for him to be comfortable dating, then he would have done it before now—when Danny amended his statement. ... more
    • Am I on trial? - Danny, Wed Sep 27 12:17
      • Should you be? - Holland, Thu Sep 28 08:14
        “Agreed on all counts.” That they would have lost money betting against Rose and Emmett, that it was good for the couple if they really liked each other, and that Holland wouldn’t have imagined the... more
        • I don't believe so - Danny, Thu Sep 28 12:10
          Dardanius sniggered when Holland mentioned their own dating habits. In their defense, that blind date party had a lot to answer for. He really didn't want to think about Ruben in any capacity -... more
          • The defense rests - Holland, Thu Sep 28 16:58
            To Holland’s surprise, Danny picked up the thread of suspicion when Holland had been willing to drop it. That was a reversal. And his first move was to suggest Rose had instigated the relationship.... more
            • So can I whistle again now? - Danny, Fri Sep 29 10:51
              Holland seemed to mull over Danny’s input, which just made him feel bad for saying anything in the first place. Rose and Emmett weren't hurting anyone, probably - least of all each other, for the... more
              • If you like - Holland, Fri Sep 29 15:14
                Danny got defensive, which meant that Holland was probably right on the mark but he didn’t want them to be. Well, all right. Holland supposed that if they were dating someone they were moderately... more
                • *whistles* - Danny, Fri Sep 29 18:04
                  Holland accepted the shift in focus, albeit with some apparent surprise. Danny gently exhaled while he waited for his friend to respond to the question, which they did, although the answer did not... more
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