So can I whistle again now?
Fri Sep 29, 2017 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 time being, anyway - so as a supportive friend he shouldn't be questioning their relationship decisions (and making a hypocrite of himself in the process). Besides it was late, and anything than came out of his mouth had not been buffered for sense or sensitivity.

Fortunately, when Holland mentioned Rose's interest in Ruben, he did retain the good sense to keep his mouth shut. He recalled suspecting Rose had feelings tending in that direction, but then after… that thing that had happened, he assumed he must have been mistaken. Because if Rose liked Ruben then Marissa wouldn’t… anyway. Lots of people weren’t speaking to Ruben now, but perhaps Rose had different reasons why. Regardless, it didn't really offer an explanation for dating Emmett instead.

Holland couldn't provide a reasonable answer for Emmett in that scenario, so Danny was just preparing to write his suggestion off as unfounded ramblings when his friend asked if that's what he was doing.

“No,” Danny replied, too quickly and with too much vehemence. It felt like lying, which Danny didn't relish doing, especially to his friends, but he couldn't even admit that to himself, let alone out loud. “I like Rachel,” he added, far more normally. It was true; he did. Even so his eyes flickered involuntarily towards the girls’ staircase. “And all the sensible no-drama type stuff I said just now,” he added more quietly, just in case anyone would overhear him. “I guess Rose and Emmett must just like each other too,” Danny added, keen to deflect any and all conversations at this point.

“How about you?” he asked Holland suddenly. “Anyone taking your interest at the moment?” As long as Holland didn't answer ‘Ruben’ this could be an ideal topic change. Or focus shift, as technically the topic was the same.

  • 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
      • 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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