You expect me to believe that?
Mon Dec 11, 2017 20:42

Danny denied doing anything on purpose, so point to Emmett, who had at least admitted it when he was interfering. Holland scoffed. “Emmett did the same thing at Marissa’s last party, only he sent Russell to interrupt for him,” they said. “It didn’t go over well that time either.”

How could Danny have not known that Holland would figure out what he was up to? They supposed that at the last party, he had been distracted by all of the canoodling with Marissa (which Ruben and Holland had been discussing when Emmett interrupted by proxy thanks to Russell) and might not have noticed what happened. Still, they would have expected Danny to have heard what happened later—or, no, that was when Danny and Marissa had broken up. Holland and Emmett had slept over in Danny’s room and they’d all done each others’ makeup, and at that point Holland hadn’t still been mad at Emmett. Because at the party, he had admitted he was wrong and apologized.

Still, it didn’t excuse Danny trying now. If anything it was almost more annoying that he and Emmett had independently thought of and done the same stupid thing.

His explanation, which sounded carefully-crafted to mollify them, did not. “I’m supposed to believe that you decided to play volleyball with Kaye and Ruben just because Kaye wanted to?” Their tone gave a pretty clear indication of what they thought of the likelihood of that. Even if Kaye had been the one to suggest it, Holland had a difficult time believing that Danny had joined in with no ulterior motive. Otherwise it was a terrible lack of foresight on his part to join a high-velocity game with two people who would more likely than not try to spike a volleyball onto his head. “You’re chivalrous,” Holland conceded, “but you’re not that willing to spend time with people you don’t like.”

Why couldn’t the boys just mind their own business? Rose and Marissa had no problem with it when Holland and Ruben spent time together. Or if they had a problem, they hadn’t tried to passive-aggressively solve it. “You and Emmett wouldn’t do this kind of thing if I were a guy,” Holland accused. “And just because I’m not one doesn’t mean I need a guy to protect me. Ruben doesn’t threaten my masculinity,” they added, voicing a theory they had just developed. It made perfect sense why the boys were being overbearing: the patriarchy.

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    • You expect me to believe that? - Holland, Mon Dec 11 20:42
      • How about now? - Danny, Tue Dec 12 03:36
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        • I believe that you’re overreacting - Holland, Tue Dec 12 12:01
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          • Likewise - Danny, Tue Dec 12 15:55
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            • I said it first - Holland, Wed Dec 13 00:37
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              • What’s your point? - Danny, Wed Dec 13 03:59
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                • I must have had one - Holland, Wed Dec 13 15:28
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                  • I think it got lost - Danny, Wed Dec 13 16:24
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                    • I’ll organize a search party - Holland, Wed Dec 13 21:25
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                      • Just tell me what to do - Danny, Thu Dec 14 05:42
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                        • First we need a map - Holland, Thu Dec 14 12:27
                          “ It doesn’t matter, ” Danny agreed. Holland exhaled, unnoticed tension leaving their shoulders. They’d known that. They knew Danny; it had never felt like that mattered, not since first year before... more
                          • I found your map... - Danny, Thu Dec 14 16:47
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                            • This is not the map you’re looking for - Holland, Thu Dec 14 21:01
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