We sit around the map with the counters and eat and talk through what happened. Ryan hasn’t said or done a single awkward thing the entire afternoon. Did they talk to him or is it that there are other guys at the table or what? I don’t know, but I’m happy.
We clean up all the stuff and walk out. Any and Ryan on the High Street side, Ron, Mark and I on the Oval side. Ron says, “I’m off to South Campus. Have fun, you two.”
“You too.” And he walks off to the left and we to the right. Right. This is it. I have to tell him.
“I— I got to tell you something. After that fight I started last Sunday, I talked to a friend of Cat’s, the original Cat, I mean. She— we talked a lot over the next few days and I told her about the switch and showed her your uniform and Aelric and we discovered she could see Cat and me when I sleep and…”
“You like her.”
He stops walking; I turn around to face him directly. “So what does she say about this?” He points to himself and me.
“That I have to chose. And I know, but I don’t know how. And it’s not fair to either of you.”
“Choosing. Unfair.” He looks at me for a few seconds, shrugs a little and frowns. “I don’t know what—” He looks around, tracks a couple walking by for a few moments, then looks to High Street. His shoulders sag a bit.
Then he suddenly chuckles. “I guess I do know one thing.” He’s looking at me again.
“Between that friend of yours and me, neither of us wants half of you. It’d make a horrid mess on the carpet.”
“Oh, you—” I mock-punch him in the chest. He catches my hand and holds it against him. He’s very close. Warm. We kiss.
“Science”, he says, “And we didn’t even need Diana.” He’s still holding my hand. I feel his breathing. I feel his hand press against my breasts.
‘No Diana’ makes me giggle. Then I feel his arm tense up. He says, “Err, sorry.”, steps back a bit and frees our hands.
Did he not like that or does he think I didn’t? But I can’t tell him that, can I? “It’s cool, it’s not like you were feeling me up on purpose.”
“I’d make a joke about owing you a movie anyway, but with what’s in the theaters right now—”
I grin. “I’d feel insulted.”
He grins back. “Exactly.”
“Tell you what. I’ll take a rain check on that joke.”
He chuckles. “Alright.”