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Isabella Marie Swan ✴ "Stella" ([personal profile] self_composed) wrote2012-09-30 05:27 pm

now isn't that something

Everyone's found out about Alice's dad the next day. "You know your friend Delaney? His dad is in jail!!" is the first thing Jessica says at lunch.

"Criminal tendencies run in the family, I guess," Mike says darkly.

"Mike, be nice," pouts Jessica. "It was for abuse!"

"Doesn't that run in families too," Lauren says; it's not really a question. "Bella, I dunno if you're sleeping with him yet, but don't have his kids, right?"

"Bella's not sleeping with Hammond!" exclaims Mike stridently. This exclamation is not less annoying for being true.

"You're not, right?" Eric asks Bella. She rolls her eyes and shakes her head.

"Grow manners," says Jessica. It's not clear to whom.

"Grow eyes," snorts Lauren. "Delaney wants to bang her worse than you do, Mike, and I read the paper too and now he's got millions of dollars."

"I do not - I haven't - you're -" sputters Mike.

Bella has no idea why these people still sit with her. All she did was plunk down next to Angela and Angela's new boyfriend Ben. She remains stoically silent.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 12:52 am (UTC)(link)
[Want me to drop in with cupcakes again?] queries Alice from the lunch line.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:18 am (UTC)(link)
Okay. So, benign interventions that distract attention from her. Doesn't necessarily have to give everyone tasty things, although maybe he could wish up some cookies.

Yeah, that seems like an adequate plan. Absent objections from Bella, he is going to descend on her table with his Tupperware of Mystery (he brought an empty one today, just to cover for tricks like this) and fill it with assorted cookies on the way.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:20 am (UTC)(link)
[Yup. And that wasn't a no.]

He's halfway across the room, but he hasn't materialized the cookies yet.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:24 am (UTC)(link)
[Sure.]

There are indeed lemon cookies in the mix, when he finally sits down, opens the container, and wordlessly sets it in the middle of the table. But because Alice is a fundamentally assorted person, lemon only makes up about 30% of the stock.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
He raises his eyebrows, looks around the table, shrugs, picks up a plain old chocolate chip, and takes a big bite.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:33 am (UTC)(link)
Alice smiles brightly at Eric, and with some amusement at Lauren, and with some contempt at Mike, and takes his time finishing his cookie.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:42 am (UTC)(link)
You know, part of him thought that being in such a generally fantastic mood lately and have his life be, on the whole, so very much better would take a little of the sting out of that word.

Nope.

He doesn't show it, though.

He ignores Jessica like she isn't even there, cocks his head at Mike, and says, "Okay, no, I'm curious. How is the fact that I sent my dad to jail a bad thing?"
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 01:57 am (UTC)(link)
He ignores Bella, too. Or he hears her, but he doesn't care. It's not like he's kicking the guy's ass or anything.

"Is this you trying to get my shirt off? 'Cause you could've just asked," he says. "I didn't trump up shit and I've got the scars to prove it. Ever broken a bone? You hear it before you feel it, didja know that? Snap," he says, smacking the edge of the table lightly for emphasis. "Then it hurts."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 02:04 am (UTC)(link)
"Sure I do," he says. "But none of those assholes ever put me in the hospital. Daddy, on the other hand, dragged me all the way downstairs to the fireplace just so he could beat me with the poker. So all in all I am pretty fucking glad I put him in jail."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 02:12 am (UTC)(link)
Alice shrugs and takes another cookie, a cute little gingerbread heart.

It cracks in half in his hand.

He didn't think he was that upset, but it turns out that he in fact was.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 02:21 am (UTC)(link)
"That guy is gonna grow up to hit his wife," Alice remarks as he sits. It's not a fully serious prediction, but it is a comment on what he has seen of Mike's personality.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 02:27 am (UTC)(link)
"Yup," says Alice. "Whatever, though. He's a fuckup but he's his own fuckup."

And just like that, he still hurts but he is no longer angry about it. Mike is not his problem, even if Mike apparently wants to be.

He would kind of like to be petted, but he isn't going to ask; it seems like the kind of thing Bella might not want to be doing in the corner of the lunchroom.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 02:32 am (UTC)(link)
[Okay,] he says agreeably. [Think I'll blow off the rest of the day and go hang out in my lair. Tell Finch I said hi?]

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