It’s been a while since I’ve contributed to #ThursThreads, so it feels good to get back into it again. Today’s piece is for Provisional Freedom and though it includes references to Secondhand Soul, it’s only getting categorized under Paola’s story, since Videl’s origin story is all done!
Prompt: “Do I make you nervous?”
Having Max around all the time makes it difficult to make friends. Not that it’s their fault entirely (I’m not exactly approachable), but it puts a damper on the whole college experience. Max noticed, so at their suggestion, we’ve been visiting Marcus and Videl, when I don’t have too much work. In the angel’s words, I “need more people to talk to.” Even if those people happen to be demons.
And that’s why I now find myself alone in a room with Marcus. It’s clear he’s still very uncomfortable with me, though I’m not sure why. To both our horrors, Videl is off on an assignment this time, and Max had to split (for a reason they refused to disclose). Normally Videl makes conversation to dissipate the awkwardness, but with her gone we’re both stewing in it.
“I can go, if you want? I have some reading for school…”
“No-no it’s okay. Videl should be back soon.” But it’s clear he wants me gone. He fiddles with some paperwork, and I can’t help my next words.
“Do I make you nervous?”
He looks like he’s been caught red-handed. I give him some time to respond, but he just stares at me. Since I’m always with Max, I don’t usually get to see Marcus’ eyes. With his glamour uninterrupted by the angel’s presence, I can’t help but notice how similar they are to mine.
Marcus sighs. “Is it that obvious?”
“Yes.” I almost laugh. “Any reason why?”
“Your eyes – my eyes.”
And their stories meet once more! I’ve been meaning to bring Marcus and Videl back into Paola’s life somehow, so I’m glad this prompt gave me the chance to do that.
Be sure to check out the other entries at the prompt!
As always, think happy thoughts!