I looked at Dani, still utterly surprised she’d kissed me back. I had fallen in love with her from practically the first day I’d met her, and never in a million years would I have thought she felt the same way about me. Never. All that time, she had really been giving me signals, that she too, wanted something more. I’d brushed it off, not wanting to put my time in something that wasn’t there…but it was there. It had been all along.
“Adelaide.” She squeezed my hand, and I looked back to her.
“Yes?” I asked, in the most flirty voice I had. I hadn’t tried to flirt this hard, ever!
She laughed quietly, and leaned over, whispering, “I really like you.”
Once again, I was shocked. There really had been no part of me that had thought Dani could like me this way. I thought this moment would only happen in my dreams, not reality. I smiled at her, because what else was there to do? “I really like you too.”
“Yeah?” She asked, and I took ahold of her hand.
I grinned, still fully immersed in this moment. “Yeah.” I suddenly thought of something, that I’d never thought to ask before. “Dani, you’re gay?”
“Actually, I’m pansexual. I tend to lean toward women more than men, though. What about you? Are you gay?”
I nodded. “Yeah, I’m a lesbian.” Our conversations, while we had talked about many things, never led to the sexuality question. I guess it’s something you don’t think to ask unless something like this happens… And love like this, where it seems you’re perfect for each other, can’t happen every day, can it? She likes me back, and I can’t believe this one thing: I might have the happily ever after ending like in the fairytales. It always seemed the prince and princess were perfect for each other, and deeply in love. The only thing was, in our story, there were two princesses.
She smiled, lost in thought. “So…are we dating?”
I was surprised. I mean, I guess so, right? “Would you like to be?”
She smirked, leaning toward me, and she whispered in my ear, “Yes.”
The moment was cut short as I heard my phone beep. I sighed. It was probably news about the protest. Walking over, Dani asked, “What is it?”
I picked up my phone. “Probably news.” As I checked the screen, walking back over, my guess was confirmed. “Yep, it’s news. About our protest…”
She pulled me close. “Hey, it’ll be ok. Just don’t get in too deep, okay?”
“Yeah, I know.” I’d seen people who had dug themselves such a deep hole, there was no way out. I didn’t want to be one of those people. In fact, I promised myself I wouldn’t be. If something started going downhill, I’d told myself that I would get out of it, as fast as I could…especially once I had more than myself to care for, like a family. I scrolled through the different news websites take on the story. It wasn’t a surprise no of the really had anything good to say. I grimaced at the overly-big title taking up so much of my phone screen.
Dani sighed. “What’s that one?” I showed her my screen silently. ‘Nobody Can Fix This’ and in smaller print right under it… ‘This highly talked about protest just went downhill’
“Ok…well that isn’t good…”
“Just say it’s bad.”
“Yeah, it’s bad.”
Watcher. And there were plenty other stories just like this one. Dani took out her phone, and I eyed her, confused. “What are you doing?”
She smiled faintly. “I’m going to help you read them all. Then you’ll know what to write in your speech, right?”
No, it wasn’t overly romantic…but it definitely showed me how much she cared. I don’t know how many people would have agreed to do this for me, never mind do it on their own!
1 hour later…
The good thing I’d learned from reading these was nobody really blamed me, which was good for my career… There were a few places that put me down with her, but the majority had enough material with Lexie alone. But Lexie, oh Watcher. They did not hold back. I honestly had no idea what I could say that would make any sense, because the thing was, everything they were saying (for the most part) was true… She did go crazy and seemingly attack him (ok, yeah, she did actually punch him) and that’s the thing. Most times they have to bend the truth to get a good story, but one just fell into their lap that was totally and absolutely true. So, yeah, there was some exaggerating, but what else did you expect? A few shady sites were blatantly lying, but besides them…it was all the truth.
I looked over at her. “What if Lexie’s life is ruined?”
She sighed. “I don’t think it is… They’ll eventually forget about it until the next big thing comes along.”
I opened my mouth to say something, but she put her hand on my arm, saying, “And trust me, that thing will happen. On its own…don’t do anything.”
It was like she was speaking from experience. I guess everyone might have had that time where they were the talk of the town and not in a good way. Most likely, not the town, but school. A lot of things happen at school and maybe you are what everyone talks about for a week, and then something else happens and they forget you exist. I had been that person for a few weeks at one point, when I first came out and had my first date with a girl. Then, Dani was right. They had better things to talk about.
“You’re right.” I said. “It will blow over eventually.” But, that’s the thing about things like this. They may very well blow over…but they will never fully disappear. I wasn’t the most talked about subject at school after a few weeks, but I was still the lesbian. There weren’t many kids that were openly gay, or anything not straight. No, I wasn’t the big thing, but it was still there. People might forget about this whole protest, really, fully forget, and yet it will still be sitting there in the world that is the internet, waiting to be unearthed again. And that is what scares me most.
A/N: I noticed there was a glitch with Chapter 3.30, where there were no paragraph indents, and everything was just in one big block, but it’s fixed now! Sorry if you had to read it like that! It might have changed after you guys read it, but I don’t know!