April 27

Love Can Endure – Ripples, the Diner, Ethan Cracks, Van Takes on Siobhan

Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> I’d love to know what she said to him.
Boys: 
<Van watches them leave, smiles> Something dirty.
Girls: 
<Saige smiles> Very dirty if that eyebrow meant anything.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Saige, smiles> *Anything* even *remotely* dirty that comes out of *that* mouth, tends to sound exponentially dirtier.
Girls: 
<Saige laughs> Oh I’m sure. It’d be like Tar talking dirty.
Boys: 
<Van laughs> Exactly.
Girls: 
<Sangria smiles> At least they seem happy.


Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Siobhan> Hungry?
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> Yeah.. I am.. you?
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> Yeah.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> So I guess we’ll be reaffirming later.
Girls: 
<Aubrey walks over and has drops into Brennan’s lap> Hey baby.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles, nods> Totally.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> Hey. <wraps his arms around her>
Girls: 
<Aubrey looks at Brennan> So what’d I miss?
Boys: 
<Brennan shakes his head> Ren broke up with Akhiro and fired Sang.
Girls: 
<Aubrey blinks> Jesus. Why?
Boys: 
<Brennan gives her the rundown>
Girls: 
Pfft. I say let her suffer. and She will when she realizes how much you do in that place.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> That’s what I’m saying.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at them> I *can’t*.
Boys: 
<Loch looks at Sang> Why not?
Girls: 
<Sangria shrugs> Because I owe her.
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Loch> because she’s my best friend.
Boys: 
<Loch nods> She’s everyone’s friend at this table.
Girls: 
I know.. and she was there for me when we broke up and I need to be there for her.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> Tough love?
Girls: 
<Sangria looks at Ethan> I *suck* at that.
Boys: 
<Ethan smiles> Which is just one of the many reasons we love you.
Girls: 
<Saige shrugs> You did it for Loch.
Girls: 
I was pissed.. and that wasn’t tough love. That was me being stubborn.
Boys: 
If you’re *so* worried and you *have* to be there for her and she’s your best friend, why are you still sitting here and making plans to go to the diner instead of doing what Tristan is doing for *his* best friend?
Girls: 
Because I also recognize her need to be alone right now. When we’re done at the diner I’ll go over to her house with several gallons of ice cream and a huge box of tissues and we’ll deal.
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> You’re not going to make me feel guilty for not heading over there right this second.
Boys: 
<Van arches a brow> I asked a pretty fucking reasonable question, Sang. You want to talk about guilt trips, maybe you should think about what you said to Akhiro.
Girls: 
I know.. and I’m going to deal with that. It wasn’t meant to be that. I feel guilty enough because I’m the one that started that clusterfuck.
Girls: 
<Sangria sighs> I don’t need you or anyone else to tell me all the ways I’ve fucked up. I *know*.
Boys: 
<Loch rolls his eyes> Please. *Ren* started that clusterfuck when she stormed off to the bathroom.
Boys: 
<Van nods> Fine. Then I’ll just shut up and let you be the martyr.
Girls: 
<Sangria shakes her head> I’m not being a martyr, Van. I’m trying to fix it.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Sang> Would you stop already? Christ, Sang. It’s *not* your fault. You *don’t* have to “fix” everything and no one’s trying to make you feel guilty. You’re doing that just fine on your own.
Girls: 
<Sang looks at Ethan, blinks> I just *hate* that she’s so…so.. fucked up.
Boys: 
<Ethan shakes his head> Ren already ruined the night. We’re trying to salvage what’s left of it.
Girls: 
I know.. I know.. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have lashed out at you.
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> Don’t worry about it.
Girls: 
<Sang nods> Thank you..
Boys: 
<Van nods> It’s cool. <smiles> I live with Siobhan.
Boys: 
<Brennan looks at Aubrey> You done yet?
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yes I am.. <leans in and whispers> I’m kinda glad I missed tonight.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods, whispers> Wish I had.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Siobhan> I’m getting a headache.
Girls: 
<Aubrey kisses him> I’m sorry baby.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Ethan> Why don’t we go home and I’ll cook something for us.
Boys: 
<Brennan kisses her back> Let’s get out of here.
Girls: 
<Aubrey nods> Yes. <stands>
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> Cool. But I’m not really hungry either.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> okay.. So we’ll just go home.
Boys: 
<Brennan gets up, takes her hand> We’ll talk to you guys s tomorrow.
Boys: 
<Ethan nods> All right.
Girls: 
<Sangria and Saige smile> See you tomorrow.
Boys: 
<Brennan nods, heads out with Aubrey>
Boys: 
<Ethan watches them leave, to the others> I’m gonna go home and contemplate the absolute meaninglessness of life. That always puts me in a better mood.
Boys: 
<Van looks at Ethan, smiles> Smoke a joint while you’re at it.
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles>
Boys: 
<Ethan nods to Van> Of course. Pot always makes life seem even more meaningless than it already is.
Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> I’ll be downright giddy in no time.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Ethan, smiles> Or we could get naked and body paint.
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at Siobhan> Sex is always the answer?
Girls: 
<Siobhan smiles> Who said anything about sex?

Boys: 
<Ethan shrugs> You said “naked” and “body paint’ in same sentence. You did.
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods> I did. I was thinking ass prints on Vans door.
Boys: 
<Van laughs>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Ethan> Maybe even glow in the dark..
Boys: 
<Ethan looks at her> I’m still trying to get the ass prints off the front door that you and Van left.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> So payback.
Boys: 
<Ethan arches a brow> How is it payback if both sets of ass prints are yours? Payback would be making *you* clean them up.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at him> They could be yours.
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van for help>
Boys: 
<Van looks at Siobhan, mouths “wow”>
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods and mouths “what do I do?”>
Boys: 
True. I just don’t have the energy to put ass prints on Van’s door tonight. I’m sorry if my intent to hang out in my own head tonight threatens your sense of security. It’s not a reflection on us or a statement concerning the state of our relationship.
Boys: 
<Van mouths “give him his guitar?”>
Boys: 
<Loch blinks at Ethan’s statement> What does that even mean?
Girls: 
<Siobhan nods to Van, looks at Ethan>I didn’t think it was. I’m just wondering why you’re being a shit to me, when all I’m doing is trying to relieve the tension.
Girls: 
It means he thinks I’m feeling insecure about us because he wants to be alone.
Boys: 
<Ethan gives her a long look, nods> Right. That’s exactly what I’m doing. <gets up and walks out>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at Van> Okay.. what did I do?
Boys: 
He wasn’t being a shit to you, Siobhan. He’s just… yanno.. depressed. If you knew he wanted to be alone, why didn’t you just give that to him?
Girls: 
I was trying to cheer him up. I’m going… I guess I’m going to go to the hotel to night so he can.
Boys: 
You know.. I know he’s usually pretty laid back and laughs a lot of shit off. But bad shit affects him, too. Don’t compound it with an immature response more so than you already have. Do you *really* have to call him a “shit” every time you feel like he’s not kissing your ass enough? In fact.. do you really have to call him *anything* derogatory at all ever? You think he can be allowed to just deal with shit once in a while without you trying to dictate how he’s going to do that?
Girls: 
Yeah.. he can deal all he wants. I’m not trying to dictate fuck all to him, Van. I didn’t realize “contemplating the meaninglessness of life” was code for I want to be left alone until I said it to Loch. And how is giving him the space he wants immature?
Boys: 
<Van shakes his head> Except it wasn’t, Siobhan. He just wants to get away from all the bullshit negativity that’s been swirling around since Ren lost her shit. <looks at her> How about instead of “I’m going to spend the night at a hotel so he can have space”, you just go to the fucking diner with us? Is that not an extreme enough statement for you?
Boys: 
And what you failed to notice is that he’s beyond any of it being funny right now. Hence why he didn’t respond to your attempts at levity.
Girls: 
I’m not trying to make a statement, Van. I was trying to *help*.You’re right.. I didn’t. I handled the whole thing the wrong way.
Boys: 
<Van nods, lights a cigarette>
Girls: 
<Siobhan looks at the others, quietly> I’m going for a walk.
Girls: 
<Siobhan walks out>

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Posted April 27, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Solitude