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Shining Light: A Time of Heroes Thread 3: Never Sleeps Edition !Ren/VL7f/QCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41563187

#Ask/Invite #Canon: Lost Light Universe #Era: Shining Light #Superheroes #IC

>A world never sleeps. There is always something in motion. And while one person rests, another person will be going through events that will change the very fabric of their being. So, no matter the time, a world never sleeps.


>In fact, when it's night, the world usually has the stories that are the most interesting. The moonlit confrontations next to towering buildings. Feelings pouring out under a torrent of rain by the light of streetlamps. Something as simple as a bare knuckle brawl on a prairie next to a river. There's a magic to night that can make anything seem poetic, and wonderful.


>Whether the roaring torrent of feelings was the last desperate attempt to convince somebody that they were meant to be together, or an amorous young adult in a night club attempting to explain to their would-be paramour why the mullet is objectively Superman's best haircut.


>That's the kind of world this is. Conflicts of world-ending portents, rising emotion. People crossing fists for fun, and arguments so heated that they couldn't be about anything other than the trivial.


>Both are important. Both are enjoyable.


>Welcome to Shining Light.


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Albert Patterson!CrONAHEG2cCountry code: ponychan.png, country type: customflag, valid: 41563189

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>>41563186
>Albert mentally smacked himself a little after Inara revealed how she was keeping cool, realizing that he probably should've done the same long before now
>he opened his mouth to comment, but stopped when he saw her just dump some of the water on her head
>and then shook the extra off almost like a dog, which was equal parts odd and cute
>which...described Inara in a nutshell, really

>when she offered the bottle to him, he nodded slightly and took it


Ah, yeah, thank you...

>though rather than take a drink, Albert closed the bottle back up, and then placed it on the back of his neck, giving a soft sigh as he felt himself start to cool down already

>which made him a little more energized and able to speak a bit more properly

So, what're y' up to out in this heat, Inara?

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>>41563189
>letting out a bubbly giggle as Albert accepted her bottle, she hopped slightly in place
>"So, what're y' up to out in this heat, Inara?"
>she paused for a moment, as if really needing to take the time and think about her answer
>when, really, it was a simple:
Nothing much so far!

I look for things to be doing, yes?

Many adventure out in world, but it must be found first!

Maybe Albert not mind the company, perhaps? I let you keep to use bottle if you bring I with you!

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>>41563191
>Albert lowered the bottle after a few seconds, handing it back to her so he didn't heat it up too much
>for a moment he wasn't sure if he should take her up on that, considering he was having second thoughts about actually going out and didn't want to hold her up on her adventuring
>but this was as good a reason as any to force himself to get used to the heat
>(he never truly would)

Well, I was plannin' on headin' to th' greenhouse.

Dunno how much fun that'd be, but if ya wanna come along...?

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>>41563192
YES!
>Inara excitedly answered with a hop
I love to come along with!
>she took the bottle back, slipping it back in its holster
I learn about the green house very recent too.

Which one we go to? The big one or the smaller one?

>she let out a quiet little chuckle

>bringing her hand up, she gave a light pound over her chest with her knuckles
I feel much confidence! I stand proudly with plants surrounding I today! No fear what so or ever!

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>>41563193
>Albert tilted his head at Inara's seeming joke about "big or smaller" greenhouses
>it must've been something that got lost in translation because he really wasn't sure how to answer that
>her following remark about not being afraid to be near plants, however, really made him confused
>and as they stepped outside to begin their trek, he couldn't help but ask directly about it

No fear...?

Why would y' have anythin' t' be afraid of, bein' near plants? I doubt even th' ones near th' magic building are that dangerous...

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>>41563194
>Inara flinched at Albert's question, trying her best to keep a straight face on
>she never told him about the whole "could explode at any moment" problem, did she?
>well... it'd be fine for now!
>no need to worry him about something she feels 120% absolutely positive won't happen today!
>just think positive, Inara!
R-Right... just... I hear stories, y-yes!

Man-eating flower and such... quite spooky!

>she cleared her throat, taking out her bottle to drop a bit more water onto herself

>was it just her, or was it getting warmer!?
S-So, magic building! The smaller one...

I meet strange boy who go there once. He sell "dank weed" to me and other girls!

It quite refreshing for warm days! Not been able to find him again since.

He talk funny. Albert talk little funny too! Why is that?

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>>41563195
>Albert wasn't sure what to think of Inara's first response, but he didn't dwell on it very long anyway
>given the greenhouse's location it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibility that there was something unusual or potentially dangerous in there
>but why would they advertise a club there if it was really deadly?

>regardless, Albert had a very different subject to dwell on

>when Inara mentioned "dank weed", he jolted and did a double-take, staring at her with his mouth agape in shock
>he wasn't going to judge Inara for partaking but he was pretty sure that was still illegal!
>and the fact that someone was selling on-campus was a whole other matter
>so shocked was he by this that her remark about him talking funny only barely sank in, and he responded while still looking pretty floored by this

S-Some people jus' sound different, is all...

Uh...this...weed salesman...what'd he look like? Did he give a name?

>it probably wasn't who he was thinking of, but he wouldn't put it past him either

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>>41563196
>Inara blinked, but clearly not seeing anything off about this, she answered to the best of her abilities
No, he not...

But, well, he short. Blonde hair. Speak funny, again...

Oh! He melt! Really give me a spook!

I thought he in danger of turn to vapor, but he come back fine!

Not get name though. Forget to ask.

But he bring weed from magic green house! Maybe we meet funny talk boy there, yes?

Then I ask for more weed smoothie! Much good, especially for heat!

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>>41563197

.....

>again, Albert was left to dwell on just what exactly Inara was saying

>"weed smoothie" was definitely a term he never expected to hear in casual conversation, and it raised so many questions about what exactly she had gotten up to
>not to mention this seller apparently melting, quite literally
>but amidst all the wariness, Albert did internalize that this mysterious seller actually got the "weed" from the greenhouse, so that meant it was OK on campus?
>more and more questions that he had no answers to and Inara probably didn't know either

I, uh...wasn't aware they made that kinda thing...

<"Mostly because it sounds really suspicious."


An' yer definitely OK? Ya weren't sick or anythin' after drinkin' this..."weed smoothie"?

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>>41563181

>Janice was confused

>after all of that, after all that relationship drama, after that outburst of tragic backstory, after that bit stunning revelation…
>and this is what Sandy was concerned with? Teasing her like this?
>...god, Janice picked the weirdest fuckin’ chick to develop a crush on.
>she just buried her face in her hands, blushing furiously and making a little “hhhhhh” noise.

...didn’t you have an existential crisis over being attracted to girls, like, a month ago? Freaking mixed signals.

>she exhaled and took a moment to get her thoughts in order…

>and then promptly punched Sandy in the shoulder once again, albeit with a softer look in her eye this time

You owe me a real nice date for putting up with you, y’know that?

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>>41563198
>"An' yer definitely OK?"
>Inara blinked, but was quick to answer
Yes! Definitely OK!

No sick at all!

Although one girl who drink turn blue. Little weird.
>she looked down at herself, tilting her head
I not turn blue. Just feel much refreshed!

Maybe you try! Help with survive with the Sun, yes?

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>>41563202
>Sandy herself was a bit surprised at how... casually she felt like she could talk now
>almost like the path had completely opened up before her, and all those tightly-kept mental barriers were torn down
<"If there's a chance Ah can control mahself..."
...
>"You owe me a real nice date for putting up with you, y'know that?"
Yeah...
>she answered a bit quietly
Ah'll take ya to th' finest Wendy's in th' city, fer sure.

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>>41563214
>Albert couldn't really figure out how to comprehend what Inara was telling him
>the statement that one girl had turned blue after drinking this "weed smoothie" left him staring in disbelief at her
>this was sounding more and more sketchy with every statement Inara made

...might be a bit too much, it sounds like...

>there wasn't really much reason to dance around this, given how much he was hearing now


Honestly, this kinda sounds...dangerous, more than anythin'.

Yer lucky y' didn't turn blue, honestly.

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>>41563216
>Inara hummed
I think I know what Albert mean.

But, but! I show smoothie to scientists!

They test it, and tell I if safe!
>she hit her knuckles over her chest with a huff, looking proud of her initiative
I let Albert know too when I know!

If safe, we share smoothie, yes~?
>she let out a giggle
>if whatever plants the boy had used were really safe for consumption, they made it so easy for her to control her body temperature
>if she could use them to prevent any more unwanted exploding, then she'd be drinking them every single day!

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>>41563217
>Albert still couldn't help but feel like this whole thing was way too suspicious, but he was more surprised that Inara just wanted to take this in stride
>he wasn't sure if she was just blase about her own safety, or was just willing to take the chance for the sake of trying something new
>either way, he couldn't help but smile a bit at how energetically happy she was, that energy starting to rub off on him a little

W-Well, if yer that sold on 'em, I'd be happy to.

>of course he didn't really dwell on how he basically agreed to a kinda-sorta date with Inara

>at least, not in that moment
>instead, he couldn't help but try to voice his amazement in a somewhat clever way

Yer just a bowl full of sunshine, aren't ya? How can ya be so positive all th' time?

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>>41563219
>"Yer just a bowl of sunshine, aren't ya?"
>Inara blinked, but quickly let out another bubbly giggle at the comment
>her face felt a bit warmer, but not enough to get her to worry
It no hard thing!

I push all energy towards happy thought, and leave bad thought with none!

If think bad thoughts all time, no get thing done, yes?

Some time you just need to put on brave face, and run forward to unknown!
>she swung a fist forward, giving the air in front of her a few punches
>then chuckled, grinning widely at Albert
How about Albert?

I bet he no grump! He seem happy! Just sweaty!

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>>41563220
>Albert gave a somewhat weak smile at Inara's remark about him, rather quick to refute what she said

I-I wouldn't really say that...

It's like...I get "sweaty" t' get away from bein' grumpy? Sorta?

>he opted not to comment on how exactly he gets "sweaty", considering what a statement like that could include

>though regardless, he was downplaying the effect that had on him, as he usually was feeling happy after he got "sweaty"

Although, maybe that's th' same thing...?

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>>41563221
>Inara hummed, but quickly nodded her head
I understand!

Some time, I need to get sweaty too!
>she jogged a little in place to demonstrate
I feel not so positive some time too, and so distract self with fun stuff!

Like draw! Or, or sew! And some time, I work out sweat!

>she raised her arms, flexing to show off those impressive arms of her

Work out fun, yes? Sweat make feel like hard work really get done!
>she then looked at Albert
>and reached out to poke his arm
Albert know all about it, yes?

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>>41563222
>Albert jolted slightly at the poke to his arm, but nonetheless kept a friendly visage as he answered Inara

Y-Yeah, yeah, definitely! It's more jus' a habit from workin' on th' farm, so it's th' closest substitute I've got, y'know?

>Albert couldn't help but feel at this point he wasn't really being an interesting conversationalist

>working out was just something he did, not something he was deeply engaged in, so it wasn't like he could really get in deep about it
>so he had to try and turn things around so there was less of a chance to make an ass of himself

Drawin' sounds like a fun hobby, though!

Is it, like, standalone drawings? Or comic books, or something like that?

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>>41563215

>Janice... wasn’t sure if that was a joke or not. it never really occurred to her to figure out exactly what Sandy’s idea of “high society” was, given that she grew up in some shack in rural buttfuck nowhere, but...

>eh, whatever. that was beside the point.
>Sandy just had a major personal discovery and was maybe actually for realsies open to being A Thing, so, that was good enough for now.
>...plus, Sandy definitely seemed to appreciate the big ol’ Surprise-style makeover, so that was appreciated.

>and sitting there like that, a thought started to creep into Janice’s mind

>a little bit of newfound confidence that she hadn’t had before
>...well, they came this far, what’s the worst that could happen?
>Janice leaned forward and cranes herself up a couple inches to give Sandy a chaste little kiss on the cheek

... I’m still mad at you. Especially since you made me ruin my makeup. This was really expensive, y’know that?

Stupid monkey.

>and yet, that last part came out more like a term of endearment

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>>41563224
>if Inara was uninterested in Albert, she certainly didn't look it
>the smile on her face remained immovable as she followed him along
>only being somewhat distracted by the age-old tradition of "only stepping on the colored stones in the pavement"
>"Is it, like, standalone drawings? Or comic books, or something like that?"
Oh, no, no!

Not like that!

Maybe... paint? Would be better word?

I paint room! Give it much color, yes? Make it nice and happy all the time!

Very fun! That, yes! Paint have very nice smell~!
>she giggled a bit
I not much good at draw, but it not important!

Important is have much fun, and end with pretty room! No need to know draw to make pretty colors, yes~?

Just splash, splash; even use hands some time; have fun and enjoy results!

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>>41563237
>Albert looked noticeably surprised at Inara's clarification
>not so much that she painted instead of drew - he could actually see her do that
>hell, she seemed like the type to do...exactly what she said, just splash paint everywhere and be happy with the results
>if she used an easel it'd probably just be a rainbow of random ink blots and she'd be very proud of it
>it was what she painted that left him surprised

They let you paint yer room?

How'd ya manage t' get that arranged? That can't have been easy!

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>>41563235
>Sandy froze up slightly as she felt the kiss over her cheek
>there wasn't much of a reaction, which even she was surprised by
>this didn't feel terrifying; she didn't feel the need to run away
>why was that!?
...

...

Yes'm...

>fuck it

>she'd done enough thinking for one day
>her arms sneakily wrapped around Janice
>and pulled her in for a soft embrace, Sandy's head resting over Janice's
>and she just enjoyed that; holding Janice nearby

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>>41563240
>Inara blinked, taken a bit by surprise at Albert's question
They... not let you?
>she tilted her head, clearly news to her
I not have do much for get permission; only ask if OK, and they say OK all the time!

Maybe Albert only need ask too?

Or... maybe different rule for room in lab or normal room?

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>>41563242
>Albert just looked more confused with Inara's answer, reflexively responding in turn

Well, I never really thought t' ask...I don't see why they'd let me do somethin' like that...

Whenever I graduate, they'll want t' give th' room t' someone else, so-

>he stopped mid-sentence, realizing that he'd glossed over something else Inara said

>and now sounded more concerned when he resumed talking

...your room's in a lab...?

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>>41563243
>Inara flinched a little at Albert's question, suddenly realizing what she'd said
>she didn't want Albert to think she was dangerous, not now!
>just relax, Inara; act cool, act confident, and you can get through this!
U-Uhh...

W-Well, yes! Iiiii... live in Labs, yes!
>she pointed at the building in the distance that lead to the Academy's Labs
Lots live there! Is pretty normal! N-Nothing strange!

It temporary, though! I-I leave eventually, and get other room! Maybe even get mate of room, yes?

H-Hah hah! Would be fun if Albert and Inara end up mates, yes? M-Much coincidence! Hah hah...

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>>41563245
>Albert still looked a tad concerned after Inara's response, though not for the reasons she was likely thinking of
>he still had to go through regular testing to ensure he was getting a handle on his powers, so going to the lab wasn't such a weird thing for him
>but living in a lab must've meant that her powers, whatever they were, required a lot more to get control over
>and judging by what she said, she didn't really know what went on outside of the labs, which must've meant she was in there already for a while
>making him more concerned about her health than anything else

...yeah, I guess it would be...

Although I'm pretty sure they don't allow co-ed roomin'...

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>>41563247
>Inara let out a small "phew" of relief as Albert seemed to get off the subject
>she couldn't help but feel a bit guilty about lying, but when you think about it, she wasn't lying lying!
>Albert simply never asked her why she was at the Labs, or what her powers were!
>so it's not technically lying if she isn't answering questions that were never asked!
>very smart, Inara!
>at least Albert provided something to distract her brain with
What is... "co-ed"?
>she asked as she turned to him
>"co"... education?
>what did that have to do with rooming together?

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>>41563251
>Albert stumbled slightly when Inara asked her innocent question, his face heating up a bit in turn
>yes, clearly Inara had been kept from learning a lot about the outside world
>which meant he'd have to try and explain this whole thing
>hopefully he didn't have to go too far into detail, because that was more than his poor brain would be able to handle

W-Well...I mean, a guy 'n a girl sharin' a room.

Th-That's not exactly somethin' th' staff would be OK with, I don't think...

>he was noticeably avoiding looking directly at Inara as he said this, something she hopefully wouldn't pick up on

>but given Murphy's Law, she probably would

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>>41563252
Oooooh...
>at least she seemed to understand the concept quickly enough
>but her head tilted, clearly still curious
Why that? Bit strange, I think.

Why not let friends together just because one boy and one girl?

That dumb rule! Friends should be let to be with friends! You agree, yes?

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>>41563253
>Albert was still avoiding looking directly at Inara after her next question, feeling like he should've known this would come up and having to scramble to give as sensible an explanation as he could
>again, without getting too into detail

Y-Yeah, i-ideally...

But th' staff jus' wanna avoid any kinda situation that they figure would come up with a guy 'n a girl stayin' together.

An' th' sorta...things they'd get up to...

<"Please please please take the hint!"

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>>41563254
>Inara's antennae gave a slight twitch
>and the curious look on her face only grew more curiouser
What do Albert mean?

What do boy and girl do when together that so bad!

Can not be so bad compare to what boy and boy, or girl and girl do together, yes? Because I seen it!

That grapple and toss and throw on TV! That lots of boy on boy, and girl on girl!
>she paused, thinking
Actually, boy on girl too, some time...

But it not look much worse than boy on boy, or girl on girl!

So what is it!

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>>41563255

<"Oh my God why."


>the fact that Inara was basically describing wrestling completely passed by Albert's mind at that point, as he had to face the fact that he had to clarify what he was getting at


<"Just say it and get it over with!"


<"I can't, it's just weird to say it!"


<"You're practically an adult, you've done it before, so just get it out!"


<"I didn't do it with her!"


>after a bit more agonizing, his face getting redder and redder, he finally faced Inara and said:


Sex.

I'm talking about sex.

>somehow, way more flatly than even he expected to sound
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>>41563256
...
>there was a pause
>a rather lengthy pause
>and Inara could feel her face heat up with each passing second
>even with her pink complexion, the redness was brightly visible upon it
>and it just grew, and gre, and grew, right until-
>KPAFF!
>Inara's head exploded
>quite literally so, as the chemicals beneath Inara's skin had been triggered by the jump in heat
>leading to a loud and uncomfortable explosion, resulting in a very charred-looking Inara
>that had been rather painful, Inara keeping her teeth grit and her eyes closed for a few seconds
>before slowly opening her eyes, smoke still rising from her mildly-burnt and scarred skin
>luckily, Inara was tough; this hurt, but it wasn't terrible, and it would heal in due time
>unlike the fact that Albert just saw her explode and would undoubtedly have many questions, and her carefully crafted house of lie-cards had just come tumbling down hard

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>>41563257

...?

>Albert watched as Inara's face started to get redder with each passing second, wondering if even mentioning that was going too far

>or maybe she was getting mad at him for bringing something like that up
>though it was probably neither of those things, since she was getting so red it was actually pretty alarming-

>KPAFF!


-?!

>Albert jolted when Inara's head actually exploded in front of him, jumping a couple of steps back in the process

>right before he was going to lean in and ask how she was, no less, so he narrowly avoided a blast to his own face in that case
>and while he should probably wonder how that happened, he instead moved closer to check Inara's burnt face in the aftermath, now really freaked out

Inara! Are you OK?! What happened?!

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>>41563258
>Inara slowly pushed a grin onto her face, trying to show Albert she wasn't seriously hurt
It-cough... i-it fine...

I OK. No big problem.

Is just-cough... is just what I do...
>she answered, having no real excuse anymore to try and weasel her way out this time
I's power is-... I go boom. A lot. By accident, much...

I sorry. I should warn Albert sooner, b-but... I not want him to feel scared of-...
>she shrunk slightly, clearly feeling quite guilty over her silence about her true nature

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>>41563259
>Albert blinked a couple of times after Inara's explanation, as everything started to make sense
>the whole reason she was living in the labs and seemed to know so little about what things were like outside of it must've been because of these powers of hers
>and while she didn't state just how dangerous her powers could be, the implication was pretty evident
>but he couldn't really be mad at her for keeping that secret, considering how much he kept his own powers secret
>not to mention that he was there to get his powers under control, so he could definitely understand where she was coming from, even if his own situation probably wasn't as severe
>so, after a moment or two, he gave a soft smile even as he spoke in an anxious tone

It's alright, I'm not scared. I was just surprised, is all.

Are you sure you're OK, though? That looked like it hurt...

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>>41563260
>"It's alright, I'm not scared."
>Inara felt a big weight on her chest deflate out of relief
>"Are you sure you're OK, though?"
Y-Yes... it do hurt, but I used to the boom.

It heal. Always heal, so...
>she shrugged her shoulders, reaching up with her hand
>but quickly flinched after touching herself
>she still gave him a shaky smile, trying her best not to worry him
It fine! Really! No need to worry!

Please, no let this change plans! I-I promise I be much-much careful for now on!

No more booms! None at all! Is promise! Circle heart and pray to dine!

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>>41563261
>Albert still looked a bit worried even after Inara assured him she was fine, but her nervousness over how she was coming off seemed to be more important to her
>so he again tried to assuage her concerns

Really, it's OK, don't worry 'bout that. Sometimes controllin' yer powers is hard, I know.

>he paused, then added without thinking about it too much


And...sorry fer...y'know, settin' y' off like that...

<"Yeah, that's a big help, I'm sure."

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>>41563263
Ah-!
>Inara jolted a bit, already feeling her face warm up again
>thankfully, since she'd already exploded, she was safe from a second one this soon
N-N-No, no! I-Is I fault! Not Albert! No apology!

I the one sorry! Much sorry, yes! Just- Just taken to surprise! I sorry!

>she shrunk a bit again, face feeling hot (well, hotter, since it was still pretty singed)

>it was her questioning that led to Albert saying... that, so she felt like she was the one to blame here
I-Is hard to control, yes. But I should still be at doing so.

When lose control, only I fault. Must focus on body heat at all time.

When control it, I finally leave Lab, and be allow to live with those like Albert.

Without worry...

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>>41563264
>Albert nearly apologized again, but withheld his Canadian instincts so as to avoid a second explosion on Inara's part
>he'd probably be fine if she did but it was best to prevent her dealing with more pain and embarrassment
>so instead he gave another slight smile, in the hopes that maybe he could get her spirits up

I'm sure y' will!

However stressful 'r difficult it is now, I know you'll get a handle on it an' be jus' fine goin' forward! I can tell this means a lot t' ya, so if y' jus' keep at it, you'll accomplish yer goal!

Jus' believe in yerself! I believe in ya, so there's no reason y' can't!

>shortly after this he'd wonder if he was trying too hard to be encouraging, but in the moment he was just thinking that it'd help perk Inara's spirits up

>hopefully, anyway

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>>41563267
>it didn't take long before Albert knew if he'd managed to perk her up or not
>as a very wide and sunny smile quickly stretched along Inara's lips
Yes! I do it!
>she swung a fist up in a display of confidence
I do it because much people believe in I!

Albert! Janice! Cleo! Thoth! Jasmine! Many believe me!

I not give up, ever! One day I control boom, and show everybody I do it!

>she grinned widely at Albert again with a light giggle

Thank you much, Albert! Your words, they much inspiring!

I sure I believe in I! No doubt!

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>it was a normal day, but a bit less busy
>at least for Bram it was; his schoolwork was all done, so he didn't have that shit to worry about
>and he wasn't going to spend each and every afternoon toiling away at his inventions
>so for today, relaxation was on the menu; nice and snug in his dorm where the AC was a welcome third roommate
>lazying in bed, phone in hand, mindlessly scrolling through STAR's super secret forums for the latest memes or whatever
>he wasn't really looking for anything specific, just going where the wind of "that looks interesting, I guess" took him
Ugh... everyone's just posting pictures of their vacations...
>he grumbled out loud
Rub it in the faces of everyone, why don't you...

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>>41563271
>Danny was fortunate enough (so far at least) to avoid any sort of backlash for his business endeavor, so he was feeling pretty pleased with himself over that
>not that he really needed the money, but he felt like he might have an idea of how to successfully do business, which was important for when his time at STAR-A was over
>of course he clearly still had a lot to learn, but he wasn't going to let something silly like "truth in advertising" get to him

>for the moment, the more important thing was hanging out with his roomie, who was clearly not in a good mood

>so he decided to help the only way he knew how
>by being an ass

Ah do hate ta break it t' ya, buddy, but that's what normal people with more money than sense tend ta do durin' naice weathah.

>his arm then shifted to a watery state, allowing it to extend across the room, so that his still-solid hand could lightly pat Bram on the head


But don't worry, ya can spend th' summah with yer best friend, raigh'?

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>>41563272
>Bram glanced aside, giving Danny a harsh leer at the head pat
>"But don't worry, ya can spend th' summah with yer best friend, raigh'?"
...

...

Y'know what, Danny?

You're absolutely right. How did I not think of that sooner?

>he focused back on his phone

I wonder what Lance is up to.

I should just go hang out with him instead of spending the day in-
>he paused mid-sentence, a noticeable frown appearing on his face
...never mind; guess I'll just stay here like I originally planned.
>he tossed his phone aside, sinking further into his pillow
>while reaching to the drawer next to him, taking out a book for him to read
You'll make due for company, yeah?

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>>41563273

<"I'm bad at friendship sometimes."


>Danny pouted a bit as he retracted his arm, figuring it was just a bit of snarking between the two of them

>but he did wonder sometimes if he was just being a dick and not really friendly at all
>it was hard to tell what was hitting a sore spot and what wasn't
>though he assumed if he did ever go too far Bram would say so, right?

>he did notice that Bram's plan of action abruptly changed, which was something to probably poke at and see what was going on

>that's what friends did, of course

Well, Ah'll certainly do mah best...

But if ya wanted ta hang out with Laaaaance, don't let me stop ya~! Ah'm sure he'd be more than happy ta give ya plenty of attention~!

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>>41563274
>there was a grumble, but a very quiet and easy to miss one
Lance is at the gym with Zach right now.
>the tone of voice really wasn't being as well hidden as Bram probably thought it was
I can't exactly join in, so what's the point in interrupting them.
>opening the book, he sought to bury himself into it and just ignore everything else
This is just as fine. Reading a book in a cooled room is much better than spending the afternoon in a hot and sweat-scented gym anyway.

So it's fine. Not even thinking about it anymore. It's fine.

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>>41563275
>at the mention of Zach, Danny couldn't help but visibly grimace
>his first encounter with the vampire (???) was still not something he was keen to revisit, hence why he still tried to give him a wide berth when possible
>though he had noticed how he had clung to Lance like he had, so it was evident why exactly Bram was actually in a foul mood
>if his very obvious denials weren't enough of a hint

It's probably fer th' bettah, anyway. Wouldn't want ta be in th' same room when Zach suddenly decaides it'd be funny ta play jump rope with his own intestines.

It'd be bettah ta wait an' get some alone taime with Lance when that's ovah.

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>>41563276
>there was a louder grumble this time, followed by a scoff
You say that like it's easy.

Trying to find Mister Universal Popularity all by himself is about as rare as seeing Janice in any color but black and purple.

>he let the book fall to his chest, clearly in ranting mode right now

I'm sure he'll meet some girl in the middle of his workout, and she'll probably introduce him to her friends and they'll already have plans for shit to do afterwards and long, long, long into the night.

>picking up his book with another short scoff, he shrugged his shoulders

You need to make a fuckin' appointment if you ever want to catch Lance on his own.

Unless you're Zach, apparently, and you can just force your way into any social situation without even an ounce of shame...

>Bram tried to bury himself behind his book again

Like I said. It's fine. He's got his 'roided out social life to think of; he's not attached at the hip to me. Or Janice.

So, it's fine. Not gonna try and interrupt him. I actually have a sense of self-awareness.

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>>41563277
>yep, it was very evident now that Bram was miffed about all of this
>so much so that dressing down Zach wasn't really gonna cut it
>he'd have to try and be more supportive and build Bram up a bit more
>so Danny shifted around on his own bed so he was fully facing Bram, speaking now in a more empathetic tone

Look, Bram, ya know he cares about ya. He's not doin' this ta hurt ya or anythaing. He jus' can't say no ta people. Someone could run up ta him an' ask fer him ta donate his blood an' he'd be rollin' up his sleeve before they even finished speakin'.

Ah know that as soon as he realizes that ya haven't hung out in a whaile he'll come bargin' through th' door an' be laike...

>he paused, then tilted his head and tried his best Lance impersonation


"Aw man, I'm so sorry man! I didn't mean to neglect you like this! C'mon, we're gonna go to the movies, and I'll completely not realize how good a chance this is for you to hold my hand or cuddle up to me or whatever!"

>the impression needed some work, honestly

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>>41563278
>Bram slowly glanced over to Danny at his attempt at a Lance impression
>that would have normally been at least amusing in its own right, if Bram wasn't in such a poor mood, which he so totally wasn't
I know he's not doing this on purpose, or trying to distance himself from me, or anything stupid like that, yeah?

Like I said, Lance is Lance. He has more friends to worry about than me.

Sometimes his schedule doesn't match my schedule. Simple, yeah?

>he focused back on his book, but only for a second

I'm thankful for your attempts at cheering me up, but they're unnecessary.

At the risk of repeating myself: it's fi-!
>cough!
>Bram flinched at the sudden cough, his body not enjoying the slight raise in volume his voice had taken
...it's fine.
>turning his head to Danny, he gave him a flat stare
Also, whatever weird fanfiction you've got written down in your head about me and him? Better keep that in there, yeah?

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>>41563279
>Danny cleared his throat after a moment, as if to remedy it after his poor attempt to mimic Lance
>then he spoke in his usual Southern twang, with a sly tone to this time

C'mon Bram, Ah ain't blaind. Ah know ya've had an interest in Lance fer a whaile, most people at least have an inklin'.

Ah'm just hopin' Ah can help nudge ya in that direction. Hell, Ah would've traied ta set somethin' up fer th' both o' ya mahself, but Ah had a feelin' ya would've arranged mah murder if Ah had.

But Ah can still be supportive in othah ways, can't Ah?

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>>41563280
>"Ah know ya've had an interest in Lance fer a whaile..."
-!!
>Bram flinched hard, the paleness of his face already being replaced by a soft pink hue
Wh-Wh-What are you talking about!?
>his voice grew rougher and hoarse, a clear sign that he was very nervous
S-Seriously, Danny, wh-where do you come up with this stuff, yeah!?
>he rolled on his bed, turning to face the wall and away from Danny as he buried his face back in his book
T-Tcheh! A-As if I'd ever f-feel that way about Lance! G-Get real, yeah!?

L-Lance is a nice dude, a-and a great friend sure, b-but that's all, yeah!? Q-Quit being ridiculous!

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>>41563281

.....

>Danny was left to stare at Bram for a moment, briefly stunned by the display

>besides the fact that it was honestly pretty cute, he couldn't believe that Bram was this lacking in self-awareness
>did he seriously think he could fool him?

>there was a short gurgling sound as Danny's lower half shifted into a watery state

>which he then used to slide off of his bed, slide across the room to Bram's side, and stop just at his bed, leaning on the mattress to stare disbelievingly at him

...Bram?

Even if Ah wasn't aware of that, you've been actin' so mopey over him that Ah'd have ta eithah be totally oblivious or give no fucks whatsoevah ta not realaize what's goin' on.

Hell, Ah was there when ya first showed us how ya looked without yer make-up, raigh'? You were practically meltin' in Lance's arms then, remembah?

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>>41563282
>thwack!
>Bram turned around as quickly as he could to smack Danny right on his face with the book he was reading
>which didn't really hurt much at all, but it was still pretty rude
Th-Th-That was completely different! I-It's got nothing to do with a-anything!

Lance is just c-comfortable! That's it!

He's-- I-- Th-That's--

>with a loud groan, Bram rolled onto his stomach
>and buried his face into his pillow with a strange squeaky noise leaving his throat
>he kept his face there for a few seconds before finally lifting it, grumbling at Danny with a very pouting look on his face
I-I bet you're loving this, yeah? This is just payback for learning your s-secret fling, yeah!?

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>>41563285
>surprisingly, Danny didn't turn his head into water so the book would slip right through, letting it smack somewhat pitifully against his forehead
>he kept up his disbelieving look, at least until Bram went to making odd noises into his pillow, shifting to something more sympathetic
>and then into panic when Bram mentioned his "secret fling", leading to him quickly glancing to the door before looking back at him with a forced smile

Oh come on Bram! Whaddya take me for? D'ya really think Ah'd try ta get revenge fer that?

Why would Ah try'n upset th' only othah person who knows about somethin' very important ta me an' apparently can't keep quiet about it?

>that last bit was said as he suddenly flashed a rather menacing stare at his roommate, somehow still while keeping up that smile

>apparently even talking about it behind closed doors was too risky in his eyes

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>>41563286
>normally, Danny's strangely menacing look was enough to get Bram to shut up
>but he was feeling too proud and confrontational right now to properly register it
Oh f-for fuck's sake, we're in our room!

No one's going to b-burst through the door right as I talk about how you're fucking one of the teachers!

>he snarled back at Danny, clearly not sharing his sentiments on the risk factor
>pushing himself onto his knees, he shot a leer back at him
And to answer your q-question? Yes. I do think so!
>then let himself drop back into the pillow, burying his bright red face into it again

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>>41563287
>Danny clearly wasn't about to dismiss the idea that someone was going to burst into the room at any moment, or that someone was listening in or anything
>but that was beside the point, as Bram was still in a mood about this whole thing and he had to deal with that
>so he shook his head lightly and let out an exhale, before trying to steer the conversation again

Anyway...

What's th' big deal about it anyway? Ya've got a thing fer Lance, so why not pursue it?

Jus' work up th' courage ya got, go tell him how ya feel, an' see what happens! Ah know it's a cliche ta say, but it's still true!

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>>41563288
>Bram let out a lengthy groan into the pillow as Danny kept pushing the subject
>he lifted his head up again, answering very plainly:
Because Lance isn't gay. That much is kinda obvious, yeah?
>he flinched, his face growing redder as he realized he pretty much just admitted it
>well, no point in trying to be coy about it any further
...wh-what's the point in telling him i-if I already know nothing c-can come of it?

It'd just make things between us weird a-and tense, and I don't want that...

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>>41563289

Do ya know that ya know?

>Danny paused after he said that, then shook his head again


That was dumb, Ah'm sorry.

Mah point is how can ya really be sure he wouldn't be interested? Ah know he's as much of a jock as one can be, but he maight've at least thought about it, y'know?

>by this point Danny had totally reformed into flesh and blood and was now sitting on the edge of the bed to talk to Bram


An' besaides, even if he ain't, it's still Lance. He ain't gonna hold it against ya fer feelin' th' way ya do.

...Ah mean, you'll still feel awkward but that's about it.

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>>41563290
Lance has never once sh-shown any interest in guys.
>Bram bluntly answered
Just because I've never asked d-doesn't mean I can't be reasonably certain, yeah?
>he moved to bury his face in the pillow again, but sighed instead
>pushing himself up slowly, he knelt on the bed to look at Danny
L-Look... it's fine, yeah? I-I mean it this time.

S-Sure, yes, I have a...d-dumb crush on one of the first friends I-I've ever made, b-but that's...that's all it really is.

I've made my peace with it. I-I don't ever expect Lance to feel the same way, b-but that's OK.

He doesn't have to... I-I'm happy just being his friend, a-and I don't-...I don't want to risk messing up what we do have.

I-I appreciate what you're trying to do, b-but... everything's fine... it's not a problem, o-or anything...

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>>41563291
>Danny looked a little uncertain as Bram tried to more calmly refute any need to pursue something with Lance
>sure, quite honestly, the odds of something happening were low, especially since Lance seemed straight as an arrow
>so it might've been better to drop this and move on
>but Danny didn't like the idea of just giving up like that, especially considering his own experiences in this sort of situation
>so it nagged at him even as he tried to respect Bram's wishes, which led to him still not totally letting it go

...if yer absolutely, totally sure, then alraigh'...

But...if ya end up changing' yer maind or reconsiderin', jus' tell me, OK? Ah'll do whatevah Ah can ta help ya.

>he paused, then couldn't help but grin a bit


Or jus' help with whoevah else catches yer eye!

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>>41563293
>Bram blinked, not quite expecting Danny to sound so... heartfelt
>but he managed an honest smile back at him
Thanks, Danny...
>with a heavy sigh, he let himself drop back down onto the bed
>then added with a more teasing tone:
I don't suppose you have some leftover magic you used on Charleston you could borrow, yeah?

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>>41563294
>Danny was glad to see Bram's spirits back up, even if he wished they could do something more about this whole deal with Lance
>but if that was gonna be it for now, so be it
>so at Bram's remark about lending some of his "magic", he couldn't help but grin a bit more widely

Weeeeeell, Ah can't make any promises! Mah special techniques are accustomed ta mahself an' Char-erm, Ms. Charleston.

>he cleared his throat slightly, not sure if it was a good idea to be too familiar with Charlotte when talking to someone else, and pressed on


Buuuut, Ah've found that spontaneity has worked wondahs fer me!

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>>41563295
>"Buuuut, Ah've found that spontaneity has worked wondahs fer me!"
>Bram let out a quiet hum at that
...I kinda envy you for that, to be honest...
>he let slip with a sigh
I don't think I can be spontaneous.

It's in my nature to overthink things.

Just... doing something without planning it out first? That scares the shit out of me.

>he frowned slightly, and shrugged his shoulders

Not really sure where I got it from.

Pam's the queen of not giving a single thought; Sam likes to think he's cautious, but he's really not; and mom's... well, she's mom...
>a pause, and another shrug
Maybe having bones made out of water biscuits forced me to be more careful about every aspect of my life, yeah?

So there you go; something I'll admit you have that's above me... but I'll deny ever saying this if you brag about it to Janice or something.

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>>41563297
>Danny wasn't all that surprised to hear that Bram was less spontaneous than him, all things considered
>although him going a bit further into why he was like that did make Danny feel a twinge of guilt for bringing it up in the first place
>obviously Bram couldn't just get up and go everywhere or do everything he could do, so implying he should was inconsiderate of him
>though he didn't really dwell on his faux pas, instead wearing a look of mock hurt on his face, gasping lightly as he placed a hand on his chest

Bram, ya wound me! Ah wouldn't tease ya fer that! Ah'd focus on yer game streamer girl outfit!

>rather than elaborate on that (as much as he'd like to comment on how Bram's so eager to wear striped knee-high socks) Danny instead hummed and tried to think of an alternative solution


OK, maybe bein' spontaneous isn't th' best way ta put it...you can still think of stuff an' plan it out, ya jus'...surpraise the othah person!

I mean, if ya decide ta jus' show up at a person's front door in nothin' but yer birthday suit, that still requires some plannin' on yer part.

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>>41563298
>"Ah'd focus on yer game streamer girl outfit!"
>Bram gave Danny a flat look, but surprisingly let the comment slide
>he could've easily poked back by pointing out how many words Danny went through just to get that point across
>or point out how he sure as hell never complained about his outfits when he would try them on
>but he'd just let Danny have that one to repay for the book-to-the-face from earlier
>"...if ya decide ta jus' show up at a person's front door in nothin' but yet birthday suit..."
...

Please tell me that's not what you did.
>he very bluntly answered, but he could kinda understand the point of what Danny was saying
>even if his example was very extreme, and... a bit troublesome, Sam would most certainly say
...you really think surprising people is the best foot forward?

I mean... let's assume I put this big elaborate thing together, and just get shot down in the end, yeah?

Won't that just be a lot of wasted time and effort just to make a clown of myself?

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>>41563300
>Danny had to admit that he was going a bit fast for this whole concept to work
>he wouldn't do something that extreme on the first go, that'd come later
>as Charlotte could attest to

Alraigh', bad example...

Ah suppose fer th' first attempt ya wanna start with somethin' simpler an' work yer way up ta surpraise nudity...

>the fact that he was stuck on that probably said more about him than he'd ever openly admit

>he looked to Bram with a more inquisitive look, realizing he needed more input

What's yer go-to fer a gift? Laike, in a scenario laike this?

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>>41563301
>Bram seemed to take his time to answer that question
>...maybe a bit more time that may have been normal
>he was just left silent for a while, the thoughts in his brain left to toil at a pretty simple question
...

...

Well, my brother always told me that trying to give a present to your crush is "a form of unconscious emotional manipulation".

I've... never given it much thought, to be honest...

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>>41563302

.....

>Danny was likewise left staring at Bram in disbelief after he gave his answer

>so much disbelief that he had a hard time responding for a bit longer

.....

>until he blinked, and then said matter-of-factly


Ya know, the more Ah hear about yer brother, th' more Ah wonder how ya got a propah education.

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>>41563303
Mom managed to curb some of his more... extreme episodes.
>Bram answered with a slight frown
Sam apparently did want me to be home schooled to save money, but Mom wanted me to go to a proper school and make friends and stuff...

D-Didn't quite work out that way, since nobody wanted to be friends with the kid who barfed out a g-galon of blood on his desk, but... the thought counts, yeah?

>he shifted a bit to get more comfortable in his bed

...y'know, come to think of it... you don't speak a whole lot about yourself.

I feel like I talk a lot about my family, but I never really hear you talk about yours...

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>>41563304
>Danny's expression shifted only slightly at Bram's remark about his family
>whether or not Bram actually noticed that would be up to him, as Danny now seemed to look slightly unhappy at the change in subject
>but it wouldn't be for long, as he just shrugged and shifted on Bram's bed, looking across the room as he answered

They're pretty much how ya'd expect rich people t' act. Aloof, uninterested, givin' only th' most barebones attempts at parentin' an' leavin' th' rest ta th' hired help.

Not much else t' say besaides that.

>a lie

>a pretty bold lie
>but one Danny was unfortunately used to giving

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>>41563305
...right... sorry.
>Bram's answer was short
>lie or not, Bram seemed to take the hint pretty quickly
>he didn't want to talk about it, and Bram wasn't going to push that
...

So... candy?
>he just continued the previous conversation like nothing else happened
Is that a good gift?

Or is that a Valentine's Day-exclusive thing?

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>>41563306
>Danny hummed, quietly glad that Bram let it go, and opted to mull over his suggestion instead

Hmm...if ya think it fits with who yer goin' fer, it's not a bad ahdea.

Ya don't wanna go overboard with it, though, what with it not bein' healthy an' all...

>he hummed a bit more in thought, then his eyes lit up and he looked at Bram with a curious expression


How good a cook are ya? Home-made treats are really good fer communicatin' feelin's!

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>>41563308
>Bram wasn't quite sure why he was still on this topic
>it's not like he actually planned or expected to use this in the near future
>but he also didn't exactly have anything better to do than talk relationship advice with the only guy he knew to be in an actual relationship
>come to think of it, as flirty as Lance was with everything with boobs, had he ever been in an actual relationship?
...

I think I'm a decent cook, but I'm much better at just creating food out of my body.
>he bluntly answered
J likes the dog treats I make for him, at least...
>he hummed, trying to parse what he was being told
Home-made treats that aren't too harmful to one's health, yeah...?

Would an apple pie be too much?

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>>41563309

<"Well as long as he doesn't tell them that's where the food came from..."


>at Bram's suggestion about using an apple pie, Danny was initially a bit amused by the idea

>but quickly figured out a way to make it work

Well, it maight be, but it's all in th' execution, ya undahstand!

In this case ya gotta be a bit coy about it. Laike:

>he then put on a slightly exaggerated woeful expression, clasping his hands together and looking upwards, as if talking to this hypothetical love interest directly


"Oh, how downraight silly of me! Ah made this whole apple paie but Ah jus' can't eat th' whole thing alone! If only there was someone who would share it with me!"

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>>41563316
>Bram slowly blinked, looking like he was paying attention to everything Danny said
...

W-Why would I bake a pie and be surprised I can't eat it all by myself?

Shouldn't that be pretty obvious during the baking process?

...besides, I can eat a whole pie by myself. Just have to take it slowly. It'd be a pretty bold lie to say otherwise, yeah?

>tilting his head slightly with a light hum, he crossed his arms as he was a bit confused

Is being coy that important...?

I guess if it helps make you look less intimidating, yeah...?

Sam always talked about... the importance of being, like... respectful towards a woman, and humble your inherent toxic masculine desires and biases...

He never really explained how, though...

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>>41563317
>once again, Danny had to process just how badly Sam had screwed with Bram's brain

<"That guy either needs therapy or to get laid. Possibly both."


>but rather than voice that, he opted to focus more on Bram's confusion over his suggestion


Th' whole aidea is ta get th' othah person ta let their guard down an' know they can relax around ya. Ah mean, hell, that's th' same aidea with jus' makin' a friend. Th' only difference is that they know raight away ya want somethin' romantic.

An' as fer th' apple paie scenario, Ah know ya can eat a whole one, you know you can eat a whole one, an' they maight very well know that too. But, if ya exaggerate what yer sayin' jus' enough, they'll know that yer jus' kiddin' around. Which, again, will get 'em to relax an' maybe wanna hang out with ya.

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>>41563320
>when Danny put it that way, it almost managed to get the Brain Sams to calm down a bit
>he couldn't say that what Danny was explaining didn't make sense
>it made pretty good sense, really; he thought back to when he first met Lance and Janice, and much of that interaction was them just joking around to try and break through any awkwardness or tension
>...well, he did that, anyway
I-I see...

It's not very different from when trying to make a sale then either, yeah?

You want to show your customer you're trustworthy so they won't instantly assume you're trying to scam them...

I can see that applying here too, yeah? You don't want someone to think you've got any bad intentions, so you try and get them comfortable with you from the onset...

>he hummed, taking a moment to think

S-So... spontaneity, show yourself as nonthreatening, gifts as props... anything else?

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>>41563321
>Danny tensed up just a little bit at the comparison to a business, left to think about his recent endeavor with the "dank weed"

U-Uh, Ah guess that's one way ta look at it...

<"Maybe I'm worse at this than I thought..."


But yeah, that about covahs it...aside th' obvious, Ah guess...

>he frowned slightly, trying to think of anything else that might be pertinent information for this


That'll get ya in th' door, but aftah that ya gotta do what comes naturally t' ya. Ya can't build yerself up as somethin' yer not, an' ya gotta pay attention ta what th' othah person is receptive ta t' see if yer really a good match.

As cliche as it is, if ya try an' act too outta character, they'll eithah see raight through it, or expect th' same from ya an' be upset when it falls apart. So ya do gotta be yerself.

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>>41563322
>Bram slowly nodded his head, finding that piece of advice pretty obvious
Makes sense.

I doubt lies make for a very healthy and long lasting relationship, yeah?

>he leaned back on his pillow, making himself comfortable again

Well, thanks for the advice. I'm willing to trust you, since you're the only person I know who's actually in a relationship right now...

Guess those southern charms of yours aren't just for show; they get results too, yeah?

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>>41563324
>Danny ended up grinning again as Bram seemed in better spirits now that he dispensed as much advice as he could on the subject matter

Weeeeeeell, Ah don't mean ta brag, but they certainly gave me a leg up~

>which, considering Charlotte was as withdrawn as she was, certainly made a big difference


But don't sell yerself short, Ah'm sure you can get anyone ya maight have yer eye on! Won't know until ya try!

>he did still want to at least nudge Bram into taking a chance on Lance

>as unlikely as it would be to actually happen, if Bram didn't try then he'd never get used to rejection or failure
>which would just make it all the harder to actually get anywhere with a significant other


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