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Write a Hundred Times, I Am The Dunce 
23rd-Sep-2011 07:05 pm
i am exhausted, worn out
Victor walks into the Nexus with rather slumped shoulders and a look on his face that's part mortification and part guilt. He looks around him, wondering how he even starts.

"My girlfriend f-finally brought her aunt and uncle around to meet me," he eventually says. "Unfortunately, they arrived a hour early thanks to Mrs. Liddell doing something to Alice's PINpoint. J-just in time to--" he cringes. "S-see me c-coming out of the s-shower."

He sighs deeply. "S-somehow I made it past that horrible first impression -- they apparently like me. But Alice is -- a-acting oddly. She w-won't look at me directly, b-barely seems to listen w-when I talk. . .I'm worried I've s-somehow upset her. How do I talk to h-her about this when she w-won't talk to me?"

(OOC: Context, from Alice's POV. As you can see, Victor's situation is rather different than he assumes.)
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24th-Sep-2011 12:19 am (UTC)
I'm thinking she may just be a bit embarrassed about the whole thing. Maybe give her some time to get her head together?
24th-Sep-2011 12:21 am (UTC)
"That's true," Victor allows, blushing. "I know I'm embarrassed." There's no feeling like opening your bathroom door to see your girlfriend and her aunt and uncle standing there gaping at you. Thank GOD he'd had the sense to wrap a towel around his waist.
24th-Sep-2011 01:10 am (UTC)
You have my sympathy there.
24th-Sep-2011 01:15 am (UTC)
"Thank you." He shakes his head. "This is n-not the way I wanted things to go at all."
24th-Sep-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Sometimes that's life.

But it sounds like no real harm was done. So try not to worry about it.
24th-Sep-2011 02:14 am (UTC)
"I know. Dear lord, I know."

He sort of smiles at that. "Do forgive me -- 'worried' is my default state."
24th-Sep-2011 04:41 am (UTC)
Hey I'm like that myself.
24th-Sep-2011 04:43 am (UTC)
"Oh? Then you know how it is," Victor nods. "I try not to worry so much these days, but. . . ." Force of habit, ya know.
24th-Sep-2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Farley stares, amused and a little shocked at Victor's story - it has all the earmarks of Things You Do Not Do In Front Of Prospective In-Laws. "Looks like you... definitely made an interesting first impression on them. With Alice, though, you might wanna give her a little time to calm down. Then ask her what's going on." He decides to not say 'politely' - Victor probably knows that already. He shrugs matter-of-factly. "Simple."
24th-Sep-2011 01:16 am (UTC)
"I c-certainly didn't mean to," Victor says, turning bright pink. "I just -- they weren't supposed to come u-until a hour later! I thought I had time to f-freshen up! I never would have if--" He shakes his head. No use going on about it now. "I suppose you're right, it's just -- I h-have no idea what's going t-through her mind. She doesn't seem angry, but. . . ." Baffled Victor is baffled.
24th-Sep-2011 01:21 am (UTC)
"Well, what's she usually like when she's pissed off?" Farley asks, curious. He's got a pretty good idea of who Alice is, but he knows jack about what she's usually like. For now, he'll just try to logic his way through.
24th-Sep-2011 01:32 am (UTC)
"Oh, you can d-definitely tell when she's angry," Victor says. "She's very -- direct in that emotion." He considers it fortunate they've never had a real fight. Disagreements, yes, and that horrible break-up, but no real fights. "She certainly doesn't r-refuse to meet your eyes, or stumble over her w-words -- she never stammers, honestly," he adds. "That's always been m-my fault."
24th-Sep-2011 01:41 am (UTC)
"Well, Victor-" He leans forward, looking a bit more serious. "It actually sounds like she's embarrassed, to me. Maybe even a little guilty." Hell, he'd be, if he'd pulled a stunt like that, even if it was an accident.
24th-Sep-2011 01:45 am (UTC)
"Guilty? It wasn't even. . ." Victor trails off as he remembers what landed Alice in the asylum. "Actually, that does m-make sense. I just have a h-hard time thinking of her as ever getting embarrassed." Alice seems somehow above such emotions, to him. "Oh, I have no idea how to s-set this right. . . ."
24th-Sep-2011 02:04 am (UTC)
"Well, just tell her that things went crazy for reasons beyond her control, and that she shouldn't feel bad about. And maybe send a little message to her aunt to be a little more careful about things that aren't from her 'verse?" He shrugs - just a suggestion.
24th-Sep-2011 02:09 am (UTC)
Victor half-smiles. "Oh, I don't think Mrs. Liddell will be p-poking Alice's PINpoint again anytime s-soon." He nods. "But perhaps you're right -- maybe she does just need a little reassurance. She's more sensitive than one might think."
24th-Sep-2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Another shrug, this time more neutral. Victor knows her better, so right now he's probably the better judge. "Well, look at it this way. You got to meet the sorta-in-laws, and they don't think you're a total bastard. (At least not openly.) And let's face it - things could've been a lot worse." A brief, questioning look. "How did they take to Doc?"
24th-Sep-2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Adia is sitting at one of the Nexus terminals when Victor asks his question. She peers around her computer screen and shyly suggests. "You could write her a little letter. Sometimes it's easier to communicate via text."
24th-Sep-2011 01:56 am (UTC)
"A letter?" Victor perks up a little. "That might work. I can't stutter and stammer all over my words in a letter. I can even do multiple drafts until I get things right. Which is good, because right now I'm n-not quite sure what it is I even want to ask. . . ."
24th-Sep-2011 02:05 am (UTC)
"It's what I do," Adia admits. "I'm not really great with conflict... I guess you want to know why she's not really talking to you. Although she doesn't sound upset. And she shouldn't be, anyway."
24th-Sep-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
"I'm horrible with it myself," Victor says sympathetically. "I always w-want to run and hide." He nods. "She's not angry, I know that much. I honestly don't know what's she's f-feeling. She's never acted this way before." Except during the horrible period where she felt she had to break up with him -- but her aunt and uncle accepted him. That can't be it. And this feels different anyway.
24th-Sep-2011 02:42 am (UTC)
Adia laughs softly. "Me too. I used to, when I was little." She listens thoughtfully. "Maybe she doesn't quite know, either."
24th-Sep-2011 02:44 am (UTC)
"I still fight the urge myself." He frowns. "I suppose that's possible. . .I don't know what to say and she doesn't know w-what she's feeling. We're perfect for each other," he jokes weakly.
24th-Sep-2011 02:50 am (UTC)
"If you're at the point in your relationship of meeting family, then I think you'll be fine," She replies, trying to be reassuring. "I know it's hard when you really care about someone but something is unresolved. And you said it went well, otherwise?"
24th-Sep-2011 02:52 am (UTC)
Victor nods again. "It did, surprisingly. Once everything was cleared up, Mr. and Mrs. Liddell s-seemed to enjoy all our company -- they met some friends of ours as well," he explains. "They even g-gave their blessing to my and Alice's relationship. So I'm n-not entirely sure what the problem is."
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