"Wait, don’t go! Can’t you stay the night?” DO THIS ONE
the third movie has just ended, grainy credits rolling across shane’s laptop. when he sees them in the darkening screen, leant so comfortably on each other, his chest clenches all too unpleasantly. hitting the eject key and turning to the small girl beside him, he simply raises an eyebrow. she has fallen asleep. checking the time, his neck strains in a quick show of worry. way past curfew and rapidly changing into daybreak hours, there seems to be no point in waking her.
unluckily for him, she shifts anyway, one eye opening ina display of her indignation. ‘hm?’ comes her inquiry, and she stretches by him with little regard for his space. he smiles as he is jostled, softly and discreetly. a hand comes to steady himself against the bed – it just so happens that she takes it, and that tightness happens again, uncomfortable and unwarranted. he’s starting to think that it’s not the worst feeling in the world. maybe, if she’s there to look at, he can tolerate it.
‘shoot,’ drags him from his thoughts. she’s getting up, pushing sleep from her eyes adamantly, a rainbow zipper trailing down one arm. unclipping it as she talks, shane reminds himself to focus. strategy is always.
‘it’s late. i should go.’ there’s a pause, rustling of sheets as she clambers up and jumps onto jirard’s empty bed. her antics get her hurt, more often than not, but he’s grown used to and capable of tending her various wounds. he says nothing for some time, watching her walk away, until; ‘wait. don’t go.’
she turns, and the silence gets longer. he winces. ‘can’t you… stay the night?’
her face flickers for a moment, confusion, surprise, a smile that blows him away. instead of answering verbally, she leaps back over to where he has stood, leaning up to poke his nose as she does. this time, the feeling of tightness is closer to his throat; deep and unforgiving. he loves it.
‘what are we watching?’
the movie begins to play, terrible opening credits on a grainy screen. she seems to follow the characters, but he only has eyes for her.