Those Who Love You The Most May Need More Time To Grow
Set in about 2021. Kitty and Marley see each other again and get a chance to heal some old wounds.
I did not intend for this to turn out shippy, but it kind of did.
Marley showed up to the reunion. Kitty wasn’t sure who had told her about it, or how- contacting her was like trying to catch smoke, ever since they’d been teenagers. But she was there, standing like an apparition all alone on the far side of the room, so Kitty decided to approach her.
“Kitty.” Marley’s expression conveyed a lot of things at once- nervousness and delight and nostalgia and the possibility of bursting into tears right there in the middle of the McKinley high gymnasium. Her face had always been expressive like that. “How’ve you been?”
“I’ve been okay.” Kitty said. They hugged, brief and genuine but also deeply awkward, and Kitty wished they hadn’t. She tugged on her dress jacket. “You look beautiful.”
“So do you. Very Kate Middleton.” A nervous laugh from both of them. Marley scuffed her shoe against the floor the way she always had. It was a little strange to look down and not see the familiar worn-out sneakers.
“They rededicated the auditorium last year. To Finn.” Kitty said, just to break the silence. “We sang.”
“I heard. I’m sorry I missed it.”
You missed a lot of things, Kitty thought, but didn’t say it out loud. The time to share blame was long over, and there had been plenty of time for it.