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Death of a Bachelor; i mean it's a song title but not a schmaltzy cute one
Topic Started: Feb 5 2016, 10:42 PM (528 Views)
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Holy shit.

Holy shit.

Holy SHIT.

For what felt like the hundredth time in the past hour, Mia glanced at her reflection in the window of the Diamondback Ice Cream Parlour, and became wholly unsatisfied with her appearance yet again. She toyed with her hair a little bit, and brushed a couple stray hairs out of her eye line. She glared at the sunglasses atop her head, usually such a constant part of her ensemble. She moved them down in front of her eyes, then back on top of her head, then removed them entirely, placing them on the table in front of her. Nope. That didn’t help at all. She still didn’t know which looked better on her.

Mia sighed, turning her gaze away from the window, and started scanning the streets for signs of life, whilst trying in vain to look like she was doing anything but.

This was a date. This was an actual, real life, bona fide date.

It wasn’t like this was the first date Mia had gone on. It was just… holy shit she was on a date! With a cute guy! It hadn’t been called a date directly, but come on. It would have been taken as such by literally anybody in her shoes.

This always happened with Mia, even before the actual ‘dating’ part. Whenever somebody showed any interest in her, if anyone was particularly nice and kind to her, she’d get all flustered and nervous and excited around them. She fell for people easily. She knew that. There were probably some shitheads who would use that to take advantage of her. But hey, ‘better to have loved and lost than… something else’. As some guy once said.

Mia nervously played with her sunglasses on the table, absent-mindedly checking the time on her phone once again, even though she knew what she would see. She had arrived early. She still had several minutes before he could even be considered late. Besides, he wasn’t the sort of person to stand someone up.

Oh god, what if she had been stood up?

Mia looked at her reflection in the window again.
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There he was!

A huge grin broke onto Mia’s face as she caught sight of Nathan through the window of the parlour. She had just been about to check the time on her phone again, a second after she had set it down, and she was so glad she didn’t have to check it any more. He was here! Nathan had arrived! She hadn’t been stood up at all! Everything was great!

The smile faltered a little as she caught a glimpse of herself in the glass again, and a fresh wave of doubt flooded her. Did she look good? She thought she looked good. She was normally so confident with her appearance, but all of a sudden, every hair looked out of place, and every mark on the window looked like a horrific blemish to her face. She’d spent what had probably been an hour in the bathroom earlier, fretting over her appearance, and now it all seemed like it had been a waste. She hadn’t put any makeup on aside from the very basic norm; would Nathan have preferred otherwise? Should she have taken her nose piercing out? What the FUCK was she going to do with her sunglasses?

Oh God, and now Nathan was inside the building and sitting next to her and he looked as cute as he always did. A little flushed, maybe, but it was a hot day outside, and he’d just come from his dance stuff, hadn’t he? And despite all that, he still managed to look nice, and Mia was still completely uncertain about herself.

Mia breathed in, breathed out, and slowly, the grin returned to her face. She needed to relax. She had woken up looking the same as she had the day before, no massive spots on her forehead, no bites or scratches or anything, no… giant demon horns sprouting from the top of her head. Or anything like that.

“Hey Nathan!” Mia’s voice came out a little higher pitched than normal. She cleared her throat before starting again.

“No, don’t worry! I got here early. Like, uh, super early, actually. Fifteen minutes or so, maybe? So, uh, how’d your dance stuff go?”

As Mia talked, she gradually eased back into her normal comfort zone. This was good. This was fine. She knew how to talk to people, and she knew how to talk to Nathan. It was just like back at his place, at his yard sale.

Except now they were on a date.

Yeah, that thought wasn’t really helping her ‘talk normally and don’t be so nervously giddy’ attempts.
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Mia was trying very, very hard to focus on what Nathan was saying, she really was. She managed to parse out the most important bits, at least. It was just tricky to do so when her brain seemed to be getting pulled in a million directions at once.

For instance, as she attempted to listen to Nathan, she began to worry whether she was staring at him too much. No matter how much you liked someone, just… constantly staring at them was still pretty creepy. But if she looked anywhere else, how rude would that look? She didn’t even have any food she could look at instead. It’d look as though she didn’t care about him or what he had to say, and nothing could be farther from the truth.

Fuck, this was harder than it looked. She really needed to chill.

… Shit, she also really needed to actually respond to Nathan, didn’t she?

“Uh… good. Good! Yeah, good! I’m glad dance went well. I didn’t have any, like, proper practices today, but I went down to the skate park with my BMX for a bit, and just did some, y’know, general exercises and stuff, so I hope I don’t look too bedraggled or anything, I did have a shower but, uh… yeah!”

Wow, okay. Definitely need to breath, that was a pretty important thing to do. Rambling like that was… kinda embarrassing, but hey, on the upside, at least she was obviously interested enough in Nathan to ramble, right?

“I mean, uh, are you cool with that? I could definitely help pay if you’d rather split it! Not that I don’t appreciate it or anything!”

Mia paused a moment, then attempted to put on her most charming smile.

“Also, I don’t really come here too often. I’m not really certain about the menu. You got any recommendations?”
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“Oh, phew, thank god! Uh… I mean, uh, thank you!”

Nailed it. Saved it. Spoken like a true master of the linguistic arts. God, this was supposed to get easier the more she talked! Instead, it felt as though her brain had been replaced with one of those cymbal clapping monkeys, and she was just spewing words out of her mouth without any consideration as to what they meant.

Mia tried to silence the little monkey in her head for just a moment. She adjusted her hair slightly and scratched the back of her neck, smiling at Nathan.

“You look nice, too.”

Well, that was better. Why was she getting so flustered about this, though? Mia thought about that for a good few seconds as she pondered just what she wanted to order. Maybe it was just so comparatively long since she’d actually been on a date, let alone gone out with anybody. She had, however, had plenty of crushes in that time. Maybe it was the fact that one had finally come to fruition that was making her this way. That, and the fact she always got flustered around people she liked.

Shit. She had zoned out for a little bit there. Again. Where had she been staring this time? Mia tried to save face by grinning and laughing softly, even though her mind was racing.

“Well, if you’re sure that’s okay! Thanks Nath.-“

Nath? Nath? Really?

“-Hmmm. I guess I am a little hungry, but, like, I don’t think a burger would really sit well with my diet, you know? I can always make an exception for ice cream, though! And you can’t go wrong with mint choc chip. I’ll take your word for it!”

A pause, as Mia went over what she’d just said in her head.

“I mean… I’ll take you at your word… right? I’ll take… uh…”

Another pause.

“… I’ll have the mint choc chip.”

Hopefully another sheepish grin would be enough to save that one.
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Ugh, fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. How did people manage to do this sorta thing with a different guy or girl every other week? Mia was honestly impressed. Maybe it was easier with practice, but Mia got flustered enough when she thought someone maybe possibly liked her. Now that she was actually on a date with someone who maybe hopefully did like her, that flustered feeling got ramped up to eleven.

She had been trying so hard not to fuck this up or say anything stupid, and now because of that, Nathan was worried instead that he was making her uncomfortable, when nothing could be further from the truth. He hadn’t changed a bit since they’d met at his yard sale, after all. It was her fault. She was trying too hard, but the problem was, she was too nervous and excited to just be more… Mia.

“Oh, no! No no no, it’s not like that! It’s not your fault, don’t worry, I’m just…”

Mia sighed, and rubbed the back of her neck for a few seconds, before looking up at Nathan. That same sheepish smile was on her face, but muted, now.

“I haven’t been on a date or anything for ages, and I really, really wanted this to work out great and without a hitch, and I’ve been trying so hard not to mess anything up.”

Mia gave a small, quiet laugh at this.

“Guess that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy or something, huh?”
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Mia continued to fiddle with her sunglasses for a good few seconds. She placed them on top of her head, then on her face, then back on her head. She took them off, twirling them in her hand, folding and unfolding them. She bit her lip. Then she placed the sunglasses down on the table, pushed them out of arm’s reach, and gave Nathan a big, warm smile.

“No pressure…” Mia said, before nodding once. “No pressure. Got it! I can do that!”

Nathan’s comments hadn’t magically stopped her from feeling completely nervous all of a sudden, but it had allowed something to click in her head, something that was making her feel more calm. Saying ‘no pressure’ didn’t mean there really wasn’t any pressure anymore; far from it. This was important to Mia, and she still didn’t want to mess it up in the slightest. But focusing on that pressure, allowing it to continuously nibble away at the back of your mind, that would only make things worse. Worrying about the pressure would just heap more pressure on the thing you were doing, which would make you worry more and so on and so forth. It was a vicious cycle if Mia had ever seen one.

“Well, uh, I’m pretty sure my swim coach would kill me if they saw me eating fries; they can be kinda a hardass at times.” Mia said, still smiling, but glancing down at the menu, skimming it as quickly as she could. “But hey, what the hell, they’re not here, and fries are too good to pass up on, so I’m down for that!”

Mia looked down at the menu for a few seconds longer, before she pushed it to one side and looked up at Nathan. She tilted her head to the side, before softly laughing and smiling again.

“Y’know, I remember the first BMX competition I ever entered. I was standing up there at the top of the ramp, ready to go, and I was just feeling so nervous, way more nervous than I had been in any other swimming or soccer competitions. I dunno why, maybe it’s cause BMX is a lot more high-octane and stuff. Whatever, anyway! I just focused on that nervousness so much that it was the only thing I could think about. I think that I put in the worst sporting performance I ever have done in my life. I didn’t come anywhere near the top five spots, but, hey, still didn’t come last!”

Mia briefly raised her arms in mock celebration before continuing.

“Anyway, maybe because of that, next race, I just… felt so much more different. Like, I hadn’t done well previously, and yet the world hadn’t ended. People didn’t suddenly hate me or thought I sucked at BMX. I stopped thinking about the pressure and just tried to focus on cycling and… well, hey, can you guess what happened next?”
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“Err, well, actually, that’s not quite what happened for me…”

Mia gave Nathan a sheepish grin, unintentionally mimicking him as she, too, rubbed the back of her neck, thinking back to that competition. It was a fairly fond memory, all things considered, despite what had happened during it. She had a poster board in her room, covered in newspaper clippings and medals relating to noteworthy sporting events she’d taken part in, and the brief section of the article covering that competition that mentioned her name was firmly nestled in the top right corner.

“I, uh, was actually in the middle of a six-person pileup on the first turn. Wasn’t my fault at least! But, still, got a ‘Did Not Finish’ for that race, and that was me out of the competition. Didn’t let it get me down, though! Even Olympic BMX cyclists get into crashes, after all. And, hell, if I gave up then, that’s what my legacy would have been; a middle of the pack first race and a DNF second race.”

That first competition was still a sort of running joke amongst her BMX comrades; not malicious in the slightest, just teasing between friends and rivals. ‘Hey Mia, make sure you don’t wipe out on the first turn again’, that sort of thing. It wasn’t an insult towards her current skills, more a comparison between where she’d started from and where she was now.

Besides, if the jibes became actually vindictive, she’d been a first-hand witness to enough of their crashes to have plenty of retaliatory ammo.

“I think it’s good to be nervous, though! I mean, not as nervous as the first time you do something, but a little bit of nerves means you’re worried about messing something up, right? And that just means you really care about whatever it is you’re doing! At least that’s how I see it.”

Mia smiled, looking down at the table, then back up at Nathan.

“Anyway, uh, fries! Yeah! Maybe that’ll be enough to stop me rambling and stuff…”
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((WHOOPS, I AM TERRIBLE))

Mia smiled broadly at Nathan’s response, happy that he’d managed to keep up with her less than succinct… anecdote? Opinion? Whatever her story had morphed into by the end? And not only that, but he’d managed to understand what she was trying to convey and agreed with it too. She opened her mouth to reply, then instantly closed it again, remembering she’d said she was going to try not to ramble just a second ago. Dummy.

Instead, she leaned back into her seat a little, her slight shift in position causing the sun’s rays to hit her perfectly. She was warm, she was comfortable, and most importantly, she was happy. Sure, there had been a small blip, but that was about as much to be expected, really. Confident she normally might be, but whenever she thought someone might like her, she turned into a big old pile of emotions.

“Y’know, I can’t actually remember the last time I had fries,” Mia confessed, smile now permanently fixed on her face. “Like I said; my coach kinda has some irrational hatred for them. Maybe he had some sorta traumatic childhood incident with them? Maybe he has a recurring nightmare where he’s chased by giant fries or something! Or… um…”

Whoops, rambling again.

“Anyway! I think that’s enough about me for the moment. Your turn now! So, what has been going on, recently?”
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Mia leaned back, and drank in everything Nathan was saying. Gosh, it really did sound like he was going to be having a busy few weeks. Not to say that she wasn’t going to be busy; balancing schoolwork with swim or BMX or soccer practice every week was always gonna keep her rushed off of her feet and stressed every few days, but this had been her life for a while. She was used to it, in a sense, even if she didn’t appreciate it. She didn’t know how busy Nathan normally was, but she knew that when people spent a long time without much on their plate, whenever they got handed a lot of important stuff in a short space of time, they tended to fare worse off than normal.

Bleh. Thinking about all that was bringing up unpleasant thoughts, starting to make Mia stress again about the balance between her academic future or her sporting future. She’d just gotten away from that. That was what she was here to have a reprieve from.

Their order of fries being brought over was a welcome sight, and enough to prevent Mia’s smile from faltering. She gave a couple words of thanks to their server, before she noticed Nathan’s reaction to his first bite. She giggled slightly, reaching across to the plate and carefully taking a fry of her own. Of course they were going to be hot, silly. Not that she could blame him in the slightest for being so eager to chow down.

“Well, so am I, so I should be able to handle them!”

Mia had the biggest grin on her face as she said that. It was cheesy and dumb, but hey, it would be fun to see Nathan’s reaction! And, most importantly, she was clearly comfortable enough around him to actually say it.

“Anyways, uh, I’ve never really gotten into any kind of dance, no.” Mia idly gestured with the fry dangling between her fingers as she spoke.

“I’ve dabbled in a bunch of stuff before! I mean, if it’s even vaguely active, I’ve probably tried my hand at it at some point! I think I tried ballet at some point, actually, but I guess it just wasn’t… my thing, I suppose. I guess cheerleading’s the closest thing I have to any kind of ‘dance’ right now. But hey, your recital sounds super cool anyway! I’m glad you’re excited for it.”

Mia finally took a bite out of the fry she was still holding. Still hot, but after a good few seconds away from the plate, much more manageable and delicious.
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Mia covered her mouth and giggled at Nathan’s reaction, which was absolutely what she’d been hoping for. Her plan had worked to a tee, because Nathan had very clearly not been expecting it. Any veneer of ‘smoothness’ he might have had before the date had long gone, but Mia didn’t care at all about that. He was definitely on the right side of dorky and easily flustered to be cute.

His hands also didn’t burst into flames when he tried to take a fry from the plate again, so Mia figured they were now at that prime point of still being hot and tasty, but not to the point where she’d be prone to burn the inside of her mouth. She reached over, meaning to just grab one, but picking up another two that had been caught in the crossfire. Oh well. As stated; it was obvious that all essence of ‘smoothness’ had gone straight out the window by now.

Plus, it had been literally eons since she’d last had fries. There wasn’t room for them in her fairly strict diet, and whenever she did allow herself a treat of some sort, she never instinctively decided to go for fries as her cheat of choice. You always kinda overlooked them until you were actually having them, and then they were a godsend.

Midway between two of the fries, Nathan decided to ask one hell of a question, and she paused mid-chew, trying to digest both fry and query. She made a ‘hmmmmm’ noise, still with half a fry poking from her mouth, but despite how hard she thought, she couldn’t come up with a concrete answer before she’d finished off her handful of fries.

“Jesus, wow, um, you realise you’re asking me to choose my favourite kid, right? Damn.”

Mia grinned again to show she wasn’t being totally serious, running her fingers through her hair as she tried to think.

“You’re right though, BMX is a super competitive and really tough sport. I’ve seen plenty of people take their first fall and they just can’t handle it. You really gotta be into it to carry on with it.”

Mia’s smile broadened.

“Luckily, I am either super into it, or a complete masochist. 50-50, really! Even so, I think if I did have to pick a favourite sport, it’d probably be swimming, honestly! It means a lot to me, I just feel so free and happy whenever I’m in the water. I could literally stay in there for hours! Plus, if I do end up going to a sports college, then it’s probably the sport I’d be looking to do…”

Mia gave a little involuntary sigh, unable to catch it before it escaped from her mouth, and her heart jolted a little, as she hoped that Nathan hadn’t caught it. It was the ‘if’ in that statement that had brought up all the uncomfortable thoughts and realisations again, that she might not end up doing what she loved for a living, that she might have pursued this path for all of her childhood and teenager-dom, only to have to give it all up very soon.

In short, not exactly first date discussion material.
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