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Dying To See How This One Ends; 'Or It's Gonna Go Down In Flames' - this song does not actually appear
Topic Started: Mar 2 2016, 07:50 PM (1,079 Views)
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((Noah Whitley continued from Dance or Die))

Noah mouthed along to the song playing. He loved Queen, and hearing them at a high school dance was something he never expected but felt blessed for. Everything about Queen was so cool and endearing, and he found Freddie Mercury to be one of his idols. Granted, it did seem out of the ordinary compared to what else was probably going to be on the playlist, and if it was supposed to be a slow dance song, he didn't know if that was the best choice. He decided to enjoy the song and let it remind him that the music selection wasn't entirely bad.

What was entirely bad was the current moment. He and Irene were off to the side of the dance room and were just standing around. It wasn't what he had in mind, but he felt slightly guided there by Irene. The night had been fine so far. They had a nice dinner before the dance. Irene was pretty quick to eat, which meant Noah had a little more time to carefully eat his Steak Diane. While not much else came out of it, at least no one had any glass smashed over their head.

Noah had taken extra care of his appearance. He was wearing a black dress shirt with a white tie. He was also wearing black pants and white suspenders. It was a strange look, but he kind of found the suspenders attractive in a Night Porter kind of way. Aside from that, his hair was neatly combed, and his face had a light amount of makeup on, light enough to cover his five o' clock shadow but not be notable to Irene. He knew Irene could raise a fit if he dressed too out there for tonight, so he was confident she wouldn't be annoyed with this look.

Irene questioned why Bohemian Rhapsody was being played and how they could dance to it.

"Yeah, Bohemian Rhapsody's more of a lip-sync kind of song. That's why the music video was almost entirely close-ups," Noah said.

"Still, maybe the next song will have something that's more...I dunno...spirited."
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Noah continued to mouth along to the song as if he was sitting in a car with Mike Meyers and Dana Carvey. He was surprised that Irene had never seen the Bohemian Rhapsody music video before. He figured that it was well known enough that she would have at least seen the famous image of the four members shrouded in shadows in a diamond shape. He then decided it didn't matter. What did matter was changing the pace of this evening.

Irene suddenly got real active and began to declare how they'd tear up the dance floor once a more appropriate dance song came on. Noah almost started laughing at how damn seriously she was taking this, but knew to keep decorum. Irene may be square at times, but the promise of actually dancing along and having a good time here was more important.

"Damn right we will," Noah replied, a large smile appearing on his face. "I haven't been taking dance classes since I was 12 to not be able to show up my peers when the time calls for it."

Noah cracked his knuckles. Bohemian Rhapsody was finally coming to an end, and was now replaced by Break Free by Ariana Grande. Noah wasn't the biggest Ariana fan, but Break Free offered more opportunities to dance, and more importantly, more opportunities to move away from their current spot.

"Oh, I think we found our song," Noah said.

He held a hand out to Irene. "Shall we?"
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"Yes please!" Noah shouted as Irene pulled him to the dance floor. He began to chuckle to himself as they made their way to a clear spot on the floor. He released his grip from Irene's hand and began to move along with the song. The first verse had just begun, and Noah was ready to show his moves off. Ariana Grande wasn't a singer he normally would have performed to. That was usually reserved more for musicians like Marina and the Diamonds or Ellie Goulding. Still, Break Free was a good enough song that he could have some fun with it.

Try to hide it, fake it. I can't pretend anymore.

Noah began to sway a bit, posing with his arms in the air at the bursting sound.

I only want to die alive, never by the hands of a broken heart.

Noah began to mouth along to the song, looking directly at Irene as he tried to sync with the words.

I don't wanna hear you lie tonight. Now that I've become who I really am.

Now he was gesturing at Irene. He was hoping the idea that she was the subject of the song would be amusing.

This is

Noah struck a pose, quickly throwing his arms by his side like he was making his body look like a football goal post.

the part when I say I don't want it. I'm stronger than I've been before.

He quickly moved his arms down so he was now pointing at Irene. This was soon followed by hip-swaying and finger wagging.

This is the part when I break free.

Now he was reaching out, his face getting more pained as he assumed was the appropriate expression for this part of the song.

'Cause I can't resist it no more.

His expression quickly changed. He closed his eyes, scrunched his brow a bit, and held his arms close to his chest, keeping his hands in fists.

This is

Noah started dancing a lot quicker at this part.

the part when I say I don't want it. I'm stronger than I've been before.

His years of hip-hop dancing made Noah fairly agile on his feet. For this part of the song, he began to step and spin in place, never tripping over his feet. He still tried to keep his focus on Irene as he continued to lip sync to the song.

This is the part when I break free.

He moved his arms in a way like he was doing a breaststroke in swim class. This was his way of making it look like he was breaking free.

'Cause I can't resist it no more.

When he got to this lyric, Noah brought his posture back to a normal standing position, continuing to mouth along to the song. The last word of this lyric had a bit of an echo, so he mimed like he was saying each oh-oh-oh-oh. That's when he pulled out "the move." He pulled on his suspenders, did a quick spin in place, then performed the move.

He pushed his right leg forward, bent his left one back, and held his arms out to the side. It was quick, but now he was on the floor. He found the right moment to do a death drop in the song, and he hoped enough people were around him and saw it. He hadn't done a death drop for a crowd since that amateur night back in Vegas, and he hoped he pulled it off flawlessly. There was still another verse, two more choruses, and a bridge to the song, so he'd need to get back up and keep the party going.
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Noah remained on the ground for a moment, fanning himself with his hands as he lay their in post-death drop ecstasy. He heard Irene shout about how cool that move was, giving him the validation he needed for pulling that off at a school dance.

"You think that's impressive?" he said, moving his legs around so he could have them side by side. "You should see me do that in six inch heels."

Noah twisted his body, spinning himself on the ground. He planted the side of his left thigh on the ground in order to give support so he could stand back up. Now that he was standing again, he was back to dancing the same way he was before. It was a lot of lip syncing, a lot of posing, and a whole lot of sass. The whole time, he had a large smile on his face.

"Okay, Irene," he shouted to Irene as they came to the second chorus of the song. "Now it's your turn. Show me your best dance move."

He wasn't expecting Irene to do a death drop or a split or anything crazy. Noah just wanted to see her break out more and for him to not be the only one trying to dance like crazy to the song.
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Noah continued to dance around, not the least bothered by Irene's criticism of Pina. He merely laughed at the notion that her immediate response would be one of scorn towards a character. He didn't really care at this point, and was more interested in how annoyed she could get. But there wasn't time for that; Irene was going to show off her best move.

She moved forward and jumped, arms flailing. Noah raised an eyebrow. Was that it? Just jumping like at the end of a John Hughes movie? Then she did it again, but this time rolled her body forward. She did a flip. Noah cheered at that. That was an impressive move, especially with heels. Noah clapped his hands.

"Good job, girl!" he shouted.

Irene stumbled back to him proud, but then tripped and fell towards him. Noah instinctively held his arms out and caught her. Noah tried to hold her carefully, letting her adjust herself.

"Okay, I think we got our crazy moves out of the way," he said. "Let's just get through this song without killing ourselves."
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Noah continued to dance through the rest of the song. Irene was freed from his grasp and they could resume their dancing. The final electro breakdown was perfect to get some voguing and pop and locking mixed into mix. He did try to keep in mind his declaration to Irene, so he kept his feet planted in place, mostly leaving the dancing to his upper body and arms. It wasn't until Irene declared "Dance like fuck, Whitley!" that he started going further with his movements.

"Okay!" he replied to Irene. "I don't know how you 'dance like fuck,' but if it's like my fucks, it's clumsy and quick! So yeah, I can definitely do that!"

Noah chuckled at the bit of self deprecating humor there and paused for the next song to play.

"Ooh, 'Latch!' I like this song!" Noah declared.

As the first few beats of the Disclosure song played, Noah continued to move his body in an almost robotic fashion. It was his go-to movements for EDM songs, but it would be a nice, slower pace from that quick Ariana Grande song he just slayed. Plus, it was less likely it would end up killing him and Irene, so he was glad for that.
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Noah continued to vogue to the song playing. The song was pretty cool for slower and more precise dancing. He could plan more of a buildup to the chorus, maybe find a place to work in a split. Until that time, he kept voguing to Sam Smith's vocals.

As he did, he looked over at Irene and noticed she had reached an arm out towards him. He wasn't sure if she wanted him to grab it and dance along. But then the thought came to him: dance with her. It'd probably be really corny and shit, but hey, he came with a girl to dance with her. Why not dance around with her?

"Alright, my dear," he said to Irene as he took her arm. "Let's dance."

Noah pulled Irene closer to him, pulling her so he could keep his grip on her arm and place his other hand around her waist. This wasn't the kind of song to waltz to (nor was Noah confident he could and was waltzing at the moment), but he began to lead Irene into a dance. He tried to make sure he wouldn't step on her feet, and began to motion her to start spinning in place with him.

"Now we're latching!" he declared.
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Noah continued to dance around with Irene, continuing with their mock-waltz. Noah was starting to find the whole thing absurd. Amazingly, he and Irene were somehow managing to not step on each other's feet. He was glad for that. His shoes were really nice, and it'd suck if he got them scuffed. Also, he'd probably knock her over if he wasn't careful. That'd be just as bad.

They were getting to the second verse of the song. They had stopped moving around as much and were now merely spinning in place. Noah, from all he had learned from watching musicals, realized there was one move he had yet to try. He wasn't sure if Irene was familiar with it, but he hoped she'd go along with it.

Noah released his grip on Irene's waist and flung her out, moving her out like he was opening a large gate. He figured he'd have to do this move quickly for it to work. Once she was stretched out, Noah pulled her back, reaching his free arm out to grab her at her waist and pull her close. Once her chest lined up with his, Noah pushed forward, causing Irene to bend backwards. If this was like the movies, he was sure one of them would have a rose in their mouth. His smile widened as he looked into Irene's eyes. This was getting really fun, and he hoped she was enjoying it.

It was then that Noah miscalculated. His lack of knowledge on how to waltz caused him to poorly time his next action. He raised Irene back up, but didn't pull himself back fast enough. Because of how close they were, Irene's mouth somehow managed to line up perfectly with Noah's. As he felt the warmth of Irene's full lips pressed against his, Noah's eyes widened in realization of what he happened.

He had just accidentally kissed Irene.

"Oh shit!" Noah cried out.

In his surprise, Noah released his grip from Irene's hip and hand. It was a quick reaction, one where he meant to cover his mouth with both hands. What he forgot was that Irene wasn't standing straight due to the position he forced her in. Covering his mouth suddenly became appropriate, as he watched as Irene fell backwards onto the floor.

"Oh fuck!" he cried out. "I'm so fucking sorry!"

He held out a hand to help Irene up. He cracked a smile and tried to awkwardly laugh it off. Noah couldn't remember the last time he felt so embarrassed, mostly due to the fact that he tried to live in a world without any sense of shame. Regardless, Noah started to hope she would be able to laugh this off too.
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Noah kept his hand held up, waiting for Irene to take it so he could help her up. His arm was starting to shake from how long it was being held out. Irene wasn't making much sense right now. She remained on the ground, muttering something. Noah began to look around, trying to keep an awkward smile on his face. He was sure people were looking at them now. Noah could start to feel his face getting flushed. God, people probably saw him and Irene accidentally kiss.

"Hehehe..." Noah continued to quietly chuckle.

Noah looked back to Irene. She was starting to sound coherent, but couldn't phrase what she wanted to say.

"Um...Irene..." he started.

My first kiss. Noah. That was- that was my first...

Noah froze as Irene got closer to him.

"Fuck," he whispered to himself.

Now he felt even worse. This was also his first kiss with a girl, but he knew that this was more serious for her. He could easily laugh this off later since he knew it was an accident, but for a girl like Irene, this had to be a lot more precious and serious a moment. The only thing he could do was try and save face and hopefully cheer her up.

"Oh, god, I'm so sorry," he said, holding his hands out in front of himself to put some space between him and Irene.

"Um...if it makes you feel better...I...uh..."

Shit, the levity wasn't coming as easily as he had hoped. Noah had to say something.

"I've...I've had all my shots."

Noah prayed she'd find that funny so they could just get past this awkward-as-hell moment and carry on with their evening.
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Okay, she didn't find that joke funny. The distance between Noah and Irene had become almost microscopic. If the lighting wasn't as strange, Noah could probably count the number of pores on her forehead they were that close. Irene was really starting to fall apart, and Noah realized he couldn't back away as much as he liked. Irene was stewing, and looked finally ready to boil over.

You. You think this...you think this is a joke, you fucking...ass... fuck!?

In a way, Noah was glad all she had to call him was a "fucking ass fuck." That was absurd enough that he couldn't get offended, and he was sure that in Irene's fury she could possibly go overboard with the insults. Still, Noah had to calm her down before the chaperones threw her out.

"No, I don't think this is funny," Noah said, slightly bending back from Irene. "I just thought it'd help lighten the mood. Look, let's just take a moment and calm down before someone say or does something they'll regret."
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Noah wasn't sure why, but in a moment, everything felt like it was getting really quiet. Maybe the embarrassment and shock from the situation had finally broke the universe, but Noah felt like a bomb was about to go off. Or maybe a rafter would fall on him. Or the ground would open up and drop him and Irene into Hell. Either way, Noah was sure things were about to fall apart.

Irene weakly punched his hands and stormed away. That wasn't as bad as Noah expected, but still really shitty all things considered. Irene vanished into the crowd of people around them. Noah knew he couldn't leave her be. She was his date, and he was responsible for her tonight. Thus, he tried to move through the crowd, vainly calling out to her in hopes of getting her to stop.

Noah finally made his way to the exit of the gymnasium and saw Irene standing outside, crying. Noah bit his lip.

"Oh crap," he quietly muttered.

Noah walked over to her. He reached into his back pocket, taking out one of the tissues he had just in case he got sweaty or got some drink spilled on him.

"Irene, are you okay?," he asked, holding out the tissue. "Talk to me, please."
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Irene didn't turn around to take the tissue. Noah lowered his arm when he realized she wasn't going to take it. He was ready to ask her if she was okay when she spoke.

What if I told you I don't really know why I'm mad?

Noah was surprised by that. He thought it would be obvious why she'd be mad: either because he dropped her or because they accidentally kissed. He could understand if her confused emotions made it hard for her to be specific, but she continued.

And if I told you I still kind of really hate you right now?

Noah paused, his gaze drifting around as he let Irene's last question hang in the air. There weren't any other students outside with them right now. The warm night air was filled with the sounds of cars passing by. Noah turned his attention back to Irene.

"Okay, I get that you're upset, but 'hate' seems a little extreme," Noah replied. "I mean, it was just an accident. You can be mad at me, but hating me is unnecessary."

Noah then sighed.

"And what do you mean 'still hate me'? Have you hated me this whole night?"
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Noah waited for Irene's response. He really loathed the idea that anyone could hate him. Disliking him would be tolerable because he could at least reason why they might not like him and they could simply stay separate from one another. But hate was something he really didn't want. That meant the person absolutely despised his existence and would probably wish hundreds of misfortunes upon him. Noah never wanted to be hated, and maybe comedy was his way of trying to get as many people to like him as possible.

Irene lifted her skirt up a bit and reached under. Noah averted his gaze out of respect for her. He already stole her first kiss, and he didn't need to see her panties. To his surprise, she pulled a phone out. From where, he wasn't entirely sure, but she had a phone out and was fiddling with it. She then handed him the phone, and he saw what she wanted to say to him.

'...and god damn it Noah do u even thnk about how a legit transgenderperson might even think about you? ...'
'...don't uthink it's slightly self-misogynist (? look this word up before sending_) that u lit. kill your female self or whatever that sht even is...'
'...and what the hekl is it u even talk about all the time with the dumb jokes nyways...'
'...byt dont get me wrng i totes think ud be attractiv all this shit aside(is this even relevant maybe remove)...'


Noah stared at the screen in silence. He wasn't sure when Irene wrote all of this, but it had to still be on her mind if she had it saved to her phone to be whipped out at a moment's notice. Noah could feel his heart starting to beat a bit and his eyes start to water a bit. She really hated him. It was clear she did, and she wanted him to feel hurt by this.

"Irene..." he began.

He briefly closed his eyes and breathed in for a few seconds before letting it out.

"...you really despise me, huh? I can't say I've never had someone vocalize their disgust with me like this. Well, aside from that time in middle school someone called me a fag and threw a milk carton at my head, but this tops that. With that incident, I could at least take a shower and change clothes and be okay afterwards. This I can't just wash away."

Noah could feel his voice starting to waver a bit.

"But clearly, you have a lot of questions, and I'll gladly answer them."

He wasn't sure why he decided to take that route, but he didn't feel like thinking otherwise. Irene was clearly ignorant on some of his matters, and he had time to educate her.

"How do I feel about reactions from transgender people? Well, I don't know if you know them, but Vincenzo? That one genderfluid individual in our class? We're friends. They get the whole drag thing and the exploration of gender thing, and they don't mind it at all. Yes, I have thought about what transpeople might think, but I haven't gotten any real backlash yet because I've made sure to not give them reasons to think I'm ignorant. I don't even use the T word.

"Next, 'Self-misogynist' is not a word. But how dare you assume I have no respect for women."

Now Noah was getting a little angrier. Irene was making a lot of assumptions about him, and some of these were really pushing him the wrong way.

"I was raised by a single mom who sacrificed so much for my sake. My grandmother has supported my passions since Day One and has helped me develop most of the skills I have. My stepmother is a great lady and one of my biggest supporters. My little sister is an amazing kid, and I know she's going to rule the world someday, and I believe she can do it. She doesn't even think what I do is weird because she doesn't see any reason to think so. My life has been shaped and supported by amazing women who all believe in my talents and want to see me go far with them. Just because I make jokes with a wig and skirt on doesn't mean I don't appreciate them or anyone with else two X chromosomes.

"Okay, 'what the heckle is it you even talk about all the time with the dumb jokes en-ee-ways?' That's fine with me. Comedy's subjective, and as long as you get three of the five jokes I throw out at a time, I've done my job well. I don't expect you to get everything I joke about. I don't know, maybe I'm a little too focused on reference humor, but I can work on that. I'm looking to grow as a comedian, and I can figure out what works and what doesn't.

"Oh, but I guess it's all okay because you think I'm attractive regardless of this. Obviously, you've got a thing for twinks, so that's good to know."

Now he didn't care. Irene may be sad because he accidentally kissed her, but she had really crossed a line by showing this.

"I have a question for you now, Irene: why did you invite me here tonight? You had this shit saved on your phone, ready to unleash it at any moment, and yet you still asked me out. You convinced me you liked me enough as a person that you could stomach a night out with me. You've also continually said I'm attractive, and yet you apparently can't stand me as a person. You're sending out too many mixed messages, and when you do, shit like tonight happens.

"But you know what, I think what really pisses me off is this line: 'Kill your female self or whatever that shit even is'. This is one of the worst things you could tell an LGBT person. Yes, I get that you're referring to my character, but this is really where you've gone too far."

Noah could start to feel a lump in his throat and a tear fall down his cheek. He didn't think Irene could make him this upset. Normally, he could just roll his eyes and make a joke, but he couldn't find anything funny right now.

"What you've essentially done by showing me this message is tell me that what I do, what I dedicate myself to, what I put time, money, and effort into, what I want to pursue, and what I've dreamed about doing since I was young, is completely worthless. You're telling me that I shouldn't do something that I enjoy and what plenty of other people enjoy all because you don't like me as a person. I have had to spend my whole life explaining myself to people. I have to convince people why I am the way I am and hope that they can accept it. For the most part, yes, I have found a community and plenty of people who love me and who want me to keep doing what I do.

"But for you, Irene, to act like you like me, or at least tolerate me, and then to write such hateful things that you probably hoped you could say to me once you found the chance, this is downright despicable. You're upset, and you're clearly not thinking properly, but this is way worse than what I did to you. I mean, have you even considered the possibility that I am trans, and that by doing drag, I could be trying to work out my own gender issues? I know plenty of drag queens who are trans and still perform after transitioning, and they don't see the craft like you do.

"For the record, no, I'm not transgender, but if I was, what you wrote right here could possibly fuel my own insecurities and possible add to any depressed or suicidal thoughts I might have.

"So if you were trying to hurt me or get back at me for that kiss, congrats, because you fucking succeeded. I hope you feel better now."

Now Noah didn't want to look at Irene. He turned slightly away, his grip tight on her phone. He wanted to chuck it across the parking lot, but he refrained from doing so. He had to be the bigger person here.
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Noah let out a sigh as he rubbed his eyes. He was pissed off at Irene, but he wanted to keep some control over himself in this. He needed to be better at handling himself, especially when faced with criticism. He knew he couldn't feed the trolls who posted rude comments for his videos, and he knew there would always be people who didn't find him funny, but he also knew that completely falling apart because some girl wrote a hateful post on her phone and showed it to him would only show the weakness of his character.

Irene finally said something. She gave him permission to destroy her phone. Noah was't sure how she knew he was thinking about it, but it looked like it was one of the few times they were on the same wavelength. Noah tightened his grip on her phone. It would be easy to toss the phone to the ground and crush it with his foot, or to chuck it into the nearest street and hope a car ran over it. However, Noah realized that reckless destruction wouldn't make any difference. He had to make a point to Irene, and he had an idea on how.

"No, I'm not going to do that," Noah said to Irene. "I've got something else in mind."

Noah looked at the stupid post on the phone. His eyes quickly snapped back to Irene.

"Could you please turn around and look at me?" he asked, his voice stern.

Noah waited patiently as Irene turned to face him. She looked hesitant to do so, but eventually came face to face with Noah. She looked horrible from all the crying, but he ignored it. He needed to make a point to her, so he held the phone up so she could see the text.

"I could send this out," he told her. "I could send it to your parents, or your friends, or anyone of your other contacts. I could let everyone know how hateful you can be and the kind of stuff you'd write about your peers. I wonder if any of them know you think that way. I wonder what they'd think of you after reading this. But watch this."

Noah turned the phone around and began to click a few buttons. Her phone was similar to his, so he was able to quickly perform the action he wanted. With a few clicks, the lines of text Irene saved on the text draft began to disappear. In a few seconds, the bitter and poorly transcribed draft was gone.

"There. Just like that, it's gone," Noah said.

Noah held the phone out to Irene. He stared her directly in the eyes, wanting to ensure she got his point.

"Now only the two of us know that you're capable of writing something like this."
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Noah continued to quietly stare at Irene as she let his last action sink in. She seemed thankful that he deleted the post instead of sending it out to anyone he could. Still, she seemed to have issues with what to say next. He couldn't blame her, but he still wasn't sure what she'd say next.

... Maybe it's better we never talk again. I mean, you know. I'm... this kind of person. And this was probably inevitable, all this time. We can't be anything healthy, like this. You know. I...- Thank you. Thank you again.

Noah closed his eyes and sighed.

"I don't think that will make anything better," Noah replied.

He opened his eyes, and looked at Irene.

"Look, we're a mess right now, and I think it's best we just take some time to be apart and mull over everything. If we refuse to communicate, then we're going to only feel like shit come graduation and leave feeling awkward and regretful."

Noah scratched the back of his head.

"So... let's just go our own ways for a bit. If you want to talk to me, feel free to talk to me. I'll do the same. I have issues with you, but hating you won't make anything better. Maybe we'll be on good terms in a day or a week or a month. Maybe we won't be ever again. At the very least, let's not act like we've passed some event horizon and can't at least be friendly acquaintances."

"That's what I think, at least."

Noah looked around the area. No one else seemed to be outside or coming out of the gym.

"So, what do you want to do now? Do you want to go back to the dance, or do you want to go home? I'll gladly take you home if that's what you want. Despite everything, I am your date and I feel responsible for you tonight, so I'll escort you safely home if that's what you wish."
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