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Topic Started: Mar 5 2016, 09:30 AM (609 Views)
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((Alvaro Vacanti’s Sadie Hawkins Adventure, continued from this thread))

Music. Darkness. People. Dance. Alvaro looked at the couples dancing from his spot on the sidelines of the room. He could see a couple of friends and people he knew over there. Irene was dancing with Noah. Alba, his cooking partner, was dancing with Brendan Harte, someone he occasionally talked to while at the cafe. Him? He was standing at one of the food tables, kinda close to Lily. He wasn’t right next to her, but there probably wasn’t much more than a meter of space between them. It felt a little odd, to be honest. Nothing bad though, just a little weird whenever he turned his head around the room and found that she was right next to him, in a beautiful dress that he had never seen her in before. Again, nothing bad; it was actually a pleasant kind of weird instead of a murky kind. He was at a dance standing next to the girl he loved who was willing to talk with him and make him happy. What was bad about this?

Well, admittedly he kinda wanted to dance with her, even if it was only for a couple of seconds. They had stayed near the food table for a little while now, idly chatting and looking around for a bit. For the most part he was looking at the things going on in front of him, while taking some of the foodstuffs on the table behind him. He liked the dance! The mood was nice, people looked like they were having fun, the music was songs that he had heard before and liked. Really, he had high hopes. All he needed to do was work up the courage that he needed to ask Lily if they wanted to dance. This night would be amazing, then. Maybe even the best night of his life.

And all he had to do was say a couple words. Ask a simple question. He turned to Lily, tried to look her in the eyes for a bit. It was just a couple words. He could do this. He had already confessed his feelings towards her, just saying a couple more things would be easy. He was about to open his mouth, before she asked him about the cookies.

“Oh, they’re nice! I don’t think they’re as good as the cake, though!”

He readjusted his glasses a bit, after saying that. She had interrupted him, and he had let her speak first, to his slight annoyance. Oh well, he could wait a little. He turned his head back out to the crowd, trying to see if he could find any of his friends dancing.
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Lily responded to his answer, agreeing with him on the fact that the cake was easily the best of the foods on the table. He turned his head around, and looked at the food that had been placed on the table. It was an assortment of different cakes and biscuits, with a couple of tarts and meaty things near the center of the table, He had tried nearly everything on the table, and everything he had tried tasted pretty good! Not as good as the things he served at Vacanti’s, of course, but these were a worthy substitute. He was also kinda happy that there weren’t any chip bowls on the table; since then he could actually focus on the other things on the table. He liked chips, which was kind of a problem. Give him a bowl which he could eat freely and he’d devour half of it before he realised what was happening.

He took a sausage roll from the platter on the table and turned his head back towards the people dancing. They seemed to be enjoying themselves, a little more than how much Alvaro was enjoying himself right now. Again, that wasn’t to say that he wasn’t enjoying himself here, because he really was. The music was nice and he could get behind the atmosphere. He just kinda felt… obligated to dance with Lily. It was the school dance, and if the material he had read told him something the guy always danced with the girl he asked out. Plus, the name of the event was the Sadie Hawkins Dance, so he wanted to dance with Lily at some point. Wait, not wanted. Had. It wasn’t quite prom, but it was still one of the last chances he had to do this, so at the risk of feeling like a broken record he had to do it at some point.

And then Lily asked him about what he was going to ask her before she interrupted him. “Oh! Um…” Was it a problem if he was too forward with this? He wanted to dance but he didn’t want to force Lily into it if she didn’t want to. Did she want to do it? He wasn’t sure. As soon as they both came in she decided to back away from the massive cluster of people and decided to hang out here for a bit. How would she feel if he asked her to dance with him? Again, not sure. He could always just ask if she was okay with it, though. He could do it, and it wasn’t like she’d leave him if it was a bad question.

“It’s nothing. I just wanted to know if you wanted to dance at some point.”
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He asked it. He breathed. In, out. He had put the question out there. Now it was time for him to find out whether she actually wanted to dance with him or not. He knew that she wanted to come here with him, she was the one who asked him if he wanted to come with her and she didn’t stand him up after they agreed to meet at the cafe before they both went back to the school. What she didn’t know was what she wanted to do here with him. They came here, feasted on the snacks, exchanged small talk for a bit, but nothing more than that. He was okay with that. Really, just being here next to the girl he loved, eating great food while good music played overhead. All he needed was for her to dance with him and then this night could be perfect. If they could just dance for a bit, even if it was only for one song or so, then he could leave tonight with a feeling of pure bliss.

And then she said yes.

She agreed to dance with him, holding out her hand for him. He took it, snapped his arm out just like that. She was dancing with him. She was going to dance with him and even if it was only going to be for a couple of minutes they could have fun together and the night would be great because he spent it having fun with the greatest girl in the world and it was great and it was perfect and there wasn’t going to be anything else better than this day.

Wait, what did he just do? She offered him her hand and he just reached out and yanked it. Oh no, was he too harsh? What did he look like? Was he weird in just doing it like that? He let go, taking a step back. Wait, was he blushing? He was blushing, wasn’t he? Oh god, if he looked weird before he looked weirder now. He needed to say something quickly before his body did something even worse

“Um, sorry if I was too hard… or something.”

He slowly reached out his hand again, not touching Lily’s, just in case she had changed her mind after his performance.
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“Good to know, I guess.”

Lily took his hand - clasping it a little slower and more gently than Alvaro did previously - and walked out to the dance floor. It felt a little odd. Lily’s hand was a little cold but that didn’t really matter and to be honest he kinda liked how it felt and his steps felt a little bit heavier whenever they hit the ground and yes yes yes he finally got the chance to dance with her and now this night would literally be perfect and almost nothing could ruin his night now. Wait, no. Okay, he had to admit that there were still places where this night would go wrong, but the possibilities were so few and unlikely that he could probably write them off. If nothing went wrong they could just dance and talk until one of them became tired.

So they walked out into the group of people dancing. Now that he was much closer to them he could see that there wasn’t really any rhythm or unity in what they were doing. Each person was just doing their own thing with each other, no real rule as to what it was. Alvaro wasn’t really sure he could do that, he couldn’t really improvise that well. He hoped that if he was stuck standing in place Lily could help, because right now although he really wanted to dance he really wasn’t sure how to right now.

So it was kind of a problem when Lily voiced that she didn’t really know what to do, either.

“Uh…”

Alvaro looked around, seeing the other dances doing what they were doing. This was slightly awkward.

“To be honest…” Alvaro said, not meeting Lily’s gaze. “I don’t really know what to do either.”
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This was awkward.

Alvaro stood with Lily within a group of people. Not at the centre, they were more off to the southeast side of the gym, the way that they came being behind Alvaro and the door they entered being viewable if Alvaro turned his head to his side. Not that he’d do that considering that Lily was right in front of him and he wanted to give her his attention but it helped him know where he was proportional to the directions of the room. Both of them were in the middle of the crowd because Alvaro wanted to dance with her because of a feeling of obligation, but then it turned out that neither of them really knew what to do so they were just kinda standing here twiddling their thumbs, Alvaro awkwardly looking around the room trying not to stare Lily in the eyes.

The silence (or really silence between the two, considering the dancing and music booming around them) was soon broken by Lily asking if they should just go back. Alvaro’s eyes went back to look at hers, partially out of politeness but mostly because the situation felt somewhat serious enough to warrant him actually bearing himself to look at her. She was right. This was awkward. Hindsight meant that he may as well have gone out here to dance in the case that they actually knew what to do but they didn’t and they were just kinda standing there looking like something not smart.

“Yeah… I agree. I think we should go back.”

As much as it pained him to say so. He was fine with just them talking on the sidelines for the rest of the night, but he felt like not being able to dance with her was going to be a massive thing that loomed over this night tainting it and stopping it from being something that he could call good. It wasn’t even that he wanted to dance with Lily because he wanted to dance with Lily, it was like he wanted to dance with her because he felt obligated to because of the name of the place and because it was what everyone else was doing and honestly he didn’t even know why he just felt like he had to more than anything.

Still, though, maybe he could enjoy tonight. He was here specifically to be with the girl he loved and talk to her and at least have a little fun. If he moped about a lost opportunity then he couldn’t really have any fun with her and considering that this was Lily that wouldn’t do. If he wanted to enjoy tonight, then maybe the first thing he should do was accept the apology, give a clean slate to everyone involved so that things could start again.

“It’s fine, I should be the one apologising, anyway,” he said, leading Lily out of the crowd of people. Didn’t really know where to go after this, but maybe he could just talk with Lily a bit and figure out where to go from there.
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And now they were back at the tables. Was it the same table as before? He looked around. It didn’t seem to be. They were more to the left of the hall from the perspective he was at, this one was a little closer to the center. It also seemed to have a little more food on it, although he could just be misremembering how much food was at the other table. He looked back at the crowd. Nobody was really looking at them, thankfully. He knew that that was an unlikely event to happen but he knew that he had bumped into a few people as they had both exited the crowd and he knew that there were people who would be bothered by that and considering how well the night was currently going he really didn’t want to get any more people annoyed at him.

He looked at Lily. She was pretty. He knew that he had already knew that and had probably mentioned that about at least a hundred times tonight but he honestly couldn’t help it. She was pretty, with her hair and her smile and her dress and he knew that he shouldn’t be as disappointed as he felt. The girl that he loved at least liked him enough to go to the dance with him, and even if they couldn’t dance and even if they were just going to be awkwardly silent for the rest of the night they could still probably be friends after. He hoped. Hopefully she didn’t resent him for what was happening and hopefully they could both forget this. Well, he doubted that he’d end up forgetting it but he wished he could.

Wait, hang on, the night wasn’t over yet. There was still a couple hours. Maybe he could at least break the silence a little?

Quick, think of a question…

“So… um… what do you think of the music?”

He looked away from her eyes for a second before they came back. Maybe now it could be easier to them to talk.

((Alvaro Vacanti, continued in Cooking with Pooh))
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