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“Truth or Dare!” Nicholas announces, to a chorus of groans. He only grins in response, shadows from the bonfire flickering across his face.
I take up the challenge, though the question was directed to the group in general. “Truth.”
His grin widens. “Ah, Jessamyn. This, I’ve been wanting to ask for quite some time.” He pauses for effect. “Are you a virgin?”
I blush deeply. Elizabeth throws a pine cone at him, objecting; he manages to dodge it. Trying very hard not to look at Seth, I answer “Yes.”
“Yes, seriously! I’ve… I’ve been waiting for just the right person.”
“How far have you gone?”
I point at him. “Uh-uh! It’s not your turn. It’s my
He grins, leaning back in his chair. “So ask. We’ll get back to me.”
I stick my tongue out and try to think… but I can’t think of anything other than the question I really
want to ask. So I ask it. “Seth. Truth or Dare?”
He looks up, surprised. “Truth.”
“Have you? Had sex?”
His jaw tightens. “Yeah. I have.”
It feels like my heart drops through my stomach, and I’m suddenly cold despite the fire. “…oh.”
Seth makes a fist, releases it. “I… didn’t wait. For the right person.” He pointedly looks away from me. “Okay. Hey. Elizabeth.”
“Dare,” she replies promptly. “I am not
talking about my sex life. Or lack thereof.”
He grins. “Suits me fine. Hm. Sing and dance ‘I’m a little teapot’.”
“Oh, you suck
Everyone laughs. Everyone but me, looking down, pulling apart pine needles with that sick feeling in my stomach. I feel the pressure of someone’s thoughts as Elizabeth is singing, and I look up to meet Seth’s dark eyes. I wanted to be your first
, I think, but only to myself.
It’s Elizabeth. “Um. Truth.”
She grins, glancing at Nicholas. “So how far have you gone?”
I laugh. “Not far. I’ve only been kissed.”
“That’s it! Waiting for the right person, remember?” I turn to so-curious Nicholas. “Truth or Dare?”
“So. You? Are you a virgin?”
He gives me a mock dirty look. “Yeah. Not for lack of trying, though.”
I grin. “So don’t give me
such a hard time!”
“Seth. Truth or Dare.”
I freeze. So does Seth. Nicholas is grinning like a fool, and everyone else is just watching. Seth stands up, hands tightening into fists, anger rising, and for a moment I swear I think he’s going to hit Nicholas. “No,” he growls.
My heart drops again. He doesn’t want…
“It’s Truth or Dare, man,” Nicholas says, laughing weakly.
Seth shakes his head. “No. Not like this. Not – kissing Jessa is – it is not a game
.” And he turns and stalks off into the night.
Nicholas turns to me, opening his mouth, but I head him off. “Not cool, Nick.” And I get up, dropping my pine needles, and follow Seth into the night.
I find him at the low stone wall, and sit beside him. He’s radiating tension. I put my hand on his arm, and he jerks away. “Nicholas was being an asshole,” I say quietly.
“It wasn’t funny.”
“No. It wasn’t.”
“Some joke,” he says bitterly. “Me
. Kissing you
. Beauty and the Beast. Something for them to laugh at.”
“Is that what you-“
“I’m a fucking joke
“Seth – Seth, no.”
“Nothing but –“
He turns to me, jaw clenched. I bite my lower lip. “It wasn’t a joke! At least, not on you.”
“On you? Making you kiss me?”
“See the half-trained animal maul the-“
“Stop!” I cry, distressed. He does, astonished by the tone of my voice. “It’s not like
“What is it like?”
I take a shuddery breath. “Seth – oh, gods, Seth. I have been wanting to kiss you for months
“Months. I can hardly think of anything else sometimes. Nicholas knows – it was Nicholas who kissed me, who wanted – and I told him I couldn’t, told him that I was in love with you –“
I press on. “And I think he was actually trying to help
, back there. I didn’t read any malice off of him. But – that was wrong, all wrong. You – you shouldn’t have found out like this. And our first kiss – if we ever have one – shouldn’t be on a dare
“Nicholas is an asshole
,” I finish bitterly.-------------
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Jessa is very
different from Alexander. Writing her is more fun!
And yeah, truth or dare. They're a bunch of teenage psychics around a bonfire; what do you think they're gonna do? :)
Seth becomes Fenris. And yes. They has a love.
Of the two of them, this necklace absolutely suits Jessa more; she is given to the wearing of dresses, of ornamentation. Katrina is more bare-bones.
Team Venture is intent. Focused. Typy. Tired. There is hair-braiding going on. It is totally like a slumber party.
Emily: "Every time you see tinfoil now, you're going to think about rubber chickens."
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