>>32159531>"I don't like her."
"Why not? She's like the single nicest person ever.">Maud is silent
"Okay, seriously. You can't keep this jealous act up the entire time. It's gonna drive us both crazy.">"You're happier to see her than you are to see me. That makes me feel bad."
"I haven't seen Glori since last summer. I see you every day.">"No you don't. That's why I'm here.">You roll your eyes as you lead Maud to her cabin>It's hardly more than a wooden shack, and Maud looks at it with open disdain
"Well, I have other friends too. You're gonna have to get used to that.">The words come out a bit harsher than you intended>Maud's expression doesn't change, but she drops her gaze down to the grass, staring at the spot between her ratty tennis shoes
"Look, I... I'm sorry we don't see each other a lot.">"You have your reasons."
"I do. But you're right, I'm not making the best effort.">You reach out and lay a hand on Maud's shoulder>The frock is threadbare, and you can easily feel the gentle heat of her skin beneath it
"There's gonna be a big dinner celebration tonight. First-day type stuff. How about, after that, we hang out together? Just the two of us.
Counselors get their own cabins, so you don't have to worry.">Maud blinks, and her eyes rest on yours for several pregnant seconds>"I would appreciate that.">She gives you a tiny smile
"Awesome! I gotta run now, but I'll see you tonight, okay?">Maud nods>You turn to run off, but before you can get more than a single step away from her, Maud wraps her arms around your waist and pulls you into a hug>"Glori doesn't get to be the only one to hug you. I expect to see you tonight, Anon."
"You will.">You run your hand through Maud's hair, smiling at her>Then you run off, already getting anxious about the insane amount of shit you're probably going to have to do