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Title: Just A Phase
Author: Purpleyin
Rating: K+

Summary: It starts with little thoughts she can't dismiss...
Spoilers: Set in S2 but only general spoilers for S1.

A\N: Betaread by fififolle. For the ARC 15 minutes challenge.


It has to be just a phase. Not even a short-lived infatuation like she had with Stephen, more of a silly series of random thoughts she shouldn't have about a flatmate she really can't fancy.

Is that what makes it too weird to be real, to be happening? Scratch that, it's not simply weird, it's scary. Because they live together, and now, in her mind she sees all the little ways that it could shift into them living together.

A kiss on the lips as he hands her a cup of tea.

A satisfying lie-in where she doesn't wake up and roll over to an empty rest-of-the-bed after a dream that makes her want some attention.

Maybe finally recording an answer phone message that isn't awkwardly trying to point out how separate they are, signifying how unattached they are to the world, even as they grow closer.

There's even the more mundane things she catches herself thinking, the idea of neither of them bothering to sort washing into his and hers - of accepting the flow of things, letting barriers down and becoming relaxed.

Meanwhile, what she gets is Connor handing her a cup of tea all too haphazardly in his rush to get out of the house – he thinks her visitor due for the second time in a fortnight is a new beau and has been on tiptoes around her since she snapped back at his questions. The tea sloshes over the side, which he sees out of the corner of his eye obviously, turning around, flailing with a tea towel whipped from a nearby hook as he tries to apologise.

He goes to dab at her top, but backs off realising how wrong that'd be for him to do and then looks flustered, for want of something to do to make it right again, fix the mistake he's made. He doesn't know Ben is an old mate, a vet who specialises in treating lizards, who is actually more accurately visiting Gloria than herself. Yet she hasn't corrected Connor's assumption, because she's a coward, because she practically wants to break their friendship, bring it to a head where Connor says or does something that means something more. So far there's nothing special, gleans of jealousy and nervousness, but nothing else is forthcoming. No declarations that last.

No, this needs to be just a phase or else Abby's scared that's what their friendship will turn out to be, one way or the other. Whether it ends or it develops, both are too frightening to consider for too long.



( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:13 pm (UTC)
Aw! Poor Abby. I like the way she's trying to push things so he'll declare his hand. But she's scared he won't want her *sniff*
I must go and check out this challenge...
Sep. 26th, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
Very nice, and very good for something written in fifteen minutes :-) I'd spend most of that time staring at the screen thinking of how to start!
Sep. 26th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
I liked that one. Great Abby pov, and her thoughts on all the little things like not separating the washing, and the answer machine message. But then the bit about her wanting to push him to force the situation one way or the other, even though she's scared of what will happen whichever way it goes. Poor Abby.
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
Good one! It feels very real. Poor Abby!
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:21 pm (UTC)
Really nice - I can imagine Abby having those thoughts.
Sep. 27th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Very sweet :)
Sep. 27th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
Nice. Makes a change for Abby to be the undertain and nervous one.
Sep. 28th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
Very nice. I liked a lot the idea that she was using another guy to make conner jealous, to gauge his reaction; that's both very much a girl thing to do, and very much an Abby thing to do.
Jan. 19th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
I liked Abby's thoughts of how she wanted them to be - their answering machine message would be too cute. =]
May. 15th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
All I can say is aahhhh
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