She switches to the backstroke after ten laps. Ten more and she rolls over again; breaststroke. She has waterproof headphones and an audiobook going.
"You have to watch out staring at people in the locker room, Sahde, what if they think you're hitting on them and then explain to you they don't date greys and then you hang out and then you propose a ridiculous tripartite arrangement."
"Seems like a pretty sweet arrangement, if I may say so myself."
"I confess it has exceeded my initially conservative expectations."
"Let's not get ahead of ourselves, here, it's just our first date."
"Yes but I trust we're awesome enough. And the two of you should have a date without me, too, probably."
"Do you suppose? People do vee, it doesn't have to be a triangle. I mean, as long as spring comes on time, you know. - I'm not opposed, just wasn't particularly assuming."
"Okay but it'd be hot."
"I swear you're the same during winter as most people during spring." Looks at Pelape again. "I'm not opposed, either, you seem really swell."
"Okay, we can schedule something, but with the full awareness there will be no need to call the whole thing off if we are better off not actually trying to date."
Giggle. "I can bring a plus one to the Oddball Blogs panel in two weeks, who wants the slot? Utota Malain will be there talking about vintage furniture, I'd have to look up everybody else."
"Vintage furniture? That's kind of adorable. But I think you got dibs Ohan."
"Heck yeah I'll be able to brag at the uni about going to the panel with the Pelape Milath."
"As opposed to some other Pelape Milath - Pelape's a common name but Milath is not, I've never needed an adjective."
"Sure but it's still cool to say."
"There are probably a hundred Ohan Elamikes, but I will not be fooled by imitators."
"I'm the smartest one."
"I am so fortunate. Imagine if I only had the second-smartest one."
"You would spend all your time wondering what poor choices you must've made to land so close to and yet so far from the top."
"Thank you for saving me from this fate, O Smartest Ohan Elamike."
"You are most welcome, O Singular Pelape Milath."
"Ooh, singular. If I needed an adjective..."
"Is that a request to come up with some?"
"Sure, why not, maybe 'singular' can be improved upon."
"Should I limit myself to superlatives or go with adjectives in general?"