Jan 21, 2020 1:20 PM
Carbons and Storms in the Buffyverse(?)
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It's petty, it's a little thing.  It shouldn't make her this sad.  It shouldn't consume her like this.  But Bryce liked him, and she can barely talk to people under the best of circumstances let alone when she wants to ask them out.  But she was going to do it, she was going to do it, and then Elena swooped in and did it first (and it was probably just effortless for Elena, nothing's wrong with Elena, everybody loves Elena) -

And now they're dating and they're so happy and everybody's so happy for them, and it could've been her, Alex could have been hers if it weren't for Elena, if it were possible for her to talk to people, why is she like this -

Sitting alone at lunch doesn't usually feel this bad.  Why is she like this.

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An unfamiliar girl sits down next to Bryce and smiles.

"Hey, do you mind if I eat lunch with you? It's my first day and you look like good people."

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She looks up.  "Oh - sure - "

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She smiles even brighter -- she is really pretty. Definitely could sit anywhere and with anyone she wanted. But...

"My name is Seo. You're Bryce, right?"

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"Yeah, how'd you know?"

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"Roll call in homeroom. And I heard your name mentioned while I was waiting in line for my food."

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She nods.  "Nice to meet you, Seo."

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"It's nice to be met. You were also looking pretty steamed up and I was wondering if I could help. It could be a new friend bonding experience."

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She looks away.  "It's just - it's stupid, it's nothing."

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"It kind of seems like something to me. Is it about that -- Lana girl? Is that her name?"

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"You mean, Elena?  Just - I wanted to ask out the boy she's dating."

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"Yeah, I thought that was it. They were talking about it in line. She's not a very nice person, is she?"

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She stole Alex -

 - no, it's her own fault, isn't it?

Isn't it?

"She's... she's okay.  Just..."

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"She was talking about him like he was her possession. What kind of person does that?"

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"She was?"

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"Yup. And she was laughing about it too. Like it was funny. Can you even imagine?"

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"Everyone seems to love her, I had no idea..."

She pinches the bridge of her nose.  She can feel herself welling up again.  "I was going to ask him out, now he's with her, I should've... if I could talk to people..."

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"It kind of seems like she's the problem here. Or the first step of the problem. If she had never showed up, you would have asked him out already. You'd get to talk to more people without her saying nasty things behind your back..."

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She shrugs.  "I've sort of always - been like this."

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"But don't you want a chance? You could be so much more."

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She almost smiles.  "You think so?"

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"I know so. Why do you think I'm sitting here and not somewhere else? Your potential is limitless."

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Aww.  Seo's easier to talk to than anyone she's ever met.

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Her smile fades, though.  "It's too late, she already asked him out."  She grimaces.  "I was just moping that I didn't get to him first, I didn't even think about... now he's with someone like that..."

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"It's not fair people like her are in our lives. Everything would be so much easier..."

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"She only just got here, too."  She sighs.  "I wish she'd moved somewhere else."

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