The next day Juliet is absent from school. And the day after that, and the one after that too.
"The best queens are," Anders says, blowing a kiss to her.
"And next year when I've graduated and you are all still stuck here... nobody to hold me back then."
"Except your hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiistory grade!"
"I cannot believe you're leaving me in this dump. Alone. For another year."
"You need to get on my level, babe. I can't keep reaching down for you."
"You know I could!!" Nat singsongs.
Flo leans into Anders, and whispers something.
Seo is Not Impressed. Looks like Flo and Anders are back at it again with their bullshit game of cocktease. Which is just great are not at all unhealthy and destructive. This is her putting her foot down. She is the only responsible one in this whole town?
She stands up, grabbing her bag. "Boy," she directs at Anders. "With me. Now."
"Oh, no, absolutely not, I am not getting involved in whatever jealousy game you guys are playing."
He is very much wrapped in Flo.
Anders makes a face, but he knows he's projected fear along the mind link.
"Don't miss me too much, love," he simpers to Flo, and promptly sticks his tongue down his throat.
Flo wraps his arms around Anders to deepen the kiss, and pouts when they part.
"Go with your liege."
Anders winks, and swings his bag on, gesturing at Seo to lead the way.
Seo walks ahead with purpose expecting him and Nat to follow.
Nat doesn’t even give him a chance to argue, just loops her arm around his and drags him behind Seo, heading for their usual hideaway.
“Is this about this morning? Cullen was very gentle, I swear. Very blushy and sweet.” Anders joking tone doesn’t quite hit the mark he wants it to.
She doesn't even bother waiting for them and leaves them alone, going to her next class early.
"Wait- what is she-"
Nat pulls him outside, out under the bleachers.
"You're not eating."
Anders frowns at her. "Nah, had something before I left, but nothing's sitting right."
"You didn't eat yesterday either."
"What's the issue, Nat?"
"What do you mean, what's the issue? You know what the fucking issue is! Don't play fucking dumb with me."