"It's stupid." Maebe slumped back in the bench. "You know our plan? How it got shot down? I got my hopes up for like one half a second that Grandpa could help us get things back on track. I mean, he knows all these interesting people from Mommy Cho's incessant parties. And then, instead, he told me all about our family and dating and I really did not want to know that stuff."
Toni went back to looking like she might puke, before laughing. "Yeah, seriously. Our family and dating? Completely strange. Did you know I read my mom's journal when I was about 12?"
"Oh no, do I want to know?"
"Nope, you don't. Anyway, my dad? He was dead when he married Mom. And for a wedding present Grandpa brought him back to life!"
"You are such a liar."
"It was in the freaking journal!" Toni waved her hands around excitedly. "Anyway, Mom wrote, get this, that my dad not being a ghost took a lot of the spark out of the marriage."
"Oh. Such. A liar. Besides, are you ok with talking about this, I mean, because your dad..."
"Passed away last year? No, it's ok. We've adjusted. Gotta laugh about it, right?"
"I guess." The cold air dripped down the brick wall, and pooled around their feet. Little insects cried about the state of dating these days, chirps and buzzing and flashing fireflies.
"Yeah, thanks Toni, they did." Maebe sucked in a quick breath. "But I just loved the idea of us performing."
"I still think it's a good idea."
"Yeah? Oh, you're not going to prank the school again? My favorite jacket still smells like frogs..."
"Uh. No." Maebe twiddled her fingers, and paused to watch out the windows, peering into the purple evening light. "Look. I'm tired of spazzing, ok? I was reading about one of my favorite bands, and this guy... he had a bad temper, but he went traveling, and like learned how to meditate and harness his inner discipline and...and...that sounds like exactly what I need and...school kinda sucks right now because we got shot down...and..."
"And you are SO going to Google meditation, right?"
"I don't think it's enough."
"You say you don't want to spazz anymore, but if you're suggesting what I think you are then....THAT is a giant pile of spazz right there. I'm not going to just let you be stupid."
notes from scones:
It was hard to give up the idea of a 100% webcomic format - but ultimately I wasn't happy with the amount of information I could fit in each update. Maybe with a more hybrid approach I can fit in important information, have it make sense, and move things along a little faster.
Feedback always 100% welcome. Because I wubbles you guys.