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Discussion in 'Roleplay Execution' started by reverse, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. reverse

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    The beach of their lake was strangely new. He'd grown up here. There shouldn't be any formation of waves he hadn't seen. And yet, every movement of the water was foreign to him. Today was beautiful. He wore his hoodie, black, with his face in the shadow of its protection, with silver hair spilling out. His pale eyes and pale skin was concealed from the sun, but his long legs were exposed for the day star's onslaught. They hadn't colored much, anyway, and the first quarter of summer was done with.

    Jule was pretending not to notice her. He was cooking in the bright day and had filled up on the sandwiches they'd made together in a kitchen where he now dried and placed the dishes liked she did, a little askew. It was the house where he'd slept for all his life. It was nothing out of place, was it, for neighbors to prepare food. He would have told himself something like this a few months ago to shackle his hopes, but now he couldn't be so naive. He worried about his loneliness ever since Layn had moved to the city, but had discovered independence from his rambunctious brother had forced him to bloom.

    He'd sought Jan out more, or perhaps she'd naturally come to fill up the time the two boys usually spent with each other. Jule's otherwise careful personality had to take a step back when crippling anxiety of being on his own pushed him to find her even at odd times of the day. They were friends before, she was someone he could look at and feel content and at home, but now they had to come together more for Jule's sanity, in Layn's absence. It was no wonder then, that the little brother was ecstatic when Janie had agreed to see him regularly, and Layn had announced his indefinite return, all in one week.

    That was what the boy was thinking by the water, staring at the patterns of a sun-net on the bottom. There was too much happiness here. The lake itself had a few mysteries in it. Further out there was no known end to the depths, and people liked to fill it with horrible legends, but now, here, where the liquid was clear and tinted in blue, it felt like a little ocean filled with benevolent dreams. Jule pulled the hood back just in time for a warm wind to upset the long hair, and smiled against the caress of his own strands.

    He looked back over his shoulder, at the people who had come here, still further away on the rough sand, finishing up what they were eating. By the road, seen through the trees, he could see Layn tinkering with his motorcycle - he'd always be infinitely cool to the younger sibling, even if Jule thought it was utterly inadvisable to smoke while you leaned over a tank like that. Layn would have flicked the ember at him and laughed if he knew. Jule snickered at the thought and jogged back to the handful of friends.

    Really, he was just hurrying back to Jan, to casually stand by her side while she talked to the others. His mouth was tight, and even if he thought he was subtle, his body language and incline toward her made it easy to discern the boy was eager for her attention. And when he had it, he'd just smile dumbly while the hair blew across his face. "Good day, huh?" he offered.

    "Look at this smooth guy." a lower voice came from behind the new pair. Julius whipped his head around, startled just as his older brother passed him and sat down by the food. His black jeans were slightly ripped on one leg and it complimented that raised knee as he got comfortable and swiped a random sandwich. The owner frowned but Layn winked in compensation. He waved the food at Jan. "You sure you can handle him?" he added and then took a bite. Layn had a white t-shirt on, wrinkled and wished to death, black hair a beautiful summer mess. While they had similar palled, the two brothers were complete opposites.
     
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    Summer was in the air and she was in love.

    A week ago Jule had asked her to go steady, and even though she'd seen it coming from a mile away, Jan had lit up like a light - bright red and burning. She'd noticed his hesitation during her silence and had hugged him to ease his worries. Yes. What else would she have said? Yes. Of course, yes. They'd always been a pair, ever since the day she and her family had moved into the house next door from his. Bored, and without any friends to pester, she'd cycled up to him on her bike and shattered the ice. They'd been friends ever since, and suddenly the days turned to months to years, and then, they were in love.

    She watched Jule from afar as she sat crossed-legged on the lake's shore. He was always the pensive type, thoughtful and sweet. She loved him more for it, and observed his stillness amid the summer hustle-and-bustle. Layn was the opposite, and while she hadn't been too fond of the older Coral brother (back when they first met), she and him eventually fell into a familiar friendship. He was brash and did what he wanted, and she could see why Jule looked up to him with an almost childlike wonder.

    The three of them had grown to be life family, and now that Layn was back, Jule was absolutely ecstatic. It was adorable really.

    Speaking of the brothers, Jan noticed Jule was making his way back to them and stood up from where she sat. She wiped the blades of grass of her red shorts and fumbled with her t-shirt. She was dressed for the beach with matching red flip-flops and a sun visor on her head. She made it back to their friends just shortly before Jule did, and she laughed when he tried to be discreet. He was bad at it, but it made the attempt doubly endearing.

    "Mhm." She smiled back, all pearly-whites and sun-kissed cheeks. "It's a great day today. Layn's back too," she laughed. "I know you've been excited."

    And speak of the devil. Layn stepped in, all charm and attitude. He swiped a sandwich from someone, and while the other girl was irritated at first, Layn's disarming smile did the trick. The girl was happy to relinquish her sandwich to the older Coral brother and Jan laughed. She'd seen this time and time again, in different forms. It was almost like a super power if she thought about it hard enough.

    As Layn began to tease them both, Jan took it in her stride and wrapped an arm around her childhood-friend-turned-boyfriend's shoulders. She liked to think she was immune to Layn's teasing, that she'd been immune ever since middle school came and went. He was like an older brother to her now too. "Of course, I've been handling him since what? Since we were like seven." She ruffled his hair, her fingers smacking down the hood of his jacket so she could tousle his long hair. "Also you should be proud," she laughed. "He was very smooth. Brought me to the lake and everything before he popped the question." She wanted to see Jule flustered, and she wondered if he would take the bait. He was cute when he blushed, and he did quite a bit of it when he asked if she would start going out with him.

    "I can see you've taught your brother well, Layn." Jan smiled at both of them then turned to Jule before she reached for his hand. "Race you to the lake? Loser buy's ice cream?" Before he could respond, she'd already broke off into a sprint.

    It was going to be a good summer.
     
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    Jule was happy that she didn't make things too hard on him. She'd always been playful, but never malicious. She was a much needed injection of energy into his otherwise serene sphere. In a town where people knew him, and Layn had promised a far-cocked whopping for anyone who gave him trouble, Jule didn't have many worries. That also meant his life would have been dull if it weren't for the distractions he chose for himself. He liked to research things on a screen, read thick books, and be with the two people giving him attention now.

    Jan was a bolt of color compared to himself when she stood. She wasn't much in height, not compared to him - there was still a debate which brother was taller - but somehow the girl was more commanding than her new beau. With his lacking wit on couple-matters, he didn't feel all too confident in how he should act yet, with something so pretty by his side, but she made it easier. He nodded with a toothy smile he didn't even notice himself. She knew what made him happy, and held the beautiful facts up to him - Jan and Layn was all he needed. She seemed so content in reveling in his favorite things with him. It made his heart warm like his forehead when the sun found it after her game with his hair.

    Jule was wide-eyed at her mention of how he'd prodded her about the status of their relationship. He wasn't ashamed, but remembering something so emotional so suddenly brought fluster to the boy. She had her unfaltering, lighthearted confidence, but he'd been his nervous self around her, despite having found a new symbiosis after Layn had left. Thinking back, there was no chance she hadn't known what he was thinking when he suggested they come here, when he was usually content with tagging along with her plans. The day hadn't been as bright as this one, but it had been beautiful. He made a point out of not stuttering, because he was prone, which in turn lead to drawn out silences. Somehow he'd found the courage to take her hand and meet her eyes when he asked, and meant to let go immediately when she kept it. It had been by two trees, in a more secluded part of the water's edge. A strange surge of water had brought a wave all the way to their feet and drowned their shoes.

    All of that courage was gone now, when he saw Layn mull over the implications of what the pretty girl had said, food in mouth. The sandwich was moved over to one cheek when Layn squinted up at Jule's girl. "Popped the question? You guys married or something?" he asked with crumbs following his voice and breath. Jule was already waving his hands in panic when Jan took over. He was much happier with running than explaining so plainly that they weren't engaged. It made him run faster than he'd planned, but the motion gave him some relief. He passed her quickly, his legs long and his pale hair a tail over the bouncing hood she'd pulled back. His scalp was still ringing from her fingers there. While he didn't know how to initiate, he loved when she touched him.

    "I'm eating!" Layn shouted, dramatically annoyed but still got up. Some of the contents of the sandwich went flying when he set off late. He decided to keep an even tempo with Jan for a while. The Coral boys were good runners. He turned his eyes to her and grinned, obviously demonstrating his physical superiority. "Come here often, little woman?" he asked with a controlled voice despite the speed. There was a flash of sibling rivalry in his eyes, he'd always considered her part of the family, too, and then the hand gripping what was left of the food pushed its knuckles into her shoulder to off-set her balance before her passed her.

    Jule could easily see Layn was moving too fast, and shook his head to warn the barreling brother. In the end, the younger Coral had to step aside when Layn came screeching past him, parting the water with his legs as he entered the lake. Silver hair was brushed to the side when Jan came to the edge of the waves Layn had caused. "He's going to ruin his sandwich." he said to her when she arrived, hands on his hips. He had the kind of expression that was frustrated, but still amused. Eventually, when the ruckus had settled, most of Layn's torso stuck up from the surface. He was either sitting or kneeling on the bottom, judging by his meager distance from land, and still holding his sandwich. His shirt had become transparent, soaked, and he'd managed to put his sunglasses on, eating the miraculously unscathed, stolen snack. Jan would see some admiration in the little brother's silver eyes that were becoming glowing pools from the unobstructed sun.

    "He thinks he's going to live forever. That's why he's always acting like that." he mumbled to her and automatically took her hand. His grip was assertive for someone who'd never presented himself as such. It seemed he was just taken by the moment, and how natural their affections was. "We have to protect him." He said with a lengthy breath. Jan would know not even the Coral mother was this-- motherly. Jule shrugged it off with an embarrassed cough. When he turned and looked her over, he grinned a little to himself. "I really like your visor."

    He'd mentioned this on an occasion or two. He had an affinity for girls who wore something on their heads.

    Layn looked at the pair while listening to the crunch of the lettuce in his own head. He held back his smile and clapped his hands to give the crumbs to the lake before falling back. His constitution didn't allow for him to float if he didn't move, and the water flooded between his eyes and the lenses of his shades when he submerged until his shoulder blades touched the rough sand. He was glad he'd come back, even if he could still hear the addictive base of the city locales in the shallow here. He was denying the wilder parts of himself so he could follow his heart, which was always with Julius. The water helped cool down his burning spirit.

    Something else, further ahead, was listening to his heartbeat, too, but like Jan, it was patient with its future lover. Fate can always wait until it can't.
     
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    And just like that both boys were winning. Jan didn't mind, but she made a mental note to pick her battles more carefully next time. Then again, it was clear from the beginning how a competition like this was going to end. Jule was the first to pass her, and she laughed when he ran faster to escape the older Coral brother's queries. Unlike her boyfriend, she didn't shy away from the teasing, instead choosing to take them in her stride. Barely anything Layn said could phase her these days, while he was a wildcard, she already knew both boys well enough to anticipate his questions.

    What she wasn't expecting was for the older Coral brother to slow down beside her instead of barreling straight ahead like he usually did. "Trying to distract your opponent is a cheap move - hey!" She waved her arms like twin pinwheels when he pushed her and watched as he bolted ahead with reckless abandon. That was Layn in a nutshell, quick to act and even quicker to leap into the thick of things. "Layn! You're a cheater!" A joke of course. He would have outran her anyway.

    She was the last to arrive, and when she did, the older Coral brother had already made the lake his home - stolen sandwich was unmarred and Jule was obviously impressed by such a feat. "Soggy bread isn't the best, but Layn will live. He's probably eaten worse considering he's always on the road." She was pleasantly surprised when Jule took her hand and she linked her fingers between his and held him tightly.

    "Layn will be fine. He doesn't need protecting." Jule might have thought otherwise, being the sweet little brother he was, but Layn (despite all his recklessness and impromptu choices) seemed to know what he was doing. He lived how he wanted and there was something to be admired in such courage. "He's a whirlwind of emotions, but I think you anchor him, Jule. He always finds his way back home no matter what." She chuckled when he suddenly changed gears and complimented her instead. With her free hand she removed her visor and plonked it down onto Jule's head. She had to stand on her toes to get it on him just right, and when she'd accomplished the feat, she whispered in his ear. "Crouch down so I can tell you a secret." She waited, and once he lowered his head so he was closer she inched toward him and whispered in his ear. "And you look good in red." She kissed him after that, quick and chaste on the lips. Something about the timing, the summer sun, and the nearly perfect day at the lake just felt right.

    "If only days like these lasted forever, huh?"
     
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    Jule had seen his brother disrupt Jan's balance. The two of them had a good relationship, he thought. She'd been part of their lives before Layn's real aggressive streak, and had always been good in the older brother's book. That meant this kind och quarrel could happen without real aftermath. Really, Jule was a worrywart, but even he understood the playful nature of the two. It was like this between the three, and in matters of everything that wasn't academic and exactly within his field, Jule would always be the little brother. He smiled at the meager comfort of Layn's otherwise questionable diet. He was still collecting sunlight into his silver irises in Layn's direction when she reciprocated his handhold.

    But he turned when she laid the older Coral bare for him, with her own words. He realized he was being silly, and grinned, embarrassed. She was a good anchor to him, too. It was a palpable symmetry, which made it easier to believe her. Her little laugh lengthened his life and he reveled in it. She was a creature, out here in the day and the sand, and he was happy just looking. He laughed too, and raised his eyes as much as the sockets would allow when she dressed him in her visor. There was something intimate with wearing it, he thought. Red light made a poor mask for his cheekbones when he looked at her again. His eyes were trying to retain their uncolored hue, but the filtered, warm light made them a faded pink. There was an excited expansion of them when she promised him a secret.

    He thought it was a darling thing to say, but he didn't know why she'd made such a big deal. Jan wasn't stingy with her compliments, she was an honest person, so she'd let him know what she liked about him before. He was broken out of this puzzlement when her warm lips - a completely foreign heat, apart from that of this summer - affected his own. It was a soft pressure, like they'd fall into each other if she continued her motion forward, and then the petals stuck just a little on her retreat. It made his heart tense and light at the same time. He stayed like that, head at her level, and stared at her with horror and elation. But eventually he straightened up.

    Layn came out of the water, and hadn't seen the contact itself, but the body language of his brother didn't really keep him guessing. He smiled in a crooked way behind his glasses as they emptied water onto his face. It was the kind of person Jan was. She was a fire that the chilled, reserved Julius needed. He wanted to say something, it would a perfect opportunity to disrupt and embarrass, but his need to put himself with them was fast overrun with his need to see Jule happy. Layn only indulged when he thought he could with family, and right now it was more pertinent that they have their moment without him. He plucked the shades off his nose and quietly extended his arms to the side. Tough guy as he reckoned himself, he didn't close his eyes when the water swallowed him again, and the sun and the blue sky became warped like they were plastic, and someone had taken a torch to them. The lake liked touching his eyes.

    Jule realized now that he was holding on to her hand for comfort from what had just happened. He didn't have the impulse to let go, but his attention flitted to their knitted fingers long enough that she'd know that he knew. He didn't know what to say, and soon realized there didn't have to be a comment when a girl kisses her boyfriend. He looked down at her sandals and his own bare feet. His breath was long, but it wasn't any kind of dismay or boredom. Maybe he was trying to communicate how much he'd liked her lips. She'd always been a beacon to him, but he was also afflicted with the things that men want.

    On his second return to the breathing world, Layn saw with a frown that his little brother was still slowed by whatever chemicals a first kiss floods the blood stream with. He rolled his eyes and slid down to crawl across the bottom. It was Jan's job to lead between the two love birds, sure, but she'd done her part as far as Layn was concerned, and it seemed as though Jule was dropping the ball. Layn's own first kiss had been before even the two of them met, a girl that now sold ice cream in her mother's makeshift restaurant just at the entrance of the lake. He smiled and there was bubbles. When he breached again it wasn't aggressive, but it turned Jule's head. "That thing makes it look like you're blushing." big brother said as he passed them. It made Jule chuckled and pull at her hand to get her closer. Hopefully the little distraction jolted the silver haired silly back into action.

    Layn was there for their second kiss too. It was a little odd that he'd become part of their love affair, but he wasn't about to let go of Jule, and Jule was always insistent, too. Besides, he'd not left the life in the big city to go back to quaint but eventless Atlehem just to stay out of his brother's way. He liked to play it as though he didn't care, but he wanted to see his brother develop into the man he could be. It had been a handful of days after their first time by the lake, and he'd happened upon the couple when coming home after a ride in the afternoon. His bike was still acting up but by then he'd decided it was just its personality.

    Jule was nervous. The videogame they had on was one that needed specific concentration, he was famously bad at it, but for some reason his distraction was working from him, all his moves cerebral. The blood of his enemies were clouds on the screen. He supposed it was a good thing she might be impressed. They'd talked about spending some time in front of the tv jokingly, after having a number of days coming home late. The games used to be a luxury when they grew up, but now, when mom and dad were visiting grandma, gamenights were easier to come by.

    Jule was over the initial rush of having been kissed, and now worried for his reciprocation. He had missed a few opportunities already, and was mashing buttons and looking over at her when he thought she wasn't aware. He'd have to pick his window.

    Layn could see them form the kitchen, and strangely thought he knew what his brother was thinking, and quietly rested his head on his palm, waiting for lighting to strike a second time.

    "I'm doing so well!" Jule offered, laughing nervously.
     
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    Jule was a deer-in-headlights as he paused to process their first kiss. Jan had expected him to light up, to agonize a little, and maybe fall apart at the hypothetical seams, but he was taking it well and it made her swell with pride to see that she'd wrecked some semblance of havoc in the usually calm boy. "I had lots of fun with you guys today." She said partly to break the silence, and partly because she'd always been honest and affectionate with her words. "It's good to have Layn back too. You're a lot happier these days Jule. He might tease you from time to time, but days like this should offset a little bit of embarrassment, right?"

    On cue, Layn breached through the surface of the lake and commented on the visor that was now resting on Jule's head.

    Jan allowed the younger coral brother to pull her close, her lips quirking up into a contented smile. Yes, it had been a great day. Eventually, the three of them left the lake together and she bought them ice cream by the docks before they left the lake - and whatever lay underneath it - behind. But they would be back. They always came back.

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    The Coral living room was both familiar and foreign. Familiar because Jan had spent many childhood weekends lounging around with the boys, their crayons scattered across the floor as they made forts out of the couch pillows. It had been a headquarters of sorts, the place where she and Jule finished the puzzle she'd given him for his 10th birthday, and the place where they'd watched their first PG-13 Horror Movie. Sometimes Layn was with them, but sometimes he wasn't. Jan knew the place like the back of her hand, and yet, it was foreign because now she and Jule occupied the space as lovers. There was an electricity in the air, one that hadn't been quite as acute before.

    "Mhm," Jan hummed from her place on the red sofa. "You're doing so well, Jule." The calm expression turned somewhat teasing. "I'd still beat the crap out of you in comparison though, but there's no shame in that. I am, after all, the queen of Street Fighter!" And she was, he'd given her the crown in junior year. They'd had a game marathon that day, Layn, Jule, and her. She was ecstatic when she won, especially since she'd never ever win at races or games that involved some form of physicality.

    The idle banter was a great distraction from the elephant in the room.

    She'd noticed Jule looking at her every now and then, but he'd always look away when she looked back at him. He was trying to be sneaky but wasn't doing too great at it. Jan wondered if he had something on his mind, of if this was some quiet form of flirting. She stood up from the couch and made her way to where Jule sat - on the floor surrounded by cushions. She sat beside her boyfriend before leaning her head against his shoulder. The affection between them was natural and easy, and Jan liked to shower it upon Jule whenever he was serious or least expected it. They'd grown closer since that day at the lake.

    "What's on your mind, Jule?"

    A part of her wanted him to kiss her. She craved his affection too.
     
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    The downside of having his position in the trio was that he never really felt like he was ontop. That was true even in his own home. Jule had come to like it, though. Especially now, with the lovely tension of being connected to Jan in a new way, he was always nervous and excited. It was when he was alone that he felt out of place with his own -- comfort. The social situation should always be a struggle, because that meant you weren't alone. He bombed another player high, and shot his head off with a quick change of weapon. It was a gruesome maneuver, one he'd mastered, but he could only use it against people that had never played against him, both Layn and Jan knew him too well to fall for it.

    He was grateful for the banter and managed to loose himself into the match on the screen, but soon felt new tension when she decided to sit close. His eyes became impossibly wider as he pretended that whatever mayhem happened on the map in front of him was paramount. He was still reeling from her compliment over his gameplay, and had forgotten about his plans to repay her for the little peck on his lips by the lake. Now, with her scent taking over his head, and his shoulder warming from the lean of the side of her face, he was becoming unlaced, steadily. Another few bulky characters fell victim for his usual tricks while he tried to think of what to do next.

    When she asked he stayed quiet and mashed the buttons without really needing to. Somehow it worked out, the nonsensical moves seemed to confused the others long enough for their teammates to take advantage. Jule laughed nervously, and it was a little too lout for the still room. "Winning's on my mind." he answered at last. He had meant for it to sound cocky, he dabbled in that tone sometimes even if it was mostly an imitation of Layn's sure voice. Today the attempt was particularly dismal. Love will make a poor actor out of any boy. The celebratory font plastered over the screen with the conclusion of the match came with a jingle that might have dispelled some of the awkward he'd put into the air.

    He turned, one of the less likely scenarios he'd been working on in his mind unfolding for him. With his sideways motion, he was hoping Jan would fall into the space where he'd sat since she relied on him for balance.

    Layn raised a brow quietly from where he watched them, and saw his little brother fail with felling the girl, and then rectify that by putting a hand on her shoulder, to lay her down anyway. Listening to the next match start on the tv while seeing Jule finally take command over his own love connection was bizarre, but it had the older brother smile. The two were lost enough into each other that he could flip open the fridge door and grab a bottle of beer. With a quiet pinch he had the cap off, so he could have a sip after the parching ride while Jule, who was probably the most demure creature in Atlehem, asserted himself - at least somewhat - over the girl.

    With Jan underneath him, her hair spread out on the floor, Jule swallowed slowly. The side of her pretty face was taking on erratic light from the screen further away and he thought he might have finally surprised her. "I-I won..." he declared and laced one of his hands with hers. It would look like he was holding her down, but he was simply trying to find some comfort for himself for what he was about to do. His long hair fell to be a curtain to hide them both from one side as he descended. Because he was less apt with these things than her, his lips lingered longer once their mouths touched. He sucked gently on her soft lips and breathe warmly through his nose.

    When he finally lifted his head he couldn't help but stare at the woman beneath him. His eyes trembled and he squeezed her hand harder, held against the floor, mingled with her hair. She was excruciatingly lovely. There was new initiative in him. He'd discovered the way he wanted her, and it shook him.
     
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    Jule was acting strange, all tense nerves and ecstatic electricity. It was a little odd considering the younger Coral brother wore calmness like one would a sweater, but Jan had noticed the unease ever since they'd stepped into the living room. It was apparent in the way Jule would laugh nervously, and in the way his eyes constantly flitted to find her. Years of friendship made her accustomed to his mannerisms, and she knew Jule well enough to know when he was nervous.

    Was she making him nervous? There had always been an easiness to their affection, and yet, ever since she'd kissed him by the Atlehem lake something seemed to change, a certain chemistry she couldn't quite put her finger on. "Jule are you alright-" The words died in her throat when her boyfriend suddenly pulled away. Jan hadn't lost her balance completely, but she finally did when gave her a slight push.

    I won.

    He was taking charge, and Jan was surprised by the sudden development. She was even more surprised when he hovered over her and kissed her. His lips were warm against her own, and his closeness sent her blood rushing to her face. Usually she was the one getting him flustered, but today it was the other way round. Jan's face was burning but she smiled at him, bright like the sun. "You got me, Jule. You won." She laughed, still reeling from the younger Coral brother's momentary feat of boldness.

    He seemed like he was still reeling from the thrill of it all too, and Jan used her free hand to cup his cheek and pull him closer. She crushed her lips against his and kissed him back, deeper this time so she could turn the tables on him with a bold move of her own. They were the perfect picture of a summer romance. "Jule?" She waited for him to give her his full, undivided attention. Words with him were easy. Everything was easy. "Love you."

    She felt a prickle of nervousness once she'd said it, but she'd meant it. She really did.
     
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    He didn't know why he anticipated resistance. Jan was always teasing, perhaps it was pertinent that she fight him on this. But something in him wanted it so badly, and he couldn't imagine that she'd be such a different person from himself that she couldn't feel it too. Something turned to nothing in him when he had her lips. Her perfume intensified and the texture was-- it altered him. And when he lifted his head her face was reddening. It was so gorgeous that he barely heard what she said.

    He gasped when he was pulled down. By any measure Jule had thought he was done once he'd preformed this brave feat. His heart wasn't ready for more. Just some time ago the little peck on the beach had been enough to fill him up. His breath stuck in his chest but he managed to reciprocate. This kind of fire was new to him. He'd never thought that passion could have this flavor. It was ravaging, addicting. And when he was reeling from the blood that drowned his brain and the hormones his sweet but plucky girlfriend conjured, she hit him again.

    Love.

    It made his jaw tremble when he looked down at her. Surely, it was too much for the gentle boy who'd agonized over even this much bravery for days. His elbows were on the floor but his hands were in her hair, fingers stroking her scalp among the tresses. He shook his head slightly, like he couldn't believe it, a smaller chock, like he was forbidding her to say it. It was a milestone in his emotional development. Jule swallowed so he wouldn't cry when a strand of his own silver cut over one eye. He nodded when he accepted the moment.

    "I..." he started and his collected voice, as silver as the rest of his details, was deep but fragile. "I love you too, Jan." he promised and then let his head fall so his lips could rest on the corner of hers, kissing carefully. It didn't seem like the kind of moment that should be celebrated with the primal things her more passionate liplock had stirred in him. He felt lost in some torrent of adoration that she'd thrown him in, but he didn't feel alone in it.

    She'd looked nervous, which only underlined the gravity of what she'd said. "I'll always be with you." he said when his mouth dropped lower, to her ear. His hands gently collected more hair without pulling, so his chest could fully rest against hers, even if his arms kept him off so as to not leave her with all his weight. Jule was still Jule, and thought of her even when passion should have consumed him. There had been nothing to alter the base of his personality.

    Yet.

    He nuzzled her cheek for some strength. "I've loved you since you moved in and dropped that collection of dishes." he confessed. It had been a sudden intrusion into his heart. A little girl who'd made so much noise, starring at the shards on the pavement, and her mother coming to see if she was hurt. He'd been coming out to see if father's newspaper had come. They'd locked eyes when her mother decided she was alright and instead focused on picking up the pieces. Little Jule, even at that distance had reached for her just as Layn came up from behind, holding his shoulder. She'd thought he was waving and waved back.
     
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    Jule looked like he wanted to cry and Jan thought it was incredibly sweet - how her words had reduced him to this. Her heart fluttered in her chest, and the drum-like beat grew even more prominent when he said it back. He had power over her too, even if he didn't know it. "I'm glad! This has been a good, no, the best summer ever. And it's not even half-over yet." She wrapped an arm around his shoulders when he kissed her again, she went quiet when he held her close and began recounting that story about the plates. She'd heard this from him time and time again, but never this particular detail about how he'd always liked her.

    She'd always liked him too, and somewhere in the back of her mind, expected that they would end up together. It was the classic formula really, two childhood friends eventually realizing their feelings for each other. The story made her laugh. "You should have told me earlier, Jule." She had her own free hand lost in his hair now. "I've liked you for awhile now too." Jan never thought of herself as shy or bashful, but the fact that she'd waited for Jule to confess, showed that she was hesitant in her own ways too. A friendship could turn sour if one forced love into the mix, she was grateful that wasn't the case here. "I'm glad you told me. Really, really, glad."

    It was the start of something beautiful for the both of them.

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    Days slowly turned to weeks. The summer romance between them continued sweetly, and yet, it began to swelter as well. There was a brand new heat between them, one the seemed to grow hotter as the summer days grew longer. They spent plenty of time alone together, and in their solitude, the fire would burn just a little brighter. It was almost eight in the evening, and Jule and Jan were leaving the movie house hand-in-hand. The plan was to get dinner and then he would walk her home.

    She didn't want the day to end just yet.

    "Jule? Wanna go to the lake instead?" Jan broke into a grin. "We can see if the legends are true. People are always harping on and on about it, " The movie they watched had been a cheesy B-rated movie about a swamp monster and Jan was glowing with inspiration. She'd always been interested in the legends even though she never believed they were true. "We can go for a swim if you're brave enough." She was teasing him, though it was a challenge too. She wondered if Jule would accept. He was level-headed, but she knew how to ignite the rare blaze of recklessness in him, and he seemed more than willing to impress in the past few days as well.
     
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    He would return to that moment often. It was a point of pride for the Coral youngest, but it was also the sweetest thing he might have shared with his adored Jan. She with her pretty eyes under him. She was so earnest, telling him about her feelings. Perhaps their brand of interaction was more fun that it was intimate, but that changed that day. He wouldn't soon forget how her body felt underneath his. His heart swelled when she shared herself with him, and he saved it in a precious place, too. There was some other honesty between them, and the two were engrossed, so much they didn't notice when Layn realized he should probably not be spying anymore. Somewhere in the kisses, Jule found he wanted more than her mouth. It wasn't the first time he'd thought it, of course, but it made it all so much more acute, and stuck with him like an unforgettable song.

    In the cinema too. There were other couples, the summer was filled with pairs and their search for activities together. He was proud to have a beau and felt a certain connection with the others. Of course he pretended not to see the two that had dated longer, and found themselves tighter entwined than the handhold he shared with Jan, while the monster made its way through the young cast on the screen. He smiled widely at her and nodded to the others as though it was funny, and they were watching something secret take place, but by the direction of their kissing sessions, it wasn't like he could hide his mind was there, too.

    He was not done with her company, as they swung that handhold chipperly, leaving after a last scare before the credits, and grinned when she suggested the lake. His posture changed slightly, like he was weary, but his expression stayed ever engaged with the idea. He was thinking of the legend and the implications of having her body close in water all at once. Really, there could have been no other outcome than his approval. "You know, I heard some people tried it and they saw something." he offered while his gaze disappeared off into the conversation he was referring to. He nodded and pulled her along, laughing nervously, his silver hair glittering in the late day.

    They knew the way. He made references to the movie as the shadows of the trees became more intimate. Growing up, he'd been easy to scare, but with his dive into more scientific literature, he only appreciated superstition now. Or at least that's what he'd tell you. With her hand in his, he was sure he could brave anything. His mind was still on their closeness, a little longer when they said good bye for the nights, and a little tighter when they embraced every morning. The handful of times their adventures had taken them to the couch in his livingroom, they'd become more bold. He was obsessing about his girlfriend lately, and Layn would joke that he was becoming an impossible housemate.

    "Some say the lake was just a hole in the ground before, where water wouldn't gather, and that it was a sleeping place for the giant soul of a demon." he reiterated. It was a less known myth of Athelem Lake, but the very reason they called it Loch Soul. In his research, he'd found a lot of records destroyed, which he had found amazingly incriminating. It had been explained as a big flood, and as he matured, he'd come to accept that, even if the targeted volumes had been very specific. It seemed a bit far stretched for there to be a wet supernatural thing hunting parchment, though. "The deeper the soul buried, the more rain could amass ontop." he explained and let go of her when they finally reached the beach, and flailed his arms out and spun by the water.

    His head fell slightly to the side, his mood smitten by the mystery of it all. Every person who'd grown up in Athlehem had a romantic vein in them for this place, even one as scholarly as the youngest Coral. He stepped out of his shoes. It seemed all pagan things started with nudity, and he felt it was sacrilegious to try any kind of occult thing in your socks. "That's why parts of the loch is bottomless, because if you fall deep, you're taken by the demon soul." he grinned and came back to her, hands out for hers. "But I hear with the right ritual, you can bring the demon to the surface." he whispered, silver eyes like planets in this atmosphere. "Are you brave enough, Jaaaaan?" he teased with his best vibrato.
     
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