Juliet was slightly perplexed at how nervous he seemed. Not that she hadn’t noticed he was a quiet person from their previous encounters, but this didn’t seem much like typical silence. It seemed more like he was afraid of something. She couldn’t necessarily blame him for that considering she was often terrified as well, but it worried her that she might have come off as unfriendly or intimidating. It would be just like her to wreck the first friendship she had a chance at in this place before it even really had a chance to start. Attempting to soften her smile a little more, she shut the door once he walked in and took a step closer inside, careful not to invade his personal space or compromise her own.
The smile didn’t last too long once he posed his question, though her expression was still far from hard. Her jaw did tighten a tad, but she assumed it wasn’t noticeable. “Oh, um because…well, people usually don’t. Not that I’ve ever invited a lot of people to hang out with me because…well, I never have really. But just—no one’s ever been…interested…” she let her voice trail off, feeling herself babbling a little. She cleared her throat before tackling his other inquiry.
"I—I like talking to you. And I thought, you know we could talk some more? And maybe…." Now what was tying up her throat was more nervousness and embarrassment than a reminder of her loneliness. "Maybe we could be—I mean, if you want we could, you know…be friends?"
As he heard the door click, River jumped a little bit. He could feel his pulse racing thump by thump in his throat, every moment that got by the pumping grew harder. This is the first time, besides being in the bathroom with Harley, that he had been in a room with a girl. Even more, this was the first time he had been in a room with a girl that he had actually liked. Drawing a heavy breath, he locked eyes with Juliet as she explained herself, what she had meant. It was almost unimaginable that someone as pretty as Juliet didn’t have people being interested in being around her all the time.
"O-oh…" he said rather aimlessly, his eyes now traveling around the room as he tried to break the moment. He wasn’t sure what to say to her. How would he reassure someone that he enjoyed spending time with them, when he had never even mumbled such words before. "I-I… I uhm, I l-like talking to you too," he spoke nervously, his hands slightly quivering as his words fell out. "I’d n-never stand you up."
For another few painfully awkward moments, the boy stood still in the room, his mind wandering as he tried to figure out what to say, what to do. In a rather quick motion he stepped towards her, his shoulders slumping slightly, afraid of how she’d react. Nervously he reached out, gently brushing his fingers against her hand before cracking a gentle smile. “But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.”
Yeah…being around drunk people is kind of—um—awkward sometimes. I like that better, too. It’s less…pressure.
Awkward, it’s… I-I just d-don’t like being around people like that. I d-don’t know. Memories, I suppose. Much less p-pressure. Speaking of which, how is your monologue? Or rather how did it go, if you already p-performed it.
You went? Maybe I should have gone, then. I actually would have had someone to talk to.
Yeah, I w-wanted to see what all the n-noise was about. I spent time with this g-girl, I think she was drunk. It was all v-very awkward. I think I l-like it better when we’re by ourselves. Just us. N-not as scary.
It seems like I always miss parties around here. I can’t tell if that’s good or bad.
It w-was really b-boring. D-don’t worry, Juliet, you didn’t miss much at all.
Oh no I would hate to keep a teddy away from his daddy.
Th-that’s a weird way t-to say it. H-he’s not a child and h-he’s inanimate. N-nor am I his f-father… B-but okay.
Aw, hes yours? Thats cute. I kept him very safe dont worry.
Y-yeah. It’s f-fine. I w-was sure th-that he was g-gone but uhm… I-if you w-want to keep him, that’s okay. I w-wasn’t too worried. Guess I don’t n-need him that b-badly.
So.. someone left this outside my door.
Y-you found him. I th-thought I had l-lost him on m-move in day.