6. (Wed) Blanket
Vivienne sighed as she watched the screen. The two characters confessed their undying love for each other, typical of Lifetime movies, and were moving in for a kiss. Vivienne couldn’t help but roll her eyes at the fictional romance on the screen.
The fictional characters started out as best friends, much like Vivienne and Gabriel, and a night trapped in an abandoned building drew out their true feelings for each other. She didn’t see that happening with her and Gabriel. As far as she knew, Gabriel’s feelings for her consisted of a brotherly type.
Vivienne watched in horror as the fictional couple moved from the kitchen and towards the bedroom and she frantically searched for the remote.
“You are such a little kid when it comes to love scenes in movies.” Gabriel’s voice startled her and she felt the color rise in her cheeks. She glanced over towards his direction and noticed the popcorn resting on the blanket he was holding. He walked towards Vivienne, dropped the popcorn on her lap, and made himself comfortable on the opposite end of the couch.
Vivienne wiggled her colorful toes and began flipping through channels as she tried to ignore Gabriel. She still felt the awkward air between them from yesterday. They dropped the conversation but it never stopped running through her mind.
She continued flipping, unaware that she had cycled through the channels twice now due to her deep thinking. Gabriel nudged her with his foot but Vivienne continued flipping.
She continued ignoring him.
“Vivienne, your feet are cold,” Gabriel pointed out. Vivienne began to retract her feet towards her body but Gabriel threw the blanket over the two of them.
“You don’t have to crawl away from me, Vivienne.” She nodded, for she was still ignoring him, to indicate she heard him. Her feet moved slowly back to their previous position, bumped against Gabriel’s, and her breath hitched.
She wasn’t sure how all of a sudden, after four years together, she was falling for him. More than anything, she didn’t understand how Gabriel could act like he didn’t notice anything, unless he really didn’t notice anything. Did he not hear her stop breathing when he walked by, or even feel her freeze when he touched her?
Vivienne ate a piece of popcorn and looked over a Gabriel. He was dozing off slowly, but definitely surely.
“Gabriel?” she called softly. He stirred a bit and mumbled in response. At least, she assumed so.
“Do you ever….do you, I don’t know how to phrase this. I-I wonder…” she trailed off and Gabriel shifted to his side and began to snore softly.
She contemplated continuing, it was fine if he didn’t hear her. But it wouldn’t make any sense for her to, no one would receive her feelings.
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