xxi. escape routes

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"Okay, I'm just going to do it," Tina finally gave in sliding off the counter and onto her feet. "I'm never going to know if I don't try, right?" She asked and checked the time on her phone, only having twenty minutes to make it to the destination in time.

"If you're expecting me to argue with you, it's not happening," Clark chuckled, heading over to the record store doors to lock up. "If you don't go I have a feeling you're going to miss out on something, T."

"It's so nerve wrecking though," she frowned. "What if he's just getting me out there to murder me?"

"I doubt Daniel is going to kill you," he rolled his eyes. "Look, I got to close up so just get out and go see him, would you? We both know you want to."

"Wow, such a gentleman," Tina rolled her eyes and headed towards the doors. "Keep your phone on, alright? I need you as an escape route if I decide against it once I get there, alright?"

"When should I call?" He asked, a routine they had picked up in high school when they wanted to get out of things. They'd get the other to call and make up some excuse. It started with Tina's first date and hasn't ended since.

"Half hour or so?" She asked. "I'll text you when I get there."

"Alright," he nodded. "Have fun, Tina."

"Thanks," she was about to walk outside to her car when she stopped. "Will you tell me what River was talking about? What you haven't told me yet?"

"It's not the time," he shook his head.

"Clark, whatever it is, you can tell me," she assured him. "You know that, right?"

"Yeah, I know," he smiled softly at his friend. He knew it annoyed her that River knew something about him that she didn't and he wanted to tell her but he didn't know how to let the cat out of the bag. "If it makes you feel better, the only reason River knows is because he was snooping through my phone."

"Not really," she sighed. "You'll tell me soon?"

"Soon," he agreed.

"Okay, I'll see you tomorrow," she waved to him as he closed the door and locked it, waving through the glass as he turned the sign over. Tina grabbed her phone of her pocket and checked the time, again seeing she had wasted another five minutes of time before she headed towards the destination.

The brunette slid into the driver seat of her beat up car and pulled out of the parking lot of the record store, her nose curling up at the sound of the engine growling. It wasn't a pretty sound and River had been telling her time and time again to take it in but she had yet to find the right time.

Tina stopped behind the midnight blue charger and killed the engine of her car, she thought about climbing out but then decided against it and sat in her own air for a second. Slow, deep breaths left her mouth every so often as she calmed herself down, or tried to calm herself down. She had no answer as to why she was so freaked out by the idea of him or what he had in store for them, but it was there and she had no way of getting rid of it.

She looked down when her phone began ringing in her cup holder. Louis' name came up on her screen and she grabbed it immediately, her thumb dangling over the green button before a last minute decision brought her to decline his phone call. With one last breath she climbed out of the car and shut the door quietly behind her, tucking her cell phone into her back pocket as she slowly crept out to the field.

"Daniel?" She called out, her eyes moving round the field of small flowers. "Daniel? Are you here?" She asked again when she got no answer and her eyes couldn't find him. "I swear to God if you-."

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