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"Are you sure you're okay?" Daniel walked neatly next to Tina as they walked across campus. He was surprised when she showed up that morning at the library, especially after the argument with Indie. It surprised him even more when she sided with him over someone she called her best friend.

"I'm fine, Daniel," Tina sighed, slightly annoyed that he wouldn't drop it. "Indie and I were fighting before that."

"Fighting about what though?" He asked. "Oh, right, me. Look, Tina, I appreciate that you sided with me but-."

"But nothing," she turned in front of him and rested her hand on his chest. "Indie's in the wrong here. I'm not just going to forget that so would you please just drop it?"

"Fine," he sighed in defeat and raised his hands. "Did you get your car picked up at least?"

"Yeah," she shook her head. "Five hundred freaking dollars that I don't have. Not after River. I think I'm just going to see if the mechanic will buy it off me."

"What would he want with a car that doesn't work?" Daniel laughed and rested his hand on her lower back, directing her towards the parking lot his car was stationed in.

"Parts? I don't know," she rolled her eyes. "I don't do cars, okay? I just drive them."

"What's wrong with it?" He asked. "I'm pretty good at figuring things out. I'm good with my hands, at least. I can probably fix it and I don't charge."

"Seriously?" Tina asked. "You'd do that for me?"

"Why not?" He shrugged as if it were no big deal. "I'm sure those friends of yours are pretty handy with tools. I'm kind of surprised they didn't offer that to you in the first place."

Tina burst into laughter, "Clark or River? Because Clark probably couldn't tell you what a wrench is and River, he's offered but never gets around to it."

Daniel laughed, "Which is the one I'm meeting today again?"

"Clark," she told him as she got into his passenger seat. "Although, River works there too so you might just get lucky and kill two birds with one stone."

"Lucky me," he chuckled and pulled out of the parking lot. "You're going to have to direct me there, bud."

"Bud? How romantic," Tina rolled her eyes. "You really know the way to a girl's heart, Daniel."

"Didn't realize this was a romantic relationship, Tina," Daniel laughed at her and turned when she directed him to turn. Tina just shook her head at him and then scooted around in his seat, feeling slightly uncomfortable. Mainly because she didn't know what she could say that wouldn't show all her cards. "Cat got your tongue?" He smirked.

"Shut up," Tina groaned and shooed him away from her even though there was nowhere for him to go. "Turn in there," she pointed to the strip of land that only held the building for the record store on it. "Next to the Honda."

"Take it that's Clark's?" Daniel asked as he parked next to it as she had requested.

"You'd be right," she nodded her head and opened the car door, jumping out of the car before he had a chance to say anymore. She walked up to the sidewalk and waited while he climbed out, taking his keys with him from the ignition. "Hurry up, old man!" She groaned in response.

"Call me old man again and I'm leaving you here," he shook his head in response.

"That's okay, Clark's here," she grinned. "He'll take me home if you won't."

Daniel just hummed in response and followed her into the store, heading straight for the front desk. Tina had expected Clark to be waiting behind it but when he wasn't there, she frowned. She let her eyes fall around the room, looking for Clark quickly.

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