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"River!" Indie shouted as she knocked on the wooden door and waited for it to open. She furrowed her eyebrows together as she grabbed the handle, turning it as it got pulled open by Clark. "Hey," she laughed. "You seem like you're in a hurry."

"Nope, he's just franticly pacing our room like he's insane," Clark held his lips in a tight light. "Goodluck," he squeezed her upper arms and passed her. "You're his only hope."

"Nice," Indie laughed and pinched his arm as he passed. "We'll see you later?"

"Yeah, I've got class but I'll be at the court house after that," he nodded.

"Sounds good," Indie smiled and walked in, closing the door behind her. "Rive, what's going on?" She asked when she found him struggling to knot his tie properly in the mirror. "Hey," she wandered over and pushed on his shoulder, turning him around to face her.

"Thanks," he dropped his hands from the fabric.

"What's going on?" She asked. As she popped the collar of his shirt up and began adjusting the black satin tie around his neck, making sure the thinner side was shorter. "You're acting oddly tense. You know you're going to be fine, right?"

"It's not that," he shook his head as she finished up the knot and pulled the collar back down, brushing her hands over his shoulders to straighten it all out.

"Then what is it?" She questioned.

"Gwen," he swallowed. "We broke up last night."

"What?" Indie frowned. "Rive, I'm sorry."

"I'm fine," he shook his head. "I broke up with her."

"Oh," she bit down on her lip. "What happened?" As she pushed him aside and adjusted the blue collared crop top over the floral pleated high-waisted shorts she wore.

"Aren't you going to be cold?" River asked as he eyed her outfit. "It's nearly December and you're wearing shorts."

"I'm wearing tights," she rubbed her hands over the dark nylon covering her legs as she plopped down on the bed next to him. "And socks!" She held her leg up, the thigh high socks complimented with the knee high lace up boots. "I'm plenty warm and you're avoiding the subject. What in the world happened with Gwen?"

"I told you, we broke up," he shook his head.

"Yeah," she nodded. "You also said you're fine about it but you're clearly not. I know you, River, you're going insane and you don't go nuts unless you have a reason to."

"I don't think you should come to the courthouse with me," he stood again and went back to fiddling with his tie in the mirror, this time the square knot Indie had done.

"What?" Indie frowned. "River, I'm coming with you."

"No, you're not," he shook his head and pulled the knot out of the tie, taking it off completely.

"What are you doing?" She groaned and stood up, picking the tie up from the floor. "You need to wear this. You can tighten it when we get there," she explained and wrapped it around his neck again, slapping his hands away when he went to take it. "What's going on with you? Why don't you want me to come?"

"Ind, you don't want to be there," he shook his head and sighed. "Hunter is going to be there and I know you said you're work on it but it hasn't been that long since you talked to him and I don't know, I don't think you want to see him."

"Oh," Indie swallowed. "Why?"

"Gwen," he exhaled. "Yesterday, her dad called and offered his help in the trail. I don't know what changed his mind and I don't give a shit either, at least he offered his help. She wouldn't take it and wouldn't get over their issues and just take it so instead of working on her problems, she got Hunter's help and I can't forgive her for doing that. Not after she saw what happened to you."

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