thirty-fifth | love

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Incoming Call
from
thebes
Accept Decline

"Hey, what's up, babe?

[ she paces back and forth in her room, her hands wildly mussing her hair ]
"I've been freaking out for the past two weeks."

[ she furrows her eyebrows and crosses her arms ]
"Why?"

[ she stops for a moment and takes a breath, leaning into the footboard of her bed ]
"Well, I called Tom a while ago and he kinda freaked out on me and was really pissy and hung up."

"Want me to fuck him up for you?"

"No, no, it's fine. Then he called me back and apologized and we talked it out and it's all fine now but I kinda might have told him I loved him?"
[ she bites her lips and shrugs, tossing her body onto the bed ]

[ her eyes widen and her mouth drops open as she abruptly sits up ramrod straight ]
"What? Ohmigosh, Thea! Ahhh!"

"Yeah..."
[ she chuckles awkwardly, the corner of her mouth twitching ]

"So, what are you freaking out about? Does he love you too?"

"He said he did, but I haven't heard from him since he told me that and I'm just worried that I scared him off."

"Hun, first of all, if you scared him off by saying you love him, then he's not worth it, okay? Second of all, he's probably just been super busy lately. I wouldn't write him off just yet."

"Well, he's been posting on twitter and stuff and I don't know. I guess I'm just worried he didn't actually mean it or something."
[ she curled up into a ball and pulled her knees to her chest ]

"Why don't you just call him? See what's going on?"

"Yeah, I guess I could."

"Okay. You do that and let me know how it goes. Okay?"

"Okay, I'll—wait, someone's calling me, hold on."
[ she pulls the phone away from her ear to check the caller ID and her eyes widen when she sees the name pop up ]
"Bex, it's Tom! I'll call you back! Love you!"

"Love you—"

Call Ended

"—too."

——
Incoming Call
from
tom
Answer Decline

"Hey, Thea!"

"Where have you been the last two weeks? I've called you like a million times and you hadn't answered my texts? I was worried! And—and a little scared that you'd changed your mind about me."
[ she pulls herself up into sitting and leans against her pillows ]

"No, Thea, if there's anything that I wouldn't do it's change my mind about you. I was actually a little frightened too. I've honestly never felt this way about someone before and I was freaking out for a while like, how am I supposed to do this? I guess I should have just talked to you."

[ she snorts and smiles a little bit ]
"I'm glad you finally found the balls to call me back."

"You're welcome."
[ he chuckles and listens to the silence on the other end, staying quiet himself ]

"So, what have you been doing the past two weeks? Anything besides filming?"

"Not really, I've kind of just holed up in my trailer and tried to avoid the heat."

"Hey, how much would you hate if I got a cat?"

"What?"

"I've always wanted a cat. We never had any pets growing up and now I have Duck, but I've always wanted a cat and I think Duck's pretty fond of them. What do you think?"

[ he laughs, shaking his head ]
"I think if you want a cat you should get one. You're so cute."

"I know. Okay, I'm gonna go now. Gotta start hunting for that perfect cat for us. We're gonna be parents! Love you! Bye!"

"Parents? What? Thea? I thought you said you were getting a cat?"

"What? Can't hear you over the sound of the car engine!"

"I don't hear anyth—"

"Love you, Tommy!"
[ she makes a kissing noise over the phone, giggling happily ]

[ he sighs and shakes his head resignedly ]
"Love you too, Thea."

Call Ended
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July 11, 2018

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