Earth 2: Part 34

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Vanessa paced around outside of Jude and Paul’s room. She knew she needed to clear the air, but that didn’t make it easy. Besides, it was obvious that Anastasia had a thing for Paul, but she couldn’t help but wonder what Paul would say about her bringing it up.

As she paced, she passed a large painting. Her great grandfather stared down at her, and his eyes pierced her soul. His military uniform was clean and crisp. The stars on his shoulders almost shined, even in a painting. He lead an army, and she couldn’t even have a hard conversation. She felt a wave of courage, and charged into battle. That is, walked over to Paul’s room.

She walked through their common area, and knocked on Paul’s open door. Paul was just sitting on his bed with headphones in. As Vanessa entered, he removed them. “Hey, Paul…”

“Hey, do you need something?”

“I just think we should talk, about the past couple of weeks.” Her nerves were fluttering. “I know I’ve been… Well, I just…” This was her chance to tell him what her issue with Anastasia was, but she was blowing it. She panicked for a moment and then sighed. “Paul, I’m sorry, I’ve been rude about Anastasia.”

“Well, thanks, but I think you should probably apologize to her for that.”

“Well, it’s not just that… I’m sorry I didn’t trust you” She hung her head. She had come here with a simple goal, and now she was just going to let it go. It probably wasn’t worth the conflict, and she probably should just trust him.

“It’s alright, come here.” He got up from his bed, and hugged her. “Listen, I’m sorry I didn’t check with you. It’s your house, and you’re a major member of the team. I shouldn’t make unilateral decisions, but I’m glad you’ve come around.” He paused for a moment. “Oh! Are we still on for tonight?”

“Totally, six o’clock right?” She had hoped that they would still be on, but they hadn’t talked about it much. They hadn’t really talked much really.

“Sure, I can actually do a little bit earlier tonight. I’m not gonna go with Jude up to Gainesville today.” Paul sat back down on his bed.

“Oh, okay. I’ve got a hair appointment, so I probably can’t do much earlier than six.” She looked down at her phone, and saw that time was catching up to her. “Oh, crap! I’ve gotta go, or I’m gonna be late. See you tonight!”

“See ya!”

Vanessa went back out into the hallway. As she passed the painting again, she almost ran into Anastasia. Her heart almost jumped out of her chest, and she glanced over to the painting for a stern motivator. “Oh, Anastasia! I actually need to talk to you for a second.”

“Oh, yeah? What do you need?” She looked almost startled that Vanessa had addressed her. Maybe she had been a bit rude.

Vanessa took a deep breath. “I’m sorry I’ve been really rude lately. It’s just I had this stupid idea that you had a thing for Paul. I don’t know where I got that from. So, I’m sorry.”

Anastasia laughed nervously, and looked more startled than before. “Oh, it’s alright! Yeah, no worries here. Strictly friends!” She put on a pained smile.

“Alright, I’ve gotta run, but good talk.” Vanessa turned away, and headed for the car. While she didn’t get to talk to Paul about it, she did get to talk to Anastasia. Not to mention, she could now take some satisfaction in her being right. She did figure that she was probably safe for the time being.



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