Friends At Least

Despite numerous warnings from a few people, Evie cannot bring herself to stay away from the creek. This time she is furthest away from Jude's house so she doesn't appear to be some sort of creeper or stalker. Instead of bringing a pole or a tacklebox, she is seated on the side, feet dangling inside despite the chill in the air. Her feet were already feeling the cold from the water, but she was in no rush to get up and head back home yet.

The past four days had its ups and downs and after spending all that time at the Black Sheep, she'd escaped to the creek for some alone time.

"You're going to get sick." He never gives any warning, but the sound of Jude's steps become easily apparent as he moves down the trail behind her. He's over warning her. She's a grown woman, right? She's of prime baby making age! She can visit a creek if she so wants. Or a creep. He doesn't blame her for picking the stream one bit. "Hi."

"Then I will have an excuse to miss classes," Evie returns just as flippantly but when she looks up at him there's a curiosity in her eyes. "Hey." She can't stop her eyes from drifting over him, from checking him out in his current attire. "Long time no see. How ya been?"

"Do you really need an excuse?" Jude doesn't waste time standing behind her. As she looks him over he moves on to drop into the dirt beside her so he can return the look to her. "I've been better. It's been…busy, at the farm. Ashton getting moved in and stuff. Adjusting. I've been on my own for a long time." Plus she was mad at him. That doesn't help. "You still pissed at me?"

Evie draws her legs out of the water and pulls her knees to her chest. "Yeah, I do need an excuse. My mother doesn't let me skip for no reason and when I'm home, I babysit." She gives him a thoughtful look before shaking her head. "No, I'm not mad. I never was really mad, just.. I don't know what it was. I mean I know our agreement and all but I didn't really ask about all the others you were sleeping with at the same time. I mean it shouldn't mean anything to me, right?"

When she mentions her mom, Jude chuckles. He doesn't get the 'mom' thing. His experience in that department was cut down far too early. Still, he's not completely ignorant to the situation. The rest of what she says draws silence from him before finally he sighs. "Look." It's a command but he tries to soften it..a little. "I'm bad with people." Duh. "When I actually want to be nice, I'm even worse at it than normal. It's like I have a fucking stroke or something. I always say the worst thing, and it what I do manage to choke out never sounds right once it's out there." Like now. This is a disaster! "Mentioning those other women was bad form, I get that now…but I wasn't trying to downplay what we did. I was trying to say that…." and he flails inwardly. "That it wasn't the same." Yup. He'll be hanging himself after this.

Evie's mother has more say over her than most, simply because her own circumstances are totally different than most. With her legs still drawn up to her chest, she hears him out, this time without jumping to conclusions. Instead of continuing to talk about his conquests though, she studies him then finally talks. "I met Amelia and Ashton. Separate occasions of course. They are really nice people and both think highly of you. Apparently you're able to communicate to someone, it just may not be me." With a sigh, she rests her chin on her knees. "I know all about the one time thing, no strings. Then I kept running into you. Then you mentioned all of the other people you sleep with." Not slept. "I just sort of felt insignificant is all."

"Not really. I mean..yeah with Ashton. She's my sister. She's not busy judging me. Amelia? Who can't communicate with Amelia? She's so damn nice that no matter what you say, she can pretty much find a way to spin it to be positive. Plus….I've known her for like, ever. She ignores me when I'm mean to her." He frowns at the memory before turning to watch Eive in the edge of his vision. "I'm not sleeping with anyone anymore. I mean…I do..but it's not like I do it all the time. And it' not like I'm actually /looking/ for those women to have conversations or hangout. I looked for you." Admission achieved.

"I agree about Amelia, she's so nice. Everything about her is positive. I think that Bates guy, Samuel, has the hots for her." Evie looks at him, directly, not using the edge of anything. "Ashton was nice also. Her belly is cute." Wow, she sounded lame even to herself. "Anyway, I.. don't usually sleep around like that, like I did with you. I thought I could. I mean I thought I could do the whole one night, no strings thing but I don't know that I'm cut out for something like that. Especially now, with so much going on in my life. I don't want Brie to see a string of strangers going in and out of my life, it's not good for her to see it." She looks away. "I'm glad you looked for me, but I don't really know what you want from here. Like, do you want me in your line up of lovers or.. what do you want?"

Jude frowns. "You're not being fair to me at all. You're fixating on the fact I was messing around with people /before/ you even moved here. I've been nothing but honest with you. I even told you that you were different, and you choose to ignore any attempts I have at being nice to you. I wanted to get to know you better, but not at the risk of being vilified every time I do something nice for you." He shifts uncomfortably, looking back to the water. "I can't be nice if you wont let me."

"No, I don't care about what you did before. I shouldn't even care about what you do now." Evie lifts a hand in objection. "You didn't say it past tense, and you were fair and said one time, no strings." She looks uncertain. "I'm the one crossing the line, it feels like. Breaking those unspoken rules. I don't even want to know about people you slept with in the past. You brought it up. I.." She falls silent, letting her chin fall to her chest. "I have so much going on in my life, I don't know what to think. I'm not trying to vilify you, I was just going by you saying I was basically one booty call in any number you have available at the snap of your fingers. It's how I interpreted it anyway." Tilting her head back, she closes her eyes and takes a few bracing breaths. "Things are confused. I am confused."

"Look..the way you feel is just as much your fault. You agreed and you were perfectly happy going along with it. Afterward I /tried/ to be nice and get to know you, but you decided I wasn't good enough, and you did vilify me. I never nice said you were just another girl. You jumped to conclusions all on your own while I was busy trying to be a nice guy. We all have shit going on in our lives. No ones life is anything but complicated." Shifting again, he stands but he doesn't seem to be fleeing. Just moving. "Maybe you should have asked."

Evie gives him a helpless look. "Did I not just say you were fair and I was the one crossing the line?" Unlike him, she doesn't stand but rests her forehead on her knees, losing the fight in her. "I'm always just another girl. I'm always defensive. I didn't know you were trying to be a nice guy, I was translating the signals all completely wrong. I'm pretty good at that. I'm sorry, about everything." Lifting her head, she looks bleak as she seeks him out again with her eyes. "It's all my fault."

"Jesus Christ, Evie. You didn't shoot me. It's not the end of the world." His brow arches as he watches her before he wets his lips, a thoughtful gesture. "Let's just move on from it. We're both dumbasses? How about you stop seeing everything I do as an asshole move and I'll try not to be an asshole?" It's the best he can offer from where he stands, leaning back against a tree, his hand clinching lazily as his fingers rub the palm of the same hand, a nervous habit over a scar there. "You think we can do that?"

"Yeah, let's move on from it." Evie agrees. "There's no reason to make it such a big deal right? It was a one time, no strings thing. I'm being stupid and mixing things all up." Lowering her knees, she plants her hands on the ground buried partially in the dirt, looking out at the water after her eyes flicker over his nervous gesture. "So, friends, at least?"

OOC Date: 2015.05.18
IC Date: 2014.09.26
Cast: Jude, Evie

Reecers Creek

Though not far from the road, the sounds of tumbling water over smooth stones eclipses the sounds of the road, giving the area near the creek banks a serene feel. The creek slopes downward, surrounded by a thicket of pines and elm trees with trunks so close in some places they nearly form a wall. The water is clear in the shallows, but deepens into a brown-green color where the depth is a little more drastic - in fact, some might not call this a creek at all, as it is wide and deep enough in some parts to be considered a small river. There is much wildlife around these parts, ducks, fish, and small woodland mammals - it just takes an observant eye and a quiet step to meet them.

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