Obscura ~ Age 19

"Morning, Dave."

Dave's very breath froze in his chest. He tried to open his mouth to reply, but no words came. Unperturbed, Jade pressed her cheek against his arm and rested her hands against his chest.

"I missed you. It's lonely here, Dave, and it drives me a little crazy. I miss seeing my friends. It's so scary, being alone. It makes everything so much worse until I just…can't handle it anymore." She laughed, though there was no humour in her voice. "And then that happens, I guess."

Thankfully, Dave's body decided to act and he reached out to stroke her hair. "It's cool. I get it."

"No, you don't get it, Dave. I know it's lonely for you, too, because everyone is always so far away, but it's not the same. I'm the only one here, Dave. I—I know I have Bec, but…he's just a dog. He can't say anything. I love him and he's wonderful, but he…he just…exists."

"Then come live with me." The words tumbled from Dave's mouth before he could process what he was saying. He started at his own brash statement, but found he agreed with it. "Yeah. Come live with me. Or any of us. Whoever you want, I'm sure we could work something out. It doesn't have to be forever. Just…just get you off this fucking island for a little while. Help you sleep."

Jade curled into his chest, hands circling his waist. "No…I can't."

"Why not."


"So take him with you. Or let him take you. Free plane ticket."

"I…I couldn't, Dave."

"Why not." He felt reckless now, a burgeoning rebellion surging through his veins. He brushed her hair from her face and kissed it. "Come with me. As long as you want. Could be a week, could be a month. I don't care. Just…stay with another person for a little while. You need it."

"…Yeah." With that murmured agreement, she pulled him close. Dave was suddenly very aware of their nakedness, and he struggled to come up with something decent to say.

"B…breasts," said Dave. Fuck! God dammit!

To his surprise, Jade giggled. "Yeah. You want me to put some clothes on?"

"I…no, I'm good. I mean, unless you want to, uh…"

She reached up and cupped his face in her hands. "Wow, way to be smooth, Mr. Coolkid. I bet you get laid less than I do, and you don't even have an excuse!"

"How about you shut up, Harley, didn't see you complaining."

"I wasn't." She kissed him quickly before pressing her forehead to his collarbones, still laughing. "Thanks, Dave."

"I…for what?"

"You're silly. It makes me feel better." Her hands slid from his face to rest on his shoulders. "Especially when you lose your cool."

"Excuse me, when the fuck did I lose my cool."

"Last night! And right now. Your cheeks are so red."

"They are not."

"They totally are."

"Shut up."

"Come on, coolkid. It's cute. And it makes me happy."

"…yeah, alright. For you." Dave slid a hand up her back to rub her shoulders. "You have a good sleep, then."

"It was okay. But I slept."

"Good girl." The cold feeling that had stewed in the pit of his stomach since he awoke had begun to dissipate with her every word and was now all but vanished. He exhaled long and content, giving Jade a firm hug and kissing the top of her head. "Try to get some more rest."

"I will."

"And think about what I said before."

"About living with you?"

"…yeah. Or something. We'll figure it out. Whatever you want. Just think about it."

"I already did, Dave. You go home and when you get there, I'll have Bec take me back. Just for a little while."

In the warmth of Jade's embrace, Dave allowed himself a little smile. "Cool."