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PostSubject: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:39 pm

Jane walked out of the Diary Room and ended up outside. It was getting late--the elimination would be soon--but she really wanted to be away from Harriet for a while. She'd been handling the whole 'reality show' thing so well in part because she'd get wrapped up in other things and forget there were people watching her every move. Now that she was painfully aware of the unknown number of viewers, everything felt tight and constricting.

She settled out by the pool and tried to regain composure. It's just a show. It's just a fun thing you're doing with your sister--it's a GAME and she's trying to help you WIN! No matter how many times she told herself that everything was okay, the sound of her heart pounding in her chest was still much louder. She could feel it through every limb, right down to her fingers and toes. Cold, clammy, lethargic...

Jane dipped a toe in the pool, hoping it would be cool enough to shock her senses and get her back in a decent state of mind, but no luck. The thing was heated. She sighed and laid back, dangling both her feet in. Just try to breathe... You're in a competition, don't get so worked up. Don't let anyone see you cry. Imagine what Harriet would say!

But she didn't have to imagine.


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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:28 pm

Tobias was just headed to the backyard to practice his secret solo dancing lessons when he noticed a figure by the pool. Please be a hot babe, please be a hot babe, he thought. Then he saw it was one of the twins. Please be the hot twin, please be the hot twin...

It was. His main squeeze Jane was out by her lonesome. You know what that means — time for Tobias to put on the SMOOTH MOVEStm.

He reached into his pocket, trifling through pocket lint and old unwrapped candy, until finally he found breath mint. He popped it into his mouth, slicked his hair back (but it boing'd back into place), and sauntered over to her as suavely as he could muster.

"WHAT'S UP JANEY JAN — oh you're crying." Tobias froze. Crying was the most vulnerable he could imagine a person. Tobias never cried in front of anyone. Except for the bully that pushed him in third grade. But she was really big and scary and made fun of his hair! This is different. This is raw. Tobias didn't know how to handle it.

So, he said nothing. Surprising, right? Instead, he quietly took his shoes off, sat down next to her, and kicked his feet in the water. He motioned a hand to wrap around her shoulder, but hesitated and hover-handed for a moment. He thought better of it, and instead gave her a quick pat on the upper back.

He felt a bit uncomfortable.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:51 pm

Jane was so wrapped up in her own panic that she didn't even realize Tobias was there until he was already sitting next to her. When he patted her back, she jumped and went to cover her mouth--a reflex from saying so many stupid things, according to the nagging voice in the back of Jane's head (sounding remarkably like Harriet).

"Oh--Oh god, um." She quickly rubbed her eyes with the heel of her hand and shoved her glasses back on, which only served to bring MORE attention to her red and puffy eyes. Worst of all, she could feel a hiccup coming. Oh god why NOW of all times? How much more obvious was this gonna get??. "What are you--HIC--doing here?"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:04 pm

"S-sorry homegirl, I didn't mean to scare ya!" He raised his hands and backed up a few inches. "Do you, uh," he said, pulling his sleeve up over his hand, "Do you need a tissue? Well, I ain't got one, but ya boi can hook you up with my jacket sleeve!"

On second thought. Wait, Tobi, you can do a lil better than that. He took off his jacket and offered it to her, a pleading look on his face. Please take it, please take it...

"I was just, uh, goin for a walk. Why the long face, girly-girl?"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:12 pm

Oh god NO why was he being so nice? That just made it worse! Now she was super paranoid that she was going to do something wrong, scare him off, be TOO emotional. She bit her lip (a little too hard when she tried to repress yet another hiccup) and hesitated maybe a beat too long before taking his jacket. It was... a little small. So she just wrapped it around her shoulders. "Oh, it's nothing. Just uh..." don't say you're stupid don't say you're stupid don't say you're--"It's stupid. Upset over nothing. It just happens."
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:23 pm

SHE ACCEPTED THE JACKET. YES. Tobias really didn't know what to do in times like these, but if she took it that only meant one thing — he was doing something right. He felt slightly more at ease, but was still unsure of where to go from there.

He wanted to make a move — after all, taking a man's jacket was romantic as heck — but she was crying and that was a darn downer. Her being sad made him really sad.

Go for the cheer-up method, Tobias. Flattery is your best weapon.

"Janey-Jane, ya ain't got nothin to cry about! You're on the COOLEST show, with your SISTER no less, with waaay less sabotaging than I tried with Hassan." He smiled awkwardly. "If that wasn't enough, homegirl is beyond gorgeous. No need to hide them eyes behind tears, ya feel?"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:33 pm

She looked at Tobias. Blinked once. Blinked again. Hiccuped.

And she started crying again.

THIS TIME they were just silent tears that wouldn't stop, so that was progress!! And she wasn't shaking so much. It's almost like getting her emotions out was helpful--TAKE THAT THERAPY!

"Harriet... Harriet IS sabotaging us! She won't listen to me--she just says I'm being stupid, and and spending all my time with boys, and that's how you're SUPPOSED TO PLAY THE GAME! She's being... Being stupid! She's stupid!"

Wow. Once it was all out, it seemed like she was upset over nothing. Almost instantly Jane felt embarassed. She grabbed Tobias's jacket sleeve and found the cleanest section to dab at her eyes with. She was mostly done with the crying now that she'd gotten to say what was on her mind. Now Jane was just on-edge and uncomfortably aware that she was sitting outside... wearing Tobias' jacket... Really close to him...

And she had just had a panic attack. Great. Very cool--super smooth.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:43 pm

NO NO NO. Why is Jane crying again?! I'm making it worse!

Was it clear that Tobias literally has no idea what he's doing?

He freaked out, listening to her with a panic in his eyes. "Hold up hold up hold up...Harriet IS sabotaging us? But ya sis helped me and Has-Has..." He pondered for a second, but then shook his head. Losing focus here! Janey needs you!

"Girl, you ain't stupid." He pointed his index finger to her forehead. "Inside that noggin of yours is a spectacular brain. Girl you got strat for DAYS."

Tobias was ignorant of the situation Jane found herself in, and was instead having an internal crisis of his own. Am I making it worse again? Should I just shut up? Tobias used to just block out his insecurities with an imaginary air horn, but something about Jane was making him become so conscious of himself.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:52 pm

She laughed. THANK GOD FINALLY SHE LAUGHED. She sniffled a few more times and pulled off her glasses yet again to wipe away tears, but she was slowly getting to be more comfortable. And, the more comfortable/not upset she got, the more awkward she felt. Well... Jane had cried in front of the guy. Now she had a better connection with him than anyone else in the house. Not to mention he was really cute in a non-threatening way (and a very blobby way whenshe didn't have her glasses on)...

"Thank you," she said, looking directly into the pool so as to avoid eye contact. It worked for Medusa so it would work for crushes right? CRUSHES??! Oh god.

"I'm not that smart... I just watch a lot of tv," She laughed again. Oh yes moving on EXCELLENT. With some subtle self-deprecation to show that she wasn't obsessed with herself. "Still, thanks... You're sweet."
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:47 pm

Boi you did it! You got her to laugh! Tobias was grinning ear to ear. Sure, he always impressed the ladies, but this time it was different. He felt extra good about himself for this one — but he sure didn't know why exactly.

"Psh, TV is like one big knowledge box anyways. ALL the geniuses I know watch a TON of TV. Trust me."

Now far more relaxed than before, Tobias let himself fall back and relax. His feet kicking in the water, he laid back and looked up at the sky (if that's what you'd call it, anyways).

"Damn girl, you picked a GREAT chill spot."
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:23 pm

”probably because I’m so cool~” She didn’t laugh, but she did smirk and laid back beside him. “It is pretty nice... quiet at night. Nobody’s really around...” Girl was dropping hints without even knowing what she was hinting at.

Oh she should probably address the whole crying thing... but that was embarrassing and if he didn’t bring it up then maybe it could just be forgotten.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:38 pm

But Tobias wouldn't bring up her crying. At least not tonight. Right now, all he needed to know was that he had made her feel better.

"Yeah, nobody is around, huh?" He turned his head to look at her.

"So...you know what I'm thinkin'?"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:46 pm

Oh golly this was it. He was gonna make a move!! A little messed up that he would do it right after she’d cried about her sister, but Jane was a grown ass woman who had never been kissed and she DIDNT. CARE.

Jane turned over to look at him, eyes wide and palms sweaty (mom’s spaghetti). “I think so...”
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:27 pm

Tobias leaned in real close, a devilish smile on his face. In a confident, smooth voice, he said...

"TAG YOU'RE IT!" then booped her nose, stood up and off around the pool.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:44 pm



She was shook. But once she recovered, Jane sprung up with a smile on her face. "Oh you are SO ON!" Leaving his jacket on the ground by the pool, she took off after the little troll... Not QUITE faster than a speeding bullet. Girl was an artist, not an athlete.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:00 am

Tobias ran around the pool as fast as he could go, a big goofy smile on his face. Time to show Janey-Jane I got the skills AND the looks.



He looked back at her, seeing she still had some catching up to do.

"Can't catch me Jane-Jane!" He yelled back at her, cockily dancing. A little too cocky...



He slipped and fell into the water. He let himself sink embarassingly to the bottom, miserably crossing his arms the whole way down. Once he reached the bottom, he shot back up out of the water. His hair somehow remained intact.

He spit out some water he drank and stared up at her.

"I meant to do that."
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:24 am

"Mmhm, sure you did." She giggled, stepping up to the side of the pool. "Game's still on though. I'm coming for you!"



One less-than-spectacular cannonball and a few minutes of sputtering/choking up water, she was ready to roll. Jane squinted around to find a blob that looked like Tobias, then started doggy paddling in his general direction.


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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:29 am

Tobias's eyes grew wide as Jane canonball'd into the water. He held his breath and quickly ducked his head underwater to avoid her splash.



He smiled and swam backwards as Jane paddled towards him. Heh, she doesn't have her glasses on. I have a tactical advantage.

He kicked his feet in front of him, swimming backwards just out of her reach each time. "Gonna have to do better than that, sweet thang."
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:33 am

Jane listened to hear him splashing around, determined that the shape with the extremely bushy Goku hair was Tobias, and then started off toward him FAST AS A SPEEDING BULLET!!!



Truly, this was a battle for the ages. If there was an audience, they would've been cheering and taking bets. All she needed to do was TAG HIM!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:40 am

"You'll never catch me alive, coppa!"

Tobias was trying his hardest to win. He had to impress Jane. He tried impressing her more than he's ever tried to impress a lady in his life, and for Tobias that's saying a lot.

But, like...maybe winning wasn't the most important thing? He hadn't really considered that yet. He was just so focused on being sly and suave. It didn't last long, though, because while Tobias was kicking his feet, he accidentally got a little too close to Jane.
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:55 am

Suddenly she SNATCHED THAT wig FOOT! It was a reflex, probably from YEARS of self defense classes, but for once it had come in handy!



AT LAST!! VICTORY!!!!

She cackled a bit, then grabbed around blindly until she found... a hand? Another foot? Felt like one of the two. "Don't drown or anything... BUT YOU'RE IT!"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:07 am

"Oh snap!"

Tobias drank water as Jane pulled his foot towards herself. He used his arms to try to stabilize himself but with her grabbed onto him, it wasn't working very well. At all.

He waited for Jane to let go and then SHOT. TOWARDS. HER. For he had the element of surprise. He pounced a little overboard, tackling her into the water. "I GOT YOU GIRL!"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:17 am


The force at which he shot at Jane was ALARMING... In that she was blind and she was picturing everything to be a lot more intense and cool than it really was. In reality she just got splashed in the face a little bit, but it felt like she was totally underwater and it was SO INTENSE. Yet again she had some fight or flight shit and she GRABBED ONTO HIM for dear life!
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:45 pm

Tobias thought victory was in the palm of his hands — that is, until Jane clinged onto him. No! Ya boi can't win against this technique!

Trying to keep them both afloat via a ridiculous doggy paddle, Tobias struggled to keep his head above water.

"I surrender! I surrender!"
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PostSubject: Re: Panic (finally) Sets In   Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:29 pm

She laughed, "VICTORY! Victory at last!" Jane reached out blindly, kicking for dear life, until she reached the side of the pool. "Ya girl Janey-Jane coming to kick butts and take names!"

Once she was reasonably sure they both wouldn't DROWN (shockingly, given their considerable doggy paddle talents), Jane just held onto Tobias. Probably could've let go, buuuuuuuuuuut



... Not that she'd admit that out loud. Oh no. Not now.

"So... What do I get for winning?"
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