We sing along to "Forever Young"

Where the wealthiest citizens are housed.
Few will ever afford it, but you can dream.

Shaun Nolan
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Jul 29 2016, 07:31 AM #16

"I just flat out don't thin that's true," he admitted. "But now that I know that that's how you feel...I won't let it happen again."

He felt drained all of a sudden. This was trying, and yes, Cassie was high maintenance...very high maintenance, and sometimes that was a lot for him to deal with, especially right now, when he felt that he was on the chopping block for something that wasn't really his fault. He didn't think that he had done anything wrong, but she was fragile in a lot of ways - she didn't have the rough edges that he did, she didn't have anything in her life that had in any way built toughness, and that wasn't her fault.

It was frustrating, yes, but ultimately, not her fault.

"I'm not..."[/]b he sighed. "Cassie, I'm really, really sorry that you're hurt, but sometimes in life, you just...have to deal with things that you don't want to hear. I didn't bring it up, and if Matty hadn't said anything, I probably wouldn't have. There's no reason to hurt you, but once it was out, I wasn't going to lie to you, and honestly, Cass, I haven't lied to you. I've been painfully honest with you, but..." he sighed. "I love the way you look in the morning with no makeup, before you've done your hair, I think you're cute as fuck when you haven't put your look together all the way, it drives me INSANE how sexy you are when you're being smart...and I'm not going to demean those truths by lying to you about something like this...or anything at all." He bit his lip. "and I really, really hope that this doesn't mean you're lying to me about things."

Because...yeah, that was a worry.

"I'll keep my mouth shut sometimes, you know, the whole "if there isn't something nice to say about it, don't say anything" sort of thing, but Cass...I'm never going to lie to you. I get that there are a lot of lies in the world that you're from, but...that's just not me." He shrugged. "And I won't apologize for that. I want the truths that I tell to make you feel good, and if you know I"m full of shit half the time...well, those truths? They'll stop making you feel good, Cassie, and soon, nothing I say would be able to, and we'd fall apart." He took a deep breath, reaching up, raking a hand through his hair. "I don't want that."

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Cassie Ross
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Jul 29 2016, 08:10 AM #17

"I mean, I'm not saying you can't dance, but...it's different when it's just us. Your band mates? They already don't like me, and that's fine, because I don't like at least one of them." Cassie didn't know much about Lacey, other than the fact that she didn't seem anything like Britney Spears or Taylor Swift, what she'd assumed Lacey would be like, and she wasn't totally fond of that. Then, there was the jealousy Cassie felt, because Shaun spent so much time with his band and those two other people. She didn't admit it -- didn't want to -- but...the jealousy was definitely there and very much alive.

She listened to her boyfriend as he explained how he wasn't going to lie to her and how he probably wouldn't have said anything, and when he started listing the things he liked about her -- compliments -- she couldn't help how she broke into a smile, even though she knew she didn't look so great when she wasn't all dolled up. All guys seemed to like that, so...she'd give him points there. "I mean, I don't lie." She just...didn't always tell him the complete truth, or all of what she thought of something, and last she'd checked, keeping out details didn't count as a lie.

Cassie inhaled and exhaled, deeply and slowly. Her feelings were hurt, and...she was still embarrassed, but...she didnt want to fight with Shaun, because she didn't want this to end, either. She cared for him a lot, and...ugh, why were relationships so hard? "I guess I understand," she replied with a shrug.

"I...don't want that, either." Cassie leaned forward and pressed her lips for his, because at least they still had this going for them...and it'd been a little longer than usual since they'd last kissed, and...well...he hurt her feelings. She deserved this.
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Jul 29 2016, 08:22 AM #18

"Okay." He nodded, biting his lip. "Look, I didn't mean for you to be embarrassed, alright?" he said softly. "And...I'm sorry that Matty was a jerk to you...and that he's always a jerk to you." He reached up, moving some of her hair behind her ear, smiling gently at her. He didn't like fighting with her, but he knew that it was a part of the territory. Their worlds? They were different. They had a lot more to wade through than a lot of other couples, because the things that they had going for them were completely and totally different and...well, he just wanted to be happy, and he wanted the same for her.

"okay, if you're not lying, I"m happy." He nodded. THat was really all that he needed to hear. Dishonesty...that was problematic. Not saying something to spare someone's feelings? That was different, but lying was a slippery slope, and he didn't want to go down that road. IF they were going to work, they had to be honest with each other going forwards, and if that was on the table, well, he felt alright about things. Was it tough that she was so fragile? Yes, but they would work at that, and she definitely seemed to be putting forth effort. "I'm glad," he said with a smile. "That you understand, and again, I'm really sorry that your feelings were hurt."

He was glad that she didn't want their relationship to fall apart. He cared deeply for her, and yes, they had a lot of difficulties, but at the end of the day, he loved her, and he was willing to jump through a lot more hoops than he already had for that. "Good, because...if you did, that would be problematic." He returned her kiss gently, pulling her in close. "You okay, Cass?" he asked softly. He wanted to make sure that she would be alright, that they would. He sometimes forgot that her feelings were so tender, and yes, he wanted to find a way to toughen her up, but...he just didn't know how without hurting her more.

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Jul 29 2016, 08:56 AM #19

This…was starting to turn out better. After all, it was exactly what she wanted -- some kind of apology from him, because he was in the wrong for a few things today, and she deserved at least one. "I mean, I get he has feelings for you, but that doesn't mean he has to hate me for being with you, because I obviously make you happy." Cassie didn't like fighting with him, either, because…well, it was so easy to walk away. She could have any guy she wanted, and she'd chosen him; he was lucky to have her, and she wanted him, so…he needed to see and understand that she wasn't…permanent. She loved him, but if he wasn't willing to make sure she also felt wanted, even in front of his friends, she just…well, she didn't want to go there right now.

Cassie smiled. She wasn't lying, but…she didn't have a problem with lying, nevertheless. She was used to it; her home was filled with it. But…she wasn't going to argue with him, because he clearly thought lying was bad, and she didn't want to start arguing with him yet again.

Of course she didn't want them to fall apart. Even though they were so different, she was happy being in a relationship with him on most days. It'd been fun having him chase after her in the beginning, and it was fun when he chased after her on occasion even today. "I'm…fine," Cassie replied with a shrug. She was okay, but she was still a little more sensitive than usual, and she definitely wasn't going to to back out there. Nope -- she was going to plop herself on the couch and turn on something she'd recorded on the DVR and watch that whilst she ate her mango cubes.
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Jul 29 2016, 09:05 AM #20

Shaun didn't say anything about Matty having feelings for him. That was bull and he knew it, but he wasn't going to get into it with her about that. His friendship with Matty went a long way back, and he knew that it was a little tough for Matty for Shaun to be splitting his time like that. Did he approve of the way that Matty treated Cassie? Absolutely not, but he also didn't really approve of the way that Cassie treated Matty, and he definitely didn't want to get in the middle of it, especially not today.

He could try as hard as he wanted, but if they didn't like each other, they didn't like each other, and that wasn't going to be changed by anything that he said or did.

"I'm glad that you're okay," he said with a gentle smile, kissing her on the forehead. She was so fragile sometimes, but Shaun was a patient man, and that was probably one of the main things keeping them together - his patience. He was able to make things work, to make sure that they made sense, and now? Now he was just hoping that he would be able to figure out a way to thicken her skin a little bit, because she wasn't going to survive in the world forever without a little toughness to her.

"I'm gonna go back and finish up practice," he said. "And then when we're done, maybe in like an hour, you and I can go get some food?" Dating Cassie was expensive, and he couldn't always afford the best for her, but he liked being able to take her out when he could, and tonight definitely seemed like the kind of night he should take her out. He wanted to take her to shatter's, maybe, if she'd let him. "Sound good?" He gave her another soft kiss.

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Jul 29 2016, 09:59 AM #21

If it weren't for the feelings Cassie thought Matty had for Shaun, she might've seen the best friend-being-annoyed-by-the-significant-other, because she had that problem with Jill. Jill couldn't stand Shaun, and it made things awkward and difficult and weird between her and Jill, but...there wasn't much she could do. She didn't like the way Jill spoke of Shaun and put him down, but Jill was her own person, with her own thoughts and opinions and voice, and she'd made such loud and clear. It was one of the reasons they didn't hang out much anymore.

Of course, if Shaun mentioned he had a similar problem between he and Matty, Cassie wouldn't necessarily understand right off the bat. She lived in her own little world, even though there was a much bigger world on the outside of her in which she lived, and it handicapped her, keeping her from viewing the world for what it actually was. Her rich girl privilege didn't help matters, either. With everything having ever been handed to her, Cassie was so used to getting what she wanted she didn't know how to handle not getting what she wanted.

She nodded, grinning at the dinner plans. "Sounds great," she replied, kissing him a little deeper before she finally released him. He needed something to look forward to, after all, and since he hadn't addressed Matty's feelings for him, she had to make sure to keep him interested. Once he left for the garage, she left, with her bowl of mango cubes, for the couch in the living room. She turned on the TV and found an episode of Guilt in her queue. It was...a little lawyer-y, to an extent; to be punny, it was her guilty pleasure. "Who killed Molly?" was practically the million-dollar question, and the show's first-ever preview had totally reeled her in.

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