So Diane finally had the chance to meet the legendary Mara. She had this fear that she hadn’t started their relationship off on the right foot. Perhaps accusing her of being out of shape and out of practice was not the way to start on the right foot.
But then again—Tensions were high. Andy had been kidnapped, everyone was concerned—Diane herself was scared and worried and she could only imagine that Mara was completely and utterly terrified.
Maybe now that Andy was safely in their medic room—Now that they were all safe—Mara would understand, right? Even still—maybe she shouldn’t mention the sleeping with Colin part.
It wasn’t hard to figure out where Mara would be. She hadn’t left Andy’s side since they brought him back. If Diane ha a brother—she expected she would do the same.
Mara just looked up and gave Diane a nod as she entered. That was—promising? “I just wanted to apologize—“ Diane said quietly, “For accusing you of not being good enough.”
“I don’t think you accused me—“ Mara’s voice was a bit horse, but still gentle, “I think you just implied that I was out of practice.” She turned around to face Diane properly, dropping Andy’s hand back onto the bed for perhaps the first time since they brought him home.
“Well, then I’ sorry for implying. I know you’re good. I just expect that I was jealous. Territorial. I know my spot is technically yours. It was a knee-jerk reaction.”
“I understand,” Mara actually smiled at that, and Ava’s description came back to Diane. Mara’s a very good heart who has been forced to do some really bad things. “No, I really do. And to put you at your ease, I don’t want to take your spot away from you. I didn’t come here to make your life difficult—I just wanted my brother back. I forgive you for implying, and…” There was a pause and Mara dropped her gaze back to her hands. Diane noticed she was fidgeting with a small piece of ribbon and wondered where that had come from. “And—it’s okay that you’re sleeping with Colin. Not that either of you needed my permission or anything but, just, clear the air and—Yeah.”
Diane didn’t blush easily, but this was an awkward situation all the way around. “Oh. You know about that.”
“I recognize the looks, yeah,” Mara shrugged, “Colin doesn’t know I know—I mean, at least not yet. I’m going to tell him too, it’s just a bit more—complicated with him. But, I’m okay with it. Well, I’m not okay with it, but I understand. Does that make any sense at all?”
“Yeah,” Diane shifted her weight slightly. Diane had done a lot of stupid and awkward things in her life, but this was the worst so far. “For—well, for what it’s worth. Colin and I are just physical, you know. I mean I think he still—“
“Don’t!” The word came out of Mara like a punch. Diane actually took a step back. “Don’t say it. Don’t think it. Don’t even.” Mara shook her head and pulled the smile back on her face. “It’s complicated—let’s just leave it at that.”
“I’m sorry,” Diane wasn’t sure what she was apologizing for, but it seemed like the right thing to do at the moment.
“It’s okay,” Mara sighed, picking up Andy’s hand again, “You don’t know the extent of it, I’m willing to bet. Do me a favor, huh? Grab Ava. I want to talk to her about what she’s got Andy on.”
“Sure,” Diane turned and headed out of the med room—not sure if they were on better or worse terms than when she went in there.