“Smile!” Serena broke me out of my horrible flashback by pointing a camera in my face and surprising me with the flash that was somehow bright despite all the other lights around. She looked at the small screen on the back and laughed, holding it up to show me. “You look terrified!”
I forced a laugh, “Well yeah, that’s because I don’t do well on spinny rides! I’m trying to focus on not throwing up!”
She looked concerned for a moment, and gently rested a hand on my shoulder. “Seriously? I can get the man to let you off now if you like?”
I shook my head. “No, it’s fine. I’ve not eating anything yet today so don’t worry about it, it’ll be fine.”
She laughed nervously. “Alright, well if you’re sure.”
I smiled what i hoped was comfortingly, and shifted slightly in my seat, trying to get comfortable on the hard plastic while still being able to see her out of the corner of my eye. I steeled myself and gripped the bar in front of us tightly as the man announced over the tannoy that he was going to start the ride. Serena helpfully placed her hand over mine and squeezed it gently. I glanced over at her and smiled.
“I’ll be fine, seriously. Just please don’t take a photo of me making a stupid face, alright?” I joked.
“Good to hear!” She laughed, “I think I can comply with these terms.”
This was so fun to write. I’ve spent a lot of time really disliking Alex for always being kind of angsty and reluctant to admit he’s having fun. Serena is like the opposite of that, she only ever really does anything because she thinks it’s fun. I mean sure she had like schoolwork and whatever but she enjoys all the subjects she does and she’s just this unending ball of positivity and fun and creativity. Alex by contrast has made indifference a fine art. He spends so much time internally monologuing how great or terrible a situation is but outwardly he’ll always sort of be ‘meh, it’s alright.’ That’s what I don’t like about him, he rarely expresses himself. I gave him Serena to coax a genuine response out of him once in a while.
So there’s that.