Raa suddenly felt his conviction waver, his tongue sticking the roof of his mouth like it had been glued. He didn't know what he expected when he saw Marcus- it certainly wasn't for the junior to run into his arms declaring undying love, but it also wasn't the cold persona Raa instant equated with cold rejection.
Maybe he had been wrong. Maybe his stupidity in approaching Marcus with Taylor close enough to interfere had been the recipe for disaster Raa feared.
America is better, Raa heard again, as clearly as if his uncle were walking beside him, than Lebanon. But ignorance is univerisal.
Raa felt his face go hard, determined, the fluttering in his stomach fading to a distant discomfort of nerves to which he refused to fall prey. He grabbed Marcus' arm and pulled him into the nearest room that wasn't a classroom, and nearly gawked at the irony that it was, in fact, a male's restroom. He pushed on each stall door, watching them spring open, and was satisfied there were no prying ears to overhear their conversation.
Turning to face Marcus, arms crossed over his chest, he said, "You are not a thing. Taylor is an idiot and a bitch and if she thinks that about you, then she thinks it about my uncle and Kendall, and I will not live with that. Ignorance is universal, but I am not ignorant.
"And on top of that, I am not Eric Wilson. I do not play with people, I do not shove people into the closet when it's not convenient for me, and I do not talk about people behind their backs, especially when they actually mean something to me.
"I do, however, have a temper, though I swear I will never strike you. I will mess up and say the wrong thing. Hell, I'll probably even hurt you from time to time. But I'll feel like a dick afterward, and I will apologize when I'm wrong, I'll even bring you flowers, if that's what it'll take for you to forgive me."
Raa took a deep breath, eyes demanding, stance defensive as though he expected to get punched. "So?"
OOC: I am so curious as to how Marcus will answer that, lol! Or if he even knows what Raa is saying, because that was confusing in my own head!
"If he asks me what day of the week it is, I'll be sorely tempted to answer 'orange'." ~Chang WuFei,