Tally noticed his face going red and tried not to feel bad as she put his wheelchair in the backseat. She got in and put the ca in drive, peeling out of the parking lot quickly. "How was your day?" She asked.
"It was...better than most days." Daniel said, pretending to pick lint off his slacks until the red went down from his face and he could look up at her again.
Tally kept her eyes on the road. "How so?" She said, distractedly. She was remembering her dream last night.
"Jake didn't show his face." Daniel had to smile faintly at that. That was a huge relief today. Jake would usually tip him out of his chair and then leave him there until someone came along to help. But today, he was nowhere to be found. Daniel started to pull out his notebook and a pen.
Tally laughed. "I bet he didn't. " she'd never liked Jake. She pulled into her driveway and went around the help Daniel out.
Daniel waited where he was, carefully unbuckling himself and brushing his fingers over the photograph inside his notebook fondly.
Tally opened the door to help Daniel, and couldn't help but glance at the photograph in his notebook. She stepped back sharply, hitting an elbow on the car door and cursing softly. She kept backing up, one thought going through her mind--It was just a dream!
Daniel blinked up at Tally, bewildered.
"D-did I do something wrong?" He asked uneasily. He held his notebook tightly to his chest, watching her with worried gray eyes.
"N-no," she said, staying where she was. "It's just.... nothing." She forced herself to go to him and offer a hand. She first set his wheelchair on the ground and grimaced as memories of last night flooded her mind. That picture.... but no. That was a crazy thought, and she'd been down that road before. Shrinks had told her there was no such thing as a past life, though she'd always felt like she was in the wrong body, living a lie. Like she was really someone else.....
"Well...I'm sorry anyway." Daniel mumbled, meaning it as a joke. It came out worried, uneasy.
She smiled, helping him into his chair. "Lemme get the door," she said, hurrying away to unlock the house, and struggled to turn the key, she was so shaken up. Finally she got it and beckoned Daniel to come inside.
Daniel started to wheel forward, moving cautiously inside. He smiled a little at Tally as he made his way through the door. He kept his notebook on his lap, watching it to make sure it didn't fall off as he rolled himself forward. It started to slide off his lap.
Moving on instinct, Tally scooped up the notebook before it hit the ground. She found the girl's eyes in the photo again, on accident, and dropped it as though it burned. She stood there, stunned, and then became embarassed, shutting the door loudly. "Um... sorry," she said, picking it up gingerly. "Here." She gave him his notebook and then ran upstairs. "Be right back!" she yelled. She needed space... just for a second.
Daniel watched her go, confused and nervous. He wheeled himself forward a little bit more before carefully clutching his notebook to his chest. He watched the stairs with worried, silent eyes.
Tally dashed back downstairs with a piece of paper and a pen in hand. "Sorry," she muttered. "Now, let's go sit in the living room." She walked into the next room, hoping Daniel would follow. She had calmed down a little, and had decided to ignore her crazy feeling that she and the girl in the pricture were...... one.
Daniel nodded and silently followed after her. He moved slowly and carefully, keeping his eyes on his surroundings. He didn't want to run into anything, or knock anything over.
Tally plopped down on the couch and held her pen poised over the paper. "So, basics first," she said. "Oh--wait. Are you thirsty? Do you want anything to drink?" She wasn't used to having company. Before Daniel would have time to respond, her phone ring. She fished it out and checked the caller ID: it was Ryan. She sighed. "Hello?"
"Baby--I've missed you. Can I come over?"
Tally glanced at Daniel. "Um... no, you can't. I have... homework," she finished lamely.
"Okay," Ryan said, but she heard the doubt in his voice. And... she could hear something else too. A girl's voice-giggling.
"Where are you right now?" She asked Ryan, not meaning to ignore Daniel, but this was the last straw if Ryan was with some bimbo and wanting to see her.
"I...er, you're breaking up," Ryan said, and the line clicked dead. Tally stared at her phone in disbelief, then raised her eyes to Daniel's.
Daniel watched her patiently, quietly. He met her eyes, and instantly his heart beat faster. He couldn't shake it. He just...knew. He knew it was her. But he tried to push it aside anyway.
Tally was shaking she was so mad. "Do you mind if I call that jerk back?" she said. "It'll only take a second to break up with him."
"Th-that's okay." Daniel's eyes widened a little. The wrath in her eyes, it was familiar. Just the way she looked when she was angry or hurt. He swallowed hard.