Interlude: Official

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A deep voice cleared its throat behind Jocelyne, making her jump.

“Facebook? During work hours?” Mark’s voice boomed from over her shoulder. “Again?

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Jocelyne rolled her eyes, stifling a giggle. I should really offer him some acting lessons…


“That’s it.” He continued, drawing closer to her. “I think I’m gonna have to dock your pay for this one.” Mark winked at her, letting his stern mask finally fade.

“So slave labor, essentially?” She laughed. Her pay was already so pitiful that some days, her job felt almost like indentured servitude. “Do I look like a House Elf to you?”

Mark chuckled heartily. “I take it you’ve been enjoying your latest reading material.”

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Jocelyne nodded. She’d been flying through the books, and was already in the heart of Goblet of Fire. It was so fun to re-visit the series again after so many years — especially in the original English. “I’ll probably be bugging you for the next one by this weekend.”

Her boss opened his mouth to reply, but was interrupted by the soft creaking of a door opening across the room.

“Knock knock?” Elliot crossed the threshold, lingering uncertainly near the doorway.

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Jocelyne felt her heart flutter at the sight of his handsome face. “Elliot!” She called happily. “You’re early!”

He smiled softly at her. “Yeah, sorry about that… I figured you’d be working the front desk, so I’d just hang out there, but…” Elliot hesitated, his eyes flicking toward Mark. “It’s cool if I’m back here, right?”

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“Of course!” The older man smiled. “And actually…” Mark glanced down at his watch. “Why don’t you leave a few minutes early?” He offered Jocelyne.


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“Sure. You got all your filing done already – Thanks, by the way.” He added quickly. “So I don’t see why not.” Mark’s smile widened. “I just wish I had a sock I could offer you…”

Her eyes lit up. “Jocelyne is a free elf!” The young girl doubled over in laughter. Beside her, Mark did the same.

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Elliot shook his head, the amusement apparent on his face. “You guys are so damn weird.”

“And proud of it!” Jocelyne teased, her laughter finally dying away. “Thanks, Mark. You’re the best, seriously.”

“Have fun, you two.” He gave them each a small nod before retreating back to his office and closing the door behind him.

Jocelyne turned her attention back to Elliot. “Ready to go?” She leaned forward and planted a soft kiss on his cheek.

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He nodded. “Y’know… Your boss is actually pretty cool, for an old dude.” Elliot admitted as they headed out into the main library area.

“Oh come on, he’s not that old!” She laughed.  Okay, maybe a little old… Jocelyne added mentally. But who cares? “So where are you taking me tonight?”

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“It’s this awesome new restaurant Greg won’t shut up about.” Elliot beamed at her. “I thought it might be kinda fun to check it out.”

“With you there? More than kinda.” Jocelyne winked at him and took him by the arm as they headed out into the soft evening light together.


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“This was such a great idea… This place is amazing!” Jocelyne gushed as she stood with Elliot under the moonlight. Her stomach and heart were both so full as she looked into his sparkling eyes.

Elliot smiled crookedly at her. “Just like you.” He leaned forward then, and pressed his lips to hers.

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Jocelyne closed her eyes, smiling against his kiss. Today would mark one month since Elliot had asked her out on their first date. Where had the time gone? He’s so perfect… How the heck did I get so lucky?

“You’re beautiful.” He whispered as he finally broke the kiss. His eyes locked with hers for several long moments before he finally spoke again. “Hey, wanna come back to my place? Watch a movie or something? Greg went home for the weekend, so we can have a little peace and quiet.”

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Jocelyne’s heart fluttered in her chest. Back to his apartment? Alone? His roommate Greg had always been in the other room whenever she went over. A strange rush of excitement and fear coursed through her. Could this mean what I think it means?

She took a deep breath. “Okay.” Jocelyne replied at last. “Sounds great.”

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“Alright, you’re sure the book is better?” Elliot teased as the movie continued to play on the TV in front of them.

Jocelyne nodded enthusiastically. “It’s so much funnier and such a quick read. Mark got me totally hooked on the whole series, but you’ve gotta start on the first one. I really think you’ll like it.” She grinned.

He nodded. “Sure. Maybe next time I visit you down at the library I can check it out.”

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“Sounds great…” She replied almost dreamily as her eyes traced every inch of his face.

Maybe she’d had one too many drinks at dinner, or maybe she was just struck by the fact that they were finally alone together… But there was something about the way he looked bathed in the soft blue glow of the television. It almost made her weak in the knees.

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He must have noticed the way she was staring, because Elliot reached for the remote and paused the movie, never taking his eyes from Jocelyne’s face. “Jocelyne.” He said at last. “I’ve been thinking… And I really like you. A lot.”

“I like you too.” The girl whispered softly.

“So I just wanted to ask… Like, make it official…” Elliot paused for a moment. “Y-you’re my girlfriend, right?”

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Jocelyne’s heart skipped a beat at his words. Oh my God. OH MY GOD. She fought to keep her composure as she gave a tiny nod of her head. “Of course.” With a tiny hand she reached forward, pulling him toward her and planting a gentle kiss against his lips.

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Elliot melted eagerly into her embrace and opened his mouth against hers, deepening the kiss. Jocelyne did not hesitate, and returned the gesture with great enthusiasm. This is amazing. She thought, savoring the sweet taste as his mouth moved with hers.

And when his large, warm hands began to wander, she did not pull away…

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Jocelyne’s smile had still not left her face as she fumbled with the lock on the apartment door. Shit. She thought, wincing at how loud her entrance was. Clara was a very light sleeper, and she’d been so damn moody lately that Jocelyne feared what kind of wrath she’d have to endure if she woke her up.

To her surprise, she found her aunt sitting on the couch, wide awake.

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The purple-haired girl hastily wiped a few tears from her eyes… A gesture that Jocelyne did not miss. For a moment, her joy was replaced with concern. Clara’s behavior had been growing more and more worrying lately. What could be going on? In the back of her mind, Jocelyne had a vague idea… But she quickly chased it away, just as she always did.

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“Damn, you were out late.” Clara’s smile seemed forced, but at least it was a smile… Her moods were so unpredictable lately that Jocelyne hadn’t been quite sure what to expect.

“Yeah, guess I lost track of the time.” Jocelyne replied, hoping to hide any trace of worry from her face. “I was over at Elliot’s place.”

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She watched as her aunt looked her up and down for several moments. Then finally, her lips curled into a smile – a real, genuine smile. Maybe the first Jocelyne had seen in weeks. “Oh my FUCKING God. NO WAY.”


“AHHHH! You did it! HAH!” She jumped up from the couch. “You had sex with him, didn’t you?”

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Jocelyne laughed brightly, shaking her head. “Sorry to disappoint, but… No. Not tonight.”

Clara’s face fell instantly. “Oh. Well damn. Guess I shouldn’t break out the baking supplies, then…”

Well…” Jocelyne’s lips curled into a tiny smile as she thought back to how she and Elliot had spent their evening. “Maybe I don’t deserve a full-blown cake yet, but… I may have earned a cookie or two?”

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“YES!” Clara raised a fist above her head in triumph. “Okay stop being such a fucking tease… Tell me what happened! How far did you get?”

“You grab the eggs, I’ll grab the flour… And then maybe I’ll tell you.” Jocelyne teased.

“Alright, you’re on… But you’ve gotta give me ALL the nasty details, okay?”

Jocelyne simply laughed in reply.

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81 thoughts on “Interlude: Official

  1. OK, that was sweet. Seriously. Glad Jocelyne isn’t rushing. Poor Clara. You can see she’s torn between being happy for her niece and then being sad that Florian is away.

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    1. Yes, Clara is very torn! She misses Florian so much and hearing Joce talk about Elliot makes her jealous 😦

      And yes, Joce is sticking to some heavy petting for now LMAO And she is definitely enjoying herself 🙂


      1. I know, but at least she’s being nice to Jocelyne and not being outwardly bitter.

        In terms of Jelliot…I like Elliot but I’m not sure if I’m shipping them yet. I feel like he has the edge though. Mainly ‘cos of age…it just seems weird that Joce would go out with someone who’s her parents’ age, even though Tobi and Colette did have the twins so young. It would be less weird if Tobi and Colette were in their fifties or something like that…

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        1. Yes, Clara is being very nice and supportive right now, despite her own difficulties. I’m proud of her! 🙂

          And yes, age is a huge obstacle for everyone shipping Marklyne! I’m about to make it worse too — he’s actually OLDER than Tobi and Colette haha. He’s 44 — five years older than Tobi, four years older than Colette, and exactly twice Joce’s age (22)… (SUPER weird. Sorry #Marklyne hahaha)

          Elliot is actually two years YOUNGER than Joce (he’s 20). Huge edge there haha (plus he’s hot and gets along well with Jocelyne 😛 More points for the Jelliot!)


        1. A decision has been made! 😛 of course, if ToCo hadn’t been teen parents they’d likely be older than Mark is by a couple years… Not that it makes it much better XD


      2. I was imagining it more in the vein of my parents, who had me in their mid/late thirties…but people in this legacy seemed to be having kids younger and younger until this Gen. So I guess that’s why you’d imagine Tobi and Colette as only a few years older.

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        1. Yeah, my mom was 40 when she had me haha so if that were the case, it’d be very different with Jocelyne and Lucas hahaha. Mari was 37 when she had Clara. So far the oldest pregnancy/birth!


    1. Thanks, Amber! 🙂 I’m glad you like Jocelyne and Elliot together! They make a cute couple ^_^ We’ll see whether Clara reveals the truth! You’re right that she definitely needs to talk to someone. But will she?

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  2. Hahahahahahahaha! I love all the Marklyne gushing, followed by “Yes, yes, Elliot…” Ha!

    And yes, Clara and Jocelyne’s relationship has gone far since they were kids! Hopefully Clara will find the courage to open up… Keeping it all inside can’t be good for the poor girl!

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    1. Hahaha more Elliot distrust! 😛 Yes, he is being good and letting Joce only do what she’s comfortable with 🙂 We’ll see how it goes from here! 😛

      As for having things in common, I will definitely say that Joce probably has more in common with Mark than Elliot. But don’t they say opposites attract? 😛 (Look at Kayne and Emmalina from Joie’s apocalypse challenge! I don’t think I can name one thing they have in common XD)


  3. Awwwww 😀 I’m still in the Jocelyne/Mark area, but Elliot is growing on me =p The ‘Free Elf’ convo made me laugh so much! And Clara, you sweetheart – I’m glad to see you smile again 🙂 (Though you still need to tell people, dear)

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying both ships right now haha 😛 It’s nice to have some more Elliot fans! He doesn’t seem to have a huge following 😛 (he’s such a babe though. How can you not love that face? Haha) And I am happy you appreciated the house elf joke 😉

      And yes, smiling Clara! A rare sighting these days, unfortunately 😦 Thanks for reading! 😀

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  4. Ohh, poor Clara! She really needs to tell someone about this! It’s not going to be good for her to keep this secret, and she may have problems…mentaly and physically talking, stress is a powerful thing that can make enormous demage. Glad you are back!

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  5. Seriously a great chapter! And welcome back from camp 😁
    I actually thought Joce did it too.
    When is Clara gonna open up to anyone about what’s going on witb her?
    And did Gus finally tell Joce about him being gay?

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    1. Thanks for the welcome 😀 I can answer your questions (well, really only one :P)

      1. Knowing this family, she may never tell and wait for people to start noticing her baby bump LMAO
      2. Nope, he’s just lying and trying to downplay how miserable he is so that she stops bugging him haha


      1. I actually quite like Elliot. I don’t find him attractive but he seems like a genuine good guy that wants what’s best for Jocelyne. I’m definitely shipping those two!

        And I think you’re right about opposites attracts. It’s definitely true looking at my relationship with my bf, though we do have some things in common.

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  6. Welcome back! I hope you had a great time at the camp.

    How is it possible Jocely can’t see how handsome Mark is? And they are both so Potter-geeky! Just perfect for each other. Elliot on the other hand seems a bit boring so far. Well at least she’s talking about Mark. He could still get between her and Elliot even if only because of her talking about him too much. 😀 Although Mark doesn’t seem interested in her anyway. Otherwise he wouldn’t let her go out with Elliot so easily. No feelings there. *sigh* A girl can still dream.

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    1. Thanks, camp was awesome! 🙂 I love that you’re so into Marklyne haha They definitely do have a lot in common! Two fellow bookworms (both in-game and in-story :P)


  7. Welcome home from camp! 🙂 I’m glad to see that things are going so well with Joce and Elliott! He seems like a sweetheart. Mark does too actually, but I wonder if it’s anything more than merely friendly workplace interactions…

    Also, I know that lot that you used for the date! I have it in my Goth legacy save too. It’s such a gorgeous restaurant and I’m glad these two were seated outdoors! It’s so romantic out on that deck. 🙂

    Seeing the girls bond over baking and cookies warms my heart. And I bet it must have helped Clara a bit too. 🙂

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    1. Thanks exo! 🙂 I love that restaurant 😀 It’s very beautiful! ^_^ Joce and Elliot certainly enjoyed it 😉 And I loved that little scene with Joce and Clara 😀 I’m glad you did too!

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  8. My hatred towards Elliot becomes more intense. Joce and Mark make a perfect Harry Potter reference and he ruins it with “You guys are so weird” (or something like that). Can you believe it? I am very disappointed.

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  9. Hehe the HP jokes were awesome 🙂 I’m quite fond of Mark, he seems like a great person and a very chill boss. So nice to see Joce so high on life right now. Elliott seems ok, I guess. He doesn’t hugely excite me (and I personally don’t really find him all that hot either), but hey, as long as Joce is into him and he keeps treating her well, I’m happy for her. Don’t reLly think he’s the love of her life, though.

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    1. I’m so sad, I find Elliot so hot hahahaha. At least Joce agrees with me? 😛 Glad you liked the HP Jokes! I am quite partial to Mark too. He is awesome, and very young at heart. I have fun writing scenes with him 🙂


      1. Heh exactly, it doesn’t really matter if I consider him hot, what matters is if Joce does 🙂 He’s not ugly by any means though. I guess what doesn’t help is that we still don’t know anything about his personality or his interests, we just know that he seems like a nice enough guy who’s fairly good-looking, which just makes me feel very meh about him.

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  10. She earned cookies! HAHAHAHA! I wanted to hear the nasty details too! I guess I’ll just have to use my imagination. I still like Mark a lot and I also agree with some of the other readers about Elliot seeming off somehow. Almost too good to be true? Still, I can’t wait for Jocelyn to introduce him to the fam and see Tobi’s reaction. Somehow I feel Tobi might be an overprotective Dad when it comes to his only daughter. Plus, Clara you NEED to tell someone about your pregnancy. I know she wants to tell Florian in person but that’s ridiculous! He should know right away. Is she planning on waiting until she well into her second trimester to tell him he’s gonna be a father? They both need to start planning from now, even if it’s from long distance.

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    1. Oh yeah, I can totally picture overprotective Tobi! But we’ll see, I guess 😉

      And yes, Clara needs to tell someone for sure! She is being ridiculous right now. Can we blame it on pregnancy brain? 😛

      And as for Joce’s nasty details… Sadly, we never get those 😉 So keep imagining 😛 Probably something involving wandering hands and heavy petting LMAO

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  11. Yay you’re back! How was camp? 🙂

    I loved this chapter. So far, Eliot seems nice. I like that he is showing interest in what Joce likes (Harry Potter), and that he didn’t immediately force her to go all the way, but things are progressing slowly.
    Mark is of course super nice as well, but I still think he might be a bit old for Joce. Not to mention he’s her boss. Any sort of romantic thing between them would be frowned upon, at least.

    And poor Clara 😦

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    1. Thanks sonnie! Camp was very fun but also exhausting!

      Joce is definitely enjoying her relationship with Elliot, and they’ve both been on the same page about moving slowly, thankfully! And yes, Mark is a great guy too! But also a lot older and her boss 😛

      And as for Clara… 😦 My heart breaks for her, but I also wanna smack her across the face and convince her to tell Florian the truth! Hahaha


    1. Hahaha she’s had one ever since she became a YA, but I’m not sure if we’ve been able to see it before. 🙂

      The reasoning behind her tattoo is kind of amusing, I guess? So when I gave Clara and Lucas their YA makeovers, both of them (unintentionally) ended up with owl tattoos (hers is across her chest and his is on his arm) so I decided that the owl/bird thing must have some sort of meaning to them. So when I decided I wanted Joce to have a little tattoo, I gave her the three birds, and the three birds represent Luc, Clara, and Gus. ^_^ And when Gus is a YA I am going to give him some sort of bird tattoo too (maybe another owl? we’ll see). I like to imagine that there’s some sort of inside joke there about the Rosebrook/Klein kids all being “birds of a feather”, so they all got bird tattoos 😀

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  12. This was such as sweet interlude – really felt like real people – the house elf jokes, the cookies. Those are things regular people do and joke around with so I really really relate! And now I want cookies – although proper chocolate chip cookies. 😛

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  13. There’s something about glasses, a beard, humor, and intelligence in a man that’s so hard to resist. I just can’t help it, I love Mark so much! He’s not too old to help Jocelyn father the next generation. Okay, hear me out. The American could just help her get some experience, so she’s not brand new at relationship things (not just sex). Then, when that has run it’s course, she’ll be ready to date an older man, a man like Mark.

    I love him y’all, don’t you understand?

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    1. Hahahahaha another diehard #Marklyne fan! 😀 I love how passionate you are about it 😛 We’ll see, I guess? Right now she is quite happy with Elliot 😛

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  14. Oooh, cookie status, huh, girl? 😛 Again, great for Joce and Elliot! I hope you and Mark… uh… I mean… Elliot will be happy together… Did that fool anyone? No? Well, then… #TEAMMARKLYNE4EVA 😉

    Clara…. (>’ . ‘)> many hugs for you… Can Florian just come back already?!

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  15. Gus is starting to feel better? Yay!!! Does that mean he’s told someone, that everyone know’s or that he’s ready to let someone know? Hmm…I can’t wait to see what happens 🙂

    What a great boss/friend Joce has (If only ALL were like that!) 😀

    Wow! Elliot and Joce have been together for a month already? Time does certainly fly 😛 They seem so happy together and it’s so lovely to see Joce so happy 😀 I’m so proud of her for taking things slow and REALLY glad he’s not being pushy! *’phew’ wipes head*. I love how she’s starting to get him interested in Harry Potter as well XD (I’m suspicious that something might happen in the future, as courses don’t always run so smoothly for your characters 😛 However, I shall remain perfectly happy for them both until or unless something happens in the future 😉 )

    It was so great to see her and Clara getting on together like that (especially Clara – putting on a smile for her niece – she’s so supportive), I look forward to Clara making her a cake one day! The thought of it makes me laugh, it’s definitely something she would do XD

    Hmm…Joce has an idea of what Clara is going through…I wonder if she’s right in her suspicions (she can be a pretty good detective 😛 ). Poor Clara 😥 *Big hugs*

    Also, welcome back! I hope you had a great time at camp 🙂

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    1. Thanks Nessy! 😀 Camp was great!

      We’ll hear more about Gus in a few chapters, so I won’t say much there 😛 And yes, already a month for Joce and Elliot! And they’re both being good about taking things slow, though Clara also looks forward to the day she can bake Joce a cake 😉

      We’ll also find out soon what Joce’s suspicion is about poor Clara. Lots more to come 😉

      Thanks so much for reading, as always 😀


  16. (I know I’m like the 70th person to put a comment and probably everything I’m going to say has already been said but meh I don’t care)
    Yay! You’re back!! XD
    Also, even though Parker and Jocelyne are adorable together, I can’t help sense the chemistry between her and her boss, which is a bit weird because he’s wayyy older then her….
    *message to Clara* Tell someone!! It’s going to get worse if you don’t!! I’m worried for her…
    Anyways happy that the chapters are back!! I was getting pretty bored without them! XD

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    1. I’m laughing at the fact that you forgot Elliot’s name LMAO 😂 And yes, Clara totally needs to tell someone!

      I’m glad you’re happy the chapters are back 😀 So am I!


    1. Hahahahaha I was wondering if that was where you got it from XD It’s ok 😛 Elliot will take it as a compliment, because I love Parker ❤ Hehe


    1. Hahaha another Mark fan! 😛 And I think you might have! We found out what was happening with Gus I think like two chapters before this one? and we find out stuff about Clara too… did you miss those? 🙂 I think those are the last two chapter before this interlude

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  17. OK Mark…Mark makes her laugh…Elliot is just nice on the eyes…Mark..Mark and her have similar interests…Elliot is just easy on the eyes…Mark is fun and intelligent and goofy…Eliiot…is just eye candy boo…

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  18. This chapter is honestly so cute. Her and Eliot are adorable, but I like Mark better. If only he wasn’t so much older. I think Mark is cuter as well. His personality fits better with hers, but who knows.
    Clara pick up the gosh danged phone! Just call him QAQ

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