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Wired Coffee Shop, New Gotham, Wednesday evening
Kyle had called and asked Dinah to meet him at Wired after classes.

Dinah was half-sure this was just a formality to dumping her, but... hey. At least he wanted to do it face-to-face? Which put him one up on Matt from high school, and was better than Jak's complete confusion about her this time last year.

So. Coffee it was. And maybe she'd have an extra few mochas after this conversation, to cheer her up.

[for the Stats Tutor, but open for phone calls.]

Kyle had to stand outside the door for nearly a minute psyching himself up. But after enough weird looks from people coming and going he finally managed to make himself go inside.

He spotted Dinah almost instantly and strode straight to her booth without stopping by the counter for anything first.

Ohhh, this was going to suck. She could tell. But at least she was in the right place for legal stimulants?

"Hey," she said, plastering a fake smile on her face. "I got here early."

"Hey. I see that." Kyle managed a smile.

He stood there awkwardly for a minute before sitting down across from her.

She fiddled with the straw on her mocha, not sure how to make this easy on him. Or if she should. Damnit.

"So, how was your Tuesday?"

...reflexes taking over apparently meant she could small-talk even when about to be dumped.

Kyle smiled a bit sadly, but didn't answer.

"So..." Awkward.

"Look. I'm sorry about the other day. I... should have handled that better." He wasn't sure how he should have handled things, but... she deserved better than what he'd given her.

Dinah shrugged, smile falling away. "It was new. Weird. You were shocked." She looked away. "I probably should have told you, not shown you. That didn't help."

"Maybe?" Kyle didn't sound convinced. "I mean... weird is weird, you know?"

He found he couldn't hold her gaze, and his eyes dropped to where his hands rested awkwardly on the table between them.

"Yeah." Dinah couldn't look at him. She took a sip of her drink, and less from any mercy for him, than just wanting it over with, said, "Look. I get it. You didn't sign up for this. No hard feelings."

Lie, lie, lie, but throwing a tantrum never helped the lead weight in her stomach when this happened.

"No, no! That's not what I meant!" Kyle was being an idiot. He wanted to facepalm about it, too.

"Not weird. Just... a shock, you know? And you were super-cool about it. I... appreciate the time to think, you know?"

He was saying 'you know' too much, wasn't he?

"Oh. Oh!" Um. What? "Sure. I mean. It was a shock for me. The first time. And this isn't even happening to you, so..." So? What did that mean? "Uh. What do you think now?"

"I think..."

You know, Kyle had always thought the most awkward conversation he'd have with Dinah was when they broke up. How in the world does not breaking up end up being so hard?

"I... look. If you're okay with it... I want to give us a shot. I mean, it'll take some adjusting, but..." You know?

"Oh," Dinah said, voice very small. "Yeah. I'd-- I'd like that." She took a breath from relief. Happy, but still very uncertain. "I won't use it on you. At all, if you don't want. I just-- thought you should know. You know?"

See, she could steal your words, Kyle. They helped!

Kyle smiled, sagging in relief himself. "I know. And... thanks."

"For trusting me."

"Thanks for not disappointing me," she said quietly, then bit her lip. "That's... not exactly all of it. But. The rest of it's really not as important."

"More surprises?" he asks with a wry grin. "Trying to give me a heart attack?"

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