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Jen & Priestly's place, Santa Cruz, Wednesday afternoon
Dinah's vacation was half-over, but she couldn't say it hadn't been full. Aside from the Showdown on Sunday, yesterday had resolved things for Trucker, Piper, and Jen and Fuzzy. Awwwwwwww! Next bit of awesome: Kennedy was back in contact!

She'd also lost her bet/challenge/deal with Priestly, so, Red Boots Fashion Show time it was.

There might have just been a tiny problem with the lacings. And her nerves.

[for denizens of Santa Cruz, phone calls, and texts!]

"There's something you and Priestly have in common," Tish noted. She leaned out the door, careful not to give the people -- or rather, Priestly -- a look at Dinah yet. "Hey Piper, you mind running to my place?"

"She need better skirts?" Piper guessed.

Tish grinned and held out her key. "I've got a black mini that I think would work, but grab a couple things. The boots come up a few inches above the knee."

Priestly looked back and forth between them. "I'll help," he decided.

"Better than sitting here wondering," Tish agreed. She pulled back and closed the door. "Okay. If Priestly gives her a ride, Piper shouldn't be more than ten minutes or so."

Dinah snickered, then sat down again, studying how the boots looked. "Cool. And thanks. I know it's stupid, it's Priestly, but I want to do it right. Might as well go all out..." She grinned. "And you're not wrong. Although he and Claudia hit it off real fast, but I always wondered how much of that was Claudia knowing what she wanted."

"That's his ex, right? He's mentioned her before." She nodded. "And hey, like I said, if you're gonna do it, go all out. It's fun to watch Priestly's eyes bug out of his head." She tilted her head. "You two never. . . ? 'Cause I seriously thought you guys were dating when he first started talking about you."

"Yup. They dated for most of our junior year, but she had to go back to Connecticut. What?" She blinked at Tish, surprised. "No! What did he say that made you think we were?"

Tish shrugged. "You were all tight and teasing on the phone with each other. I don't know, I guess I never had any real guy friends before, but that sounded like flirting to me."

"Ohhh." And hello, other reason Tish might not have acted interested. "Nope. I think about two weeks after we met, we just got to be best buds, and that hasn't ever really changed." Hormone week and amnesia and weird weekends did not count. "I love him to death, he's my go-to guy when I'm upset. But otherwise, nope." She slid a look over at Tish. "I've had other guy friends. Being a jockette. I tease all of them." Did Tish get that?

"Oh, I totally get it, now." Not really. "And he always said you guys were just friends. And I know he teases Jen, too. So you're really not into him that way, huh?"

Testing the waters to avoid possible resentment later? Maybe.

"Nope," Dinah said, cheerful. And secretly gleeful at the question being asked. "I think he's very cute and sweet, but the spark just never happened."

Keep saying 'never', Dinah. "...how about you?"

"Uh huh." Tish didn't entirely believe it, but hey, if Dinah was too oblivious to make a move, then that was her problem. "Are you asking if I 'like-like' Priestly?"

"Maaaybe." Dinah held her hands up. "I won't tell him, whatever you say. But I have to wonder, I'm his best friend." And if Tish just definitely wasn't, well... she could stop Priestly from doing something that would hurt himself. Without getting specific.

"Is this the part where you threaten me if I hurt him?" Tish asked. It wasn't quite an answer, but it wasn't really not one, either.

"Priestly wouldn't let me. But I could." Dinah quirked her lips. "I wouldn't anyway. Stuff happens. Sometimes it's nobody's fault." Which she knew from her own fairly recent break-up. "And I don't think you'd do it deliberately. You're not that girl."

That would be Selene. Who Dinah would bitch-slap if she ever even showed up.

Tish looked at Dinah with a new respect. "Yeah," she said. "Thanks." Most people just went for the hyperbolic threat whether it made sense or not. "I do," she admitted. "I don't think he'd go for my usual lines, though."

"What are they? ... although, he's known you for a year, he's probably seen most of them, hunh."

"And called me on them," Tish said cheerfully. "It's not my fault if most of the guys around here are dumb enough to fall for 'I've never had a guy pleasure me properly before'."

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