We are in the home stretch now. Just one week left of starting random stories that will take months to finish. Although it’s been difficult at times and often seemed fruitless, I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot about my writing process and how to push through the “blank page paralysis” that often trips up writers. I’ve also tried out different story styles I never thought I’d ever write.
I am worn out, though. It’s getting harder and harder to come up with fresh stories. My wrists are killing me from the way they sit on the laptop. And I’m just plain exhausted from the mental challenge of writing that many words consistently over a long period. Next month is going to be a chill month for sure.
Anyway, on to today’s recap.
Day 24: mistake
We’re going canon-divergent again because it’s easier that way. Two years have passed since the Ark was sealed up. Being stuck in a small, confined space should be second nature to the residents of Arkadia. I mean, this is how they grew up. But even for them, it’s proving tedious.
It doesn’t help that things keep breaking all over the Ark. Bellamy has no idea why Raven sent him and Clarke to check the pressure on the water pipe. She said he could handle it. When will Raven learn to send the professionals. One little tap and the gauge went flying. Bellamy and Clarke are soaked. Air was a problem in space, but on the ground, water is precious.
They managed to get the water shut off before too much is wasted. Maybe the stress is getting to them because they can’t stop laughing. And Clarke can’t stop looking at Bellamy’s lips. And Bellamy can’t stop- Well, Bellamy just can’t stop himself. He’s tired of waiting.
The kiss is soft and sweet and damn near perfect. For him. Clarke doesn’t react as well. She’s not sure if she’s ready for things to change. Bellamy’s tired of hearing excuses, but he can’t stand to see Clarke cry, either. So he’ll just step back and keep waiting.
Octavia, though, is sick of watching Clarke walk all over her brother. She’s barely speaking to Bellamy, but that doesn’t mean can’t care about him. Bellamy’s too emotionally raw to deal with her after Clarke just broke his heart. Again.
So, yeah, this story starts with a kiss and things just spiral out of control after that. I told you I have trouble writing fluff. This is pure angst. I honestly haven’t decided which direction I’m taking the story. I only planned until Bellamy talks to Octavia. After that it’s up in the air.
Clarke froze at first, but then her mouth softened to his touch. He could barely believe this was finally happening. Every inch of him vibrated with anticipation.
Then Clarke jerked away. He could feel her tense in his arms, so he slowly let go, making sure she was steady on her feet. She took a step back. Then two. She wasn’t looking at him, and his world crashed in around him.
“I can’t do this, Bellamy. I can’t do this now.”
“Then when, Clarke? It’s been two years, and I don’t know if I can-” He didn’t know how to finish that sentence. It sounded too much like an ultimatum, and that’s not what he wanted. He covered his eyes with his hand and took a deep breath. “Clarke-”
“This was a mistake.”
Octavia fell into step next to him. “How long are you going to let her keep breaking your heart?”
“I don’t know what you’re talking about.” He sped up, but Octavia kept pace.
“Yes you do. You keep going back for more, and she keeps kicking you down. I don’t get it.”
He stopped to glare at her. “What do you care anyway? You’ve made it perfectly clear that I’m not welcome in your business. Well, it goes both ways. So mind your own business and leave me alone.”
Day 1 – survive (surviving is only the beginning)
Day 2 – redo (head trauma is no joke)
Day 3 – sunshine (can’t appreciate the sun without walking in the darkness)
Day 4 – fear (fear keeps them apart)
Day 5 – inside (inside is where it hurts the most)
Day 6 – share (sharing is caring) FINISHED!
Day 7 – annoy (we always annoy the ones we love)
Day 8 – guard (like season one but on the Ark)
Day 9 – Heaven (Bellamy is great with kids)
Day 10 – blood (nothing like a quick dip to wash away your sins)
Day 11 – promise (promises are made to be broken)
Day 12 – discover (talk to him before deciding he’s a jerk)
Day 13 – together (“my mom’s totally not going to figure out we’re faking it”)
Day 14 – try (trying to push the rover out of the mud is hard)
Day 15 – experiment (“where are the keys to these cuffs?”)
Day 16 – illusive (hallucinations are confusing)
Day 17 – phone (the ultimate game of phone tag)
Day 18 – trust (Clarke trusts Bellamy with more than her life)
Day 19 – threat (going back to Arkadia was a bad idea)
Day 20 – breath (not much of a winter wonderland)
Day 21 – fall (Bellamy never listens)
Day 22 – mind (getting up on the wrong side of the bed)
Day 23 – writer’s choice (Hollywood… The 100 style)
Handle with Care – share (day 6)