Misdate [18 Thory 4262]
I hadn't seen Mynthë since I dropped zir/him off four days ago after we had a very nice time at the pool, so I went to zir home after work. Zie was there, and zir Cani roommate brought zir out to me. We sort of stared at each other nervously a bit. The Cani roommate, being Cani and thus more socially aware than all the Zi Ri and Herethroy in the city put together, delicately left the room.
Mynthë :"I'm so sorry, Sythyry."
Me:"It's fine ... I'm not pregnant ... "
Mynthë :"Pregnant? Oh, all staring gods, I could have gotten you pregnant! I never thought of that ..."
Me:"No, actually you couldn't have."
Mynthë :"It was just two of us ... I'm so stuck in Herethroy mind that I didn't even think about what being in a two-sexed species would mean. I am so sorry Sythyry."
Me:"I didn't think about it at the time either. I went into a bit of a panic about it later. "
So Mynthë went into a frenzy of self-hatred and tried to break up with me. I don't remember the words exactly, and they weren't very coherent anyways. "I'm so horrible ... I'm the worst Herethroy ever, and just as bad when I'm a biped ... I just used you, magic and body ... I don't blame you for dumping me, I'd dump me too."
Me:"I'm not dumping you!"
Mynthë :"You're stupid then."
Me:"Maybe. Maybe just desensitized. I just spent the afternoon trying to get a nendrai not to see a countess's surrogate baby. You're really not very intimidating compared to that." Not the most romantic thing to say, but frenzy of self-hatred isn't very romantic to me.
Mynthë :"Oh, you want me to be the bad guy and dump you. I deserve that..."
Me:"Actually I'd like you to calm down and come to Candledance with me." I had been planning somewhere nicer and more expensive, but I sort of got the impression that zie might explode on me and stomp out of dinner early. Which would work best for me if we're at a restaurant where you pay by the hour, rather than a prix-fixe menu, say. That's kind of an adventurer way to think about it, which should bother me but doesn't anymore.
Mynthë :"You'd be seen with me that way, Sythyry."
Me:"And you'd be seen with me."
Mynthë :"Everyone would think ... "
Me:"They'd think something that's generally true. Perhaps that I'm often found in the company of other species, or that I don't like to eat alone. Some people might even think that I am choosing a better grade of companion, since you're not Dustweed."
Mynthë:"Oh ... Dustweed ... if you can be seen with zir, I'm not much worse."
Me:"And considerably better company, I believe." I didn't actually completely believe it that instant, but my records say that zie usually is good company.
Mynthë :"Right then. I'll need a few minutes to get ready."
So I sat in the fire and waited for zir to go into the bathroom and splash a couple buckets of water over zirself, and come out looking all calm and collected. Then I rode zir shoulder to Candledance.