Noticing the flat expression on Garnet's face at Zidane for the first time, Nanaki paused, "Uhhh...sorry if I interrupted anything... I'll see you guys later." He smiled akwardly and moved past them, into the house.
He watched as Nanaki went into the house, then turned back to Garnet. He wanted to talk with her but wasn't quite sure if she'd listen to him; Zidane had done a lot of weird stuff to Garnet that he felt he should apologize for, and it seemed appropriate to him to start off the new school year forgiven for his ways. Not that he'd give up those ways, of course. "Can we go out back or something?" Zidane asked. "I wanna talk to you, just for a few minutes."
Garnet smiled slightly at Nanaki before clenching her hands into fists and forcing a nice, warm smile. Or so she thought that it was a 'nice, warm smile'. "Yeah, let's talk outside," she told him in a strange cheery voice, before looking over her shoulder and waving at Tidus. "I'm sorry, but I'm just stepping out, all right?"
By the way she sounded Zidane knew he was in trouble with her. He didn't know how bad, but just in case, he looked for the best hiding spot and escape route. Running down the street might work if he's fast enough, and there was a tree not too far from where they were standing that he hoped he could climb. He looked at Garnet. "I'm really, really sorry about running off.."
Garnet scowled at him. "You really don't need to look for a place to run to, you know," she said, closing the door quietly behind her. "For one thing, it's not like I'm going to maim you or anything for ditching me halfway here." She bit the inside of her cheek again thoughtfully, choosing her words carefully. As much as she wanted to be harsh and cold, she didn't exactly want to ruin other people's evenings just because of her selfishness. "Just... Will you just be considerate and tell me if you're going with someone else? That way, I could find someone else as well to go with."
"I wanted to go with you, Dagger," he said as he looked at his feet. "I like.." Zidane stopped, thought, and tried again with something different. "You know me best, and I don't know about you, but I have fun when we're together."He held his swimming trunks up again. It was a little embarrassing for him, repeatedly holding up the reason he disappeared. "I ran back to get them, not to come with someone else. I swear."
Garnet swallowed her laughter, clearing her throat, keeping her face calm and expressionless. She was great with hiding her emotions, having to practice lying in front of her mother. "You know it's a pool party and yet you..."She closed her eyes, feeling quite exasperated and annoyed. "Thank God I'm not going swimming tonight."
Zidane sighed. "Yeah, I forgot them, I'm not doing so well today." Stupid. The only thing he was doing well today was being stupid. But he couldn't, wouldn't, let it continue, starting now."Not gonna swim, huh?" he said, beginning to make his way back to the house. "It's a shame. You would've looked real cute in a bikini." He didn't turn around or look at her, just kept walking to the door.
"Yeah, real cute, Zidane," she replied wryly, looking at him over her shoulder, a cheery smile on her lips. "But I'm afraid I don't want to be that person who would kill you tonight. I'll leave you in the caring hands of Tifa."
He stopped and watched the girl walk away. Certainly Garnet wouldn't sic Tifa on him.. His bruise from gym class oh-so long ago was still there. And he knew for a fact that he wouldn't last a minute up against a girl like her.Looks like he'd be hanging out with someone else at the party. If not, he'd leave. Hopefully before Tifa found him and beat him to a pulp. He started walking again with a sigh. "Women.."
She glanced at her watch, before turning around, calling to him. "Could you tell Tidus that I'm staying out here a bit?" she asked him, tilting her head to one side adorably. "It's kinda stuffy inside and..." I want to go home already. "And well, I'm feeling suffocated."
"Yeah, yeah." he replied, rolling his eyes. "Whatever her majesty commands." He walked up onto the porch, noticing a blonde girl he didn't know standing at the door. He sighed, quietly, wondering if the night would get any better.