Fef spat out her drink as her phone pinged, positively soaking Karkat in tea and causing Dave to offer up a skeptical noise as he glanced away from his toast.
They were in the middle of their end of the month meeting when it happened. Sollux has been complaining about Aquarium as Dave had pretended to listen, when suddenly Fef dropped her cup and put a hand to her mouth, her eyes wide.
"Okay, awesome, I was so fucking desperate to reek of chamomile," Karkat spat out, wiping at his face as Sollux burst out laughing. "Any reason why you like to make me live like this?" Even though he usually used a snapping tone, Karkat actually looked kind of interested, raising an eyebrow as he grabbed his cloth napkin, mopping up his face as he looked at his friend.
"Jade," She answered, blinking owlishly as she adjusted her glasses.
"Who?" Was the response from all three boys, and she just let out a small huff, looking between the three of them.
"Alright, my bad, I probably should have specified. I just got a message from Jade. She's-" Looking back at her phone, she wore a graceful smile as she giggled behind her hand, "She's my mate."
"Your mate'th a chick?" Sollux asked, looking mildly surprised.
"Yeah, so?" She questioned, looking up at him with narrowed eyes.
"I jutht didn't expect it, relath. Tho what are you gonna thay to her?"
"Well I don't know!" She adopted a hopeless expression as she glanced between her three friends. "I need help, what am I supposed to say?"
"What makes you think we know? We're just as hopeless as you," Karkat answered honestly, "None of us have found our mates."
Letting out a small whine, Fef looked at her phone, biting her bottom lip.
"Oh for the love of-" Rolling his eyes before giving an almost fond smile, Dave held his hand out for the phone, wiggling his fingers, "Pass it over."
Feferi did so without a second thought, her fingers lacing together as she fiddled her thumbs nervously, "Just don't be mean," She reminded, which made a white blonde eyebrow arch over the edge of Dave's shades in a silent 'how stupid do you think I am'.
"Do you still do that weird 'h' thing that you were talking about with Sollux?"
"Why does it matter?"
"Well I'd think that maybe you'd wanna keep this consistent? I'm not going to tapping out a rap here, I'm pretending to be you."
"Yes," She admitted, glancing away as she looked down at her now cracked glass, "Now just. . . Talk."
Hi! I'm Jade!
Sorry, I'm a little nervous, I don't know w)(at to say, )(a)(a.
The lack of response for nearly two minutes had the table sitting in silence, and Dave just gave a small shrug. "I don't think I said anything wrong. Actually I didn't say much at all, I'd be surprised if I fucked up already," He admitted, and it was then that another ping resounded.
uh alright sorry jade is AFK for a second so this is going to sound kind of weird
but are you cuddlefish?
Dave was actually bewildered. "What the mother of fuck?"
"What is it, what does it say?" Fef asked, shoving herself into Dave's personal space to read the message over his shoulder.
Yea)(, )(ow did you know?
well the typing kinda gave it away!
my cousin, jade, is kind of freaking out over here
and shes garden
your chatting partner garden i mean
. . . hi?
"What did we mith?"
Fef's forehead met the table as she began giggling, covering her face with her hands, "Oh my god, my pen pal is my soulmate. Oh my god oh my god oh my god."
"Wait, Garden is Jade?" Karkat asked, while Dave just brushed him off. Fef looked up and nodded, smiling brightly.
damn it ecto we need to stop meeting like this
even at such an important moment youre here to sweep me off my feet
now get jade on the phone so fef can talk to her shes kind of flippin shit
. . . .turntech? what are you doing with fef, why do you have her phone?
we were at this monthly meeting thing that spade suggested
and im here because she was nervous and i was giving advice
yeah alright good enough hehe
now give the phone back to fef i think jades calm enough to speak now
"So," Dave questioned, handing the phone back to the girl and watching her chuckle again, "Think you'll be less nervous?"
This just caused her to laugh, nodding. "I think I'll manage."