Michelle’s disposition brightens as Tenny’s earnest words hang in the air. Of course Julie and Dutch will pull through. It’d be an insult to them if she ever thought they wouldn’t. While it still hurt to know she hadn’t been there to help the two counterparts of her friends, at least Michelle could take comfort in the fact that Tenny had been there. And thankfully, she seems set on sticking around.
“Yeah, I know they’ll be okay.” <:-)
“Honestly Tenny, I don’t know how to thank you enough for helping them. I mean, I know this Dutch and Julie aren’t the ones I’m used to, but they’re still my friends and…well heck, my family too.”
Slowly, she puts her arms around Tenny’s small shoulders, hugging the petite girl to her.
“Just….thank you. I mean it.”
“Of course. Family is family, they’re a part of you.” Tenny’s voice was slightly muffled as she embraced Michelle’s hug, and she patted her back comfortingly. “And you know, it’s no problem at all. It’s the least I can do after all they’ve done for the cablers. And as a friend, most importantly. I only wish I was there sooner.”
She looks down a bit shamefully, her guilt overtaking her for a brief period. Eventually, Tenny looked up at the female Burner and smiled. “But I know that blaming ourselves for any reason doesn’t help to make the situation better. I know that everyone is agonizing over it, and taking the blame for everything. But getting in that sort of rut… it doesn’t help. I just wish everyone could see that. I know that they’re all really stubborn though, heh.”