"You guys didn't even get together?" Otto asked as he and Twister and Sam hung out the next day. "I thought that was the whole point!"
"No," Twister corrected. "The point was to get her to talk to me. Now we're friends again, so it's all good."
"I lit a candle! How are you guys not together?"
Sam gave an incredulous look. "You lit a candle?"
"I didn't see a candle," Twister commented.
"Okay, fine. So maybe I forgot to light it. But I put a candle in the living room. And why are you so happy about the just-friends thing? I thought you liked her."
Sam chimed in. "I think it's nice that he values her friendship enough to put his romantic feelings for her aside."
Otto looked dumbfounded at squid. "That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard."
"Just drop it, man," Twister said.
But Otto didn't. Twister was shocked with how hard Otto was trying to get them together given his reaction when he had thought they were together before. He forced the situation so they were always sitting next to each other when they were in the living room (which was a lot, given Raymundo's restrictions on Reggie.) When she was finally allowed to do stuff again, Otto was still just as bad, if not worse. They would play hockey in the cul-de-sac and he would always choose Sam as his teammate. They would go skating at Madtown and Otto would try to find an excuse for him and Sam to ditch them. It would've been kind of annoying if it hadn't meant so much one-on-one time with Reggie. Aside from Otto's interference, things had gone back to normal with them. It wasn't weird trying to talk to her anymore. She even openly talked about how annoying Otto's attempt at matchmaking was.
Reggie and Twister sat on the couch, waiting for Otto and Sam to come back from the video-rental store. Neither of them was surprised when Otto refused to let them come.
"So I know we're forgetting it happened... But how bad was I?"
"What do you mean?" Twister asked confused.
"My dad and Otto filled me in on the whole part where I thought we were dating," she started tentatively. "It's just weird not being able to remember."
"Wait," Twister said, turning to her as he processed this. "You don't remember?"
She shook her head. Did this change things? She didn't remember kissing him, she just knew that it happened. She didn't remember him accidentally telling her that he loved her. She didn't know.
"It's probably better that way, right?" she cringed.
He wasn't sure how to respond. "Um, I guess it sort of depends."
She looked at him curiously, cocking her head to the side. "Do you know something I don't?"
"Well, I don't really know what you know," he shied around the subject. He felt like she should know but he also wasn't sure if he really wanted to tell her. He didn't even know how he would go about telling her. He took a deep breath, deciding he probably should. "But there is some stuff that happened that you probably don't know."
"Okay," she prodded, looking unsure of whether she really wanted to know.
"Like," he paused, building up the courage to tell her, "that even though I know it wasn't real, I really liked it when we were together."
Her lips curled up a little into a hopeful smile. "You did?"
"Yeah," he smiled, still feeling nervous but also gaining a little more confidence from her response. "It was really hard. Because when you kissed me, I really just wanted to kiss you back."
"We kissed?" She looked surprised but happy. He thought she would've known about that. "How could I not remember that?"
"I can," he gulped, nervous about what he was about to say, "remind you... if you want."
She leaned closer towards him, glancing up so her eyes met his. He lifted his hand up, cupping her face before leaning in more and closing the gap between them. Her lips moved more hesitantly than before but it felt so good to kiss her again. It only lasted a few seconds but it was perfect.
"I'm definitely going to remember that," she smiled, their faces still inches apart. "Anything else I missed?"
"A little." he hadn't planned on telling her but knowing she felt the same way made it less scary. She gave an inquisitive look and he looked into her eyes, giving her a little smile. "I love you."
"Seriously? I missed that?" she asked incredulously. "Well, I guess you probably already know... but I love you too."