SniperCT wrote: Valerie wrote: TCampbell wrote: Louisa wrote:
TCampbell wrote:Still wonder if we should've done Nick and Melody's love story, though.
If we ask about it in this thread, will you tell us Nick and Melody's love story now?
So will you tell us please 'cause we love you? <3
Pretty please with a cherry on top?
HE.. was a witty math nerd whose social life was confined to a few friends and a close-knit family. SHE... was an activist whose wealthy parentage only made her more keenly aware of injustice in the world. At this time, Melody was more of a firebrand than Aggie remembers her. She was always pro-peace, but more willing to shock people to achieve her end goals, like a PETA campaign.
As soon as he saw the passion she put into her protests, he was smitten. His early attempts at banter with her, though, failed to produce the desired result. He soon realized that the way to her heart was through her causes. To his credit, he knew enough not to simply echo her slogans, not to sacrifice his self-respect just to get along with her. But he studied those causes and found a lot to agree with in most
of them. He didn't just join her protests, but found his own ways to contribute: demographic analyses that told her what places in the city would be most responsive to her efforts. From him, she learned that wit could be a lot more effective than shock; that one had to be judicious about how and when to move people out of their comfort zone.
When Melody asked him why he was being so helpful, he replied, "Look, I feel about you how I feel about you. You're a girl, so I just assume you have these emotion-detecting powers. But I can't ask you to feel the same; that's up to you. In the meantime, I'm doing this for the same reason you're doing it. It makes me feel like I'm a better person, you know? Now, these data models suggest..."
Of course, the start of any relationship does involve that "asking," that unspoken question. But Nick kept it as unspoken as he could, trying not to make his hopes into demands or expectations. And quickly, Melody, who had never had a peer so thoroughly embrace what was important to her, found her thoughts turning more and more often to the boy with long hair, and what it'd be like to run her fingers into that hair, to take off his glasses and lose herself in his eyes.
The summer between junior and senior year, they spent time together almost every day. It took time for Nick to realize just how hard Melody was falling for him, which only magnified her desire, until one day in early July, she put her palms on his temples and her tongue in his mouth. Things moved pretty quickly after that. The two were having sex within a week. They made some effort to keep it safe sex, but they weren't always able to control themselves or plan... and by late senior year, they had a child on the way and some big decisions to make.
Nick never even considered the possibility that their
unborn child was anything other than their
responsibility, and just as he'd done with Melody's campaigns, he immediately started applying his mathematical knowledge to increase their odds of success as parents. His stance ultimately cost him some of his closeness with his own family. Melody's parents weren't exactly thrilled either: they raised the possibility of an abortion more than once. But ultimately their own children wore them down. NIck's unwavering dedication to Melody gradually impressed Melody's folks, and even today, Nick is always welcome in their home.
They attended college together, one with a strong pre-med program for Mel, even though she had to take a very light first semester and graduated after he did. Nick spent some of his early career years in data entry, while Melody continued to study medicine as well as they were able. It wasn't until Aggie was eight or so that they were able to renew Nick's goal of teaching and Melody was able to get out to some protests again... just in time, they felt, to send Aggie a message about pursuing one's dreams.
Melody's time was shorter than she knew. And the hardest thing for Nick was that, for once, he could not be honest with Aggie about his feelings. Crushing depression, screaming fury, paralyzing fear that without Melody he might fail Aggie... none of this could ever be shared with Aggie, except as a general admission that he was sad and sometimes frustrated. She had too many wild feelings of her own about the matter, and he absolutely had to be her rock. That was what Melody would want. Eventually, he dealt with his grief in his own terms, on his own time, by focusing over and over on the one thing Melody had always wanted most for him, and for everyone. Peace.