Jewel took a step back to give Forte some space as he patted himself down, laughing again, though this time it was tinged with the slightest hint of nervousness. “Well, yes, we’ll make sure you have cufflinks, but I meant something more along the lines of someone to go with.” A blush had slowly started to creep it’s way into the pixels of his cheeks as he spoke, and Jewel was completely unaware of just how perfectly he was going along with Forte’s sinister scheme. Jewel, of course, wasn’t stupid. He knew it wasn’t a very good idea to ask his sister’s freshly minted ex to go with him to the biggest (only?) party of the year, but it wasn’t as though it had to be be a real date if Forte said yes! If she asked, he’d be fine with just telling her that it was for pretend. Little white lies never hurt anyone.
"Because, you know, I’m available, and I’d be willing to go with you, if you wanted." He stated, briefly peering over his shoulder for any nosy salespersons before he faced Forte again. "Unless you’ve already got someone in mind of course- in which case, maybe you wouldn’t mind returning this favor for me and pretending to be my date whenever Plant is looking? Just imagine the look on his face!” While it was a completely shameless thing to do, what was the saying? “All’s fair in love and war”? Well this was just an extension of that. Even though he felt like his core was going to burn out of his chest while Forte deliberated on the idea, and there was part of him saying that this was all wrong, the thought of getting to show Plant he was wrong, that he didn’t deserve to be alone, was enough to make even Jewel take the low road for once.
"What do you think?"
Genuine surprise lit up Forte’s face, which was to say his eyebrows shot up halfway across his forehead. He’d been planning on asking Jewel himself if it came up, or once they got outside… the DLN getting the drop on him was enough to give him pause. For what it was worth, the surprise looked real because it WAS real.
So, if this was like the movies he’d
watched studied, this was were he was supposed to pretend to mull it over for dramatic tension. He was to look Jewel up and down and then give a cocky smirk. Arms were supposed to be crossed, a knowing look was to be given, but… somehow it didn’t seem to fit though. Something felt wrong about just being handed what he wanted. Forte had been thrown off his groove completely.
"We can go together." he heard himself say. "I’ll make you look good."
It was starting to sink in a little more, did Jewel want to use him in the exact same way he wanted to use Jewel? Was that okay?
Was that okay?