Later On: The Patio - Dietre & OPEN
Parties were not Dietre’s thing. He had a few under his belt now, but he still struggled to enjoy himself. It was his anxiety, it always kicked up a few notches when there was a crowd and noise and the risk of embarrassment. Audrey’s housewarming hadn’t been too bad. Perhaps because she was shy like himself. But this? This was an actual party. If it weren’t for alcohol Dietre didn’t think he could last until it was over.
After greeting Hugh the temptation to follow him around like a lost puppy was great. Dietre restrained himself, save for his eyes. They followed Hugh as he made his rounds as host in his flashy red jacket, watching with more than a little admiration for Hugh was clearly in his element. This was also cause for worry, because being social was part of who Hugh was and something Dietre would have to deal with if they somehow (impossibly) got together. They say opposites attract, but what if this meant they were incompatible?
Before he made himself get too gloomy, Dietre tore his gaze away and wandered through the house. He sought out the least populated area he could find, which led him to the patio. At this hour most people had gone inside so he had some space to breathe. He and Hugh planned to meet here once the party was over, so he figured he might as well stay outside and wait.
Drink in hand, he made his way to the railing and leaned against it, staring off into the dark. His eyes were drawn to the rippling surface of the lake and, inevitably, his thoughts turned to who was down there. Or was he? He had not seen, or heard from his dead friend for what seemed like a very long time. Maybe he found a way to escape, Dietre had no way of knowing.
The night seemed very tranquil beyond the house lights. Under his breath Dietre heard himself whisper, “Are you still out there, Liam...?”