No, it’s fine. I understand. [Ronan glanced down at her hands again, trying to focus on something other than the thoughts that often plagued her mind. It seemed to be the only thing she ever thought about, which was definitely something she hated. It was very difficult for her to be so far away from the one person she wanted to see all the time. Ronan shrugged her shoulders again, biting at her bottom lip as she thought of a response. Truthfully, she didn’t like telling Toby about her problems. She didn’t want him to worry, as she was sure he did anyway, but at least she wouldn’t be adding anything on to the list.] It’s fine, babe. I just don’t understand the assignments, and that’s my fault. He’s just frustrated. [In all honesty, Ronan probably would’ve been able to understand her coursework, if she actually paid attention in class. It wasn’t as though she did it on purpose, but math was never her strong suit, and it paying attention only made her feel stupid. Ronan didn’t catch on to things as quickly as the other students in her class.] It’s fine. My other classes are fine. Everything is fine here. [Ronan forced a smile, now staring up at the screen.] We don’t have to talk about school, though. What’ve you been doing lately? [Ronan let her tongue glide over her teeth, the stud pierced through her tongue clicking softly as she did so.]
[Toby nodded slightly, not wanting to push the topic. Though he often offered her help where she fell short, he knew that Ronan felt embarrassed by it— God knows why, considering they’d been through so much already. Noticing the shift in conversation, the boy smiled softly and rolled onto his side, tucking his chin over a pillow, like he would on Ronan’s shoulder.] Well. I’ve got something special planned for us. [He grinned, deciding that little hints wouldn’t hurt, especially if it could pump the both of them up.] It’s going to be sick, yeah? Can’t tell you what it is, exactly, but just know you’ll love it. I’m excited just thinking about it. [With that, he punctuated his sentence with a little squirm, eyes lighting up like a child’s.]
[Sadly enough, Ronan didn’t have anything in her dorm room to remind her of Toby. Sure, she had a sweatshirt of his, which she wore nearly everyday, but she’d never really gotten around to putting up a mural type of thing, like she’d helped Toby with. The girl figured he was more of a sentimental person, as she was not. Ronan pouted back, now putting her hands over her face, and admittedly feeling a little bit teary eyed. The last thing Ronan wanted was to cry, since the happy memories she and Toby shared were often short lived.] I miss you so much. [Ronan glared down at her keyboard, trying her damnedest not to cry. If anything, it’d only upset Toby further, and she’d never want that.] When do I get to see you again? [Ronan looked back towards the screen and lazily laid her hand over her mouth. The girl often did so when she was in more of a distraught mood. It normally calmed her down, although she wasn’t sure if she’d really recover from the mood that was coming on. At least not today.] I mean, I know you’re busy… [Ronan let her voice trail off, almost regretting what she’d just said. It wasn’t necessarily Toby’s fault that he was busy, and she knew that he wouldn’t choose school over her, if the circumstances were right.]
[Toby’s mouth twisted into a thin frown before he smoothed it out, not wanting to watch Ronan cry anymore than he’s gotten her teared up. He knew it was an irrational burst of anger; it wasn’t like he purposefully wanted to be busy.] Next week… Crunch weeks are a bitch and we’re trying to get the G club to pass along their research to us. [His response was soft, doing nothing to dull the stab of guilt he felt in his chest. In truth, their workload was done and because their professor was going to some science convention (for only the smartest, most esteemed lecturers were invited to go) the students in his classes were able to take off for that week. He wanted so much to surprise Ronan by staying with her, but needed to save up money so he could take her out properly, instead of having to dine on overcooked Ramen like the broke college students they were.] It’s almost over, babe… How are your classes going? Is that ‘fessor of yours still giving you a hard time?
[When Toby’s face filled her screen, Ronan immediately perked up and pushed a little bit of hair out of her face.] Hi. [Truthfully, Ronan hadn’t gotten used to the pet names Toby liked to throw in her direction. That didn’t mean she didn’t like them, though.] I’m okay. [Ronan nodded to assure him that she was telling the truth. It was hard for them to be away from each other, and she’d be lying if she were to say that she didn’t miss him. The two had grown so close over the short time they’d been together before Toby had to move away. It was definitely difficult for her.] Just tired. How’re you, though? [Although it was hard for her to make the best out the little bit of time they were able to chat, simply because all she wanted to do was whine and cry about how much she missed him, Ronan forced herself to smile and appear happy. For him. The last thing she wanted was to upset the naturally happy Toby with her dull mood.] I hope you’re well.
[Toby smile dulled into a mini-pout, shifting on his bed to lay on his back.] I am. You remember that lab I had? None of my fucking partners did their shit so I had to snitch them out to my professor. I mean, I felt guilty but I’m not about to fail because of them, you know? [The young Chemistry major huffed, still angry at the memory. He put an arm behind his hand and let his gaze drift up to the wall of ‘selfies’, mostly him and Ronan (since she had helped decorate it, obviously), a gentle sort of calm settling over him. This had to be one of the hardest parts about maintaining a semi-online relationship, he thought ruefully. There was never really enough time for Toby to spend with Ronan before having to be split apart to go back to their respective campuses. It sucked majorly; he knew how much Ronan cried when he left and even if he never admitted it to her, Toby felt the same way sometimes.] I miss you… [He murmured, pouting slightly. He hated the long distance some days but felt as if it only made them feel stronger for each other.]
[It’d been approximately a week since the last time Ronan had seen Toby in the flesh, which was of course upsetting to her. The girl knew a long distance relationship wasn’t going to be easy, she knew that from the start, but Toby really made it worth it. Ronan cared for the boy more than anything, and it’d be stupid of her to throw away a relationship like that. Now 400 miles away from him again, Ronan opened her laptop and started a skype call, in hopes that it’d make her feel at least a little bit better.]
[Nothing exhausted Toby more than listening to his professor lecture him on a subject he had memorised the text book on in high school. For some reason, it seemed as if the classes were dragging on longer than usual, teasing him. By the time he had gotten back to his room, Toby was sprawled out on his bed and flinging his arm out to open his laptop. It was their usual Date Night, and not even a few minutes after he mindlessly surfed the web, the only face he wanted to see popped up onto his screen. When he saw Ronan, Toby immediately grinned.] Hey baby, how are you?