Being outside in the balmy warm air, Liv instantly felt refreshed and a whole lot better. Especially because she was with Noah. With the day she’d had, she needed him holding her hand and holding her close. It was the most comforting gesture, and she knew he had no idea how much she needed those every now and again. With all the pressure, the fear of not knowing what was even going to happen to the school; would they all be sent home? She’d be sent back to New York, and Noah….Noah wouldn’t be with her. Suddenly, she felt the need to grip his hand tighter as they walked; holding onto him. She needed him, they couldn’t be separated. Not now. Not after their house had been almost all destroyed; not after Guppy. Snapping out of her thoughts, Liv smiled up at him; his smile warming her tummy in the usual butterfly back flip way. His smile was one of her favorite features, hands down. “I thought so,” She shot back, a grin turning up her lips as they walked. Just looking at all the total destruction made her sick, this had been their home for four+ years and now it was mostly rubble. Speaking of, Noah helped guide her around a large chunk of it as they walked and she sighed. It was a total mess. They’d all been assigned clean up or planning, and she’d gotten clean up. But she got to be with Luke, so that would be fine. The only thing she worried about was Noah being paired up with Annabel. “Trust me, I know. It feels like we’ve been constantly surrounded by people for nearly a week and honestly this feels so good,” She murmured her agreement, kissing the back of his hand as they walked in the general direction of the beach. One small comfort; despite the earthquake, most of the beach remained rubble free. “So we got assigned to jobs this week,” She commented, raising an eyebrow. “Uh I got Luke, so that’s cool,” Liv smiled, wondering if he’d read who he’d been paired up with.
It was hard to be in a good mood, with everything that had happened. People would try, and Noah was one of them, to make half-hearted attempts at being productive, being optimistic. That was a lot easier said that done, especially because the minute to looked outside, you saw how destroyed Northwood was. And inside the community centre, with people around who were bandaged up, clumped together, some still crying, and in general just a mess, you were reminded of that as well. Everywhere you looked, it was the earthquake that you thought of instantly. Which didn’t exactly leave anyone in a good mood. But this was different. Noah knew that it was heavily impacted by just being around Liv, because she always did have a way of putting him in a better mood regardless of the situation, but he had a tiny smile on his face that just wouldn’t go away. He slipped his free hand back into his pocket, once again fingering the little object he had kept there a week ago. It couldn’t have disappeared in the span of five minutes, but it had become a habit of his now. “Yeah, and we don’t know how long that’s gonna last. I just wanted to get out, with you, while we got the chance.” His quiet words were honest, and Noah managed, without breaking the contact of their linked fingers, to wrap that arm around her, pulling her close to him and kissing the top of her head. He felt his feet slip a bit in the sand as they reached the beach, not really moving from the position and the way he held her, with the exception of a small nod of his head. “Well at least that’ll be fun.” He offered, before stating simply. “I got Annabel.”
If Liv got lectured by another elderly lady on how if she hadn’t been acting loose, she wouldn’t be pregnant, she would scream. And as she sat up after napping for a few hours, an old lady again started in on her, her squeaky voice going on Liv’s very last nerve. “Listen, grim reaper, you don’t get a free bitch pass because you’re old. I used a condom and was on the pill, sometimes shit doesn’t work. Guess what? You act like an ass, I’ll treat you like an ass even though yours is inches off the ground,” She snapped, grabbing her bag and slinging it over her shoulder as she stalked away hearing the elderly woman sputter indignantly. “Bitch,” She muttered to herself, wrinkling her nose. Everyone in there needed showers, and the lines were so long half the people went without. Which made Liv wish they were more conscious about their hygiene. And then Gossip Girl had apparently survived, and had fired off quite a few blasts directed at Liv. It just wasn’t her day. Noah offered to get out of there for awhile and she jumped at the chance, her facial expression softening once she caught sight of her boyfriend. Hurrying over to him, she cradled his face in her hands and kissed him properly; instantly calming down. “Hi,” She said breathlessly, a small albeit weak smile turning up her lips. “Let’s just get out of here for awhile,” She murmured, tucking her hand into his.
Even though he had been the one to ask her if she wanted to get out of the Community Centre for a bit, he didn’t really know where they would go. Businesses were closed down, there was still rubble and broken pieces of buildings on the ground. Cleaning teams had started to move things, but there was an entire city to clean up. And then there was the rebuilding, and nobody knew how long that was going to take. Everything about the future of Northwood was up in the air. Hell, where they would be going right now was up in the air. All Noah knew was that he wanted to get out of the place. Even if it was just for a little bit, be alone, and be with Liv and just…just that. As soon as he saw his face broke out into a grin, the same one he always got when she was involved. She approached him and he was momentarily surprised with the way she kissed him. It lasted for half a second though, before his hands had found her waist and he kissed her back. Smiling when she pulled away, his eyes opening after she had spoke, he tilted his head to the side. “That was a nice greeting.” Noah patted his pocket one last time just before her hand found his, and he lifted their linked hands to his lips, kissing the back of hers. “Couldn’t have said it better myself.” He shot her a smile before starting to walk, taking a path that he wasn’t exactly sure where it led, but it had at least been partially cleared. “Careful.” He said softly, hand resting on her lower back to guide her around what looked like a chunk of building that had fallen off from…somewhere. “You know, it’s kinda nice to have you alone. Even if we are just walking nowhere in particular. I missed this.”