"Ew," Nea said, upon first seeing Meg. The other woman scowled, and even the mud on her face couldn't keep Nea from noticing the embarrassed blush on her cheeks. "Shut up," Meg said. "Dwight accidentally tripped me."
(more) Nea's smirk dropped. "Were you caught?"
"No! Lucky for me, the Nurse went after him instead."
Dwight broke into the campfire clearing from the woods, letting out a long-suffering sigh. "Sorry, Meg," he said. "I could've gotten you-"
"Say no more," she said with a grimace. "I never know what the Nurse is thinking." The bespectacled man lay down beside the fire before abruptly falling asleep.
"You were gone for a while," Nea said. "You must be tired, too."
"Oh, yes," Meg said. "But I want to get cleaned up first."
"Come with me," Nea said.
The stream was just barely hidden away from the campfire. Meg's face split into a grin at the sight of it. "Holy crap," she said. "How long-?"
"It just showed up one day. Sit."
Nea pulled off her plaid jacket, setting it in the water before bringing it up to Meg's face and rubbing off the mud that had dried on her cheek. Hopefully Meg didn't know that she was doing this just to be able to get close to her. Her crush closed her eyes, humming quietly as Nea moved onto her other cheek.
"You're in a good mood?" Nea asked at last, stepping back to see what spots of dirt she'd missed on Meg's face.
"Yeah, actually. Unlucky for Dwight, but the rest of us got out. The hand signals Claudette's been teaching us are really helpful."
"Yeah?" Nea asked.
"She even made a joke using them before."
Nea wondered if Claudette could show her how to sign 'I love you' without Meg realizing instead. (less)