Somehow, she ends up claimed.

Gloved hands tangle in her brown hair as they watch a movie in the media room with the rest of the group. He likes to play with the white strands the best. She falls asleep tangled in his arms after grading papers. She breathes his restless thoughts into her dreams when he tells her his secrets.

Tangled promises keep them moving forward. Tangled knots of fear and nervous anticipation keep them pulling back.

Sometimes she tries worrying away at the knot to see what makes them tick, but all she ends up with are tangles.