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Delilah wasn't ultimately very upset by having lost the award for Best Supporting Role. She wasn't a competitive person, and though it would have been nice to bring home any award at all, she wasn't about to feel so discouraged this early on.
In fact, the thing that most affected her was the matter of who
the award ended up going to. Not because it wasn't her, and not because it was a musician stealing a film award from two dedicated actresses. Rather, because it was Kazuki
. The award for Best Supporting Role had gone to Kazuki Takeda—and, in retrospect, she wasn't even surprised.
After all, if there was anything she'd learned about him in the past month, it's that he was so good
Still, as he approached the stage, she clapped for him, and not unlike all other times he'd been awarded something, she felt as much pride in his success as she felt resentment for his betrayal. Being that they were in public, though, Delilah knew she'd do well to suppress the latter, so she did. And she did it well. Throughout his speech, she maintained an impassive front almost expertly—even when their eyes met. Even when the roar of the audience fell to silence beneath his near-mesmerizing voice. And even when, for a moment, it felt as though he wasn't addressing a crowd of several-hundred people, but was instead speaking to only her.
There had been various instances in her time with him where she could've sworn she'd felt the rest of the world fall away—but she'd be damned if she let him have that effect on her anymore.
She looked away.
Her attention returned to the stage only after Kazuki's presence was replaced by that of the host again, at which point the next category was introduced. Delilah could vaguely recall having been nominated for Best Supporting Actress as well, and as soon as her name was announced alongside Franziska's yet again, she felt her stomach twist a little more than before. She tried not to think about how this would be one of her last shots at taking an award home tonight—and even more, she tried not to feel so disheartened when Franziska turned out to be the winner.
She wasn't competitive,
she reminded herself as she clapped. She wasn't competitive, so she didn't—shouldn't
—care all that much.
Having been seated behind the other Luminous star (as well as the rest of the cast of Baywatch, it seemed), Delilah leaned forward to utter in good conscience, "Congratulations, Fran,"
followed by a playful, "I'll beat you next time."
Then, straightening up in her chair, she murmured off-handedly to Valerie beside her, "In retrospect, I don't think this was really my term after all."
so glad symmetra didnt win