When Elf and Clive grew up, he confessed that he had a crush on her. Her best friend asked her out, out of the blue, and she refused him almost immediately.
In truth, Elf was taken by surprise by this. She hadn’t realized that he felt that way about her, and there was good reason.
She never told Clive, but her family’s situation was often dire. Things kept breaking constantly and the bills needed to be paid. Having the electricity shut off was a common occurrence with the Marlens. She would take it upon herself to head out into the neighbourhood every day to gather wild flowers and food to stock the fridge or sell for simoleons. And she also needed to keep her grades up.