Contemplating
Katherine Hana Li spin_kick_snap
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Room 508, Friday Afternoon
After classes got out, Kathy returned to her dorm to make sure it--and she--were ready for her parents' arrival. She'd been obsessively cleaning it all week; Raven had caught her dusting the walls and the ceiling fixtures once, but every time Kathy turned around, she spotted something that wouldn't meet her parents' high standards. Her blanket wasn't straight enough. Her desk wasn't tidy enough. Her mini-fridge wasn't clean enough and was filled with treats that her mother wouldn't approve of. Kathy had never had to worry about her weight, even before her metabolism had ramped up to eleven, but her mother believed that a girl was never too young to start worrying over her figure.

Granted, Sarah was the one who had a figure to worry over, but that was neither here nor there.

Once Kathy had done everything she could to make sure her room would past muster, she sat down and started working on herself. Out came the earrings in her helix, leaving only a small pair of studs in her lobes. Off came the makeup--her mother would complain that she wasn't 'doing enough' to be pretty, but that was easier to deal with than worrying about whether it was subtle enough for her dad's approval. The tiny pair of shorts she was wearing got hung up in the back of her closet, behind the few clothes she'd kept from LA, and came a long skirt that fell below her knees and a collared shirt that wouldn't have looked out of place as a uniform from her old school.

Feeling like she'd shed the last two years of personality development, Kathy examined herself in the mirror. Hmm. Were her ends too ragged? Maybe she should have taken up the offer of a haircut yesterday.

[For me, but also open!]

the_family_li

2015-10-02 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hey nerd," Sarah said from the doorway. "Guess who owes me, like, a million for covering for them with our parents? I'll give you a hint: she's nerdy and still dresses like an American Girl doll."

spin_kick_snap

2015-10-02 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Sarah!" Kathy said, wheeling around and throwing her arms open for a hug. "Hey brat. How many people did you flirt with on your way to my room, huh?"

the_family_li

2015-10-02 08:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

"At least three," Sarah said smugly. "And some of them even knew you! I, of course, was shocked to hear my sister had learned to talk to hot guys without blushing herself to death."

She still didn't think Kathy knew how to do anything more than talk, but hey! It was a start!

Looking around the room, she let out a long sigh. "So, Flick left? Shame. He was hot, too."

spin_kick_snap

2015-10-02 08:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"He says hi, by the way," Kathy said, laughing. "But yes. He graduated and moved off with his girlfriend. But I have a new roommate and she's awesome. One of my very best friends, in fact. Her name is Raven and maybe if you promise not to embarrass me too much, I'll think about introducing you to her."

the_family_li

2015-10-02 08:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Raven?" Sarah asked. "Is she goth or were her parents, like, hippies or something."

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tigerundercover

2015-10-02 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven and Charles had decided they could skip the picnic -- he'd gone the first year he'd come to visit, after all, and that was enough giant crowds of excited people for one telepath. Instead, Raven had met him at the causeway and taken him straight back to the dorms. She was excited to show her best friend out to her brother, and vice versa.

"Should I change?" she asked when she saw the outfit Kathy had picked out. Raven was wearing her usual '50s-esque circle skirt dress look, but the skirt had grown progressively shorter the longer she lived in the 21st century. "Are your parents here yet?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-10-02 07:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kathy was excited to meet him, too!

Also anxious, but that was to be expected. She was anxious about everything this weekend. Though making a good impression on Charles was definitely high up on that list.

"Ummm...?" Kathy bit her lip. "I mean, it's your room and your clothes, so you can wear anything you want...And I'm not entirely sure when they'll be touching down, so..."

Kathy was caught between her progressive 'You do you, Raven!' stance and her 'Oh god my parents judge everything' fears.

gothisgroove

2015-10-02 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Personally, I think you both look splendid," Charles said, offering Kathy a charming smile. "Though I get the feeling your parents would be more comfortable if Raven added an inch or two." He glanced over. "Ah, which she's already done."

Raven rolled her eyes good-naturedly. "Of course I have. And Charles, you're not allowed to read Kathy's mind, either."

Charles sighed. "I'll try, darling, but she's fairly radiating anxiety."

spin_kick_snap

2015-10-04 02:28 am (UTC) (Link)

"Sorry," Kathy said, giving Charles an apologetic smile. "My parents can just be a little--" Judgy. Racist. Douchey. "--strict. And they're not aware that there are mutants, never mind that their daughter and her roommate are ones. So..." She shrugged. "I'm a little nervous. I want to make sure everything is up to their standards, you know? That will keep them from poking around too much about the stuff that they shouldn't."

gothisgroove

2015-10-04 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Charles nodded reassuringly. "Of course. Raven and I are both perfectly used to subterfuge. If you like, I could make sure your parents are only seeing what they'd approve of. At least as long as I'm nearby."

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that_oldsaying

2015-10-02 07:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Kathy, Kathy, Kathy!"

And there was Alluka, peeking in the doorway. She surveyed the clothing carefully.

"... Are you playing dress-up?"

It was just that while it was kinda cute, it was also not really what she was used to seeing Kathy wear.


spin_kick_snap

2015-10-02 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hi Alluka," Kathy said, giving her a smile that was a little strained around the edges. One more friend she'd be trying to keep away from her parents, so they didn't say anything rude. Because if her dad was mean to Alluka, she wasn't sure she'd be able to keep quiet about it. "Umm, a little? I guess you could say that."

It was a much better way to think of it, actually.

"Do you like it?"

that_oldsaying

2015-10-02 07:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

The fact that the smile was strained when riiight over Alluka's head. (Sorry, Kathy.)

She did take the question seriously. Dress-up games were super serious things, after all.

"You look like a princess that hasn't been rescued," she said, after a moment. "It's cute, but rescued princesses have better clothes."

spin_kick_snap

2015-10-02 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

That was fine by Kathy. She didn't want Alluka to think she was anything other than happy to see her.

"I do, huh?" she asked. That wasn't that far off from how she felt, actually. "What do I usually look like, then?"

that_oldsaying

2015-10-05 01:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Ummmmmmm.

Alluka conferred with Mr. Bubbles (though they didn't speak out loud) for a moment before saying, "Like yourself."

Which was true.

"But it's okay if you don't look like you usually do for dress-up," she added, nodding her head. "That's the fun of it."