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Katherine Hana Li spin_kick_snap
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Room 508, Thursday Afternoon
Kathy adored Christmas, a fact that likely surprised no one on the island. She also really, really enjoyed getting ready for Christmas--the baking, the decorating, the shopping, even the wrapping. This year, she'd pulled out all the stops, even going so far as to hunt down a real live tree small enough to bring back to the dorms and put up. She'd never had a real tree before; her mother not a fan of the idea of needles falling on the carpet and her father declaring that the pine smell made him sneeze. But this year, in her room, she was going to have a real tree, even if it was only about as tall as she was and almost as thin.

...In retrospect, she probably should have asked Raven if it were okay for her to get a tree, but she'd seen it while out Christmas shopping and had been too excited by the idea of having a real tree that she'd just splurged.

If having a tree wasn't exciting enough, there had been a large package waiting for her in the lobby; a present wrapped specifically in birthday-themed paper (with Do not open till Tuesday, nerd! scrawled in black sharpie on the side). She knew she's have an extra present or two under the plastic tree back home from her parents as a nod to her birthday, but Sarah always made it a point to keep Kathy's birthday and Christmas presents separate. She had the best little sister, she really did.

So now, tree safely ensconced in their room (and lugging a tree across the island and up five flights of stairs had been a workout, she'd earned this damn tree), Kathy was blaring Christmas carols, singing along while she strung up lights and other decorations around the room. Her gift was still on the bed, next to a small pile of presents she'd bought and wrapped for her friends. Those would be going under the tree as soon as she finished decorating that.

Yeah, it was final's week, with random mistletoe flying about and no chance for snow for her last Christmas on the East Coast, but none of that mattered now. It was still Christmas.

tigerundercover

2015-12-17 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Please, Raven grew up in the era of Norman Rockwell. If anything, she'd say there wasn't enough fake snow on that tree. Or tinsel!

"Festive! Is that Fandom's or your addition?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Maybe she was also allergic! Kathy didn't know! Kathy also hadn't taken the time to find out, because tree.

"Hi hi!" she said said, literally bouncing up to wave at her roommate. "You like it? It's ours! I bought it! Help me decorate!"

It was Christmas and Kathy was abusing exclamation points.

tigerundercover

2015-12-17 04:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven laughed, dropping her purse and her standard outdoor shape before coming to stand next to Kathy and get a good look at the tree. "It's cute," she said. "The Xaviers usually have one that's about thirty feet tall and covered in expensive matching ornaments we're not allowed to touch." She tilted her head. "Can we cover this one in random goofy stuff?"


spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Well, I only grabbed a few ornaments at the store, so we're pretty much stuck using whatever goofy stuff we have on hand and anything we can craft."

There was a Hobby Lobby on the island. They could probably get a good deal on popsicle sticks, shiny beads, and glitter-glue right now.

"Besides, this is our tree. We can put whatever we want on it!"

tigerundercover

2015-12-17 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

"And rearrange it and play with it as much as we like." Raven might be thinking of turning into a cat and climbing it, like the videos on the internet.

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kathy knew her roomie well enough that that statement earned a side-eye. "Mmmhmm, and what are you planning?" she asked fondly.

tigerundercover

2015-12-17 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Let's just agree that non-breakable ornaments might be a good idea," Raven said, grinning.

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soniaroadsqueen

2015-12-17 04:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hey," Ringo pouted from the doorway. "How come Fandom gave your room a tree and not mine?" Since clearly it had to be a Fandom thing since no one would drag a tree up five flights of stairs!

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Or across the Causeway and the rest of the damn island. That would be ridiculous.

"Because Fandom rewards girls who help themselves," Kathy announced, beaming. "Specifically, girls who go out and buy their own trees."


soniaroadsqueen

2015-12-17 04:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ringo stared.

"Oh, are they selling them in the lobby or something?" Stairs might be worth it, after all, for a proper tree.

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 05:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Errr..."

How were you still surprised by Kathy, Ringo? How?

soniaroadsqueen

2015-12-17 05:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

And now Ringo's eyes were narrowing in suspicion.

"How far did you drag that tree, Kathy?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"It could have been further!" Kathy protested, answering Ringo's question by not answering it. "The tree guy dropped it off by the Causeway so I could keep shopping!"

soniaroadsqueen

2015-12-17 05:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sigh, Kathy. Sigh.

"Did you at least get someone to give you a hand?" Why was she even asking? It wasn't like Ringo didn't totally know the answer.

spin_kick_snap

2015-12-17 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Of course you did, Ringo. This was Kathy.

"Well, I didn't want to be a bother..."

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