Awww maaaaaan
Katherine Hana Li spin_kick_snap
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Room 508, Thursday Afternoon
So...prom was tomorrow. And almost the entire contents of Kathy's wardrobe was strewn about her side of the room, as she tried to find something--anything--that she could wear and still look Ms. Adler in the eye if she were there to chaperone. Even knowing that most of this stuff hadn't started off as her wouldn't make up for actually wearing it. In public. Where people could see.

She knew she ought to be more grateful. Most of the clothes in her closet came from her neighbors who had wanted to make sure that she'd have plenty of clothing when she went away to school. And nobody in her neighborhood was rich, so handmedowns were the best most people could do. But...still... There was a reason that sometimes she dressed like someone out of the late seventies. It wasn't her aesthetic. It was just what was in her closet, especially when it had been awhile since she'd done laundry.

But even sternly reminding herself to be grateful wasn't helping her prom dilemma any. Not when she was staring at someone's weird obsession with short skirts and detachable trains. In various colors. Because that was a thing she needed, yes.

She should have taken Ms. Adler up on her offer of ordering a gown from class on Tuesday. Or maybe she should just try fashioning something out of her curtains and a flat sheet. It couldn't be any worse than some of her other options, after all.

Dammit, she really missed Minako. Between her and Sparkle, they could have salvaged something out of this wreck of fabric. And even if they couldn't...well, she still missed Minako.

Ah well. Once more into the sartorial mines. Maybe she'd missed something? No not that.

[Mostly silliness, because Kathy's PB wears some FUCKING RIDICULOUS CLOTHING. Either way, open door, open post! And a link to Hanna's conversation. DAMMIT, LJ!]

voiceoverdue

2015-04-09 06:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cecil was heading back to his room after sitting at the table in the lobby, and peeked in, seeing all the fabric draped everywhere.

"Are you dressing or redecorating?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-04-09 06:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Right now?" Kathy asked, turning and waving Cecil in with a smile. "Contemplating arson. How goes prom ticket sales, Cecil?"

voiceoverdue

2015-04-09 07:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Oo, arson can be fun! Ticket sales are okay; I think most folks have theirs by now. What are you burning?"

spin_kick_snap

2015-04-09 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

"My entire wardrobe," Kathy said, holding up a shirt that had apparently lost a fight with a paper shredder. "I've been intending to get new clothes for myself now that I can afford them, but I just...haven't."

There'd always been something better to do.

"But now prom is tomorrow and I have no idea what I'm going to wear for it." She made a face. "Oh god. I sound like my mother."

voiceoverdue

2015-04-09 07:34 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Well, what kind of thing are you looking for?" Cecil asked.

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tigerundercover

2015-04-09 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven was passing by and found herself doing a double take after she happened to walk past Kathy's room.

She had never seen quite that many trains in one place before. Especially considering not a damn one of them looked bridal.

"Wow," she said, looking over the rest of the mess of clothes. "This is -- is all this stuff in fashion?"

She really had no idea. She had found her weird little retro fashion niche of internet and had stuck to it, for her own inspirations.

spin_kick_snap

2015-04-09 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yeah, but 50s clothing was iconic!

"Only if you're an elderly Korean grandma who knits doilies and dresses out of the same darn pattern," Kathy groused, staring at another monstrosity. "I'm pretty sure this started life as a rug somewhere."

Tossing it into the 'oh god get rid of it' pile, she finally glanced up and gave Raven a smile. "Hey, come on in. I promise not to try to foist anything extra hideous on you."

tigerundercover

2015-04-09 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Raven came in, eyeing the piles of clothing curiously. ". . . Your grandma made all this?" she asked, lifting the corner of something brightly colored with innumerable ruffles. "Where do you even have room for it all?"

Asked the girl who could fit her entire wardrobe into one small suitcase -- and only had that much for show.

spin_kick_snap

2015-04-09 10:50 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kathy shook her head. "Nah, both my grandmas live in Korea. We get gifts every few years from them, when we visit, but the cost to ship overseas makes anything else way too expensive a proposition."

Nodding at the mountain of terrible clothing, she explained, "These are all from women in my neighborhood back home. Before I came here, most of what I wore were my school uniforms and gymnastic gear, with, like tee-shirts and jeans on the weekends. So when it came time for me to move out here, everyone came together to make sure I had enough clothing to wear for all different occasions." Like whatever occasion would require something like this. Kathy wasn't sure what that occasion would be but she sure was prepared for it.

"So I kinda feel guilty about just throwing it all away..."

tigerundercover

2015-04-09 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You could . . . donate it?" That was a thing people with clothing did, right? "Oh, I think I kinda like that one. It looks like it should be on TV somewhere."

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