Workout Hand on Hip
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Room 508, Friday Morning
After her discussion of gymnastics, Kathy found herself in the mood to go through a routine or two. She hadn't really done much since coming back after break and she was starting to feel it. She had a bunch of excess energy lately and without either gymnastics or her studies to pour it into, she was getting restless.

The weather made her decide to skip the gym, so she headed back up to her dorm. There wasn't a lot of room in there to maneuver, but that just meant she had less room for error, right?

A bit of shifting to push her desk over to Flick's side gave her enough space to work out and she quickly changed into her usual workout gear: sports bra for what little chest she had, comfortable yoga pants, legwarmers and socks. Then she put her iPod into the speaker dock and started blasting workout music. Most of the girls she'd gone to lessons with had liked soothing, classical music to work out to. Kathy? Really liked dubstep. It just seemed better to move to!

Okay, warm-up time. Her muscles were stiff and needed to be stretched before she could hit the floor properly, but before her playlist was even halfway over, she was bringing her feet over her head and in front of her face like normal.

...Well, a gymnast's version of normal, anyway.

[Door ajar and post open! Up early because new canon makes me want to plaaaaay her and I should post before I get distracted again. I'll pick up pings in the morning. If you want to know what her warmup looks like, the link goes to a gymnast video. SFW, but it plays music so you might want to mute it. Also, just watching her hurts my everything.]


2014-01-17 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)

Evan had been meaning to do this for a while now, and every time he got up the nerve, he found himself second-guessing, telling himself that if Kathy needed or wanted someone to talk to about... whatever that jumping thing had been, she would have asked.

And then he'd heard her gasp in Professor Alenko's class, and couldn't help but think about all of that help that he wasn't asking for, and...

Well, his tastes leaned more toward Hank Williams than Skrillex, but he was going to linger in her doorway pretending to be interested in the music all the same. At least for a minute. Before he nerved himself up to speak.

"You're really good at that," he offered, because that seemed like a good starter, right?


2014-01-17 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Kathy was lying on her chest, with one leg pressed against the wall and the other bent backwards so her foot could touch her head. Well, it was supposed to touch her head, but she was still limbering up, so it was mostly hovering a few inches above, stubbornly refusing to extend further.

It was definitely a weird pose to have a conversation in, which was the only reason she was unsettled by Evan in her doorway. Really. It wasn't like there were any conversation topics she wanted to avoid or anything!

"Thanks," she said, giving him a little wave. Both arms were outstretched in front of her, which made that easy enough. "I've been doing it for more than a decade now."

Edited at 2014-01-17 03:12 pm (UTC)


2014-01-17 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

If you didn't want a conversation, you should've closed your door, silly Kathy.

"You've worked hard at it," Evan decided, looking at her thoughtfully. "I mean, just looking at that pose makes me feel a little noodly, and..." He shrugged. "Noodly is kind of my thing."

He gave his toe an awkward little kick against the floor.


2014-01-17 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well, she would have if she'd thought of it! She just hadn't considered the possibility! Who wanted to randomly drop by and talk to her anyway?

"I've kind of been letting myself get out of practice," she said, stretching her leg even further, so the bottom of her sock brushed her hair. Just a liiiittle further. "I know better than that. My old coach would murder me if she knew."


2014-01-17 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I had an uncle who would be really disappointed with how far I've fallen out of touch with my own training since I came here," Evan noted, nodding a little. "Stretching and running and all kinds of things. I do what I can in the mornings alone, but it's not quite the same as it used to be."

Of course, he wasn't really training to touch his toes to his head, either.

Though he could. Without bending his legs, if he wanted to.


2014-01-17 05:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Show off. Unlike some people with powers, Kathy had to use lots of practice and exercised to be able to touch her head with her feet.

Or, as she was trying now, to touch the ground in front of her face with them, pushing more of her weight on her chest and shoulders to make her legs stretch further forward.

"I should really go down to the gym and see what they have for equipment. Even if they just have a bunch of mats, I can still practice my routines. Not enough--" she grunted slightly. This wasn't as easy as it looked, you know. "--room in here to do much more than stretch."


2014-01-17 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hey, now! If Evan was a showoff, he would've been getting down and stretching along with her!

"I'm sure they have mats in there," he replied, leaning against the doorframe. "If they don't have them in the gym, a teacher would probably open up the danger shop. And I think there's a gym in town, too, if the one in the school won't work."


2014-01-17 08:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Yeah, I guess that does make sense," Kathy said, "I just haven't really thought about it much."

You know. Practicing. In public. Where people could see her.


2014-01-17 08:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Just not comfortable with being out in the open about what you can do, huh?"

You know. With her gymnastics and all.


2014-01-17 08:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh that was getting you a dirty look right there, Evan. You were getting glared at by a girl with a foot on her head.

It also bought her time to come up with a suitable counter-response. Or try. "I--no! Just what are you insinuating, anyway?!"

Oooh, sick burn. Good job, Kathy.


2014-01-17 09:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

"... That... some people are weird about doing warmups in public..." Evan replied, blinking. "Unless there's something else I should be insinuating?"

Because he could! He had plenty of things he could insinuate!


2014-01-17 09:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Well, I'm not weird," Kathy grumbled as she worked to twist herself into further pretzel-like formations. "I just...should also have a spotter if I'm doing certain gymnastics maneuvers and stuff. And since I don't, it's just easier to work out here."

Yeah. That totally didn't sound like a spurious excuse!


2014-01-17 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Nope, not at all!

"... There are probably plenty of people who would be willing to spot you at the gym, though. Have you asked anyone?"

Excuse, smothered!


2014-01-17 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

"...No," Kathy admitted, looking away. "I don't really know anyone. It feels weird asking people to spot me if I don't even know them."


2014-01-17 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I could spot you," Evan offered, smiling faintly. "I mean, I'm mostly training in fighting, but there are a lot of things I shouldn't be doing without a spotter, either. We could, um, trade off?"

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