Laughter 2
Katherine Hana Li spin_kick_snap
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Room 508, Saturday Afternoon
Kathy and Sarah had managed to escape from their parents for a little while. Immediately after the school tour, Mrs. Li had declared she needed to rest and Mr. Li had announced that he needed to make a very important business call, which he'd need absolute silence for. Neither Li daughter needed to be a meteorologist to recognize that a storm was brewing, and Kathy had suddenly remembered 'that thing' she needed to fetch from her her dorm, grabbed her sister by the arm, and practically dragged Sarah out the door and down the hall.

Not that Sarah was protesting, mind. Kathy had just gotten a bit faster than she remembered.

"So, this is it," Kathy said, opening the door to her dorm. "That's my side," she said, as if Sarah wouldn't recognize a bunch of her stuff from home. Her side was, of course, immaculate. Kathy was tidy by nature (and nuture, honestly), and knowing that her parents would probably want to see her room and pass judgment on it had instigated a cleaning frenzy. She'd remade her bed three times to make sure the sheets were tight enough.

Which, of course, meant that Sarah beelined straight for it and flopped down on top of it, making herself comfortable and thoroughly ruining the lines of the comforter. Little sisters, yo.

"I've seen hospital rooms with more personality than your side," she announced, looking up at the walls. Kathy had taken down all of her posters, which ran the gamut from K-pop bands to gymnasts mid-routine. "I think you've managed to create the one room that would actually be improved by the addition of a kitty 'Hang in there' poster. Congratulations."

Kathy laughed, shoving Sarah's feet off the bed. She was still wearing her shoes, the brat. "Shut up," she said, sitting on the newly vacated section of blanket. "Normally it's better, but, you know. Mom and Dad. I figured if there was nothing on the walls, there was nothing they could object to."

"Yeah, and when they're here, I bet you go all crazy and put up inspirational quotes by Einstein and Neil deGrasse Tyson on your walls. You rebel." She grabbed her phone to tweet My sister is a nerrrrrrrrd to the world at large. "How does your roommate even live with you? Or is she a giant nerd, too?"

"I'll have you know that nerd is no longer an insult," Kathy said primly. "We've become mainstream. We're awesome now." Sarah rolled her eyes and pretended to gag. "And, no, Flick isn't a nerd. He's way cooler than me."

"Well, he'd almost have to be," Sarah mumbled. "Not that Flick is a name, it's a verb. And--whoa! Did you say he? Like, you room with a boy? A real boy? Is he cute?"

"No, I live with a marionette with aspirations," Kathy said, rolling her eyes right back at her sister. "Yeah, Flick's a real guy and yeah, he's like ridiculously cute. Most of the guys who attend school here are."

Sarah sat upright, grabbing onto Kathy's shoulders. "Ohmigod. You live with a hot boy. That is so exciting. Have you guys made out yet? Have you ever seen him naked? Have you guys ever shared a bed 'to conserve body heat?'"

"Nudge, nudge, wink wink, you know what I mean?" Kathy asked dryly. "No, we haven't made out, we haven't seen each other naked, and the heat works just fine thanks. I'm pretty sure he has a girlfriend or something, and even if he doesn't, I am so not his type."

"He likes cool girls?" Sarah teased, then ducked to avoid getting swatted. "But seriously, Kathy, I don't even know what to do with you. You live with a hot guy and you haven't even made out? You are the lamest person ever. You know the cripples Jesus healed in the bible? They started less lame than you are."

"Oh my god, Sarah!" Kathy was facepalming. "Not cool! Not cool!"

"Says you," Sarah sniffed. "Sometimes I really do think you're as oversensitive as Dad says."

There was silence then, long and taut between them. Kathy hopped off the bed to fiddle with some of her books and Sarah stayed on it, feeling really guilty. That was super-douchey of me. Like, if douche were a class, I'd be the curve breaker, not you. Not a tweet this time, but a text. It just seemed easier to type than to say. Both sisters had a weird relationship with apologies. Kathy apologized for everything, often. Sarah avoided making them as much as she could and preferred to send them over written media.

Go figure.

"So," Sarah said a few minutes later. "What was the thing you wanted to get? It can't be more books. I saw the stack you hauled in last night. No one's gonna believe you needed one more."

"Good point," Kathy said, turning away from her shelf and giving Sarah a soft smile. "Umm...I guess...Oh! Right! I need a costume for the talent show!"

"Talent show? When the heck did my sister become someone who signs up for a talent show?"

"See?" Kathy preened. "You don't know everything do you?" Though honestly compelled her to admit, "But I didn't. Sign up, I mean. My friend Sparkle did. As a joke. And by the time I found out, I couldn't back out. So..." She shrugged. "Stuck with it."

"Sparkle? Flick? Anders? Like, is there anyone with a normal name around here? Even by L.A. standards, that's weird."

"How do you know about Anders?" Kathy demanded. "And you're one to talk, Sarah Li. Gonna bake me a pie later?"

Sarah stuck her tongue out. "I get around."

"Not yet you better not," Kathy muttered.

"Anyway, Katherine Hana Li, at least I'm not some named for some creepy H.R. Pufnstuf island!" Both sisters were back to grinning, treading over ground familiar enough to take away and sting.

"Excuse you, infant, but Honalee is from meta-for Puff the Magic Dragon. Get your facts straight."

"You're, like, the only person under forty that even cares about that," Sarah sniffed, trying to look disdainful and not laugh.

"Oh my god, how could you even say that? Puff is institution!"

"You belong in an institution!"

"You'll drive me to an institution!"

"Nerd." "Brat."


[Open for anyone who wants to come in, though Sarah's thread in the comments comes last chronologically. Warning for an ablest joke in the text, because thirteen year olds are the worst.]


2014-09-27 10:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

"So, let me guess. Your talent show will be some gymnastics routine?" Sarah asked. "Set to some boring song from two hundred years ago? You do know that sometimes people use good music in their performances. Even at the Olympics! Good music is possible to flip to! I know, I watched them on TV!"


2014-09-27 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Actually, no," Kathy said, blushing. "Umm, I'm going to be singing. A song. I guess. And--hey! The songs I used to perform to weren't that boring! I didn't even pick them! My coach did!"


2014-09-27 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Wait." Sarah was grinning now. "You. Are going to be singing. On stage. In front of, like, hundreds of people? That's hilarious! I was just talking about the time you got a B- because you were too scared to sing in front of your class!"


2014-09-27 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Who were you even telling that to?" Kathy asked, bewildered. "When were you talking to them? You've been with me the whole day! No one's talked to you!"


2014-09-27 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I have my ways," Sarah said smugly. "Never underestimate your adorable little sister, Kathy. I've got more powers than you can imagine."


2014-09-27 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Wait, do you?" Kathy froze, uncertain how to take that. On the one hand, it sounded like the kind of thing her sister would say to sound cool. On the other hand, with the powers that Kathy had developed, it was possible that Sarah might have something special that she was doing, too. "Like, for real and for serious?"


2014-09-27 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Yeah," Sarah snarked. "I'm the only normal member of my family. You are so weird, sis. You know that Y-People stuff is crazy right?"

Shaking her head, she sauntered over to Kathy's closet. "Let's see if we can find something for you to wear that won't cause me secondhand embarrassment to see you in."

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2014-09-27 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

After the encounter in the park, Flick's original plans for the night were gone so he was making new plans. But, those were for later.

Now, he was gonna make his way back to his room and see what was going on there. His new plans had finally coalesced when he stepped into his room.

"Oh. Hey," he greeted when he realized Kathy was in there with a guest. "Sorry to interrupt anything."


2014-09-27 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Hiiiii," Sarah said, giving Flick her prettiest smile. "You're not interrupting anything. Just a bit of sisterly girl time, but we can have that whenever."

You know, what with Kathy living on the opposite coast. Also, Sarah, you were thirteen. Just stop.

"You must be Flick, right? You're just as cute as Kathy said you were!" She batted her eyes, ignoring her sister's groan and facepalm. "I'm Sarah. So nice to meet you."


2014-09-27 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Kathy's obnoxious, much-younger sister," Kathy interrupted. "Hey Flick. Come on in. We're just trying to figure out what I should wear tonight for the Talent Show."

Also, she was so sorry for her sister. So, so sorry.


2014-09-27 10:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

"She said that? Well, she's cute too," Flick said, glancing Kathy's way. "Hi, Sarah. Good to meet you. Welcome to room 508."

See, this family meeting had already gone better than the one he'd just had. Thank goodness.

"What talent are you gonna be showing off?" he wondered. "Probably makes a difference in what you're gonna wear, right?"


2014-09-27 11:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

It helped that Kathy's parents weren't here. Otherwise, they'd have to be explaining to Kathy's dad why there was a boy in her room and everything would go downhill from there.


"I and--uh, thanks? About the cute thing? Yeah, I mean, she asked and I wasn't gonna lie and...yeah.."


2014-09-27 11:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sarah watched her sister flail around and sighed. How was it possible for someone to go through life for sixteen years and get no game at all?

"Probably gymnastics," Sarah said because, you know, someone should answer Flick's question. "She's been a rhythm gymnast for, like, a decade now. Hasn't Kathy ever shown you how she can wrap her legs around her head?"

She was helping!


2014-09-27 11:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

"She can do that?" Flick was both surprised and genuinely impressed. "Are you double jointed?, just thinking about that makes me wince. I'd dislocate my hips."


2014-09-27 11:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Oh my gosh, Kathy! You never showed Flick what you can do? For shame, Kathy! You should show him now!"

Sarah's middle name should have been brat. Or monster. Or something infinitely less complimentary.

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