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Thu Oct 7, 2010 5:59pm

Just as she was about to say, "Damnit, I got the wrong house," she caught the side of Howl's face out of the corner of her eye. He looked put-out at the whole thing, but really, it was an entire coincidence that a house had actually burned down. Kim had just been filling the silence, saying something impossible to make things happen around her. She hadn't expected to meet a reality.

To Howl she couldn't pretend to be so vicious. He would never believe that lie. He didn't think worse of her for punching him, making up lies about him, or even not talking to him half the time.

But she couldn't keep on being nice. He'd keep wanting more, like the penniless junkies begging for leftover cottons. That was a terrible comparison, but a good, sharp reminder for herself. "I just . . . heard," Kim answered Flora lamely, with a shrug.

She turned to Howl and carved out another bite of chocolate cake for herself. "I also heard Head Grace and Nurse Mason are getting married," she offered hopefully.

  • I do!Howl and Flora, Thu Oct 7 2:49pm
    "Hi," Flora said, wondering how the girl - apparently called Kim - knew her name. More to the point, why was Howl looking at her like that? He hadn't said anything about Kim to her before...... more
    • Good! Then it won't be a surprise. — Kim, Thu Oct 7 5:59pm
      • Madison's our spokesperson, obviouslyMadison Connor and Reece Teslock and Jael Grace, Thu Oct 7 6:12pm
        The scene next to her had started getting out of hand when Kim Baden had sat down. Madison Connor had turned to Reece and given him a look. That was Kim Baden, the look said, the girl who stabbed... more
        • Oh dear.Howl and Flora, Fri Oct 8 10:36am
          She just heard? What did that mean? Flora was disappointed that they didn't actually teach mind reading, and shrugged. "It was pretty bad," she said, before going back to her food. Howl stared at... more
          • Oh, my dear!Kim, Fri Oct 8 12:21pm
            Kim broke out into a grin without meaning to, her entire face flushing right after. He must have known she was just making it up, just to say something, but she'd made him laugh. She looked down at... more
            • Me? Your dear?Reece and Jael, Fri Oct 8 12:36pm
              Kim Baden didn't look scary at all when she was trying not to laugh, Reece thought. So much for Madison Connor's promises - but he had to take what she said with a grain of salt, he remembered. The... more
              • Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa!Howl and Flora, Fri Oct 8 12:59pm
                Howl's face broke into a grin again when he saw Kim was grinning and trying not to laugh. She didn't look so like she had last term any more. Flora said nothing, because she didn't know who the... more
                • I meant Howl, of course.Kim, Fri Oct 8 3:14pm
                  Howl's renewed grin was almost contagious enough to break down Kim's line of defense, but thankfully, Jael and Reece kept on with the conversation. Of course Grace wasn't marrying Mason. Mason was... more
                  • AwwwwReece and Jael, Fri Oct 8 6:24pm
                    Okay, now Reece knew for sure it was Kim Baden. He felt a little self-congratulatory for guessing, but there was no one there with whom to share his triumph. In a way he liked her wry sense of the... more
                    • Now I feel special.Howl and Flora, Sat Oct 9 6:48pm
                      "Well I guess that's one way of looking at things," Flora said. It was weird imagining people with clay insides, and the images of them in her head kept getting squished by big rocks. She eyed Jael... more
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