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Raine Collindale
The best kind of ball is the kind you fetch (tag N and S)
Thu Jul 19, 2018 07:55

The ball really didn't hold much promise of excitement for Raine. She had fond-ish memories of the one in her second year because she had spent the evening hanging out with her friends, but the whole evening had a stiff, formal air to it - it was the kind of thing that was fun to people who thought they were classy and important, people who thought they were better than her. The way people dressed, the music that was played... None of it was to her taste.

Now that they were all older, people were starting to couple up and go on dates for things like this. She had sort of hoped that someone might ask her. She wasn't really a fan of dancing but she couldn't imagine many of the boys her age wanted to spend the evening waltzing either... And she was definitely a fan of the things they might get up to instead. Although, the trouble with that plan was that there really weren't that many guys her age. Ben was dating Tess, and Joe had already made it clear he wasn't interested. It was a shame that Isaac was only a fourth year. He had thrown a whole school party, so he was probably quite good fun.

The one silver lining to the cloudy evening was that Nevaeh didn't have a date either, so Raine could spend the evening with two of her best friends, including one of the only reliable guys in her life. She greeted Nevaeh and Scout enthusiastically, hugging them both. Her wrists were decked out with silver bangles and she clinked when she moved. Her dress was a reworked version of one of her favourite circus costumes - a purple sequined leotard which sparkled every time the light hit it, which she had made more formal by adding a long floaty pieces of fabric around the waist. With a few tweaks here and there, she had managed to make it into a passable skirt, ruched at the back and showing her legs at the front, a bit like a cancan dancer.Her hair was slicked up in a high bun, the way she wore it for shows, and her eyes were swirled with elaborate glittery patterns. Looking like a princess for the night was not exactly her thing.

Apparently though, it was Georgia’s. And, more to the point, Joe’s. Or rather, it was something he liked in a girl.

“Oh. So, that’s Joe’s type, is it?” she asked, unable to keep a clear note of bitterness out of her voice. She had not told any of her friends about her attempts to flirt with Joe - after all, they had ended in him rejecting her, which made it embarrassing. She also had no idea that she had been Joe’s first choice but that she had managed to shoot that idea down before he’s had a chance to voice it. And no, she didn’t want to be up there with him, in front of everyone, but it hurt to know what he was into was something she was never going to be. “He’s here with Georgia,” she clarified for Nevaeh’s benefit. “She’s kind of…” her brain searched for a socially nice way to say what Georgia was. She sort of wanted to say ‘fat’ but that sounded spiteful (although perhaps that was part of why she wanted to say it... ) but that didn’t really explain it well to Nevaeh. Georgia had a body type Raine definitely didn’t. And maybe Joe regarded that as a good thing. “She’s curvy. And she dresses nice. Does make up like a teen magazine kinda girl. I guess guys are more into that kind of thing…” than people like me. She trailed off before the last words but they were strongly implied. She knew Nevaeh probably didn’t know too much about how she, Raine, looked compared to other people. But she probably knew Raine liked bright colours. She knew about some of Raine’s favourite circus outfits because she had described them to her, and that Raine’s family was generally… kind of different. She had probably figured out that Raine either didn’t have a lot of money or didn’t spend it on clothes if she did. Raine briefly wondered whether Nevaeh’s vision impairment was a factor in how they’d stayed friends. Raine wasn’t really like other people in how she dressed or how she did her hair. Nevaeh might have got enough hints to work this out, but she wasn’t comparing Raine and her freakish appearance on the daily to glossy haired girls like Georgia. Joe though, clearly was. And was finding her wanting.

OOC - Nevaeh’s author stated that she would not be partaking in the prefect dance and that she and Scout would be hanging out with friends.

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