Evelyn Stones
Something like "stop when you've lost everything" I'd guess.
Mon Jun 3, 2019 18:06

"Your family-- wow! That's so cool!" Well, what fortune there was to be found in the bathroom these days.

Evelyn wondered what it would be like to have a business-oriented family that was not crappy, but supposed she wasn't in the frame of mind to consider that. Instead, she went about drying her hands and then leaned against the counter, taking in Jessica Hayles with a new perspective. She seemed so simple and quiet, but there was an air about her that made more sense now that Evelyn knew more about her background. She wondered at that a little, but didn't dwell on it; everyone had their posture in life, literally and figuratively.

When Jessica suggested she couldn't mix magic and business, though, Evelyn couldn't help laughing softly. She waved a hand, dismissing the idea. "You can do whatever you want," she said firmly. "Besides, I don't think half those Purebloods out there would appreciate hearing you say that." She considered a moment before continuing, wondering just how much she wanted to say to this near stranger.

"My dad's in business," she said. "And my friend got me some lipstick for Christmas that is magic, too," she added, realizing she had more experience with magical cosmetics than she realized. "It isn't waterproof, but some of it changes color and stuff. There's absolutely a place for you, and I'd be happy to be part of that."

Someone wanted to send her letters . . . really to give her samples. That was almost like a gift. And Evelyn was pretty sure that was the closest thing she could think of for a friendship to start blooming. She wanted to help and wanted to be kind and suddenly had an entire image of adopting Jessica as her younger sister.

"I have regular mail," she said. "My mom is a muggle, so my house is pretty normal most of the time." The lies were too easy, but at least it kept the conversation going. She rummaged in her pockets for a piece of paper and wrote down her address, handing it to Jessica. "I am not sure how much I'll be in Oregon this summer, but if you send me something early, I'll write to you if my address changes."

It wasn't the first time she'd been asked about her age, but since she was supposed to be finishing her third year, and Jessica was a first year, it stung a little. She knew she was tiny, but still. "I'm almost fourteen," she said, smiling. "But my parents kept me back a year. I'd have to check the brand names on the lipsticks, but I know those are some lines. Professor Brooding probably knows about some of the hair dyes and lotions and stuff, too. Honestly, I still don't even know what's happening most of the time."

It felt good to admit that in a non-scary way. Magic was hard, this world was hard, puberty was hard and terrible and crampy, and everything sucked. It was nice to say it out loud. She thought that she could probably stay up all night laughing about stupid stuff with Jessica.

  • Maybelline. Jessica nodded. The original mascara people. It had always been an effort to compete with Maybelline in the mascara market, simply because they had that reputation as the people who had... more
    • Something like "stop when you've lost everything" I'd guess. — Evelyn Stones, Mon Jun 3 18:06
      • You can do whatever you want. Such an appealing thought. Jessica had always believed it, until this year. She rather hoped that Evelyn was right and Skies was wrong, but even if she was, then... more
        • Well, that song will be stuck in my head forever.Evelyn Stones, Tue Jun 4 00:53
          Evelyn grinned her signature dorky grin; she was always excited for makeup and the terrible time she had coming up would certainly be improved by samples. "That sounds good. You must get loads of... more
          • Jessica smiled politely and nodded at the comment about getting things for free. She did, of course, she supposed, technically, though Mommy and Daddy had always discouraged her from talking about... more
            • Run, always run.Evelyn Stones, Sun Jun 9 22:50
              Evelyn smiled, agreeing wholeheartedly with the idea that more friends were always good. Of course, her life hardly reflected that. She supposed that she was prone to recruiting people to her small... more
              • Sometimes that draws too much attention.Jessica , Mon Jun 10 12:37
                Jessica did not have the same fear of magic that Evelyn was describing - she had enough trouble believing anything was going to happen at all - but she found herself nodding unconsciously as the... more
                • We don't want that. Evelyn Stones, Mon Jun 17 16:51
                  "I don't think it's about that. There are people who are ahead in one Waugh or another, but nobody's just ahead or behind. That's one of the things I actually really like about Sonora. It's just... more
                  • Indeed not.Jessica, Mon Jun 17 19:25
                    Evelyn, Jessica surmised, was like birthday cake: small doses might be good, but Jessica suspected that larger ones might quickly get cloying. That was two rounds of platitudes in the course of about ... more
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