Kaye Packman
Happily here to pose as a distraction
Sun Jul 2, 2017 18:36

It was very rare for Kaye Packman to be self-conscious about how she looked. The fifth year always looked amazing, and she knew it. Her fashion sense was still as badass as ever. She even had the boots that’d been on layaway since the previous term. She’d saved up most of the money for them, and when they received her grades and confirmation that Kaye hadn’t even gotten a detention her first semester at Rocky Mountain International, her dads chipped in for the rest.

They were super proud of her or something. It was sweet.

A lot of the summer was spent with her dads being particularly clingy. Her first semester at RMI was the longest she’d been away from home, and they clearly missed her a ton. And she missed them, too. They travelled to their new home in Galveston and did all of the touristy things they possibly could. Kaye didn’t expect to like it so much. There was a problem with Texas being hot as balls, so she spent some time wigless on the beach. It was pretty unbearable, otherwise. She’d hoped to get a tan, but she just got paler the longer she was outside. She sunburned once, and she never wanted to have a sunburned scalp again. Kaye had never been tortured, but she assumed that a sunburnt scalp was just about as terrible as being water boarded.

The portkey dropped her into the Diner, and she took a second to stare at her surroundings. Where were the tables and chairs? What was with the bonfires? Merlin, the point of attending an underground school was to not be outside. Is this what every opening feast was like?

Kaye watched her peers, especially the older students, make their way to the fires with literally no shock or awe over the whole thing. That confirmed that, yes, this was how every opening feast went, and yes, Kaye had another thing to be grumpy about today. Her hand darted up to her wig for a moment and smoothed out her bangs so they hid her eyebrows as much as possible. She’d gotten much better over the summer at drawing in new eyebrows where the old ones used to be, but a lot of the time, it still looked unnatural. It looked wrong. They probably looked at least passable to most other people, but she knew they were wrong, and not being able to do anything about it was making her more of a grump than normal.

She listened to the Deputy Head’s speech close to, but not directly at, the Aquila bonfire. She’d eaten with her dads before coming back to school, so she wasn’t hungry. She could just go back to her commons, and then she wouldn’t have to talk to anyone. Of the people at school, she probably wouldn’t mind catching up with Ruben -

Oh, right, he was flirting with the other half of Aquila’s dangerous duo. Kaye rolled her heavily lined blue eyes and mentally dialed up her grump levels by another notch or two. Now there really wasn’t anyone decent to talk to, her eyebrows maybe looked funny, and everyone was still sitting and eating on the ground.

Kaye slowly started to make her way towards an exit, snatching some raspberry tartlets from a passing house elf on the way, when she spotted someone else she could talk to. The Aquila grinned. Pretty Boy Danny wasn’t as cool or interesting as Ruben, but he was so fun to mess with. She couldn’t explain why; there were totally easier targets at the school. Danny didn’t seem used to being the subject of teasing, though, and he never seemed to know what to make of it.

She changed her course and strolled over to Danny. There was no way she was sitting on the ground, though. Her shoes were sexy, not functional, and there were no guarantees she’d be able to stand back up. Plus, she didn’t wear this outfit to sit down in. She looked her best when she was standing. Plus, it meant she got to look down at him while he looked up at her, and that already made this more fun.

“Why not two Head Students instead of a mandatory Head Boy and Head Girl?”

“The world is unfair and heteronormative as hell. I dunno what you expect,” Kaye responded automatically, surprised that that collection of words come out of Danny Dubois’ mouth. Then again, he was friends with Holland, so maybe he was trying to be woke or something. She didn’t particularly trust straight, cis, white teenage boys to get the hang of that. “You have to ask questions like that to start finding things to fix and fight for, though, so good for you, I guess.”

  • Avoiding Temptation - Dardanius Dubois, Sun Jul 2 13:12
    It was an unusual turn of events for Rose to be annoying Danny - the reverse had been true for five years, he was sure - but he had to concede that her creativity with cute and infuriating nicknames... more
    • Happily here to pose as a distraction - Kaye Packman, Sun Jul 2 18:36
      • That's really not necessary - Dardanius, Mon Jul 3 06:11
        He paused in reaching for a bowl of paella because a voice had answered his hypothetical query, and that voice didn't belong to a student in Lyra. It was also coming from somewhere above him. Sure... more
        • Kaye looked off to the side where Danny’s outstretched arm reached. She finished off her raspberry tartlet and pondered, briefly, before snatching a bowl of whatever the dish was as the elf walked... more
          • Challenge accepted - Danny, Wed Jul 5 17:33
            Did it surprise Danny that Kaye was eating the food he had just missed out on? Of course not. The younger girl didn't seem to be particularly gifted at making friends since her arrival at RMI; even... more
            • How's the challenge going so far? - Kaye, Wed Jul 12 15:12
              “Like you know me at all.” Kaye rolled her blue eyes and considered putting the eggroll back on Danny’s plate. Honey, I know you well enough, until you prove otherwise. She picked up the eggroll,... more
              • You tell me - Danny, Thu Jul 13 08:59
                She sat on the stool. She was kind of staring at him the whole time. It was disconcerting, which, bizarrely, was familiar in a conversation with Kaye. Danny speculated that his discomfort was... more
                • I needed to think about it first - Kaye, Wed Jul 19 13:32
                  Kaye rolled her eyes and placed the food next to him anyway. She only wanted the eggroll. “Suit yourself,” she shrugged before taking another bite. Her dads had always been impressed by the fact that ... more
                  • Carefully considered conclusions - Danny, Wed Jul 19 19:36
                    After he gave her a proper answer, Danny felt momentarily deflated that she didn't even have the good grace to acknowledge it. He hadn't expected a well rounded critique with helpful feedback, but... more
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