Marissa Kendrick
I think I might be one of the Neverland mermaids
Mon Mar 12, 2018 19:38

Before, Marissa’s hair had been too long to consistently swim. She’d needed to wrap it up and pull it back into an intricate ponytail or braid, or even hide it under a swim cap, to fully enjoy the experience without regretting it later. Her haircut made it so she didn’t necessarily need to do that, and it was pretty great. She’d gone to Pearl Street and gotten a new swimsuit once she realized spending time in the pool would be less of a pain now. It was a solid black one piece, except for the top which included a black and white pattern, that she felt complimented her shape quite well.

She’d been swimming more, between classes, rehearsals, babysitting, and the studio, but it hadn’t been with any consistency. Well, that was sort of true. She tended to go to the rec center when she thought it might be empty. It never occurred to her that swimming in the pool would be a great way to attempt to sort through her thoughts. It was, though.

That’s why Marissa was floating on her back and staring at the ceiling of the rec center. This time was best. Holland, Ruben, and Rose were in class together right now – either Runes or Arithmacy, she couldn’t remember which – and Danny usually swam in the mornings. She’d never run into Emmett at this time, and it wasn’t common for Russell to be around either. Minus occasionally running into a sunbathing Heather Bartel, this was the quietest the rec center got during the day. Thankfully, Heather wasn’t around today, otherwise Marissa would be getting an earful of the girl’s latest gossip.

The redhead just did not care that Heather was worried that Kaye Packman was an obsessed stalker and that that was why she kept stealing from the natural brunette.

It was almost Thanksgiving, which meant applications were almost done. Marissa had submitted hers already and moved on to scholarship applications. The University of Colorado in Boulder was the first application she filled out, just to feel like she knew what she was doing. She didn’t want to go there, but it was close to home and was both magic and Muggle. None of her friends were applying to schools in boulder, as far as she knew, so that was frustrating. The rest of her list was pretty much based on Rose’s.

The differences between where people like Rose and Holland applied and where people like Marissa replied was more than just… how elite it was. Even if she ended up making it into a school nearby her friends’ prestigious ones, it seemed to be statistically unlikely that she’d even get to walk across the stage. The schools that were easier to get into had drastically lower graduation rates, and not as many of them had both magical and Muggle education tracks. The Magical School of the Carolinas had a super high acceptance rate, which Rose had seemed happy to tell her, but – well, the redhead wasn’t sure the lower graduating rate had crossed Rose’s mind. Rose was going to be successful in college, no doubt, so it made sense that she just… assumed Marissa would, too. That was a bold assumption to make.

Marissa didn’t know what she wanted to do with her life, so she knew that she wanted to be somewhere that gave her as many options as possible. Having that would be comforting, but she didn’t think it existed. Meredith College in North Carolina was a possibility, and it was near Duke, but she knew that school was Rose’s last choice. She’d sent in applications to other schools, mostly whatever Garen and Rose told her to try, so now all she had to do was wait.

Even if she got in somewhere, that didn’t guarantee she’d be able to afford to go. Who knew if she could get enough scholarships? And even if all of that worked out, there was no guarantee she and Rose would be able to live together. Marissa absolutely felt comfortable apparating as part of her commute to and from school. As long as Rose stayed in the United States, Marissa was confident that they could live together. She’d happily apparate to wherever she had classes. It just -

There was a quiet splash from the pool and, just as quickly, Danny appeared beside her. Marissa turned her head just a little so she could look at him and acknowledge that yes, she saw him there. “Taking some weight off your feet? If not your mind. Anything I can help with?”

“No,” Marissa answered almost too bluntly, returning her gaze back to the ceiling. It always annoyed her that it was so… normal. With how creative and magical so many parts of RMI were, why did the rec center have such a boring ceiling? There was a waterfall, and that was where they ran out of creativity? It would have been a beautiful blue sky, or… well, she didn’t know. It would’ve been nice for it to just be something.

“Holland still in class, then?” She asked after a moment. The Aquila knew why Danny was there; everyone else was busy. He probably didn’t even want to hang out with her. They happened to run into each other. “You swim in the mornings.”

  • Is that the Little Mermaid? [Marissa] - Dardanius Dubois, Mon Mar 5 15:19
    Danny traipsed into the Rec center, in neon green swim shorts, a black polo shirt with wide green horizontal stripes across its middle, and his sandals, with a swim bag slung over his shoulder. He... more
    • I think I might be one of the Neverland mermaids - Marissa Kendrick, Mon Mar 12 19:38
      • Should I keep my distance? - Dardanius, Tue Mar 13 17:22
        “No,” came the blunt reply, further reinforcing Danny’s suspicions that something was up with Marissa. She hadn’t even organized a party yet this term, as far as he was aware. There was usually a... more
        • It might be smart. - Marissa, Thu Mar 15 18:23
          “Oh.” Marissa thought she still knew Danny’s schedule perfectly. Apparently she still did, except she didn’t know what he did with his free time. Granted, it was silly to think she’d be able to... more
          • Not one of my strongest qualities - Danny, Fri Mar 16 06:27
            “Oh, so now you want to hang out with me?” Marissa fluidly maneuvered in the water so she was no longer lying on her back; Danny followed suit, his height advantage allowing him to stand on the... more
            • You have worse ones, probably - Marissa, Fri Mar 16 21:46
              “You did.” Marissa couldn’t deny it, and she knew that. All of this was her fault, really. She could have tried to initiate something, but she wanted to give Danny and Holland their space to be…... more
              • I have been known to make Bad Choices - Danny, Sun Mar 18 04:26
                “Everyone will have more time after Christmas,” Danny assured Marissa, with the confidence of someone who believed entirely the words he was speaking. If she was down because everyone had just been... more
                • Bad choices tend to be more fun - Marissa, Sun Mar 18 14:12
                  Marissa nodded a little with Danny’s agreement. He seemed to truly think people would have more time after Christmas. More time for what, Marissa wasn’t entirely sure. Rose and Emmett spent quite a... more
                  • Depends on your options - Danny, Sun Mar 18 15:26
                    Marissa’s midterm sounded chilled out, which was probably exactly what she needed. It was difficult to properly kick back and relax when there was so much stress around at school - it was like exam... more
                    • Limited, it seems - Marissa, Fri Mar 23 12:46
                      “You’re going to tell your parents?” Marissa’s question was accompanied by raised eyebrows and a grin. Now this she could talk about. The subject was infinitely better than college plans and her... more
                      • Yikes - Danny, Mon Mar 26 15:49
                        “You’re going to tell your parents?” Marissa asked, grinning, and surprised. Danny chuckled as he glided serenely past her in the water. He guessed it was legitimate for Marissa to sound surprised,... more
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