I sea what you did there
Mon Jan 1, 2018 22:11

Today, Holland was really feeling that double eyeliner was the way to go. They weren’t there yet, but black and turquoise would look really nice with Claudia’s outfit. The third-year seemed to prefer natural makeup looks, and they could do that for the eyeshadow. Maybe she would let them do something fun with the liner. And a red lipstick would really pop. Claudia seemed like the kind of person who would think bright red lipstick was scandalous, although Holland might be able to convince her.

They blended the third year’s foundation to a natural texture. Characteristically, Claudia demurred on the question. Holland was willing to continue working in silence if Claudia wanted. They liked to talk and could apply makeup even when the subject was speaking, but Claudia seemed like the kind of person who would prefer not to talk to the stylist while getting a haircut. Holland never minded small talk during salon visits; they went to the same place on Pearl Street anymore—Charmed Cuts—and they knew the stylists there by now. At this point it wasn’t small talk, because Holland knew the staff well enough to talk specifically about their lives and families, and vice versa.

To Holland’s surprise, Claudia elaborated on her answer. Danny had mentioned that midterm for the Duboises mostly consisted of endless pureblood society parties. Holland assumed that whatever Claudia was referring to had happened at one of these parties. They made a sympathetic sound in the back of their throat. Claudia’s life was very different from Holland’s, in nearly every way possible, but they could relate to not wanting to be the butt of a joke.

“What happened with Marley?” Holland picked up a brush to apply contour. “She told me about the arguments related to Connor. Did something else happen more recently?” Marley hadn’t mentioned another fight with Claudia, but Holland suspected that it took quite a lot to get Marley to notice an argument.

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    Holland seemed to understand her decision, if not the reasons behind it. Reassured that her idea wasn’t entirely ridiculous after all, Claudia began to relax as Holland started to apply foundation.... more
    • I sea what you did there - Holland, Mon Jan 1 22:11
      • Care what you fish for - Claudia, Wed Jan 3 06:15
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        • I’ll be reel-ly careful - Holland, Wed Jan 3 11:28
          Ah, yes. Holland was very aware that Marley was going on a date. They were aware because when they’d gotten back to Lyra after Ancient Runes one day, Marley had been waiting outside their door. She... more
          • I'm Floundering at finding a fishy pun - Claudia, Thu Jan 4 09:58
            “Why does that mean you and Marley can’t be friends anymore?” Holland asked. As often happened when someone questioned her about her beliefs, Claudia experienced an instinctive reaction, rather than... more
            • I’m sure you can dolfind one - Holland, Thu Jan 4 13:21
              Holland, admittedly, had had similar thoughts related to Marley’s date with Teal. The younger Lyra had said that she liked Teal but wasn’t sure whether she like-liked her, but regardless that boys... more
              • Whale I'll try - Claudia, Thu Jan 4 16:25
                When Holland talked, they never sounded condescending or patronizing, even when they were telling Claudia something new (as happened often, because they mostly talked about make-up, and Claudia had... more
                • You otter come up with something - Holland, Thu Jan 4 22:21
                  Holland hadn’t meant to break Claudia by introducing her to the concept of plurisexuality, but it seemed for a moment that they had. How could Claudia be a teenager and not know that people could be... more
                  • It's making me crabby - Claudia, Fri Jan 5 04:48
                    Closing her eyes and saying nothing while Holland continued to apply her make-up was very soothing for Claudia. It had been an especially tumultuous second part of the year, and perhaps she’d been... more
                    • We need to re-grouper - Holland, Fri Jan 5 10:36
                      “It might,” Holland agreed. There was some risk of pain attached to doing most things, and that didn’t make those things not worth doing. Marley’s intentions weren’t to hurt Teal; Holland had always... more
                      • Play a different tuna - Claudia, Sun Jan 7 13:38
                        Risk was a very personal concept. Claudia was taking a risk today with her statement dress and make up, but the risk was low: most people probably wouldn’t notice the change in her look, and of the... more
                        • Don’t mind my carping - Holland, Mon Jan 8 06:44
                          Holland chose the red lipstick—if you wanted to make a statement, why speak quietly?—and offered it to Claudia to apply. She had the lighted wall-mounted mirror to use in guiding her application of... more
                          • Holland handed Claudia a red lipstick. It wasn’t a shade she would have chosen for herself, but Claudia trusted Holland’s judgment on make-up, if nothing else. She took it and turned to the mirror,... more
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