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Oh, my dear!
Fri Oct 8, 2010 12:21pm

Kim broke out into a grin without meaning to, her entire face flushing right after. He must have known she was just making it up, just to say something, but she'd made him laugh. She looked down at her food to keep from smiling more. When she finally had a grip on her mouth, she ate another big bite of chocolate cake to keep from laughing herself.

She was still bright pink from making him laugh, so pleased with herself that she felt like a child. She used to make Dana laugh, sometimes, and all the adults she used to hang around, just by saying whatever came out of her mouth. They'd bring her up to their friends, and introduce her, saying, "This is my baby sister Kim-ball," a nickname that stuck after she lived on Kimball Avenue, "How you doing?" and that was all they had to say. They knew she'd jump into the conversation on her own fast enough, with a spitfire tongue and the audacity to keep a straight face while she said it. It was what she was most proud of back as a kid, but she learned plenty from it, too. Just because she talked nonsense smack, the adults forgot she could listen with logic. She knew everyone else's opinions on her mother before she was old enough to form her own.

"Hey," Kim said, after swallowing her cake, looking a little cautiously at Jael. Everyone knew Jael, there was no reason to introduce her. Apparently she played in Abby Greene's blood after Kim was cursed to stab her. "Hey, Jael," Kim wondered aloud, "Is your dad going to marry Nurse Mason?"

It was slightly cruel, the way everyone talked to her like she was a child, but Kim wanted to know the answer. And Jael certainly would either give one, or repeat back everything Kim had said. The blood thing still made her a little nervous, though, so instead of smirking, or showing any sort of smugness in the request, Kim kept a blank face. It seemed to her that she was probably talking to one of the more dangerous kids in school.

  • Oh dear.Howl and Flora, Fri Oct 8 10:36am
    She just heard? What did that mean? Flora was disappointed that they didn't actually teach mind reading, and shrugged. "It was pretty bad," she said, before going back to her food. Howl stared at... more
    • Oh, my dear! — Kim, Fri Oct 8 12:21pm
      • Me? Your dear?Reece and Jael, Fri Oct 8 12:36pm
        Kim Baden didn't look scary at all when she was trying not to laugh, Reece thought. So much for Madison Connor's promises - but he had to take what she said with a grain of salt, he remembered. The... more
        • Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaaaa!Howl and Flora, Fri Oct 8 12:59pm
          Howl's face broke into a grin again when he saw Kim was grinning and trying not to laugh. She didn't look so like she had last term any more. Flora said nothing, because she didn't know who the... more
          • I meant Howl, of course.Kim, Fri Oct 8 3:14pm
            Howl's renewed grin was almost contagious enough to break down Kim's line of defense, but thankfully, Jael and Reece kept on with the conversation. Of course Grace wasn't marrying Mason. Mason was... more
            • AwwwwReece and Jael, Fri Oct 8 6:24pm
              Okay, now Reece knew for sure it was Kim Baden. He felt a little self-congratulatory for guessing, but there was no one there with whom to share his triumph. In a way he liked her wry sense of the... more
              • Now I feel special.Howl and Flora, Sat Oct 9 6:48pm
                "Well I guess that's one way of looking at things," Flora said. It was weird imagining people with clay insides, and the images of them in her head kept getting squished by big rocks. She eyed Jael... more
                • It's because you are!Kim , Sun Oct 10 10:12am
                  A thought struck Kim at the same time as a memory. She used to hang out on street corners with various people, or sit with homeless men selling trinkets while the pedestrians walked by. There was one ... more
                  • Okay, well don't get mushy nowReece and Jael, Sun Oct 10 12:30pm
                    Reece was in the uncomfortable position he was an 11 year-old who had started getting crushes on girls over a year ago. He didn't dare tell anyone. All his friends still didn't like hanging out with... more
                    • Can't help it :]Howl and Flora, Mon Oct 11 3:00pm
                      Howl nodded and smirked slightly when Kim mentioned Headmaster Grace, which was nothing compared to the sudden and weirdly loud laugh that came from Reece. Howl jumped slightly on the bench and then... more
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