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Moving Day; Private, Emily and Lahela
Topic Started: Jul 13 2012, 02:11 PM (1,142 Views)
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Today was the big day. Emily Nakoa had known for some time that her cousin and aunt were moving in with her nuclear family. She understood that it was important to stand by relatives. If the shoe had been on the other foot, she knew she would have been very grateful for a place to stay, a place with more opportunities. All of these things went a decent way towards mitigating the apprehension she felt, but it was still there, this sense that her life was about to get shaken up in ways she could not anticipate. The evidence was all around. The entire preceding weekend had been spent cleaning the house, something Emily didn't exactly object to but also would not have done of her own accord. Discussion at dinner had been focused almost exclusively on the new arrivals.

Now, Emily was sitting in her room, trying to make the most of what could very well be the last of her time in her living situation as it currently was. By the time Lahela's family was on its feet, it was certain Emily would be done with high school. Depending on how everything else went, she might have moved out by then. She could be in college, full college instead of the community college where she was going to start.

The whole situation was made stranger still by the fact that her cousin was the same age as her. It would have been different with a little kid. Kids didn't understand everything. They didn't insert themselves into the same social circles or judge or reflect upon their families' reputations. Lahela would be going to Aurora High. If things didn't work out, there would be no escape. It could become very, very difficult for Emily to juggle her persona and her home life. She really hoped Lahela was either cool or uninterested in her. The last thing Emily needed was for the last of her high school to be an unpleasant mess.

Emily shifted on her bed, absentmindedly toying with the a pillow. Despite her doubts, she was going to try to be optimistic about this. There was no reason to assume the worst. She'd liked Lahela when she met the girl as a young child. There was no reason to worry.

And yet, she still found it difficult. Her parents had been talking about this for what seemed like forever, seemingly to the exclusion of all other subjects. They were very upbeat about it. In fact, they seemed nearly eager, excited to have something new in their lives and fully ready to spend more time with family. They were regretful of the reasoning behind it, of course, but that did little to dampen their enthusiasm. Emily just wished that she could see it their way.

She was stirred from her musings by her mother calling her name, telling her to come down, and she knew that the time had come. There would be no more hiding from everything. The family she interacted with was about to get a good deal bigger.

With a sigh, she dragged herself upright and made her way to the door of the room, then down the stairs to the ground floor. As she went, she ran her fingers through her hair, making sure it was fairly in order, and smoothed her tank top and skirt. However this was going to turn out, she would at least be sure to make a decent first impression.
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Emily waited inside for just a few seconds, taking the time to compose herself fully. She pulled her lips into a smile. She'd practiced smiling well after she'd gotten her braces off, cultivating a nice, wide, beaming grin to offset her prior tendency to never let her lips part, so it was easy for her to put the expression on even if she wasn't really feeling the unbridled joy that would typically accompany it.

Her mother was right there, clearly a little impatient, so with no further ado Emily opened the door and stepped outside.

The whole family was in and around the car. She'd seen pictures of her relatives, but hadn't really remembered the adults from her past visits, and Lahela had changed quite a bit. She looked pretty nice, though. Emily raised her hand and waved and called out, "Hey, welcome to Seattle."

It wasn't much of a greeting, and her voice was a little bit tentative. Her mother shot her a look, and she covered her mouth and faked a cough. That seemed to be enough to alleviate any parental suspicions as to the genuine nature of her enthusiasm for her cousin's arrival, but just to be sure Emily headed for the car. Her bare feet felt a bit chilled by the concrete of the path, which added a spring to her step as she tried to minimize contact with the ground.

"You need any help with the luggage?" Emily asked. "How was the flight? I can show you around."

Her voice was sounding normal again, and her smile was feeling less forced, but she still had that feeling of slight skepticism lurking in her mind. She really hoped Lahela wasn't some sort of naïve do-gooder.
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Lahela said she didn't need help with her stuff, which was a bit of a relief but also didn't really give Emily that much of a chance to do something nice to welcome her cousin. It sounded like Lahela wasn't too excited about her move, and given the circumstances Emily could completely sympathize. At least things seemed to be off to a pretty good start so far. At least the conversation was flowing smoothly, if a little bit less naturally than Emily was used to.

Then, Lahela said she'd brought something. It was a lei, a slightly wilted one, but pretty nonetheless. Emily felt some of her reservations beginning to dissolve as Lahela draped the lei over her head and gave her a one-armed hug. Emily returned the hug, and felt her smile broaden a bit. The enthusiasm Lahela was showing was comforting in most ways, but it made Emily just the slightest bit nervous that she wouldn't live up to her cousin's expectations, whatever they were. It was complicated in so many ways, having new people coming to live with her and go to school with her. Life was certainly about to get different.

Lahela followed her actions with a compliment, and Emily felt a few more of her initial concerns slip. Things were off to a pretty decent start, at least.

"Thanks," Emily said. "It's great to see you again. You look really great."

It was true, too. Lahela wasn't someone Emily had any reason to worry about being seen with in school. She might even be someone to try to coax onto the cheer squad, though Emily wasn't at all sure her cousin would be interested or able to qualify absent any experience in the area.

While she still wasn't entirely comfortable with her cousin, having really exchanged only a few sentences with her, Emily was anxious to make a good impression on her and a good showing for all of the older family members. As such, she kept her smile nice and wide.

"I really hope you like it here," she said. "There are so many great things in Seattle. I can't wait to show you everything. Anything you're especially excited for?"
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"The boys are okay," Emily said, smiling back. Was Lahela being serious? It was hard to say, not having much experience with her cousin. Emily didn't know how boy-crazy Lahela was, come to think of it. There was another potential pitfall. What if she was constantly bringing guys home? What if she got a bad reputation at school because of it? The tap on the arm suggested that there was at least a bit of humor intended, so Emily let herself relax and go with it. What could it hurt? Besides, it wasn't like Emily didn't know some guys. She'd dated plenty of people, and she did have friends who'd probably get along great with Lahela.

"Aurora's got a lot of cute ones. I can introduce you to some of the football guys if you want," Emily said. She shot her cousin an exaggeratedly cheesy wink.

"Oh, and you can bring your stuff right inside. I'll show you around. You can leave it at the bottom of the stairs for now and then we'll get it set up later."

Emily's mom might not be entirely thrilled with that, but it would be okay. Emily wanted to make sure Lahela actually knew where everything was before getting too worried about getting her entirely settled in.
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"Right this way," Emily said, smiling. Her room was fairly presentable, and her nervousness was melting away a little as she showed Lahela around. This wasn't normal, but it wasn't terrible either. Maybe she'd be able to get used to having someone else her age around.

She headed up the stairs, keeping her pace a little bit slower than usual. She had a tendency to bolt up the steps, since she was used to them enough that she was unlikely to fall.

This wasn't so different from having a friend over for a sleepover or something. It was just, this time it was going to be a little more permanent.
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