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You Can't Take the Sky From Me; Open, late 2010
Topic Started: Mar 2 2013, 11:36 PM (1,299 Views)
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Gwen O'Connor was having a rough day, to say the least.

It was relatively early, but she'd already gotten into a fight with her mom. It had been stupid to start; why didn't you do the laundry like you're supposed to? it had rapidly devolved from, "chores-forgetting" into, "I do so much for you and this is how you repay me?!" Gwen took this as a cue to leave quickly.

So, as she gingerly sipped her hot cocoa, doodling absently on a napkin (she'd forgotten to take her bag of miscellaneous materials in her rush to avoid further conflict), Gwen wondered how other people dealt with this kind of thing. She wasn't up to arguments, so she tended to run from them. But not everyone did that; some people held their ground and fought back.

Gwen wondered what went through their mind when they decided, "I'm going to start yelling at this person who is yelling at me" or whatever.

Speaking of people who would stand their ground, Claire Monaghan was sitting a table over there, working on a laptop. Well, perhaps that wasn't a fair descriptor. But then, Gwen didn't exactly have a great deal of fondness of Claire. Gwen distinctly remembered that Claire's glasses were fake for the sake of fashion. As a person who had genuinely bad vision, Gwen found this tendency to be a nuisance. Her talkative nature also tended to grind Gwen's nerves when she just wanted silence.

Still, Claire wasn't a bad girl, and she did seem to know some interesting trivial facts on occasion.

Gwen was tempted to stand and speak to the girl, out of bored curiosity and a secret desire for mindless conversation. Plus, if she did so, she might make a friend from a sort-of-enemy (though more of just a person she didn't know well enough). On the negative side, she might get monologue'd at.

After a brief moment of consideration, Gwen stood, pushed her chair in, and made her way to the table.

"Hey, Claire." Gwen said, offering a grin that probably looked really stupid. "How're you doing?"
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"No, I haven't, actually, but maybe I oughta check it out. Is it actually about fireflies?" Gwen was still expecting a rant, but at least it might be about something interesting. Gwen liked fireflies.

Something Claire said struck her again. "Oh, yeah, writer's block? That sucks. I hate it when I can't express myself; it's just annoying." She paused for a moment, trying to remember what she always did when she had writer's block. She bounced slowly on the balls of her feet, luckily avoiding losing her balance.

"You know," she started, "sometimes it helps to read what you've got so far, to try and sort of build up momentum again. But if that doesn't work, maybe you could look up some other reviews and see what you agree or disagree with, and go from there?"

Gwen didn't read a whole lot of movie reviews; she preferred to form her own opinion. So she wasn't sure what kind of things people did in reviews, but hopefully her advice was valid.
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Gwen was not interested in the show after that. She was big on neither sci-fi, space, or westerns.

"Oh, I write a bit. Not like reviews or anything, but like poems and stuff," Gwen laughed. "Not like emo shit or anything, either. I like nature and stuff, so I write about that kind of thing,"

Gwen was pretty used to assumptions about her poetry. She knew that people tended to assume things of her, but she figured that was sort of the point. She'd considered dropping the stupid fake-Goth shit, but after today, it was doubtful.

Watching Claire drink her coffee, Gwen suddenly craved her cocoa. "Hey, be right back, I'm gonna get my drink," She stepped around the tables and walked back to her seat, where her drink steamed gently.
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Gwen returned to Claire clacking away at the keyboard. Clacking was a good word; Gwen oughta use it more often.

"Glad you seem back in the rhythm," Gwen said, sitting down across from Claire with her cup. She watched Claire's hands dance along the keyboard, pondering potential conversational cues.

"Do you have any pets?" Gwen fished for a weak excuse of an icebreaker.
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Gwen's eyes lit up when Claire asked about her pets. "I have a cat, his name is Utopian, he's about 6 years old now." Gwen smiled at the memory of getting him from her father years ago.

"He's little and fluffy and white and I love him," Gwen realized she was being the monologue-er, and turned her attention back to the girl sitting across from her.

"But yeah, reptiles? Those are pretty cool," Gwen liked reptiles; they were very interesting and unusual, different from lots of other things. "Your brother is going to be a vet? Good for him! That's something I've thought about; that or like a naturalist." Gwen drank more of her cocoa; it was cooled slightly, just enough to be hot but not painfully so. That was her favorite point in temperature.
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Gwen nodded. "The medicine part is what's got me stuck. I'm kind of squeamish about it, and I don't know if I'd be able to fix animals and stuff."

She took another swig of cocoa, trying to not drink it all at once. "But yeah, I'm super-big on animals, plants, stuff like that. Nature is just so natural,"

She smirked. "Well, I guess that's obvious, but it's just kind of free and beautiful and wild." Gwen glanced out into the snow; it was a thin blanket of fluffy ivory piled into delicate sheets.

Pretty.

"You're going into film? Neat. What kind of stuff will you do? Documentaries, movies...?"
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Damn. Gwen really ought to have seen that coming.

As Claire effectively ranted on film and film industry, Gwen tried to absorb as much as she could, but it was too much to absorb.

She basically got the idea that A: Claire liked foreign films, B: Claire was into genre twisting (which Gwen could get behind), C: Claire wanted to have a distinct style or something.

That was about it, though.

Gwen nodded. "I see, interesting," Gwen tried to think of a good way to continue. "So are there any directors that you really envy the style of?" She knew she was walking into another rant, but she tried to appear interested, with a casual smile.

Gwen didn't drink coffee, but now she kind of wanted some.
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Gwen had known she would get hit with another bomb of a speech. Still, she was glad the ball was back in her court.

"Directors?" Gwen paused to think for a moment, trying to remember some movies she liked, and who their directors were.

"I uh, I saw this one movie called "The Fall", which was by something Singh. It was really beautiful, and I loved the way he mixed the of fantasy and reality and all the deep meanings in it. I should get a copy to see it again." Gwen finished off her cocoa.

"Oh, hold on, I'm gonna get a refill, if you don't mind?" Gwen stood, smiled and walked to join the queue.
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Gwen ordered, and, knowing she'd have to wait a bit, walked back over to Claire.

She sat back down, not sure what to say yet again. Gwen tried her best, but conversations were not exactly herv strongest suit. She paused for a second, then started speaking.

"Did you see "Inception?" Gwen asked, then a moment later added, "If so, did you like it? I personally thought it was really interesting and intellectual, which is a really nice thing for a movie. But what about you?"
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"Besides that one, you mean?" Gwen smiled; she liked to believe that the ending was real, but she also knew some people preferred sadder movies.

She wasn't really sure why.

"But I can't really think of a lot of those. I'm not big on super-mind-confusing movies, and I generally tend to avoid them." She shrugged.

"What about you? You get really aggravated by twist endings?" Gwen was okay with getting ranted at by now; Claire was pretty easy to talk to, to her surprise.
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Gwen was pretty surprised by that response. She nodded in interested, and then the barista called her name. She smiled, and said, "Excuse me for a moment," before standing and turning to take her cocoa.

Gwen smiled, thanked the man, and paid him for the drink before returning to Claire. The cocoa was steaming hot in the literal sense; she set it on the table and blew gently across the surface.

"Yeah, originality is definitely good," She said. "I don't really like movies if I've seen the concept a thousand times already. That's why I wasn't big on 'Avatar'. Gorgeous, sure, but the plot was a bit cliché for my tastes."

She suddenly realized that perhaps Claire had enjoyed the movie, and backpedaled. "Oh, but it was a good movie. I actually think that the art and whatnot was some of the best in a movie I've seen. Did you like it?" She gently blew the cocoa again, watching the steam swirl around in the air.
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Gwen nodded as Claire stood to get a refill herself.

She tested her cocoa. Still too hot. She glanced around to see if anyone was approaching, but nobody was. Gwen cracked her back against the back of the chair.

She looked over to watch Claire standing in line. She tested her cocoa again, and found it to be just a little too hot to drink comfortably. She blew it again, and watched the steam dance into the air before dissipating.

"Hmm," she muttered, and wished she had a pad of paper; she had an idea for a little poem, but she didn't want to write it on a napkin. She settled for reciting it in her head.
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Gwen paused for a moment, trying to gather her thoughts.

"Uh, we were talking Avatar. I think we were in agreement on its quality?" She gingerly sipped her cocoa; it was perfect, hot but just cool enough to be delicious. She smiled at the sweet richness.

"So, on a different note, have you gotten past that writer's block in your review?" Gwen asked. She hoped her advice was helping, though Claire didn't seem to have had much time to write.

Then she had an idea, which may or may not be any good. "Maybe you could read what you've gotten for me so I can give an opinion? If you don't mind, of course."
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Gwen looked over the work thoroughly. It seemed okay; not Gwen's style of writing, but of course Claire wrote differently. She smiled at the random gibberish at the end. It was like when she scribbled wildly when stuck, but electronic.

"Yeah, it seems okay. If you wanted to erase it, go ahead; I don't hate it, but it could probably use some revision."

Gwen sipped her cocoa again.

"The summary I think is good, as well." Gwen paused to think, before continuing, "So yeah, I can't really add much more; it is your writing, after all, and I don't want to change your style."

Gwen took another drink. "If I had to offer a critique, I'd say that maybe analyzing in chronological order might help, and going over notes if you had any?"
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"Yeah, looks pretty good." Gwen offered her approval. "It definitely helps to have an organized thought process when you write." Claire seemed to have a good grasp on writing, which made sense; after all, she must do a lot of it. Gwen suddenly regretted not talking to the girl more; she was surprisingly intelligent and thoughtful, which Gwen appreciated.

She glanced up at the clock in the corner. It was still a reasonable time, but she didn't want to return too late and get in trouble.

"So first off, who were the characters and what did they do to establish their personalities and goals?" Gwen asked. Then she giggled. "God, I sounded like a teacher there, didn't I?"
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