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Topic Started: May 19 2015, 01:04 PM (933 Views)
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((Alice Baker continued from Laws of Motion))

Alice had a cold today.

She'd felt it coming on last night, feeling tired and sickly early in the evening, and she'd woken up in the morning badly congested and with a sore throat. She was feeling crappy, and had resolved to stay home all day and relax, hopefully not remaining sick for too long. She didn't want to miss school after all, it was a nightmare trying to catch up with her schedule.

So why was she out here, one might ask. The answer was simple; her big sister was a jerk.

Not that Alice could really blame Molly. She could've said no. Really, she could've! She didn't have to go walk all the way to the music store to buy a CD for Molly just because her sister was 'working on a big project and I need new work music'. She could've looked Molly right in her face and told her off.

Yeah, totally. That's why she was shopping instead of napping.

She was in a bad mood, therefore, when she walked into the store, but at least there was climate control indoors. She wasn't sure what genre the band was. All Molly had told her was that she wanted an album by The Prodigy. Alice had heard of The Prodigy before, but she had no idea what they were like. Knowing Molly, they were probably pop music, that was most of what Alice heard her listening to.

Coughing quietly into the crook of her elbow, Alice walked up and down the aisles of the store, staring blankly at the rows of music. It was intimidating, and she barely knew where to start. What if they didn't even carry any Prodigy CDs here? Doubtful, but possible, in which case Alice was totally-

"Achoo!" Alice sneezed violently and without warning, and like a startled horse her nose started running. "Crap..." She muttered, digging her hand into her pockets. She plucked a tissue from her pocket, blew loudly into it, and then wiped her nose off while sheepishly glancing around to make sure nobody saw her. Then she shoved the tissue back into her pocket.

Real classy, Alice.

As she kept wandering past the shelves, Alice began to lose focus. Maybe the album would appear in a flash of divine light. Maybe she'd figure out the perfect musical selection for Molly. Maybe she should just leave and tell Molly off (yeah right). Maybe-

"Oh!" Alice gasped as she nearly walked into Cameron, barely halting her steps in time to avoid a collision. "Oh, sorry!" She exclaimed, hands up in defense.
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Well, at least the other girl wasn't angry. She seemed...pretty nice, actually, which was nice. Alice would've been miserable if she'd blown up on her. That'd just be the icing on a crappy day.

Alice sniffled and tried not to look too pleased. She was pretty sure this girl was familiar somehow, but didn't look to be in the same grade as Alice. Possibly an upperclassman? Actually, yeah, she knew this girl. Wasn't she in a band or something? She'd seen stuff for it around somewhere.'

It must've been cool to be in a band. Alice was way too shy to go up on stage and perform or anything. She envied people who could put themselves out there like that. That'd be awesome. Plus, she doubted famous people got bossed around by their big sister. Another pro.

"Yeah, haha." Alice chuckled sheepishly and crossed her arms. She was pretty tiny, she supposed. "I'm Alice. I...think I know you from somewhere. Do you go to Cochise?"
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There were actually two people there, Cameron and another guy. The boy seemed quiet, though, which made Alice a bit envious. She was usually the one who hung out and listened when other people talked, so kind of wished she was in his position right now. But nope, she had to exert her social muscles.

Cameron was definitely familiar, and now that Alice thought about it she was almost sure Cameron did something with a band. Yeah, she'd seen a poster about it somewhere, or maybe a flyer. Either way, she could take a guess. "You're in a band, right?" She said, cautiously optimistic. If she screwed this up it'd be even more embarrassing.

"Not my kind of music, but I heard you guys are good." That embellishment wasn't strictly necessary or true, but she was pretty sure they were a rock band of some sort, and it was nice to boost someone's self-esteem when possible. Cameron seemed pretty friendly, so why not say something nice?

Of course, all that fails to take into account that, if pushed, Alice wouldn't be able to back anything she said. So hopefully Cameron took the compliment without inquiring further.
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Oh, she was right! And Cameron didn't seem to inquire about Alice's compliment, which was nice. Sheesh, it was nice to be nice but she didn't have to stress over stuff! People did things like that all the time.

The boy, who Alice sort of recognized from school as well, asked her a question. "Oh, uh, orchestral stuff, Lindsey Stirling, country..." Alice was a little embarrassed she liked country; it got a bad rap, but some of it could actually be good. But that was besides the point, because now Cameron was showing her a photo.

The picture was really impressive to Alice, for two reasons. One, she had known they were a band, but she didn't know they'd done big performances and stuff. That was really cool. The thing that stood out to her, though, was the artistic craftsmanship of the body paint. Alice didn't know a lot about the medium, but the detail and imagery stood out as really high quality. "Wow, that's really cool." Alice said, eyes wide at the picture. "You look awesome." She smiled, genuinely impressed.

"Oh, uh..." Alice felt herself about to sneeze. She turned away for a moment, but the sensation only lingered and she didn't actually sneeze. She hated when that happened. "Sorry. Anyway." A thought struck Alice. "Do you know anything about The Prodigy? I was going to get an album for a friend and they that group."

Again, not entirely true, but she wasn't about to explain her sister bossing her around. It was bad enough that it happened, people didn't need to know about it.
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"Okay, thanks. Later!" Alice called as Cameron left. She still wasn't sure if she was interested in Cameron's band or music, but the other girl was pretty friendly and she might drop in sometime just to see how it was. Maybe she'd have a good time. "Oh, and uh, bye!" Alice said, more awkwardly to the boy, who didn't leave with Cameron.

It struck Alice that Prodigy was an electronic band from England, though. That didn't sound like Molly at all. Strange. Especially when she arrived at the stand and saw the album covers. How odd that Molly, who Alice associated with pop music more than anything, would request this.

Purchasing the disc with Molly's money, who had at least had the decency to loan her the cash, Alice left the store somewhat befuddled, still rather ill-feeling, but in a better mood than she'd been in earlier.

((Alice Baker continued in Not Quite the Zeitgeist))
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