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You're nothing if you're just another; The Gothening (Concluded)
Topic Started: Aug 12 2015, 10:58 AM (696 Views)
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Henry was so excited that as soon as Jae gave him permission, he rushed into the bathroom (which luckily was fairly easy to find) and looked into the mirror to see-

...Huh.

"It's not so bad!" Henry exclaimed loudly, but even he could tell it wasn't so reassuring. Darn. It wasn't pretty; the eyeliner around his eyes was too dark and applied too thickly, so it made him look like a creepy cartoon character. Hmm...

"You know, this does give me a cool idea for a Halloween costume at least!" Henry said as he returned, having wiped some of the makeup off with some tissue paper. "I could be some kind of creepy thing if I did that again!" He grinned.
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"Yeah, you're some kind of thing alright," Jae muttered, replacing the pencils on his desk. A glance back up at Henry revealed that he'd wiped most of the spare eyeliner off, leaving him looking less like a raccoon and more like he'd had a long string of sleepless nights, or maybe like he was a hardcore My Chemical Romance fan who had last updated his look in 2005.

Jae briefly pictured Henry's goofy, grinning face among a sea of grim-looking Hot Topic enthusiasts and snorted. Something about it was fitting.

He wasn't sure what to do now. He had all this makeup, exactly one test subject besides himself, and a hell of a lot of practice ahead of him. He wasn't sure how long Henry was going to be allowed to stay over, but he wasn't really in the mood to keep marking all over Henry's face over and over.

That really only left one option, if they didn't want to give this up entirely already.

"Do..." Jae paused and tried to steel himself for the inevitable swallowing of his pride that was bound to follow this offer. "Do you want to try it?"
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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"Do I!"

And so he did. Henry focused carefully, like a laser beam or a miniature enthusiast (someone who makes miniatures, not a miniature person who was a big fan, though that would also be accurate), drawing thin lines around his new friend's eyes. "There we go! Aaaaall done." Jae seemed okay with how it turned out, and Henry felt a swell of pride.

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"Later Jae! See you at school! Maybe." Henry called as he left Jae's house. He was very cheerily walking down the dimly lit street; he'd had an awesome time messing with the makeups. Henry was definitely going to try out some of that stuff later.

Henry paused. Had he forgotten something? He had the faint feeling that he had, like...cookies? Oh, crap! He'd left his grocery bag of junk food at Jae's house. Henry sighed, but kept walking. It was late, he'd find Jae and ask for them back some other time. And if he forgot, at least his new buddy would enjoy some Oreos and popcorn.

Worth it.
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Well, Henry neither stabbed him in the eye nor made him look like a demonic raccoon, which dredged up a little pang of jealousy at how well he handled the makeup but was otherwise alright. Jae might have checked himself out in the mirror for a little longer than was strictly necessary to conclude that the eyeliner was indeed a good look for him, but he decided that it was. Just needed a little practice.

Henry stuck around for a while after that, and his staying was... not bad, actually. By the time he decided he needed to head home, Jae was more or less taking his quirks in stride and he was actually kind of fun to talk to. He was really into horror movies and other weird shit, which suited him perfectly from what Jae had seen so far, and he seemed pretty interested when Jae mentioned his art. All in all, the afternoon was enough for him to decide that he wouldn't hate to hang out with Henry again.

He'd walked Henry down to the door and waved as he bounced off down the sidewalk. "Sure, bye." He wasn't sure if he'd actually see Henry in school, since he was Henry wasn't in his grade, but they could still hang out some other time.

Returning to his room, he went to his desk with the intent to practice with some of the other eyeliner shades but was sidetracked by the plastic grocery bag sitting on his bed. Shit, Henry's cookies. The possibility of getting cookies had been one of his main motivations for talking to Henry in the first place, but he hadn't meant for Henry to leave them all here.

...Maybe he'd just help himself to a few. It was okay as long as he brought the rest back, right?




He ended up eating half the package of Oreos and had a stomachache that night.

Worth it.
"Art enriches the community, Steve, no less than a pulsing fire hose, or a fireman beating down a blazing door. So what if we're drawing a nude man? So what if all we ever draw is a nude man, or the same nude man over and over in all sorts of provocative positions? Context, not content! Process, not subject! Don't be so gauche, Steve, it's beneath you."
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