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Sibling Apathy
Topic Started: Jan 15 2016, 05:52 PM (505 Views)
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((Raina Rose Pregame Start))

Figuring out what to do for dinner when both her parents were going to be working late had always been an interesting affair for Raina. Her parents sometimes had both the time and inclination to fix something and leave it in the fridge for their kids, but more often than not they were left to their own devices to make something from what was there or to go and get it themselves. When she was younger, she and Leila had endured Cameron's cooking (canned chicken noodle soup was his specialty), and then a seemingly never-ending parade of delivery pizza, Chinese take-out, and whatever the "healthy" options at Taco Bell were at the time. Things improved massively when Cameron got his driver's license and a job, and the possibility of going somewhere beyond walking distance for a full meal became an option. Raina had quite a few fond memories of squeezing into a booth next to her brother and sister and sharing an appetizer plate at Cheryl's, hiatus due to the food poisoning incidents notwithstanding.

Those fond memories were primarily what lead her to take Leila downtown this evening, along with a craving for some loaded potato skins and ranch that had been steadily building all afternoon. Raina had been trying to eat healthier lately, at her parents' insistence that it would do a little to make up for her sedentary lifestyle and sleep troubles, so salty, starchy things like that had been out of the question. She felt that she was due for a little reward tonight, though, and if she got her way that reward was going to come loaded with cheese and bacon.

It was still early enough that Cheryl's wasn't too crowded, letting Raina and Leila grab an unoccupied table without any trouble. Neither of them needed to give the menu more than a cursory glance to know what they were going to order, so Raina rested her chin on her hand and looked around at the other patrons while they waited. She spotted Jasper, that sort of cute Filipino - or was he Polynesian? - guy from a few of her classes, and she sent him a friendly wave when she caught his eye. Looked like he'd had the same idea about taking his sister out to eat.
"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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Jasper's sister must not be the best conversational partner, judging by how happy he seemed to see Raina. Leila seemed to be absorbed in whatever game she was playing on her phone when Raina glanced over, so she scooted her chair around the side of the table so that she could talk to Jasper without leaning into the walkway or yelling.

"Hey, how's it going? Just the two of you, or are you waiting on someone?" She couldn't remember off the top of her head what kinds of things Jasper did for fun or anything, so making small talk before they found a more appropriate topic seemed like the best bet. She was pretty sure he was into something science-y, but not the exactly the same science-y things that she was.
"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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Raina nodded. "Yep, our parents are gonna be out late tonight and I've been dying for something to clog up my arteries with lately, so here we are. I'll have to remember to Snapchat Cameron pictures of our food so he'll be jealous." She let out a small laugh at the the idea of taunting him with their greasy, particularly Kingman-style food. Trendy healthy places and whatever sports bars he might be hitting up with his friends were nice, but there was something about local cuisine, such as it was, that you missed no matter how much you liked other places.

She toyed with a napkin, absently nodding along to the faint strains of music coming from Jasper's sister's headphones. "Do you have any older siblings? I forget if I've asked that before." She nudged Leila with her foot. "Hey you, don't be rude." Leila grudgingly put her phone away and gave Jasper a smile and wave.
"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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Raina shrugged and gave Jasper a "what can you do?" look, leaning forward to rest her arms on the table. She glanced up to make sure that her potato skins weren't getting delivered without her before turning her attention back to Jasper. "What've you been up to, besides coming out tonight? Seen or heard anything interesting?"

They'd never been in any of the same clubs or anything, but maybe it would turn out they had a few intersecting interests anyway. God knew she could stand to reconnect with some of her classmates after her more... let's say turbulent actions in the past year or two. She didn't regret most of what she'd said and done, even if it had rubbed some people the wrong way. You couldn't change anyone's mind about things without pushing them out of their comfort zone at least a little bit.

But anyway, Raina didn't think that she and Jasper would end up arguing here, unless he suddenly decided he wanted to talk politics for whatever reason. She'd be surprised if that was the case, since she'd never known him to be particularly outspoken about it before. Hopefully they could just have some nice small talk over dinner.
"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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"Wow, really?" That was it, Jasper was the one who was into all of that marine stuff. Raina had always been more drawn to the sterile, mathematical side of science over the squishy bits, so to speak, but seeing someone get enthusiastic about the field they loved was always fun. "That sounds complicated, though. Like, what if the patient's body rejects the coral? Can it do that, or is that only for organs?" She was pretty sure that bone marrow transplants could get rejected, at least, but it sounded like bone grafts were something else.

"Speaking of medical breakthroughs, have you heard that some big hospitals are using robots to perform surgery now? It's really good for delicate things, like if a baby needs a procedure, because the robots can have instruments that are much more precise than the ones people can use."
"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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"Who knows? As long as people can get over the idea that the robots are going to overthrow us one day, I think the possibilities are almost limitless." Raina caught movement in the corner of her eye and lifted an eager hand as her potato skins were delivered. She bit down gingerly on the end of one, trying to avoid burning her mouth. Man, that hit the spot even if it did burn her a little. Salt and cheese and bacon, mmm.

As an afterthought, she nudged her plate towards Jasper and his sister, not minding as Leila stole a potato skin as well. "Want one?"
"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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Raina happily munched on her potato skin, watching as Jasper glanced around for a server. "Kind of a slow night, huh?" It was a good night, though. She had her sister, and she had a friend (and his sister, even if she didn't seem too interested in what was going on around her). She had good food and atmosphere, and no worries hanging over her head.

Times like these were almost enough to make her think she'd miss Kingman once she left it behind.

((Raina Rose continued 4649お願いします!))
Edited by backslash, Feb 13 2016, 08:36 PM.
"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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