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Repoussoir; Fall of 2014 (Private)
Topic Started: Jul 10 2016, 06:35 AM (307 Views)
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There were just times when stupid things had to be done.

For Lily, that was often known as 'quality time with Tina.' Sneaking off into the desert to smoke was not exactly the sort of thing Lily did on her own. But it was the sort of thing that would give her parents heart attacks if they knew about it, and that worked for Lily. Provided the heart attacks were metaphorical, obviously.

Lily heard the knock on her window, and paused for a moment just to check if there was movement being heard elsewhere in her house. Her father wasn't here, and her mother was somewhere on the compound. Visiting one of her brothers or sisters that lived in one of the surrounding houses. Made sneaking out a tiny bit riskier, in case she was looking out the window of wherever she was.

Worth it.

Lily pushed the window open and slid out. Almost gracefully, if not for her sweater getting caught on the way out. But a little tug and she was free. Pretending like she hadn't got stuck, she straightened her sweater and gave a little smile to Tina.

“Let's go, then.”
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The car Tina was driving always seemed like it was about to break down or fall apart. Clunky. Worn down. Lily wondered if it could be fixed, and made to run smooth. It was, in itself, representative of the sort of challenges she wanted to work on. To work on cars and make them better, to fiddle with the mechanics of it all. The sooner the better. Unfortunately, that was still some years off.

Lily stared out the window for a bit, enjoying the bumpiness of the ride and watching the desert fly by, and didn't immediately realise Tina had asked her something.

“Hm? Oh.” She focused back on her cousin. “Same as usual. Nothing's changed.”

Parents were still over-protective—if they'd eased off, Lily wondered if she'd be sneaking off into the desert at all—and Connor was still a jerk, but not enough of a jerk to get too aggravating. At least he acknowledged that she didn't need the protection, though in his case he saw it as favouritism rather than worry.

Other than that, Lily liked that nothing had changed. Routine was nice. Routine meant control over her circumstances. Even this sneaky piece of rebellion was carefully marked in her planner, albeit with an acronym rather than explicitly stating it just in case her parents went through her desk to figure out where she was or what she was doing. She wouldn't put it past them.

“And yourself?”
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“Not yet. But it’s early.”

Lily didn’t know if people would want to buy her scarfs, her blankets, all the little things she could make. But it was worth a try. And it was some extra money in her pocket. Lily didn’t think she’d ever be able to live off it—and wouldn’t particularly want to, not when she could be working on cars—but it was still something.

She watched the desert roll by for a bit longer. The town was behind them by now.

“How far are we going?”
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