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Manic Pixie Dream Girl; Let's go on an adventure!
Topic Started: Aug 1 2016, 04:12 PM (410 Views)
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((Raina Rose continued from I Know What My Fortune Is))

It had taken a lot less convincing than Raina had anticipated to get Wayne to go along with her plan, if you could call "drive aimlessly around town at midnight blasting music" a plan. His car was too old to have a jack that she could plug her phone into, but they'd managed to find a radio station with acceptably modern music and the speakers worked well enough. She had her legs tucked up under her in the cracked faux-leather passenger seat and her hair down to let the wind rushing through the open window whip it back from her face. The music was loud enough that they had to raise their voices a bit to be understandable over it. Her face ached a bit from how much she'd been grinning, because really, when did she ever get to do something like this?

First order of business had been hitting up the late-night drive through at Wendy's for snacks. Raina was currently trying to sell Wayne on the merits of dipping his fries into his Frosty. He'd been skeptical so far, but she thought she was probably wearing him down.

Next order of business: go wherever. See whatever, do whatever. Her parents knew she'd planned to get a ride home with a (acceptably sober) friend at the end of the night instead of having one of them come back out to get her, so she hadn't bothered to tell them she left the party. If Wayne had anyone waiting up for him, he hadn't bothered to mention it.

The streetlights rolled over the car as they turned down another road that led to who-knows-where in some neighborhood Raina didn't think she'd ever visited before; nobody she knew must live here, or if they did, she'd never been to their house for one reason or another. Uncharted territory.

She dipped another fry into her shake and popped it in her mouth, catching Wayne's eye with a grin as she did so. Definitely wearing him down. She was going to get him to try it before the night was over.
"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, then added an "I dunno," for Wayne benefit since he was steadfastly keeping his gaze on the road ahead. She liked not being upside down in a ditch as much as the next girl, so she didn't complain.

She thought about making some kind of "om nom nom" sound effect in regards to her fries-and-Frosty combo to tease him, but that was probably childish and he wouldn't hear her over the music anyway. She'd have to yell, and he probably wouldn't get it, and then she'd have to explain the joke and it wouldn't be remotely funny by the time they got through all that.

Instead she said, "I've never been to this neighborhood before, so I don't know how big it is. We'll probably hit a cul-de-sac eventually though and then we can turn around." And after that they'd go... somewhere else. Maybe home. Maybe out to the desert, as far out as one of the ghost towns that dotted the Mojave like freckles on a sunburned face. Maybe they'd go nowhere.

Raina was fine with all of that, for now.

"What about you? This pretty far from your normal hangout, or no?"
"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 snorted. "Please, my life would be the most boring thing on the face of the Earth if I didn't find ways to entertain myself." Get up, go to school, do homework, go to bed early, repeat. Eat three square meals in between all that, give or take a few snacks. If she never took it upon herself to look for something interesting in all that, well, what was even the point? "I don't go out a lot, family rules and all. Too bad the party kind of sucked, but we're having our own fun, right?"

She dipped another fry and chewed thoughtfully, smiling slightly at Wayne's quip about Vegas. "That'd be fine by me, I've never been. We'll have to pick up some fake IDs and see if we can hit the jackpot at any casinos, then we could have some real fun." Whatever "real fun" might actually be, she wasn't sure, but she was secure in the certainty that it would involve spending a lot of money irresponsibly. Maybe they'd go to a strip club and see what all the fuss was about. Maybe they'd go to a male strip club.

Raina couldn't help but giggle at herself, at that completely unrealistic and immature line of thought. This was what having fun and adventure was, though, right? Having good food and silly thoughts, not being entirely sure of where you were at or where you were going. "You ever been to Vegas?"
"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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"I guess we'll accidentally go to Vegas, then," Raina said, twirling another fry before dipping it. "Getting lost is half the fun anyway, right?" As long as they didn't end up with a flat tire somewhere down the line, they could drive around all night, and she didn't particularly care where they ended up.

"And you know, like... everyone seems to have a story, right? About when they were teenagers and did some crazy thing, and how their parents were so mad and grounded them but it was all worth it? I need a story like that, before I have to go and be an adult." Which wasn't to say that she didn't want to grow up or wanted to be sixteen and in Cochise High School in Kingman forever, but... well, sometimes she did feel like she was missing out. Hardly any parties, almost nobody at school who would really engage with her on the level she wanted. Loathe as Raina was to admit it, she could sometimes see the appeal in being someone like Maria Cucinotta and having no care in the world besides where the booze would come from next.

The difference was that Raina looked ahead. She knew what was waiting for her when she graduated and where she was going in life. Bigger and better things; in five years, the high school parties, or lack of them, wouldn't matter at all.

But tonight, she was doing something exciting for once.

"Onward then, fearless leader. We're boldly going where no Cochise student has gone before." She grinned and gave Wayne a mock salute.
"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 laughed. "Wow, don't get carried away now." She gripped her seat belt with her free hand anyway as Wayne eased the speedometer up.

In the end, they technically made it to Vegas. About an hour there, chatting, laughing, turning the radio up too loud, until the city lights rose up over the horizon. They didn't go past the city limits.

Better not to ruin the magic.

Almost an hour back, eyelids getting heavy, more laughing because everything seemed funnier when you were a certain kind of tired. He dropped her off in front of her house, and she made some vague statement about paying him back for gas, which he waved off.

Before she got out of the car, Raina turned to Wayne. "Hey, close your eyes." She leaned in before he could really comply, took some kind of pleasure in the surprise on his face, and-

-popped one of her now-cold fries in his mouth.

"See you later, Wayne!" She slid out of the car and dashed inside without checking his reaction.

She slept way, way late the next day, but she slept well.

((Raina Rose continued elsewhere))
"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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