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Topic Started: Mar 20 2018, 05:57 PM (148 Views)
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((Katie Agustien continued from V for Vend-etta))

She leaned against the railings, looking up at the dark grey sky, watching her plume of cigarette smoke appear in front of her eyes before mingling with the clouds and vanishing into the ether. It had been threatening to rain all day. The storm clouds hanging above her head looked like they could erupt any moment now. This wasn’t the weather for running in. This wasn’t the weather for doing anything outside in. This was the exact sorta day you stayed at home, got yourself some snacks, and watched Netflix, or some shit like that.

She snorted, and flicked ash down into the river below, the water a slate grey to match the sky above. Yeah. Great idea. Great idea, until you remembered that home was a pressure cooker waiting to explode. Home, which never felt like home when her father was there. Even when she wasn’t in the same damn room as him, she could hear him when she was lying on her bed, through the floorboards, muttering in the kitchen. Every word disapproving of what she did. Every sentence a kick in the spine from someone who should have had her back.

This wasn’t the day for running. But it was the perfect day to finally get some goddamn release.

She looked down at the cigarette in her hand, the soft orange glow the brightest thing in the whole world right now. It was a bad habit, and she knew it, one that was counterintuitive to the thing that gave her the most joy in the whole world. She wasn’t proud of it. Not in the slightest. Another reason to go out in weather like this. She’d escaped the house to avoid judgement, after all.

But on days like this, it felt like something would finally crack irreversibly if not for that bad little habit.

Katie took another drag of her cigarette and stared up into the clouds, thinking of nothing and everything at once.
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Saffron Fields: Start

Saffron looked up at the gray sky. A lot of people would probably call it gloomy, but that descriptor really didn't seem to fit in her opinion. Sure, it was dim and not really the prettiest color around, but it didn't really do anything to bring her down. It was kind of soft and soothing, the kind of sky that makes you want to just spend a lazy day indoors, not least of which because it usually acts as a harbinger for coming rain.

But before the rain came, there was always a wonderful feeling in the air. It felt vaguely misty, not nearly as wet as the rain that was sure to follow, but cool enough to be refreshing. It was the kind of atmosphere that was perfect for a brisk walk in the park. It was probably not the best idea to stay out for too long thanks to the almost definite oncoming rain, but she just couldn't resist being outside when the air felt so good. It was one of those things that she just had to experience, even when she already knew what it felt like.

Saffron's walk led her along the riverfront, and eventually to the bridge. It seemed like a fitting location. After all, where better to enjoy cool, refreshing air than by a cool, refreshing river? It just made sense. She followed the river without a care, taking in the sound of the gentle rushing of the water. The effect was almost therapeutic, taking her focus away from the things that bothered her and letting her focus on the simplicities of nature.

It was at the bridge that she happened upon one of her classmates. Katie was tall and super-fit, the type of person that was hard to miss, and definitely the type to catch Saffron's attention. She was in the middle of enjoying a cigarette, sort of an unusual time and place to do so, but Saffron wasn't a smoker, so she couldn't really judge her choice of places to indulge. She brought her pace to a stop and leaned against a railing nearby, using her voice to draw Katie's attention.

"Lighting one up, huh?"
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Katie exhaled, before putting the cigarette to her lips again, letting herself wallow in the mire of her thoughts, letting her mind wander, as the nicotine kept her grounded, stopping any of those thoughts from raising her ire too much. She was thinking of possibilities and answers, rather than pulling herself into a cycle of getting madder and madder at her own thoughts.

It was something her therapy had helped with, and God, was she thankful that she could do it. She just wished she didn’t need this little stick of tobacco and tar to help get her into this state.

She looked out across the water again, and thought of Boston. She missed it, sometimes, on days like this especially. Someday, she’d go back to it; maybe just to visit, maybe to stay. Who knew? It all depended on where her boxing career took her, because she’d be fucking damned if her dad was going to stop it from taking off. Sooner, rather than later, she was gonna break away from him. Run away with a super cute girl to live together. Send him photos of them both, just to piss him off. Mmmm, man, now that was a dream to aspire to.

A voice from behind Katie disrupted her thoughts, and she quickly spun around, cursing under her breath, heart suddenly pounding. Goddamnit. She was normally way more vigilant than this. There were a bunch of people that she liked, and that she knew liked her, who’d lose all respect for her if they saw her lighting up. And if her parents had decided on taking a stroll for whatever reason… if it had been mom, it probably would have been okay. If her dad had caught her? She might as well have started packing her bags right there and then.

But, luckily, it was just one Saffron Fields standing in front of her, and so Katie felt no reason to hide anything, as she raised the cigarette to her mouth again and stared the other girl down. Saffron was… complicated. She was cute, and she was bubbly, and she was out as Katie was, so when everything was going well in Saffron’s world, Katie was absolutely fine with her. The issue was when things weren’t going well, and Saffron was getting frustrated, putting the two of them together was like putting gasoline and a lit match together and wondering why your house had burned down.

Katie exhaled again, and for a moment, debated whether to let the sarcastic reply that was bubbling inside of her break free. No, Saffron, she wasn’t lighting up, she was cooking a fucking risotto. Soon, though, the temptation left her. Things looked like they were going fine with Saffron. No reason to strike a match so soon.

“Yeah,” was all Katie said, before turning back to face the water again, folding her arms and resting them on the railings. She sighed, and looked at Saffron.

“It’s one of those days, y’know? One of those days that just needs a quick fix."
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Saffron remained unfazed as Katie turned around with a jolt. Judging by how she tried to hide her cigarette, the reason seemed pretty obvious. Saffron could name quite a few people who were dead-set against smoking, especially in the case of a young athlete like Katie. While Saffron wasn't a smoker herself, nor did she have any desire to start, she wasn't going to hassle anyone about it. Personal choices and all that. Besides, Katie was still healthy enough to box, so she didn't deem it a major problem.

She let her shoulders rest on the railing, propping her foot against the bottom for a bit of extra support. She was already planning on enjoying the weather, so now that the opportunity had presented itself, she might as well share it with someone. The air felt a bit mistier now, and the cloudy sky a bit grayer. Well, providing that it could have looked much grayer in the first place.

"Bad day?" Saffron asked the obvious, giving Katie a sympathetic look. "Want to talk about it?"
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She looked at Saffron for a little while, sorely debating two separate things in her mind. The first was whether to tell the girl that she was absolutely incredible at stating the goddamn obvious. Nah, Katie was having an absolutely stellar day. Why else would she be staring melodramatically across the river with a cigarette in her hand under a stormy sky? That was totally something people in good moods did, right?

She decided not to say anything on that front, in the end, but it sure as hell made the other debate hard to come down on either side for. That being: how much was Katie gonna tell her?

Her initial thought was ‘nothing at all’, but if there was one thing Katie had learned on her time on Earth, it was that keeping everything that was pissing you off all bottled up inside of you caused nothing but trouble later on down the line. The worst part was, when she was really pissed off, it made it real tricky to think straight and heed her own advice. Thank God, once again, for the haze of nicotine-fuelled nothingness clouding her mind.

Katie looked at Saffron for a moment longer, then sighed. She stubbed her cigarette out on the railing before flicking it onto the ground next to her. She’d pick it up later. Maybe. Depended on how this conversation went, really.

“Sure, why not?” she muttered. “Not like you’ll ever have the misfortune of meeting my dad, so you can tell him just how much I’ve been shit-talking him, after all.”

Really, that sentence alone was all Saffron needed to know about Katie’s current predicament. Her dad was the problem, end of story. Course, Saffron would probably like to know a little bit more about why that was, and what the hell, Katie felt like telling her. Saffron was relatively harmless. And, again, getting this off of her chest would make her feel a little better.

Katie dug her hands into her pockets, pulling out her packet of cigarettes with her right hand, her left hand still searching around for her lighter. She angled the packet slightly in Saffron’s direction.

“You smoke?”
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Saffron looked at the cigarettes that Katie offered her. She had many reasons for no wanting to accept them. She hated the smell, hated the taste even more, and lung cancer wasn't on her list of things that she had any intentions of experiencing. None of those seemed like they would be particularly helpful to bring up at the moment, though. She held up her good hand to make a small barrier between herself and the cigarettes, making her stance before she even had to say a word.

"Nah, not me. Thanks for the offer, though."

With that offer refuted, she had time to unpack the rest of what Katie had said. Family issues, huh? Or father issues, from the sound of it. Saffron didn't have much experience in that field, personally. That wasn't to say that she didn't know some people had shitty parents, but her own parents were almost always very pleasant. She figured that anything less than that must really suck, and with Katie hanging out on the middle of the park, smoking alone on an overcast day, that hypothesis seemed to have a pretty solid foundation.

Now Saffron was no therapist, but she considered herself a pretty good listener, and that might be good enough for now. She returned to her relaxed lean and looked back up at Katie's face.

"So what's your dad's problem?"
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Katie shrugged. Her left hand finally found the object of its search, wrapping around her lighter and pulling it out, whilst her opposite number performed the action in reverse, dipping into her opposite pocket, returning with just a single cigarette between her fingers.

“You’re smarter than me, then.”

She put the cigarette in her mouth, lighting it, other hand protecting the delicate flame from the wind. The lighter disappeared into her pocket again. The smoke drifted away to mingle with the clouds, and Katie looked up, staring away into the sky.

You know, she’d never considered herself to have a flair for the dramatic, but maybe she was gonna have to reconsider that stance. She was overegging this, and she knew it, but hell, she kinda felt like a situation like this deserved it. Practically nobody knew much about Katie’s family life, after all, and Saffron was no Ivy, and not just in the horticultural sense; she wasn’t liable to go blabbing about everything she’d heard to the school at large. She’d absorb what Katie told her, she’d give some advice, and then in a couple of months time, it’d have been all but forgotten.

So, hey, why not make it a little bit more memorable?

“That’s a very good question,” Katie muttered, leaning against the railings again. “Asked him it myself a couple of times when I’ve been in a bad mood. Probably not the best idea, but you know, if he’s not going to respect me, I’m not gonna respect him.”

She took another drag, feeling the anger that had flared up inside of her become clouded with smoke and vanishing again. She turned to look at Saffron, brushing some hair out of her eyes with her free hand.

“There’s two things I love in life, Saffron; boxing and girls. And… my dad doesn’t like that. Doesn’t like that I like either of those things. He’s never out and out said he disapproves of them, but he’s never been encouraging of me in those regards, either, y’know? Never comes to my boxing matches. Always seems to be busy whenever I need a lift to training. Always suggesting other hobbies I take up, or… asking me whether I’m still with my girlfriend, whenever I’ve had one. Little things that just…”

Katie sighed, and her face fell. Her eyes moved from looking at Saffron’s face to looking at her shoes.

“… Add up. Like I said, he’s never outright disapproved of who I am. It just feels like a matter of time.”
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Yeesh. So Katie's dad was that kind of guy. Always having to needle at things that he didn't understand. Or maybe he did understand and just didn't like it. Either way, the guy sounded like a real dick. Saffron had enough trouble dealing with people like that at school. She didn't want to imagine what it must be live with one. At least Saffron could just stay home when she didn't want to deal with people whose opinions weren't worth her time, but it sounded like Katie didn't really have that option.

Damn, that must really suck. She really had to sympathize, but she didn't feel like there was much that she could actually do. It wasn't like she could tell Katie to just ditch her dad. Well, she could, but it probably wouldn't amount to much. For all the individuality and independence they had, they were still just high school students, still reliant on their parents. And sometimes those parents just happened to suck, sad to say. She didn't like it, but it wasn't like there was much that she could do about it right now.

"What a douche." She bluntly uttered her condolences.

Saffron couldn't just leave Katie without trying to do something, though. She already felt like she was caught up in the fold, and it wouldn't feel right to not offer any help at all. Even if she couldn't really do anything substantial, she could still try to offer comfort. She shifted a little closer to Katie while the boxer was busy looking at the ground, and she softened her voice.

"Hey, you gonna be all right? I can stick around and talk if you need it."
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