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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-02-27 03:36 pm

i'm a good friend

Things go back to normal. Pretty much.

Aegis's thirteenth birthday approaches. She is slowly acquiring the promised features of adulthood, little by little; she's issued a new set of uniforms after she grows two inches. Boys begin leering at her, although she has not yet been outright propositioned. There just aren't enough girls to go around. Even a barely-pubescent one who has demonstrated no indication that she even knows what her sexual orientation is going to be when she grows up gets attention.

Meanwhile, Sue -

Her bird is kind enough to bring boys (both regular- and space-gay-or-bi) home only while she's in classes, but she can tell when they've been there - they leave things, there are hairs in colors that don't match her or Sue on his pillow, xenobio let out early once and she saw one leaving. Sometimes he's gone a long time and doesn't react when she bird-bird-birds at him and comes back walking funny or refusing to make eye contact.

He flirts with everyone.

He flirts with her, and she hasn't the slightest idea what to do with that, and he always backs off after a little while, but he doesn't seem quite - happy. He isn't fully unbroken, and she doesn't know how to help.

On the day she turns thirteen, she says, "Happy birthday to me."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-27 11:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"Happy birthday to you!" agrees Sue. "Should I sing a song? I can sing a song!"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-27 11:43 pm (UTC)(link)
"Happy birthday to yoooou," he croons tunelessly.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-27 11:49 pm (UTC)(link)


He blinks, caught off-guard.

"Um..." he says, and doesn't seem to know where to go from there.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-27 11:53 pm (UTC)(link)




"I don't know either," Sue admits, after a silence.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-27 11:57 pm (UTC)(link)
"Because... I feel like it?" he says hesitantly. "But sometimes I don't, and I do it anyway."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:05 am (UTC)(link)
"Habit," he guesses. "I don't really know. I just don't know how not to."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Me neither," sighs Sue.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
He giggles.

"I'm imagining a little flower growing out of the top of your head," he informs her.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:24 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah." He sighs again. "Fuck, I don't know. It's not like I decide to do it even though I don't want to. I just... don't decide not to."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:26 am (UTC)(link)
He considers this analogy for a moment.

"Kinda, yeah."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:30 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," he agrees. "But... I think maybe it's not."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:35 am (UTC)(link)
"...Maybe?" he says cautiously.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-28 12:38 am (UTC)(link)
"I think... I want to do it less," he says. "But I'm afraid."

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