Dec 03, 2021 2:14 PM
owls and turquoises in all night laundry
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Zeke pauses mid-run.

”Anna Bella Cathy Della Emma Fran Gwen Hannah Ivy Jenny Katie Lonnie Mandy Nancy, uh, Olive Pearl Queenie Rose Sarah Tess Ursa Violet Wendy Xena Yasmin Zoey?”

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...Giggle. "No."

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Zeke shrugs and continues running. Running is great.

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"Beth, Becca, Jacqueline, Polly, Petra, Hanna, Lizzie?"

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"--That last one." 

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Nod. "I don't know that it's quite right, but it's at least close." 

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Zeke overhears this! And does a set of spontaneous jumping jacks!

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"You're very odd."

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He tries another backflip and sticks the landing, this time.

”I’m totally odd. Very odd people, like, play the cello for their cats and own way too many stamps, totally odd people get kidnapped by aliens from beyond the void.”

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"Were you very odd before you were totally odd?"

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“Nope! I was super odd - super odd people have, like, the best parties, we’re this whole elite club and we get to have tons of sex and stuff.”

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"That sounds less like 'super odd' and more like 'popular.'"

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“Popular people are really weird, honestly, I’ve always had a couple friends but I’ve never super seen the point of collecting them like Pokémon cards?”

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"I wouldn't know, I've--" pause. "I...think I've never had very many friends. But the fact that you could collect friends like pokemon cards, and go to parties and have lots of sex, puts you in a social cluster that I don't know what other word to give it."

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“I guess I might sound kinda like when a super obnoxious rich person goes ‘oh, yeah, I’m well off’?”

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"Kinda, yeah." 

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"I think everyone here except you is a super rich person. Awkward." 

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"...What, really?"

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“I needed to run a business for a while to keep access to my trust fund, the old owner of the laundromat wanted to sell, I bought a laundromat, and then instead of money there was an alien abduction, which, you know, that’s life? My sis doesn’t have a job but apparently she’s, like, ‘responsible’, and also if our parents tried to cut her off they’d probably, like, end up in a mysterious car accident.”

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"I'm concerned about that last bit but not, on the whole, very urgently. Having the wherewithal to buy a business that casually probably puts you in the super rich category. My mom has a job, having a job does not disqualify you." 

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“My sister’s pretty concerning - I’m, like, pretty sure she’s involved with organized crime, and she does this thing where she alternates between ‘terrifyingly intense’ and ‘incredibly adorable’ and I don’t super know how to deal with it. We mostly don’t talk but our girlfriends are pretty good friends and we’re both at family dinners and stuff.”

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"I'm not sure I love this group being three-quarters rich, it makes me feel like I might be in some dumbass book with values I don't appreciate and people who whine about taxes, but on the whole this is an incredibly petty complaint." 

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“I vote New Democratic, if that, like, helps.”

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"Some, yeah." 

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