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It was hard to be too positive about any day that started with jellybeans falling on your head when you were supposed to be showering. On the other hand, it was Easter and Juliet had a couple free weeks before summer classes would start up -- and, well, a fresh handful of jellybeans made for a fantastic breakfast.

So she had her candy, and a book of dramatic monologues, and a wee blue lamb who had wandered in after a teeny-weeny bit of one of the monologues got read aloud for the sheer joy of the language...

She still wasn't certain where any of this came from. But, as she stroked her new pet's fur, she reflected that it might not be a bad morning after all. All she needed was some chocolate to wash down the jellybeans.

[OOC: Cracked door, open post.]

Date: 2011-04-24 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Sov knocked lightly on the door. "Juliet?"

They had no particular reason to stop by, other than perhaps maybe possibly discussing things they had talked to Tony about yesterday. That had been Tony's advice anyway. But of course they had another excuse, if an excuse was needed:

"Do you have candy coming out of the shower too?"

Date: 2011-04-24 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Yes," Juliet said, sounding a bit peeved. "They're good jellybeans, but I'm not sure what they did for my hair. And I wish some chocolate would be mixed in."

She cradled the lamb in her arms as she went to pull the door the rest of the way open. "Come in, Sov."

Date: 2011-04-24 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Sov smiled at Juliet, then raised an eyebrow at the lamb. "You have a pet?"

Date: 2011-04-24 02:07 pm (UTC)
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"I was reading out loud and he wandered in," Juliet explained. "But, oh, I want to keep him if I can. Do you think lambs make good pets?"

Date: 2011-04-24 02:10 pm (UTC)
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They had sheep on Gethen. "They tend to eat stuff," Sov said, leaving Juliet to decide whether that was a good thing or not. "I've never seen them in that colour though."

Date: 2011-04-24 02:12 pm (UTC)
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"Like goats but cuter?" Juliet wondered, frowning at it. "I don't think I want anything that would eat my shoes. Even if it is a pretty shade of blue."

Date: 2011-04-24 02:15 pm (UTC)
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"The shoes might be to chewy," Sov said, petting the lamb. "What were you reading?"

Date: 2011-04-24 06:59 pm (UTC)
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"It was some Shakespeare," Juliet said, mock-casual. She was aware it wouldn't mean much to Sov, but she was very impressed by her own literacy. "You can try if you like -- read the passage the book's still open to out loud and see if you get your very own lamb."

Date: 2011-04-24 07:03 pm (UTC)
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"Who's Shakespeare?" Sov asked, looking for somewhere to sit down. "I'm not sure I need one of my own, but I'll help you with yours of you need it."

Look, Sov knew about sheep.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:04 pm (UTC)
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"Very famous playwright," Juliet explained, guiding Sov toward seats at opposite ends of her bed. "I'll give you some to take home with you, if you want. So what brings you by this morning?"

Date: 2011-04-24 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well. Sov could say that they stopped by just to talk about the showers, but that wouldn't be very brave. And Tony had said this was really the right thing to do.

"I, uh, thought we should talk." Sov could feel their face turning red.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Oh?" Juliet shifted, leaning forward with her hands clasped in her lap. "You're blushing. Is it that bad?"

She couldn't imagine why it would be.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:12 pm (UTC)
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"No no no," Sov hurried to assure her. "I'm just... you know. From another planet. Things are different at home." That didn't help with the blushing though.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I know," Juliet said. "It doesn't bother me or anything. It's part of who you are, right? It's ... interesting."

She wasn't going to mention the worsening blush; that wouldn't make things better.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That was good to hear and Sov felt a little more at ease. "So, it seems like here, if you go and see movies together it might be that you're. possibly, dating..." they began. "We don't really do that at home."

Date: 2011-04-24 07:20 pm (UTC)
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"Because you have that ... once a month thing," Juliet said, a bit hesitantly. She wasn't sure how to talk about Sov's condition. "I don't ... I like you, but I don't think of you as my boyfriend yet or anything. It's not about you; I like to be a little old-fashioned."

By which she meant she moved very, very slowly.

Date: 2011-04-24 07:23 pm (UTC)
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They nodded slowly. "Well, I'm not really a boy, most of the time." They laughed tensely, then added: "But I could be. With you. It's... not easy to spend that time of the month alone."

Date: 2011-04-24 07:46 pm (UTC)
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"Oh?" Juliet was clearly concentrating, but if she understood what Sov was implying, there was no way to tell. "I'm sorry. That must be very hard on you."

Date: 2011-04-24 07:51 pm (UTC)
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Did she understand? Sov thought they had been quite clear, so they guessed this was Juliet's way of saying 'no'.

That hurt. They didn't want to admit it, but it did.

"It is. I'm... I'm going to find someone here who..." What were the words Ender had used? "who are not so fussed."

Date: 2011-04-24 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Not "no" so much as "tell me more, slow down, let me think about this."

Which probably would have lead to "no", anyhow. See: Moving slow.

"... not so fussed?" Hurt rose in Juliet's eyes, and she forgot to play dumb. "Like, you're just going to go hook up with somebody?"

Date: 2011-04-24 07:56 pm (UTC)
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At least that made her react. Sov bit their lip. "I prefer it to be someone I care about."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:03 pm (UTC)
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"And I'm ..."

The thing was, this was hard. Juliet absolutely knew she wasn't ready. She liked Sov, but she didn't love them, and she didn't feel ready to be in a serious relationship with anyone. But a girl had her pride, and there was the thought that if it wasn't Sov, it'd be someone else in a year. Or five years. Or ... longer than that, even, she wasn't sure, but she figured she'd know when the time came.

She wished this was the kind of thing she talked to Jeremy about. He'd taken care of the whole v-card question years ago; he might have adivce. But it was easier for boys, too.

She was petting the lamb rather harder than it probably liked.

"I like that you care about me," she finally said, softly. "I just -- I really haven't done anything with anyone. Please don't tell."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:06 pm (UTC)
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"Tell? Why should I tell?" Sov looked genuinely confused. "You mean you... don't have those feelings... at all?"

Maybe they entered kemmer later - or whatever the equivalet was.

Date: 2011-04-24 08:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"People sometimes expect girls who look like I do to be a certain way," Juliet explained. "It's easier if no one realizes I'm not." She couldn't quite articulate why it was easier; she just knew she didn't want to get a reputation for being a nun.

She shrugged, talking more to the lamb than to Sov now. "Having them doesn't mean acting on them. There's just ... I have other priorities."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:14 pm (UTC)
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"Oh." Sov blinked. This wasn't quite the conversation they had intended to have. "How do you... not act on them? What do you do instead?"

Date: 2011-04-24 08:18 pm (UTC)
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"Exercise, shop, read, talk to my brother ..." It wasn't that interesting a list, really, and Juliet trailed off. "You can't distract yourself at all? I can see why you said being alone for it is hard."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:26 pm (UTC)
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Sov shook their head, now looking more at the lamb too. It proved to be useful here. "At home you just go to the kemmer house during that time. It's what everyone does. Here... I've managed to get the room to myself. My roommate thinks I'm a werewolf."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Cute animals were always helpful; Juliet released the lamb, which took a few tottering steps toward Sov.

"... seriously?" The werewolf image had her laughing, a little, which made this easier. "Is he afraid of you now?"

Not the most relevant question, but she was curious. Besides, it wasn't like she had a substitute for a kemmer house in mind.

Date: 2011-04-24 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Sov reached out a hand towards the lamb and got their fingers licked.

"Unfortunately not," they said with half a smile. "I think that would make things easier."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:38 pm (UTC)
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"Dumb. I'd be afraid if I were living with a werewolf," Juliet said, and popped a few jellybeans in her mouth as she thought.

"You won't die or get sick or anything, will you?" she asked. "I mean, if you have to kind of ... take care of yourself." And now she was the blushing one.

Date: 2011-04-24 08:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"No, it's just... painful." They made a face. "I just thought I should tell you because... I don't know what you expect and... I mean if you wanted... but if you don't it's not important!" Sov looked up. "But I wanted you to know... if there is someone else..."

Date: 2011-04-24 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Oh. Um." More blushing. "I don't think we're --" Juliet couldn't come up with words there, so she gestured a bit until she finally came up with -- "exclusive, as in never dating anybody else. So ... thanks?"

But then honesty compelled her to add:

"I might be mad if I found out about you and ... somebody." A pause. "Did you have someone in mind?"

Date: 2011-04-24 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Sov shook their head. "Not really. Only... you, if you wanted. And I want to be your friend. Most of all."

Date: 2011-04-24 09:02 pm (UTC)
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Juliet found that sweet, and she smiled a bit as she spoker.

"And I want to be your friend," she said firmly. "And ... maybe someday more. Just not yet."

Date: 2011-04-24 09:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That, at least, was the most important thing. "Would you go to the movies with me again?"

Date: 2011-04-24 09:08 pm (UTC)
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"I would like that very much." Juliet was relieved to be back on safer ground -- though she would have said yes either way. "Do you want to pick this time?"

Date: 2011-04-24 09:10 pm (UTC)
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"I don't know much about movies, but I could!" Perhaps Tony could give him some advice? Sov too was relieved to be talking about something safe.

Date: 2011-04-24 09:12 pm (UTC)
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Juliet waved the concern away with a hand. "It'll make it an adventure. Besides, if it's bad it's more to talk about."

Date: 2011-04-24 09:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"I guess we could laugh at it," Sov replied cheerfully. "But I'll try to pick something good.


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