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Birthday Party for Laura/X-23

It's a pretty low-key party, all things considered, and not significantly different than the one Parker or Meg would have thrown in a dorm room for a friend at home, not-exactly-traditional menu not withstanding.

There's music, low enough to talk over (and maybe with a little more folk in the mix than one expects to find a party). Balloons and streamers in purple and blue and red. A place to leave presents. People to meet or catch up with.

And, most importantly, a chance to wish X-23 (or Laura) a very happy birthday.

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mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 03:28 am (UTC)
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Medusa...is bad at mingling. To start with, the gold wings make her stand out. And then you add in that she spends most of her time in a cave with two other people, and the curse, and it's no real surprise that the Gorgon is keeping her eyes down and herself out of the way. Mostly, scenting out for someone she knows, although she wouldn't object to talking with anyone else.
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
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Being socially accessible - friendly, approachable, and good at drawing out wallflowers - was part of Cal's job not only as a politician, but as a Chandler.

Also, Medusa looks incredibly uncomfortable and familiar faces (or whatever the equivalent for someone who can't look at most people) tend to help with that.

All of which combine to send Cal in her direction when he spots her.

"Hey, Medusa," he says. "Having fun?"
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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"Um. Sure."

She's a good liar when her confidence is up - the rest of the time, she's really quite terrible.

"How are you?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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"Yes, I could tell." Cal is teasing just a little bit.

"I'm all right," he says. "How've you been?"
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
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"Busy, mostly - I had to make X's present."
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah?" Cal asks with interest. "What did you make?"

He just consulted the Bar. Shopping options for the Bound are limited.
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
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The concept of buying a present seems slightly wrong to Medusa, and it isn't because she is lacking in funds.

"A jacket. Or maybe a coat, defintions are sometimes a bit hard. It's black on the outside, but on the inside it's colourful," which shouldn't be of any surprise to anyone who has seen Medusa, "and she can wear it inside out if she wants. I...hopefully she'll like it."
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:35 pm (UTC)
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"That sounds really nice." Cal is impressed, and it comes through in his tone. "I just got her a couple of movies."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:37 pm (UTC)
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She cocks her head to the side like a bird.

"What are movies?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
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He's not particularly surprised by the question - he's found that it can be hard to guess, what Medusa might know from from Milliways and what she's still never heard of. He'd thought she might know about movies by now, but apparently not.

He considers for a moment, trying to find terms that will be familiar to her.

"Kind of like a play," he says finally. "Only there's a way of. Uh. Copying them, I guess, sort of like books, only you watch them instead of reading them. Probably be convenient for you," he adds thoughtfully, "you wouldn't have to worry about the actors turning to stone."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
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A flicker of a wry smile.

"That would be useful."
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
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"You've got kind of a wait on your world before they're invented," Cal drastically understates, "but I bet you could set something up at Milliways."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
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"They are played on, in, a black box?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
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"Yup," Cal says. He won't confuse her by mentioning movie theaters right now. "There's another box you hook up to the black box, and you put the copy of the movie in that and it plays on the television. The black box."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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"I'll ask Luce to show me how it works."
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
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Cal nods. He vaguely remembers Sam saying something about not being great with technology - Cal had to replace his watch after they spent the night together - but that was just after a certain length of time, right?

"Bar can help you find things you'll want to watch," he says. "She helped me with X's movies."

Cal isn't really familiar enough with the Western genre to know anything beyond titles he was pretty sure X already had.
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:11 pm (UTC)
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"What did you get her?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:19 pm (UTC)
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"Um." Cal can't quite remember the titles. He also has no idea how to describe the Western genre to a woman from ancient Greek mythology.

"A movie about a cursed gu - weapon, and one about a judge who was kind of crazy. And one I watched with her once before, but it's the version from my world, so it has music. I'm kinda curious to see what she thinks."

He's willing to bet that X's reaction to his world might be a bit different from the usual one.
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
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"So, they still have curses in the future?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
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"Well. It depends on the world, I think. Not all of them have magic. Mine doesn't. But it sounds like at least some of the magic worlds do still have curses. And even the ones that don't have - uh, the idea of them, I guess," Cal explains.
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
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"Even though they don't have working magic?"
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah," Cal says. "I mean, I can't speak for every world, but on mine, magic is - a story. Something people used to believe in to explain things before science - uh. Was discovered. And people mostly know that there's no such thing, but they still tell stories about it."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Her curved eyebrows arch over her glasses.





"How strange."
isaysimplewords
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Cal grins at that.

"Yeah, I guess that must sound kinda weird when your world really does have magic."
mycursedface
Mar. 2nd, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
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"A little. It doesn't...always work, of course, but it seems odd that there is the idea without the reality behind it. Where would they get the idea from?"
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