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Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
Jul 02, 2018, 12:30 AM Last Edit: Sep 09, 2018, 06:42 PM by Esmera
So, this was awkward. She'd at least made her first friend, and classes were starting soon, so Rowan had decided to wander around campus, a bit. Try to get an idea of where things were, because Luxerion International was the biggest school she'd ever seen in her life.  Finding her way around was still going to be something of a pain in the butt. She'd seen Skylar at orientation. And he said hi to her, and she'd turned pink and run off. Because, apparently, she was great with her feelings. ... Rowan was a dumb-ass. She knew it. It wasn't even like she didn't want to talk to him, just, what was she supposed to say? Hey, sorry my ex-boyfriend's kind of a jerk... no, maybe she shouldn't say that. Skylar didn't really need to know about Brett. If she was lucky, he'd stay in goddamn Billings, too.

She'd worry about that later. At the moment, she wasn't sure what was worse, just being friends with him, and never really being happy with just that, or not talking to him at all. It wasn't like she'd admit it, that she was lonely, but, she thought she was. Luxerion was pretty far from home, and she didn't have many friends here, just Skylar and she was starting to make friends with Arina. Honestly, Rowan barely knew her brother, because they'd been apart for so long, and then there was the baby, and that was a whole other mess of confusing and stressful. That wasn't even bothering with the train wreck that had been her relationship with Brett, and she still wasn't really sure what to think of it. There wasn't anything familiar to hold onto.

Talking to Skylar just because of that seemed ridiculously selfish, and Rowan tried not to be that, so, she just, didn't. Ugh, he probably thought she was mad at him, though. Rowan found it kind of difficult to be mad at him, at least right now. Maybe in a few weeks, she'd find something that was irritating, but... eh. Skylar was a really friendly sort, the kind of guy that could be really popular pretty easily. Rowan was always the one in the back of the room most people forgot existed. She didn't really want to ruin his reputation or anything. She'd already gotten called a slut once. Eh, it was bound to happen.

Ahh, anyway. She settled down on a bench, out in the courtyard in the sun. So far, she'd been over about half the grounds, and now she was tired. Understandably, probably, but still. Hmm, she thought she remembered seeing vending machines. Wonder if they had water...

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
It was a coincidence, really, that Arina ended up in this area of the grounds at the same time as Rowan. Still, when she saw the other girl, Rina knew she should at least wander over and see how things were going. Getting back into the swing of things while pregnant and in a new town was bound to be stressful, and Arina was hoping she could help at least a little by being friendly to the new girl.

She knew she'd have wanted someone to be so friendly to her, after all. She knew it was hard doing this by herself here without the added 'bonus' of being new to the area. Arina couldn't imagine doing it while also being new. But Rowan seemed to be a resilient girl, and Arina thought she'd probably manage okay. With the right support. Hopefully she could get some of that support from her ... brother, was it?

Mm. Actually, that was Rowan, Arina realized absently, and her path diverted slightly to join the girl. "What do you think of the grounds so far?" She paused not too far away, tilting her head just a hair as she regarded the other girl.

"Mind if I join you?" With a cheerful little smile. What? They might be friendly, but it was still nice to ask. Sometimes people wanted to be alone or had something on their mind or were waiting for someone. Arina almost hoped she was waiting for someone, maybe Skylar who had said hi during orientation. Skylar was a good kid, if a bit reserved, after all. Sad, actually. Arina thought he was said. At any rate, he'd be a good second friend for Rowan here.

Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
Oh. Rowan smiled, softly, as she turned to find Arina not far away. "No, I don't mind," she answered. Uh, maybe she should scoot over, though. With that, Rowan moved a slight bit to the side on the bench, so there was enough room for them both without them crowding each other. They were, incidentally, both steadily becoming whales. Yeah, Rowan knew that wasn't terribly fair. She wasn't even that big, by now, it just kind of felt like it. At least most of the worst of the morning sickness had gone away. Rowan could live without that crap, made it hard to want to do anything.

Now it was mostly just weird cravings, and odd mood swings. And also needing to pee every two minutes.

"Ah, I think they're big," Rowan said, laughing a bit. "I'm going to get lost at least five times, even though I've already found half my classes. How'd they get the waterfall over the side of the building like that, anyway?" That seemed like kind of a pain to rig, and, maybe a bit of a pain to maintain, too, because the water erosion, and the front of the office would essentially forever be covered in water. Well, it was attractive, and a unique feature, and... maybe she just shouldn't think about it too hard. At least Drew hadn't put them somewhere really far from the school, but it made sense that he wouldn't have. They were both attending, after all, it made sense he'd have wanted them to be close to the school.

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
Arina sat down quietly on one side of the bench after Rowan shifted over. There was a bit of space between them so she wasn't crowding the other girl - that wasn't very polite after all. It was strange, slowly getting bigger. But that was what happened, when you had an accident with the condom you were using and weren't on the Pill. Arina could take responsibility for that mistake, she hadn't been careful enough.

She could handle this, she thought. It wouldn't be easy, Arina knew, but she was trying. Morning sickness though, that was totally unfair. ... On the bright side, she was getting decently skilled at managing it, at least.

A short laugh. "I can give you that one, yeah." They were big, the grounds. "Aww, I'm sure you won't get lost too many times if you've already found so many of them." That was really awesome. "It gets easier once you've been around a few times." It would of course, school grounds generally did. Still, in the mean time Luxerion was a little daunting for some people. "Ah, magic." Literally, actually. But the way Arina said it could be construed as a handwave sort of answer indicating that she had no idea.

Both, really.

"Any class in particular you're having trouble finding, or just needed a break?" It was worth asking at least.

Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
Eh, Arina was probably right. Rowan had found quite a few of her classrooms, and met a couple of her teachers, already. One of them wasn't really on her class schedule, but she wanted to find it, anyway. It was somewhere, she was sure, the necromancy classroom. Drew had necromancy classes, and Rowan wanted to see if she could take a lower-level one, despite not even being magical herself. It'd help, she thought, to better understand what Drew had to deal with, and maybe help her be a little more supportive, and be so more effectively.

Was that lame? Maybe it was. Eh, it wasn't like there was a standard for this, or anything. Rowan was just kind of guessing.

"Probably won't," Rowan agreed. "Just kinda feels like it, I guess. Big and overwhelming schools really aren't on the list of things Rowan McKenna's good at, you know?" She sounded a bit amused, though. "There were maybe 800 students in my old school. That was the whole school, not just one grade." Last she'd read, Luxerion International had something like 2,400 students in just the high school portion. That was ridiculous.

Magic, huh? Did she mean magic-magic, or magic-magic...? Maybe Rowan wouldn't ask, just yet. How did you know if it was too early in a friendship to bring up magic-magic, anyway? Hmm.

"Well, there is one in particular I'm looking for, but, I'll figure it out," Rowan answered. "But, I did need a break, anyway. My knees are swelling. At least I stopped throwing up half the day a week ago." Yeah, that was a marked bonus. "Kind of surprising to run into you, though. Getting your schedules and stuff?"

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
Arina made a sympathetic noise. "I could see that." Yeah Luxerion was really big, and if she was used to a smaller school... it probably really was hard to imagine getting around the grounds just yet. And it would only get more daunting, to be fair, as her pregnancy continued onward. Longer walks and all. "That is a pretty drastic difference." It was to be fair - only 800 in her entire school? No wonder she was a little daunted.

"The bright side is, it's a little easier to find a group to fit into in a larger school. More kids to pick from." Which helped? At least in Arina's experience it did. So that was... you know. Rowan's mileage may vary and all.

Arina nodded slightly, accepting that answer. "That makes sense." It did yeah. "Breaks are nice." They were. Another small sympathetic noise at the mention of morning sickness, but she left that there. Yeah... "Mhm." She nodded a bit. "Schedules and making sure I'm going to have all the right supplies and stuff." And signing up for a dorm because she could commute to and from the school if she had to, but it was actually kind of a drive and it was easier if she... didn't.

"Soooo. The boy at orientation?" Skylar, Arina was pretty sure his name was. He was kind of cute - not really her type, but cute. And he'd really seemed to light up when he originally noticed Rowan. "He seemed to know you." Just setting that out there to see how Rowan would react to it in general.

Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
A quiet noise, somewhere between amused and maybe a bit confused, loosed, at that. Maybe it was easier to fit in, in larger schools. Certainly, larger schools had more interesting things to talk about than whatever embarrassing thing she did at lunch today. It was also much harder for the entire school to know her business, if it was that big. That, on its own, would be a bit of a blessing. She kept that to herself, though.

"Might be a bit weird, if I end up getting friends." ... that was, that was sad, wasn't it? Skylar had been essentially her only real friend, for a long time. Honestly, Rowan wasn't sure what to do with friends. Obviously, talking and doing stuff together, but there was also the added bonus of, eventually, she'd have a kid, and at that point, what would she really have in common with others her age, anymore? Sometimes, she still wondered how she and Skylar had stayed friends for so long, given they had almost nothing in common (okay, Skylar was a tiny bit of a closet nerd). ... anyway.

Wait, she'd noticed that? Rowan glanced at her, and then looked away. If she was being honest about it, she missed Skylar, and maybe all this would be easier, if she had her best friend back. But she had just stopped talking to him. It wasn't her decision, but he also didn't really need to know about Brett (everyone knew about Brett, but he didn't need to know about Brett - Rowan would much rather pretend that didn't happen). "He does," she said, finally. "Did." Did? Well he knew who she was. Probably, he knew more about her than most. It was just... complicated. Except maybe it wasn't?

Relationships and socialising were still odd to wrap her head around.

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
Arina made a slight noise in the back of her throat. That was honestly rather sad to hear her say. It would be strange for her to make friends? Everyone needed friends, so she hoped that Rowan did make a few more than just her. Arina would definitely stay friends with her, of course, it'd be silly not to unless something huge happened between now and then. But, having more than one friend was probably a good thing.

Maybe she'd try introducing Rowan to some of her own friends. If nothing else some of them might hit it off. Axel, for example, was willing to make friends with damn near anyone. ... He also flirted like nothing else. But he was harmless, mostly. Nice guy, over all. ... Okay, Arina would admit there was probably a lot she didn't know, but she'd never had a reason to see him in any other light, and she'd like to keep it that way.

Eye brow arch. Well that was a rather interesting response for Rowan to give. Arina almost asked, but she thought maybe the direct approach was the wrong one for the moment. With that in mind she shrugged slightly. "He seemed surprisingly happy at Orientation." Arina mentioned, rather casually. "We're not close or anything, but I've got to say I hadn't noticed him in such a good mood any other time." He was on the soccer team, she remembered that from last year.

He hadn't really seemed too thrilled at games, either. And then, of course, Rowan had broken away from him and... well he'd deflated almost instantly. But Arina wasn't sure she should say that exactly, either. "Sooo, not that it's really any of my business, but were you friends or...?" Gently encouraging.

Partially she was curious how Rowan would respond.

Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
Yes, so he had. And... maybe she was just worrying too much. It wasn't like that wasn't normal, anymore. She'd always done the thing where she worried too much, it'd just gotten worse, over the last... however long it'd been, hell if she knew, off-hand. It wasn't as if she didn't know Skylar well enough to know he'd probably just be glad she was talking to him again, it just seemed... stupid? No. Um. Unfair, that was the word. Unfair for her to expect herself to still be welcome, after that crap. And maybe she wasn't really being fair to herself, either, it wasn't like it was really her choice not to talk to him anymore (he'd been a decent break from Brett's crap), but that was beside the point. Skylar didn't know that, and quite frankly, she wasn't sure if she'd ever tell him.

Friends... sort of. She'd never entirely gotten over him, and it was kind of a pain in the ass, hiding that. Maybe she was tired of having to. On the other hand, it was either figure out how to hide it, or, actually never talk to him again. Why did Drew move them here, anyway? That was a question. She'd asked. He'd just shrugged and said something about how Luxerion International was a good school. Okay? There were lots of good schools in the States. Why this one?

Probably because of Skylar.

"Something like that," Rowan answered. "Known each other since we were four." And then she had to go and catch feelings, and that was... stupid, that was pretty stupid. "S'just kind of complicated now. We haven't talked in months." Should she take his saying hi to her as a sign he didn't mind talking to her again, or, was that her being selfish again? This was harder than she expected it to be.

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
Arina listened, and she was quiet for a few moments, considering what Rowan had said. She hadn't known the other girl for very long, and she didn't exactly want to upset her, but on the other hand Arina really didn't think things were as bad as Rowan was making them out to be. That was a long time to be friends, even if things were a little complicated, and while people changed, Arina had a feeling things would work out just fine - based on the way Skylar had briefly lit up upon seeing her.

She considered carefully what Rowan had said, and then shrugged a bit. "That's a long time to know someone." Arina admitted immediately. "So of course you know him better than I do, and if you really think he'll be mad at you then maybe you're right but... that is a long time to know someone, and be really angry about a few months of no contact." Just setting that down there gently. Things happened and sometimes communication was limited for a while, but a good friendship could generally survive such a thing.

It wasn't really her place - but if they'd been friends for that long, Arina was quite sure that Rowan would be happier for the reunion. She could have been wrong, there might have been some sort of bad blood between them - which was why she would defer to Rowan's choice. She just... wanted to make sure the girl at least thought about it.

It'd be sad for her to deny herself the comfort of a friend just because she was afraid of what might happen.

Rowan McKenna

Age
16
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
German-Irish-American
Play By
Danielle Campbell
If I were the rain, that binds together the earth and sky, would I be able to bind two hearts together?
Yes, probably.

Rowan slid down on the bench, a bit more; and for the record, she was not pouting. (Maybe she was, a tiny bit.) It was more like, she was thinking about things, and her mind kept circling back to 'he's gonna be annoyed, it's pretty darn rude to drop off the planet for several months, show up out of nowhere, and then just start talking to him like nothing happened.' It wasn't like Skylar didn't generally have a life and friends outside of her. Then again, maybe he kind of didn't, not really. No, that was silly, anyway. Sure, he was essentially her best - well, her only friend - but Skylar had always been really popular, it was hard to imagine he hadn't adjusted to Luxerion the same way he had Billings.

Then again, he'd mostly grown up in Billings, and Billings was also much smaller.

She sighed. "It was just, really abrupt and - I mean maybe I'm making mountains out of molehills, or whatever that saying is, but what if I'm not, you know? Like, I'd rather we weren't talking than he was mad at me or something." But only Brett reacted that way, and she wasn't sure what was worse, that she knew that, or that she couldn't seem to convince her brain of that. Or whatever the heck it was fighting with her. "And then it's just really selfish, isn't it? We haven't talked in forever, but I'm gonna just talk to you now, like I expect you to be okay with my randomly dropping back into your life or whatever. Sounds conceited to me." Then, maybe her concept of 'conceited' was a bit skewed.

Arina Belinskaya

Age
17
Gender
Female
Race
Mundane
Ethnicity
Russian
Play By
Megan Fox
Arina was quiet for a moment, listening to Rowan and considering her concerns. Certainly they made sense, if Skylar was the sort to be upset about that kind of thing. Which of course was the question - was he? Well, Arina wouldn't know, and Rowan would. So it wasn't really fair for her to insist that it would be fine because it wasn't like she really knew that. Maybe her gentle encouragement was just wishful thinking after all. On... on the other hand, Arina remembered the look on his face when Rowan had walked away from him and she really found it hard to believe that that was the face of someone who was angry that Rowan wasn't talking to him.

Upset, maybe. Worried, probably given what Rowan had said so far. But angry? No, it just didn't fit.

People could lie though, she knew that. They could hide their true selves. "I guess I can see that. Not knowing might be better than not having confirmation. ... On the other hand, if you don't know you can't ever fix it." And that sort of friendship seemed like one Rowan would want back? Unless she didn't, which Arina supposed was possible. But she also thought the girl seemed awfully conflicted for someone who wasn't interested. ... So here they were.

"I don't think it's conceited to want to reconnect with an old friend." Arina's tone indicated maybe the slightest bit of confusion about the particular word choice. "I guess you could skew it to be slightly selfish, maybe, but since he approached you I don't think he sees it that way." Shrug. "But, of course, it's up to you." Of course. It was Rowan's life, and he was Rowan's friend, not Arina's.

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