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Kate Gregson ([personal profile] vanillajello) wrote2014-06-11 05:24 pm

Office #26, Wednesday (but not during the faculty meeting)

Kate was the most productive person on Earth.

She was spending her office hours on Tumblr.

Okay, sure, she'd done some sother stuff too, gotten some lesson plans ready and all that stuff, plus tried to get a hold of some people at SkyKans to check on what the situation was. And then called her fellow flight attendants when those people were completely unavailable. It didn't get her any new info.

Tumblr had no info on crappy midwestern airlines either, but it least it had a ton of nice pictures.

[ooc: Open post, open door, open office hours, open everything!]

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 02:39 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel had been given an explicit invitation to visit Kate in her office hours, and since she didn't have any classes today, it seemed like the perfect day to do it. She'd wandered along the row of teachers' offices with her hands neatly clasped behind her back (and under her hair), peeking inside any open doors.

"Are you busy?" she asked shyly, when she found the particular teacher she was looking for. It wasn't as though she had anything pressing, after all. And it looked like Kate had something she was doing on the computer, which surely meant it was important.
Edited 2014-06-11 14:39 (UTC)

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 03:05 pm (UTC)(link)
"Thanks! I like your office," Rapunzel decided, stepping through the door and tugging her hair in behind her so she could pile it on the floor at her feet. "I mean, not that I've seen a lot of offices," or any, ever, "but yours is nice."

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 03:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel took the offered seat, tucking her feet under herself and neatly folding her hands in her lap. "You inherited another teacher's office? From when you were here? That's sort of...poetic, actually. Are they still here, another office?" She realized how dumb that sounded, but it was possible!

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 04:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nothing, just thought I'd visit since you offered," Rapunzel said cheerily, though she was fussing with her hair a little bit nervously. "Yesterday's class kind of made me think, is all."

Aaaand that was as brave as she was going to be, in terms of bringing up unawesome people and things again. Because now she was instead distracted by --

"Is that your dog?" Rapunzel pointed to the picture on Kate's desk. She already recognized Bod, from when he'd taught.

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 05:52 pm (UTC)(link)
"He looks like a Seamus," she assured Kate with a firm nod. "And he's cuuuuuute. Did your boyfriend get him for you?"

Bod had said that was a good move in relationships, so.

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 06:15 pm (UTC)(link)
"You should!" Rapunzel declared. "I mean, we got to play with puppies when he taught, and that was fun, so I don't think anyone would object." Because puppy.

She frowned thoughtfully, though, and added, "What's Valentine's Day?" Obviously a holiday of some kind, but she wasn't sure of the significance.

[identity profile] 2014-06-11 08:19 pm (UTC)(link)
"Well, that'd explain why I haven't heard of it!" Rapunzel declared. "For all I know, it exists in Corona and I've just never celebrated. It sounds wonderful, though. A whole day dedicated to making sure someone knows how much you love them?" She slouched a little, sighing at the romance of it all.

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 01:17 pm (UTC)(link)
"I mean, who's gonna say no to candy?" Rapunzel pointed out with a giggle. "But I agree with you, with celebrating year-round. I just think it's really...nice to have a whole day devoted to it! I mean, if you've been slacking or feeling bad about your romantic life, then at least this Valentine's Day thing is there to make sure you know you're appreciated!"

That wasn't really how it worked, no.

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 01:29 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel frowned thoughtfully, twining a bit of her hair through her fingertips. "But what if you don't do...much of anything that anyone thinks is, um, worth appreciating?" she asked hesitantly.

Things were changing, here. Anders appreciated her mural, Barry appreciated her sharing her secrets, and Edward seemed to appreciate her help. She was starting to understand that maybe, just maybe, her mother was wrong.

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 01:46 pm (UTC)(link)
"Sure," Rapunzel said carefully. "But what if someone just appreciates something that's...not necessarily part of your personality, or whatever? What if someone just appreciates what you can do for them?"

No issues there, at all.

"That's not the same, is it?"

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 02:02 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," Rapunzel sighed. "But...but like what if you've known them a long time, and maybe they don't...mean to be like that? I mean, have you had to deal with that kind of thing before?"

She was really sort of afraid that she was slowly stumbling onto the truth about her mother, though part of her wanted to believe that Gothel just had a very different sense of humor than she did, or something.

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 02:17 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel frowned deeply at that, shaking her head. "That's not right," she said quietly. "I mean, someone forcing you to be a certain way. I mean -- I always thought that, anyway."

She paused, clearly considering her words carefully, and added, "But I dunno. I kind of...only knew one person, before I came here. And she always told me the outside world was really different from what I'm seeing. People seem a lot...nicer than she said they would be. And now I'm wondering why she would say that, if it wasn't true."

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 03:25 pm (UTC)(link)
"She said that there were men with pointy teeth out here, and I haven't seen one," Rapunzel told her doubtfully. "She said it was to keep me and my hair safe but it doesn't really seem like there's all that much danger here. And no one cares about my hair."

She sighed, frustrated. "It's just hard to know what to believe, you know?"

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Wait, really?" Rapunzel asked, wide-eyed. "There's a man with pointy teeth and he's not scary?"

She was kind of stuck on that, at the moment.

"I don't think Corona's scarier. At least, the part I saw wasn't."

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 04:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel bit her lower lip, a little worriedly. She'd told a few people about her tower -- it helped with her occasional bouts of homesickness. But that was different -- sharing it now put her whole arrangement with Mother in an unpleasant context, even if Rapunzel knew it was the correct context.

"Smaller than the dorms, bigger than my dorm room?" she offered hesitantly. "I kind of...lived in a tower, with just a window entrance. No way out or in, except for seventy feet in the air. It kept me safe."

That last was said with a trace of doubt and a small frown.

[identity profile] 2014-06-12 08:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Rapunzel shrugged, smoothing her skirt. "I mean, I had Pascal!" Who was napping on her pillow in her room at the moment. "He helped a lot. And I kept myself busy. And my mother came to visit a lot, too."

Which probably helped with figuring out the identity of the mysterious female person who had been so awful to her. Rapunzel was bad at maintaining intrigue.

"But...yeah. It was really lonely. And I love it here, and I have friends, and people who...seem like they like me for me, and not what I can do for them. I can't believe anyone here would hurt me, ever. It's just hard to reconcile what I was told with what I'm actually...seeing."