(2016-06-03) Beach Meet & Greet
Beach Meet & Greet
Summary: Kaylee meets Aviva on the beach after school is over for the year.
Date: 2016-06-03
Related: None
NPCs: None
Scene Runner: NA

Shady Cove Beach Shady Cove

The beach forms a semi-circle around the outer edge of the mainland edged with sand that turns lighter as it reaches the water. A swimming area is cordoned off with buoys and orange rope, clearly designating it for visiting tourists and the sea craft further out. Off down near the rocky area further along the beach is a lighthouse that remains lit up despite it serving as a restaurant.

It's Saturday evening, and the 'school's out' crew has already begun some of the celebrations. The beach is heavily populated with students, both from Coral Springs and the local public school. It's early evening, so the Coral kids don't have to worry about curfew yet, and there's several groups of kids hanging out together. Kaylee, though, is sitting on a beach towel by herself, hugging her knees and 'watching' the ocean, though she doesn't have her glasses on (most Coral students would know, by now, that if she isn't wearing her glasses, she's not actually using her eyes). She's smiling softly, maybe just people watching?

Aviva has been busy the last few weeks. Finals, trying to show her leadership ability among the Metis students, and so on, and so forth. She's announced her intent to be Metis leader in the fall, and that takes effort. So she's trying. Trying hard. And this is, perhaps, the first time she's really allowed herself to let her hair down in a month.

The blonde girl has been flitting from group to group, making appearances, greeting friends she hasn't had time to talk to and introducing herself to those she doesn't know — or doesn't know well. Eventually she spies Kaylee sitting on her own on her beach towel, away from the rest of the partygoers. She makes her way over to the younger girl and plops herself down beside the towel. "Everything alright?" she asks, her voice lightly accented.

Kaylee smiles up at Aviva when she joins her. "Yup! I'm good! Just … watching. I don't know everyone that good yet, and people are all talking about the year and stuff, but I was only here for part of it, so …. Just hanging out!" she responds. She cants her head to the side and then reaches into her little knapsack and fishes out her glasses so she can slide them on. "You're … Aviva, right?" she asks, tucking some hair behind her ears as she blinks at the older girl.

Aviva smiles, nodding. "Indeed. From Metis." Even as she says it, a black bird flaps out of the night and perches itself upon her left shoulder — opposite Kaylee, perhaps fortunately. It utters a hoarse caw, perhaps more of a croak, and Aviva reaches up to scratch its beak lightly with the fingers of her right hand. "And this fool creature is Rossini."

"Cool," she responds to getting the name right. And then there's a bird! Kaylee's eyes go wide and she blinks several times, canting her head to the side again. "Well hello there, Mister Rossini. It's a pleasure to meet you," she greets the bird, smiling. Then, she looks back to Aviva. "So what are you up to, tonight? You're not really hanging out with anyone, either? … oh, you didn't leave your friends just to come check on me, did you? Gosh, I'm really okay, you didn't need to," she says, grimacing a little at the thought.

"No, no," says Aviva, shaking her head. "I have been a social butterfly tonight — popping in and making appearances with every group. It is exhausting! Best I take some time to sit and relax before I resume allowing everyone else my company." This is said with a wink, a smile.

Kaylee chuckles and makes an impressed face, then just grins at Aviva. "Well! I'm glad I happened to have staked out a particularly comfortable bit of sand for you to come rest at," she jokes. Then, she looks curious again. "Haven't I seen some posters around for you? Aren't you running for one of the team leads in Metis?" she asks. "That was you, right?"

"It's not done quite like that," says Aviva. "It's more done as a competition. We have to do certain tasks, show we exemplify the main roles of our dorms — which means I have to show I can be a duplicitous politico, as a Metis." She smiles somewhat ruefully. "But yes, I'm trying to become the dorm leader for the fall." She considers Kaylee for a moment. "You're not in Metis, are you? I think you were…. Prometheus?"

"Oh? … really? … wow, that's … huh," Kaylee says, blinking in surprise at the description of how Metis get chosen. "Yeah, I'm in Prometheus. And … we vote. But you can't nominate yourself, one of the upper classmen nominate you, then we all vote." She tucks some more hair behind her ear and considers for a few seconds. "So … why do you want to be chosen as a leader if you have to prove you can be a … doopy whatsit? That doesn't really sound like such a good thing to be. Or is it?"

"Because Metis are about doing good through subterfuge and politics," explains Aviva. "By showing I can lead the team the way it's intended to be led, I show that I'm a good choice for the role." She pauses a moment, then adds, "Duplicitous politico. It just means I can be sneaky and political."

Kaylee makes a bit of a sour face as Aviva explains her team's point of view. She starts to say something but stops, closing her mouth and thinking before she speaks. After several seconds of considering, she hrrms and tilts her head again, still thinking. Finally, she just shrugs. "Huh. Well, I love my team and most of my teammates. I don't think I could ever be sneaky or political. I mean, I can't even control when I glow, sometimes, and it gives it away when I'm uncomfortable." She smiles sheepishly.

Aviva reaches over to give the girl's shoulder a squeeze. "That's why you're a Prometheus," she says. "I love my teammates, too, but I recognize that these things need to be done — and better that I do them than I leave them to be done by somebody else who might not have the best interests of others at heart. Besides, nobody notices an extra crow about. Or a dozen."

There's a lot of nodding and Kaylee grins. "Oh yeah, I'm definitely a Prometheus. They pegged me SO right after my interview," she says. She even laughs a little. "When I first met my roommate, I was worried I was almost TOO … whatever you want to call us. But we get along sooo good, now. I'm really really impresed by the staff here," she says. But, as soon as those words have left her mouth, she frowns, her brow furrowing a little. "Well … most of the staff. Most of the time. Not all the time, though. I don't see how they could leave one of their students trapped in another dimension for almost two weeks." She blows out a little air, then, and the smile returns quickly enough. "But that's why WE went to rescue her!"

"So you did," agrees Aviva. "And seeing as she's one of my teammates, thank you very much for bringing her home." She flashes another smile. "As for the staff… a lot of the time they want us to handle our problems on our own, because we're being trained to become the next generation of heroes." She pauses a moment. "Though now and then I wish they would step in, too."

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