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Re: [Open] The Correct Change

Valla Satura |

Posted on Sun May 03, 2015 12:39 pm

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Outfit -- Since I didn't bother to find one earlier. >.< Forgive me.


Whatever he had intended to do by showing off his tongue-ring might have worked. The flash of metal in his tongue drew my eyes  away from his and to his mouth, instead. As our hands parted, I took note of the lingering contact he made and then turned my body away, giving him a view of my profile for a moment as I went back to gather up another armful of clothes. I was much more careful about it this time; everything was tucked in tightly into a wad so that there was no risk of it flying free and tripping me.

It means 'valley' or 'meadow' in a handful of European languages. It's a family name. It was my great-great grandmother's name was Valla. I was focused on shoving my items into the second washing machine as I spoke. She was full blood Romani... like my grandmother and mother.

I glanced over at him and then held out my hand as if requiring payment. Give me one of those fives...  I'll find a change machine.
Pressing a hip into the side of the second machine designated for colors, I leaned against it a bit in a way that invited him to look at me. My mid-drift was showing and I already knew that I had killer legs. Thanks, Mom. It had been a while since I'd openly flirted with someone in such a way. Rupert made it easy; the give-and-take was back-and-forth. The playing field was even.

What about Rupert? That's not a terribly common name... at least, I've never met anyone with it.

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Re: [Open] The Correct Change

Rupert Hemmingway |

Posted on Tue May 05, 2015 6:59 am

Before I went back to sorting out my dirty laundry, I let my eyes linger. My gaze roamed down Valla's body, the tiny slit of midriff, and then all the way down her long, slender legs, and I didn't bother to try and hide it. I turned back to my washing with a smirk, sneaking small, subtle glances as I sorted.

Quote Begin But not like you?Quote End I asked, picking up on the fact Valla hadn't included herself in the family list of full-blooded Romani. I'd never met someone of that race - and was it even a race, or a nationality? I wasn't sure - before, but if they all looked like Valla then obviously I'd been missing out. Quote Begin It's a beautiful name to inherit.Quote End I added, gaze slipping to her legs again. It wasn't the only beautiful thing she'd inherited.

I shook my head, pulling the five out of my pocket but not handing it over. Quote Begin I'll go look - save you breaking off from sorting that laundry. And now you have met someone.Quote End I grinned, a slight raise of my eyebrows. Quote Begin There's nothing so special about my name - no great extending family tradition or interesting blood lines - just that my mom thought it sounded interesting.Quote End I shrugged modestly, still smiling that usual, friendly smile. Quote Begin I'd like to hear more about the origins of yours, though. I'm sure Romani history is as interesting as it sounds, exotic.. European?Quote End I asked, raising one brow this time.

I broke off quickly, shaking the bill in my hand. Quote Begin Anyway, change. Hopefully you'll be here when I get back - and my clothes, too.Quote End I shot Valla a cheeky wink, daring her to try anything, and walked down the row of washing machines in my best stride, keeping my eyes on the walls for anything that looked like it dispensed change as I went. I couldn't help but wonder if her eyes were following me.

The machine turned out not to be in the main part of the laundromat, but off in a small corridor that also lead to some bathrooms. I stuffed the note in,  collected the change, and after a quick check of my reflection in a drinks machine next to it returned.

Quote Begin Found it. Quote End I smiled upon walking back, and slotted the change into the machine, watching Valla as I did so.

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Re: [Open] The Correct Change

Valla Satura |

Posted on Tue May 05, 2015 4:25 pm

What a knight...

I teased as he offered to go get change so that I didn't have to. My whites were sorted and the rest of my colors shoved into machines as I watched him depart in search of a coin machine.  When his back was to me, and I was no longer in his view, I did myself a favor and tilted my head dramatically to the side to peer around the row of washing machines which would have otherwise blocked my view of his backside. 

Since we were alone, I spoke up and replied to him as he was across the space. The rasp in my voice picked up as my volume increased. 

I'm not that exotic... or European. I was born in San Francisco... my great-grandmother however, immigrated to the US during WWII... because you know the Nazis hated Gypsies as much as they hated Jews. She was from Romania. I'm pretty boring in comparison...

When he was no longer in clear view, I dug into my bag to find some change at the bottom of it. The telltale jingle and chiming that sounded when I shook it was a guaranteed indication there was plenty there. With a scooping action, I managed to collect a handful of quarters, dimes, and nickles... as well as a paperclip, some bobby pins, and a Jolly Rancher. I picked out the unwanted items and then unwrapped the apple flavored hard candy, popping it into my mouth as I turned to deposit my collection of change into the washing machine that I had reserved for whites. It started up without delay. 

I added some detergent and then watched Rupert when he returned. Each machine was given a fair, unmeasured bit of detergent.  I hoped he wouldn't be particular about that. 

Licking my lips, the candy clanked against my teeth as I pushed it between my gums and my cheek so I could talk without any real interruption. You smoke? I offered since we had some time to kill.

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Re: [Open] The Correct Change

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Posted on Wed May 06, 2015 1:24 pm

Valla might have claimed to be boring, but as far as personal history stories went, her's was one of the most original I'd ever heard. And I'd heard loads over the years - they all tended to merge together in the end. None of it really mattered because most people I never met again, but Valla's was one story I was fairly sure I wouldn't forget too soon.

Quote Begin Don't under-sell youself.Quote End I said with a gentle smirk, inclining my head and raising an eyebrow at Valla.

I shook my head at her offer and sat down on one of the cheap, plastic seats provided. Quote Begin No. I run - smoking and running don't mix.Quote End I answered, my smirk twisting into a small half-smile. Quote Begin There's a snack machine out back if you're hungry, tough.Quote End I added on.

My phone buzzed from inside my bag and I took it out to check on it. I'd known the noise was an email and silently raised my eyebrows at the message from a potential client before pocking my phone. It could wait, and I did have company. I looked up to Valla again, unashamedly studying her figure, her appearance, for reasons other than my previous ones.

Quote Begin There's something about you that seems very Romani now you've told me... and no, I don't think it's just because you've told me.Quote End I smiled easily and leaned back on the chair. Quote Begin So, what bought you from San Francisco to this neck of the woods?Quote End

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Re: [Open] The Correct Change

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Posted on Wed May 06, 2015 10:26 pm

After his refusal of my offer to go get high, I shrugged a bit. Though it was slightly disappointing, I wasn't about to give him a hard time for it. Peer pressure just wasn't my thing. I put my hands on the edge of the washer behind me and then hoisted myself up onto it, my legs dangling over the side. Rupert and I were now facing each other but at a comfortable distance; perfect for eye contact.

I licked my lips because of all the apple-candy sweetness and shifted the melting green hard candy to the other side of my mouth. I was -born- in San Francisco... I lived there until I was in the 5th grade and then my mom and my grandma and I all packed up our stuff and started moving around. My grandmother always said if you stay in one spot for too long your spirit gets stale. So we moved.

With a slight bump of my head, I nodded towards the street where my car was parked. The bucket on four wheels sat in the streetlight, nocturnal flies and bugs buzzing around the lamp above it. That's been my home for the last couple months. I don't usually stick around in one place for too long...

I shrugged again watching Rupert for his reaction. As cliché as all of that is, I have insatiable wanderlust. Its in my blood and I've never had a reason to fight it.

Again, my lips were moistened by my tongue and I took a slightly more scrupulous glance over Rupert's frame taking in the details of his clothes and his accessories, of his hair and the slight lines in his face. What about you, Rupert? How did you end up in Index? Why are you here washing your clothes in a laundromat at ten o'clock with some Gypsy girl?

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