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20 September 2008 @ 10:29 pm
[TAGGED THREAD] Grocery shopping! (Mutants eat too.)  

It had been awhile since Laura had been inside.

She'd spent the last month on the roof, exploring the line of trees in the distance and staying away from the other mutants and their scared and disgusted gazes.

She usually only ventured around the mansion late at night when there was no one awake to see her. When she could have the privacy she held around her like a familiar cage.

But she was hungry, and the kitchen was her destination. All she wanted was some food to eat on the roof, and then maybe she would train alone in the basement.

Mentally she planned out her day in blocks, and because of the direction of the soft breeze behind her, she didn't smell him until she had entered the room and it was too late to avoid a conversation.

She froze at the sight of him near the counter, scratching the back of his head and nibbling on a pen intermittently while scratching down something that looked like a list on a wrinkled piece of paper.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 21st, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Bobby glanced up at the glimpse of movement by the door. At the sight of her, his eyes widened and a surprised grin spread across his face.


He put the pen down by the grocery list, and suddenly felt unsure. If she had been any of his other friends, he'd have walked right over and given her a welcoming hug or handshake, but he was overly conscious of her rigid posture and blank expression.
Laura Kinney: just a little curious...lethal_talon on September 21st, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
"Hi," she answered quietly, hovering near the door. A moment of stark silence followed and almost hesitantly she took a few steps into the room. "What are you writing?"
Bobby Drake: smirknever_too_cold on September 21st, 2008 02:48 am (UTC)
"Grocery list," he answered, glancing down at it. "Kitty roped me into doing the shopping for the week." He paused, thinking, then took up the pen and scribbled down another item. "Apples," he muttered. "We're running out of apples."

He looked up at her again, smiling warmly. "It's really good to see you," he told her. "When did you get back?"
Laura Kinney: look around.lethal_talon on September 21st, 2008 02:50 am (UTC)
"A month ago." Her voice had dropped to a near-whisper, and her eyes stayed locked intently on his, measuring his reaction. At his stunned silence she added "we need more soup."
Bobby Drake: lazynever_too_cold on September 21st, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
"A month?" he repeated, even as he automatically wrote down her suggestion. "Why didn't you... tell me? Or come say hello?" The question was casual, only the slightest suggestion of hurt in his voice betraying his surprise.
Laura Kinneylethal_talon on September 21st, 2008 02:58 am (UTC)
"I'm sorry," she said softly, but despite the gentleness it did not sound guilty.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 21st, 2008 03:02 am (UTC)
Bobby held her gaze for a moment. The corner of his mouth quirked upwards in a half-smile, and he shrugged lightly. "It's okay," he replied.
Laura Kinney: dangerously beautiful.lethal_talon on September 21st, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
She watched as he looked back down to his list, and tried to understand why she did not want to leave when moments before she had wanted to be alone.

She sat down across from him, leaning over as he scrawled brownie mix. His hands were larger than hers. She looked down to her palms, measuring.
Bobby Drake: sunnynever_too_cold on September 21st, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
He ran through the list, making sure he hadn't forgotten anything.

"I think that's it," he muttered. Folding the list and shoving it in his pocket, he looked over at Laura, an idea forming.

"Do you want to come along?" he asked, head tilting.
Laura Kinney: just a little curious...lethal_talon on September 21st, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
Her head snapped up and her answer--"okay"--left her quick.

She was momentarily surprised at the readiness of the syllable, but she wasted no time jumping down from the stool with a small smile.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 22nd, 2008 04:35 am (UTC)
He seemed slightly taken aback at her rare display of enthusiasm (though he wasn't sure enthusiasm was the right word), but recovered quickly.

"Let's go then," he said, flashing her a smile.
Laura Kinney: calm and still.lethal_talon on September 22nd, 2008 12:46 pm (UTC)
They rode in silence, Laura curled up in the passenger's seat and Bobby discreetly glancing at her. He tried to make small talk but as usual Laura would not offer more than clipped answers, and each of his attempts faded off into silence quickly.

Now they were in the store, Laura's wide eyes roaming each shelf as if she were memorizing the products.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 22nd, 2008 01:09 pm (UTC)
Bobby wheeled a trolley a couple of steps ahead of her, consulting the shopping list. When he glanced back, he couldn't help smiling at the way she moved through the store, surveying everything as though conducting surveillance for a mission.

"We need to stock up on fruit and cereal, mostly," he told her, adding with a half-smile, "And let me know if there's anything you really want."
Laura Kinney: dangerously beautiful.lethal_talon on September 22nd, 2008 01:15 pm (UTC)
"Okay," she answered, reading the nutrition facts to the bag of Jiffy marshmallows.

After a moment she put it down and met his amused expression, the corner of his lips threatening to break into a smile. "I want soup," she deadpanned.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 23rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
He tapped the list. "Already on here," he said, smirking.

"And," he added as they moved onto the soup aisle, rows and rows of tins and packets lining the shelves. "You may want to be a little more specific."
Laura Kinney: observant.lethal_talon on September 23rd, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
The line between her eyebrows creased and after a moment of serious consideration her hand shot out to grab a few Progresso chicken noodle off the shelf.

She almost smiled as she placed them in the cart.

"Chicken noodle."
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on September 24th, 2008 07:23 am (UTC)
"Done." He crossed soup off the list. "Let's get the cereal."

The rest of the shopping was completed quickly and quietly. Laura's sharp eyes identified the products they needed faster than Bobby could, and his decidedly mathematical brain worked out the best deals. They fell into a comfortable silence, one that Bobby had to marvel at: he couldn't think of a single time he'd been with her before where he could use the word comfortable.
Laura Kinney: observant.lethal_talon on September 24th, 2008 12:27 pm (UTC)
It was only the ride back that anything besides a few words were exchanged between the two, the low hum of the radio filling the quiet.

"Thank you for taking me," her voice interrupted the chorus. Like the way there, she was curled with her knees against her chest in the passenger seat.
Bobby Drake: lazynever_too_cold on September 24th, 2008 09:59 pm (UTC)
"It's okay," he responded, glancing over at her. "I hadn't seen you in a while, I figured it'd be nice to spend a bit of time with you."
Laura Kinney: sometimes i can smile.lethal_talon on September 30th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
She smiled thinly. "It was nice."

(OOC: OMG I am so sorry this took so long.)
Bobby Drake: lazynever_too_cold on October 1st, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
"It's a pity I didn't see you sooner," he said, glancing at her.

(OOC: Haha, don't worry about it! You've been busy, and that's totally understandable! =D)
Laura Kinney: calm and still.lethal_talon on October 1st, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
She seemed unaffected and oblivious to the subtle meaning behind his words, her expression blank save her fading smile. "Yes," she agreed.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
"Why..." He hesitated a moment, but decided to ask anyway. "Why didn't you tell me when you got back?"
Laura Kinney: observant.lethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 03:43 am (UTC)
There was silence, a moment in which she only blinked. "I didn't think it was important."
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 03:48 am (UTC)
Her simple answer took him a little by surprise. "Oh," he said. "Okay..."
Laura Kinneylethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 03:51 am (UTC)
She nodded and looked out the window, seemingly serene at his trailing reaction.
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
Bobby sighed, deciding to give up that line of conversation and try a different topic. The mansion wasn't far away, and he had a feeling that Laura would disappear as soon as they unpacked the groceries.

"Where did you go, anyway?" he asked, keeping his voice light.
Laura Kinneylethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
"Back," she said simply, her voice a soft whisper. Her brow furrowed and suddenly her eyes were in her lap. "Back where I was made. Then Logan found me and I came back here. I stayed away from the mansion unless I was hungry."
Bobby Drakenever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
He sensed rather than saw her slight shift in mood, so his next word was soft and gentle. "Why?"
Laura Kinney: broken inside.lethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 04:09 am (UTC)
"I was not welcome." Her gaze shifted to the passing trees.
Bobby Drake: sunnynever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 04:21 am (UTC)
"Not welcome?" he repeated, brow furrowing. "Why wouldn't you be..." He trailed off as he recalled the exact reasons for her departure. "I'm sorry," he murmured. "I should have realised."
Laura Kinney: calm and still.lethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 04:24 am (UTC)
"Your apology is unnecessary." She did not look away from the scenery.
Bobby Drake: charmnever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
The corner of his mouth quirked upwards a little. "Maybe, but still."

As he pulled into the driveway of the mansion, he glanced over at her again. "You know, I'm glad you're back," he told her.
Laura Kinneylethal_talon on October 4th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
"Thank you," she replied, out of courtesy. She did not look glad or otherwise as she met his eyes.
Bobby Drake: sunnynever_too_cold on October 4th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Bobby took the hint and fell silent as he parked in the garage. They unloaded the bags quietly.

"Thanks for helping," was all he said once they had unpacked the groceries.

"You're welcome," she replied.

He flashed her one last small smile before walking away, leaving her alone in the kitchen.