Nooks with Books

((Ooc: lightly reserved. Acquaintances of the main OCs preferred. So people who know Lilly and Piper. Just to keep things under control))
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Piper looked up at the sign... then down at the list in her hands.

Lilly had lowkey (hah) invited her several times to come visit her shop. So... here she was. Adjusting the strap of her purse on her shoulder, Piper pushed the door opened and entered the bookstore.

A bell jingled to announce her intrusion.

    • Lilly Teal
      Lilly Teal

      Ask not for whom the bell tolls. IT TOLLS FOR THEE, PIPER.

      But in a less depressing context, because the bell was a merry little jingle, and all it heralded was a warm, happy voice from the counter.

      "Good morning miss, how can I- PIPER!"

      YAY.

      She nearly flung herself on the other woman, that's how delighted she was to see her friend here. "Good morning!"

      • Piper/ Jade
        Piper/ Jade

        Piper laughed... it was hard not to when greeted in such a friendly manner. "Good morning Lilly" she said, walking over to the counter.

        "I finally get to see your store! Sorry I didn't come sooner." She tucked her hair back slightly, glancing around. It seemed... peaceful.

        "I.. also have a list of textbooks I'd like to order. If that is possible?"

        • Lilly Teal
          Lilly Teal

          "Hm?" Midway between giving Piper a happy squeeze of greeting, curiosity overtook her, and she looked at the list, still half in a hug. "Oh, of course, anything you like. ... textbooks? Are you studying something?"

          Well Of course she was studying something. But we'd like to know what, wouldn't we?

          "It might take a little while, depending on the books. You don't need them in a huge hurry, do you? Oh, why are we just standing here." I don't know Lilly, why don't you answer that question. "Let me get you some tea. Or coffee? And then we can discuss this properly."

          • Piper/ Jade
            Piper/ Jade

            Piper was midway returning a happy squeeze of a greeting. She smiled brightly at the offer of a drink, "oh coffee would be wonderful."

            she wisely let the bookstore owner go so that she could attend to the errand. Never one to wait for answering questions, Piper continued on. "Well, indecided to go back to school and get a higher degree. I just have my high school equivalency." ((note-- this would be like grades k-12 in America. No university.))

            "I am just taking my beginner courses for now. And two introductory courses. Biochemistry," that had nothing to do with a certain mallard who frequented her company,  "and  electrical engineering. I figure after an introduction course, I can pick my major." 

            She tailed behind Lilly, silently offering to help her. As she spoke, it was clear she was excited. Really.. Piper had been craving a bit of normalcy these days.

            • Lilly Teal
              Lilly Teal

              "That's wonderful, sweetie. Well done you." Lilly beamed as she started to prep the coffee. "Can you get the biscuits from the top shelf? It'll be hard work but I promise you won't regret it."

              Sugar, sugar, where is the sugar...

              "I might still have some of my old Biology books, if any of them would help you. And do let me know if you pick electrical engineering. I shall bully Darryl into giving you any of his old books that might still be on your list. Nothing introductory, I'm afraid."

              They likely keep updating them, but where's the harm in having more reference material?

              • Piper/ Jade
                Piper/ Jade

                Piper piper did as Lilly asked... learning that biscuits meant cookies? Oh well... learned something new! “‘I will be glad to have something to focus on.”

                As Lilly continued to talk, Piper had to grin. “‘Bully Darryl? Is such a thing possible?” He seemed to be bully proof from where piper stood... but then again, they weren’t close friends either. Sarcasti-buddies maybe, but not close.

                She always got the distinct impression he preferred robots to people. 

                “‘there is time. I need to figure out which direction I would like to go in.” She smiled. “But knowing me, i’ll Want to do both.” She had a curious mind, and she enjoyed learning a lot.

                • Lilly Teal
                  Lilly Teal

                  "It's possible, when it's me. I'm a terrible bully." The terrible bully gave her a warm smile, and then screwed up her face in a scowl that was about as threatening as a puppy squinting in the sun as she gave a mock growl. "Grr."

                  Give me your lunch money etc. Prepping the tray, she took the biscuits from Piper and walked them both to a little table to make her comfortable. "Well, keep me in the loop so I can help you get whatever books you need, honey. Maybe you can do both! My father did something similar in both fields."

                  • Piper/ Jade
                    Piper/ Jade

                    Piper followed along , happily settling in at the table. She tucked her purse under her chair and eyed her list. “Maybe. School is kind of a scary though. Never went to any kind of place for learning like that... and I hope to make some friends. I’ll have to work it out with Oz.” And she would have to work around Malicia’s needs as well.

                    Piper thought for a moment... then started to prepare her coffee. Lots of cream and sugar... was it really considered coffee at this point? “But I can always come here to study... it’s so quiet.” It was.. odd..? Her dealings with Lilly thus far had been clouded in performance and chaos.

                    Neither being the woman’s fault, it just appeared that she was a forerunner for shenanigans. 

                    Speaking of Shenanigans...

                    ”So. Gladstone?” Piper perked a brow slightly, taking a calm sip of her drink.

                    • Lilly Teal
                      Lilly Teal

                      Excuse me, I have no idea what you mean to imply by linking Gladstone and shenanigans in that suggestive tone of voice.

                      "You can study here whenever you like, dear. And I'm sure Oz will be fine. ... well, he'll make an absolutely awful fuss, but he'll be reasonable in the end." Even if I have to bully him into doing that too.

                      Giving her a bright smile, she took a biscuit for herself.

                      "Gladstone?" she repeated innocently. "What about him?"

                      • Piper/ Jade
                        Piper/ Jade

                        "You should advertise. Bully for hire. Put it right next to the self defense books." Not that Piper thought there were self defense books, but who knew? "I think Oz will be reasonable too. I don't exactly bring in the crowds-- he has you for that."

                        "Lilly. He was practically attached to your hip when I saw you last." Piper tilted her head, come on... she missed a lot, but she didn't miss that much. But, to avoid anymore innocent misunderstandings, "are you two dating?" 

                        It was genuine curiosity.

                        • Lilly Teal
                          Lilly Teal

                          "I can only bully people I've known for years." And even then it's less bullying and more gentle and continuous pressure until the water wears down the rock. "Not entirely useful. But that reminds me, I really must take stock of those self-defense books."

                          Now that, Piper, is a very good question. And I don't have an answer to that. She reddened slightly, a small, guilty giggle slipping out at the mention of him being practically attached at the hip, but the question sobered her up some.

                          "We've been on a few dates. But I don't know if it's... if I'm. You know?"

                          Possibly she didn't know. "I haven't asked him if we... are? Because I'm worried I'm more attached to the idea than he might be? Although he's lovely!" Wave hands. "He's so nice! I really like him! A lot!"

                          But other people seem to like him too.

                          "I've never actually dated anyone before." She admitted. "I don't know what to do about this."

                          • Piper/ Jade
                            Piper/ Jade

                            “hmm...” Piper watched her friend... she couldn’t helped feeling sympathetic. She was in the same boat with a certain guy. Although, he left no question... he was not attached to the idea at all. And as much as it hurt the young girl, she had no place to argue.

                            He hadn’t promised her anything... and she had no right to demand it.

                            “Well, you’ll never know unless you ask. Or until he asks... which I suppose is a possibility too. So long as you have the patience.” Personally, Piper didn’t... it was why her behaviors tended to be so frustrating. But, Lilly was a different person. A traditional kind of girl... maybe she was perfectly content to wait. 

                            And maybe, it wasn’t any of Piper’s business. 

                            So, she smiled. “These things work themselves out. He wouldn’t keep asking you out if he didn’t like you.” Was she jealous? Maybe a little... they could be open about their dating, and that they liked each other. Shaking her thoughts from her head, Piper took another sip of her coffee. 

                            Then snarkily added, “just be sure to invite me to the wedding.” Clearly, teasing. 

                            • Lilly Teal
                              Lilly Teal

                              "That's true." But maybe he likes me and I like like him which I think I really do. "I have this constant little worry that he'll get bored of me. Find someone more..." charming as he is, maybe? "Well. And not struggle so much to keep up whenever he wants to be more affectionate," she admitted with a little sigh, before Piper's comment made her laugh.

                              "You'll be a bridesmaid, obviously. What about you, honey? Anyone on your horizon? Or... are you not interested in a relationship right now? Want to focus on studying?"

                              Also not any of Lilly's business, but that certainly wasn't going to stop her until she was plainly told to stop.

                              • Piper/ Jade
                                Piper/ Jade

                                “‘people who have a lot of excitement usually gravitate towards someone more calm. Nobody wants that kind of speed forever... I’d wager you’re probably a breath of fresh air for him.” But, Piper was also biased.

                                She added a bit more sugar to her coffee, listening to Lilly’s question. “oh you know...” that wasn’t really an answer. She wanted to say yes, but he isn’t interested the same way I am— but that just... it wasn’t fair. And she didn’t really want to get into it. Because it hurt too much.

                                “I want to be interested, but it is hard to find someone. You’d think I would have met someone at the bar, but most of those men just like girls to make them feel good for a few minutes then move on. No commitment. It helps we give them alcohol.” She grinned a bit and slipped more sugar coffee. 

                                “so... enjoy your time with Gladstone. Have fun. It isn’t fun being by yourself all the time.” Or waiting around for someone... god this was depressing. Then, to joke, “I should make Darryl take me out. He could show me how to play video games properly.”

                                • Lilly Teal
                                  Lilly Teal

                                  Well. Being outright told or being given a big nonverbal cue not to get into things. She nodded slightly, not entirely convinced. A breath of fresh air was good, but ultimately still sounded like a novelty, and none of her fears were allayed. So, she gladly caught onto the joke, leaning forward conspiratorially.

                                  "Here's a secret. He doesn't know how to play video games properly," she said in a stage whisper, giving the other girl a smile. "And I'm sure he'd love to spend more time with you. Anyone would. You're a lovely young lady."

                                  And it's ridiculous, ridiculous that you're finding it hard to find someone. Injustice!

                                  "But on the subject of going out... Oz has been after me to go clothes shopping with him today. I usually do, but I don't suppose you'd like to come with me? It'll be good company. And there being two of us will divide his bossiness somewhat."

                                  Though you will still have to deal with having things chosen for you.

                                  • Piper/ Jade
                                    Piper/ Jade

                                    Piper ducked her head slightly... she wasn't all that lovely. She had... unpleasant pass times. But she didn't argue it.

                                    At the mention of shopping, Piper looked over the edge of her cup. Celia had once told her a story that... was more of a nightmare, about shopping with Oz. But... surely she was exaggerating?

                                    "well sure." Piper said with a smile. "I do need some new clothes for school. We have a few months, but all I have are pajamas and work clothing. And my work clothes are a bit too formal." She needed some jeans. And sweaters. 

                                    Then, "but I don't want to be a third wheel either." She shifted a bit in her seat. She wasn't use to being invited out as a friend... 

                                    • Lilly Teal
                                      Lilly Teal

                                      "Well first of all, you're my friend, and I want you there," she said firmly, reaching over to put her hand over Piper's. "And secondly you won't be a third wheel at all. Please say yes, I'll actually have someone to talk to rather than being talked at and dressed up."

                                      Can't be a third wheel if the second wheel doesn't get to squeak. Or... something like that.

                                      "Not that I mind too much, but it would be nice to have some company pleaseeee?"

                                      It wasn't time to break out the big eyes, since Piper was only half objecting, but she gave her a pleading smile all the same, amping up the cuteness just slightly.

                                      Come ooooon.

                                      • Piper/ Jade
                                        Piper/ Jade

                                        Well with that increased cutensity, how could she say no?

                                        "Okay then. I will be happy to join you." Hopefully Oz won't mind. "If nothing more, we will have power in numbers. Celia told me stories, but I think she was exaggerating."

                                        Did Celia ever exaggerate? 

                                        • Lilly Teal
                                          Lilly Teal

                                          Celia wasn't in the habit of exaggerating.

                                          Lilly opened her mouth, and then shut it again, not entirely sure what to say.

                                          "What... exactly has she told you?"

                                          • Piper/ Jade
                                            Piper/ Jade

                                            "That he goes a bit overboard. And can shop for hours. And really, really likes having people try things on." Piper shrugged a bit. "Can be s but bossy about it."

                                            it sounded more dramatic when Celia said it. Probably because Piper was being a bit more neutral.

                                            "It can't be that bad." Piper smiled.

                                            • Lilly Teal
                                              Lilly Teal

                                              "That's. Yes. Basically. Yes," she said, stopping and starting like a car on a steep incline that wasn't sure if it could go forward or not. "BUT it's also not that bad?"

                                              Most of the time?

                                              "To be entirely fair its hard to boss Celia around, so they butt heads more and so she's probably had a more dramatic experience than most."

                                              I just let Oz wash over me like a wave and carry me wherever he wills.

                                              "But we'll insist on snacks or sugary drinks in the middle, because it can get tiring and he sometimes forgets that it gets tiring oh please don't say no I promise it'll be nice and you'll get all sorts of lovely clothes recommendations and please."

                                              • Piper/ Jade
                                                Piper/ Jade

                                                Piper laughed, “I already said yes. I would be happy to go.” 

                                                It would be nice to finally do something a bit more.... normal? And she had to admit that Oz had good fashion sense... she wondered how he would dress her. Hopefully not like s little girl... it was already a bit of a hassle being small and slight as she was.

                                                ”I should look around for someone to trim my hair too.” This would be a good outing for her. She normally dragged her feet on all this kind of stuff... you know... grooming

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