Jia Li was inebriated, and logic really wasn’t her strong suit at this point. “Why is that worse?” She leaned closer to Kay. “Are you calling me old?” Her voice was accusatory, but her eyes sparkled with mirth. She wouldn’t be able to get angry tonight. Hell, she could hardly register that she’d been angry tonight at all.
“I think…” Could she think? Her head was pretty fuzzy. What had she been trying to say? “Um… Oh yeah. I think this whole country…” Sucks? No… That wasn’t it. “…is weird.” That sounded better, but she could remember why she’d said it. It had been in response to something Kay had said about ages and drinking. Jia Li couldn’t remember how the two connected.
“Aw… No. I don’t think that’s… importhant.” Jia Li’s words were pretty slurred. “He’s… angry… making… but he has something hiding in his… head… No! His heart…” The dryad trailed off, not explaining what she meant if there was any real meaning to it at all. “I don’t have…” What had Kay called it? “…armor… I’m all exposed-ed and squishy, but he’s your buddy. You don’t have to choose.” What was the choice between anyway? Oh yeaaaah. Jack and Jia Li. She leaned heavily against the siren. “You’re not all squishy.” She announced.
“Ooooh. That’s riiight. Dehydrilation… Hydratration…” Her brows knit together. That wasn’t right, but nothing sounded right. Jia Li burst into laughter. There was no hope for her to get it right. Maybe there wasn’t a right way to say it? Maybe the worst wasn’t real?
“I had a hang-over… once… It suuuucked.”
Then Jia Li went to the bathroom and returned. Her green eyes which were slightly glazed over glanced at the guy with whom Kay had been speaking but had promptly ignored. A smile lit the dryad’s features. “Yesth… I should sit… for a little bit. You go dancing.” She nodded at the comprise the siren suggested before walking away to go sit in an empty chair. She needed to clear her head a little, and dancing had made her stomach a little unhappy.
She flopped into the chair across the room, grateful that she’d chosen jeans over a skirt. Holding her legs tightly together the whole time would have taken some effort. Jia Li watched as everyone danced and drank and had a good time, and she felt fine for a while. Her head began to clear a tiny bit.
Someone approached her just as she watched Jack leave the party, followed by that exotic looking woman. Her mood soured, but the person who had approached her was actually kind of cute. “Hey, you okay?”
He must have seen the look her face, but she flashed him what she hoped was a dazzling smile. “I’m wonderful now.” The smile that lit his face made him look even better, and he didn’t look like a dumb jock. He was a vampire, though, by his teeth.
“Wanna dance?” He asked, and she nodded, taking the hand he’d offered before he led her onto the floor.