Who: Mercury and OTA What: hitch-hiking into town When: Wednesday Evening Where: roadways/in town Rating: TBD - will update
Another time and place she would be spending these last few days at the mall with friends, trying to buy last minute presents and just enjoying people-watching. She was never one to gossip much, but she did like watching the crowds and seeing how people interacted. That was before her 'cure' started to wear off though, when she still seemed normal, for a time. The few extra years bought by that shot. Those years hadn't been exactly kind, her parents still couldn't embrace their daughter without the image of what she was beneath the soft skin anymore. This year, she was out and about on her own, having started on her way walking from the manse.
The people at the mansion had been welcoming, kind even, and she appreciated it whole heartedly. It still hadn't sunk in, entirely though, that they meant their kindnesses, that they were actually nice people and that they understood who and what she was. She just couldn't easily accept any of it.
It wasn't anything that anyone had said or did that made the whole thing seem disingenuous. It was that she just wasn't accustomed to it. So people saying they might like her, or people saying hey, let's go do something sometime, it seemed like platitudes given when you don't expect to have to actually do them later. Sure, let's hang out, but you never make plans to actually do so. And it bothered her, on some level she didn't feel comfortable admitting out loud, it bothered her on that level that she didn't even understand herself. So she did what she usually did, she headed out, and started to walk.
It was all about feeling alive, just to see what would happen and she had a nasty habit of putting herself into dangerous situations, so once she was a good mile or three away from the mansion she started to hitchhike. She was just going into town for some last minute Christmas shopping, and it wasn't like she couldn't protect herself, but there was the thrill of it, and that self-destructive need filled.