|Clarke Griffin (braveorselfless) wrote in wariscoming,|
@ 2015-02-16 15:02:00
|Entry tags:||clarke griffin, lois lane|
WHO Clarke & Lois
WHAT Clarke stops Lois as she’s leaving the Medbay
WHEN Just after Clarke started at the Medbay
RATING/STATUS Low | Complete
Luckily Clarke had managed to find a way to help out here at the medbay and it was a good place for her to be. She had the knowledge to really help when needed, even if most of her experience was pulling on information she had when she needed it that second, but she was good and quick and knew hot to save lives, at least when she could. There was still a lot to learn and Clarke wasn’t above knowing that, this was the best place for her to be.
She was standing with someone when she saw Lois picking up supplies, she’d leaned over asking who she was, when she got the confirmation she excused herself quickly and headed straight for where Lois was getting supplies.
“Hey, do you need some help with any of that?” She asked figuring that was probably the smartest way to start this conversation. “Lois right? I’m Clarke.”
Keeping the first aide kits stocked up was becoming a weekly task. One that Lois didn’t want to hand over to the others who were already stretched thin with all of the comings and goings. With Neal gone the rotation for manning the actual ‘Welcome team’ building was a bit harder to manage. It had been his main job while the others had actual jobs they were involved with so the least she could do was gather up the supplies that were missing and bring them over to the building.
“That’d be me.” She looked over at the girl, trying to place when she had arrived. She was pretty sure that there were at least two others from her world there but she didn’t know much about Clarke and her companions’ lives. They seemed to be cautious and watching everything that was happening. It had her wondering if supernatural occurrences weren’t exactly a thing where the group of them were from. Something was happening in their world though. One didn’t grow that cautious without reason.
“I’ve got a list of what I need if you want to help me check off that have everything,” she told her, nodding toward the print out set out on the table beside her.
It was surprising how normal that sounded to her, check off a list, something so simple and yet her world had been filled of her being a leader and trying to find a way to peace and safety. There was always a new problem and while this world clearly had it’s problems, they were different, and the technology was different. It was strange to her in a lot of ways, but she was adapting quicking, one thing she’d learned since coming to Earth, be as adaptable as possible and keep your principles as much as possible, even though that was not always possible
“Sure.” Clarke said taking the list and she started in on it. It was very basic, so it didn’t really seem to need her complete attention, she got the impression that it wouldn’t need Lois’s either.
“So, if you don’t mind me asking, how long have you been here?” She said starting the conversation at a logical point, it was hopefully friendly enough, Lois wasn’t exactly as scary as the Grounders were, and she didn’t seem to want to kill Clarke, which meant Clarke needed to step back on feeling the need to protect herself that second and actually talk to her.
“I’m nearing the end of my third year.” When saying that out loud was kind of alarming. Some days it didn’t seem that long at all but others definitely did. Especially with so many of her friends from the last few years being sent home by the Seal. At least Clark was still there. And there were others that she knew or was getting to know better. Plus there was Aislinn to worry about now. She’d always worried about the little girl before since she’d been her godmother, but now she was her guardian and that was a lot to take in.
“Lot of changes and a lot of things have stayed the same too.” It was a double edged sword. Good changes, bad ones, good things that had stayed as they were and some that would be nice if they’d finally get altered. “But you haven’t been here all that long, have you?” Maybe a month if she remembered correctly.
“How are you settling in?”
“Three years.” Clarke repeated with a sense of awe to it, and a little bit of shock. “Sorry, it just seems really random how people come and go, it can’t be easy seeing so many people come and go and come again probably a little different.” Clarke said knowing fully way she might have said too much, she was curious how Lois would react to the statement though, it seemed a lot of people reacted very different to that statement here. At least from the little she’d been able to see.
“Just about a month now. I was lucky, someone from my world showed up at the same time.” She said giving some information about how she’d come. “I can’t say it was expected, and from what I hear not always normal, but it was lucky.” She said.
“Being here helps. There is something worth while to do here, helpful.” Clarke said. “I’ve still got a lot to learn about this place. Like those classes that are set up, which are very useful and important, but they only answer so much.”
“It can be rough sometimes. Especially when they leave others behind but eventually you just have to keep going.” Life could be rough but she knew that was true anywhere. Some people became hardened by what the Seal did to try and ward off the grief that losing someone brought about but Lois couldn’t let herself do that. Not meeting new people, not reaching out just seemed foolish in the end. Isolating yourself didn’t help anyone out.
She was too nosey to try it out anyway.
“Every so often people will come in sets from the world. And then there are those of us who don’t have anyone from there show up for a really long time.” Thankfully she had Chloe now and while part of Lois worried that she’d just lose her cousin all over again, she knew she wanted to make every moment of it count.
“The classes answer the basics for the monsters. But to really know what’s going on you need to talk to those of us who’ve been here for a while. Or a Winchester. Though not Dean since the Seal screwed with him. Bobby Singer is a good one for answers too.”
Clarke just nodded, that seemed the be the most logical thing. Of course it would be hard seeing people come and go, it was really about how you handled it afterwards. She didn’t however voice that thought, she just nodded and kept her eyes ready for the next set of information coming her way.
“So it really is just random.” Clarke said making a mental note of that. It was remarkable that she had Finn and Bellamy here, although she missed others from her world, she was lucky that those were the two that she got to see everyday here.
“I can say I pictured myself taking a class where I learned about vampires before, but it is clearly something that is important here.” Clarke said nodding. “We’re from a world that doesn’t have amenities like this, even the really basic things like showers are really welcome here, at least from where we are camped.” Clarke said.
Lois mentally catalogued the bits and pieces that Clarke was telling her. “I don’t think many do expect to learn about vampires as a real thing. Even in the world’s where there are some. It’s usually a surprise to all of them as well at first.” Her world had its own share of crazy happenings but the Apocalypse was one she hadn’t experienced before here. Or at least she hadn’t experienced yet back home. She knew she still had quite a few adventures to live out back in Smallville if the television series and comic books continued to be true. Considering they had been accurate up to her appearance in Lawrence she couldn’t really discount that they would continue to be accurate.
“I recommend taking the classes a few times until you have what a monster looks like and how to defend yourself against it memorized. We haven’t had any big attacks in a while but when they happen you want to know that stuff.” Too many people had gotten hurt before because they had stopped trying to remember bits and pieces of what they had learned in the classes and at Bobby’s camp.
“So you guys were camping though? My dad was big on us doing that. Though from what you’re saying I doubt it was for a summer vacation.”
“The whole waking up in a new world is a little unsettling, but it really does look like people have found themselves a home here, no matter how hard it might be, or not be for some I imagine.” It was only logical that some would find a way to get used to all of this a lot faster than others. That was only natural. Clarke was far from used to it yet, but she put on a face that showed she was fine and would be no matter what, which was very true.
“Is that class you recommend the most to keep going to? Because some of them, while very worthwhile I don’t think are needed to be repeated or attended as much.” Clarke said thinking only logical about it for that moment. Although she probably would go to a lot of the classes a number of times, dragging Finn and Bellamy with her.
“Not exactly, we’re from a world where nuclear warfare made Earth unlivable. We just recently came down to the surface and are finding it’s more challenging than anyone really could have thought.” Clarke said rather matter of factly.
“The ones that Bobby Singer teaches will be the ones you’ll want to do more than once. He goes over a number of monsters in them and unless you’ve got photographic memory it's easy to mix them up. Maybe he’ll do his week long retreats again soon because I learned a lot when we did those ones.” Those had dissolved for some reason or another a few years back when he had moved down to Lawrence with the rest of them. Back before everything with the Apocalypse got really rough.
She mulled over what Clarke had said about her world. It wasn’t exactly surprising that there would be a universe out there where nuclear warfare had made Earth uninhabitable for a length of time. “Nothing ever quite goes how people expect it to go. Or at least that’s been my experience.” Especially if there were circumstances that were out of people’s control.
“But I’m guessing that you’re making it work?”
Clarke raised her eyebrows. “I wish.” She said to the photographic memory part. She had a good memory but she knew how much she had to learn, not just about this world in the supernatural ways, but about this world in general. There were so many questions that were unanswered and frankly finding the right way to ask them as an art that Clarke was trying to learn as quickly as possible.
“From my experience, plan like hell for the best and expect the worst.” She shrugged. “If you’re lucky it ends up somewhere in the middle.”
Clarke blinked away thoughts about how everyone else was. Everyone stuck at Mount Weather… “Anyways.” She said visibly straightening her stance as she grew strength and a desire not to dwell on anything. “Not exactly, but I’m more interested in learning about how things work here.” Clarke said seeking to meet Lois’s eyes. “And you seem like someone who knows a lot about how things work here.”
“I’m pretty in the know about what’s going on.” She had established relationships with those who knew a lot, had watched and learned as best she could during those initial months, and pretty much jumped in head first. That was her nature though. Some people liked to sit back and slowly learn things. Lois had always been a hands on kind of person and that was never going to change, no matter how much some people might want it to.
“I guess it depends on what exactly you mean by ‘how things work here’. Because there’s how it works in this world in general and then a subset of ways for those of us who are displaced. Especially those of us who are considered fictional here.” That made some things harder to do in certain ways. Looking like Erica Durance and having the name Lois Lane was a tricky situation but she’d been able to make it work at the paper. People were really good at overlooking things that didn’t quite add up to their world view and no one would actually believe she was the real Lois Lane. It was always seen as a weird coincidence.
“Having a job or at least something to do is helpful. Getting to know others here is also a good idea. It helps to have people from your own world but branch out and meet others. Especially since you’re all new.” Otherwise it was likely to miss out on important details.
That was something they had in common, hands on approach, diving right in and just going for it. It was the only way Clarke knew how to survive, yes she knew how to step back and plan a battle or tactics but she also knew that diving in to learn was going to get her more answers much more quickly than not.
“Both actually. We’re considered fictional from what I’ve gathered.” Clarke said. “There are a lot of little things that we are learning too. Food’s different for starters, I’m sorry Alex is gone, she got me a deep fried mars bar when I got here. Wasn’t really my thing, but I can see why people like them.” Clarke said mildly amused. “The displaced seem to need papers and the like, now I know there are those that help with it which I really appreciate, we all do. It seems like things are running decently smoothly, although with the recent exits I imagine more rolls need to be filled.” Clarke said. “Actually, do you know where I could go to learn to drive a car?” She said as he had just about offered to help Lois with these supply runs but given she didn’t actually know how to drive a car or have a licence that might be a problem.
“That’s why I wanted to work here, there are things I can do here to help, besides it’s a good place to meet a lot of people and learn a lot.” Clarke said rather matter of factly. She hoped Bellamy and Finn branched out just as much, they all learned different things. It was also why she’d suggested they look at the house Bonnie was in. Her world seemed to have a lot of people here and that was a good way to learn more as well.
Alex would have introduced something like that and it made Lois grin as she remembered the woman. She wasn’t around anymore but she knew how quickly that could change in Lawrence. “Have you gotten identification yet? Because that’s something you’ll want to get done soon if you haven’t. It’ll help you out a lot around here.” As for some of the rest. “If you want to learn how to drive I can help with that. I own a farm and there’s plenty of land there to practice on before trying it out on the street.” Especially since it seemed to her like Clarke hadn’t grown up with the vehicles like most had.
“I know with Martha gone that the medbay has really needed the extra help so I’m sure Jemma is glad to have you around.” Hopefully others would be able to step up as well because two people running it was okay when nothing was happening, but when the world exploded they needed more hands on deck.
“Is there anything else you’re wondering about? The kitchen at wherever you’re at make sense? Depending on what you’re used to it can be a bit tricky.” Even for those who had grown up with the kitchens like they were in Lawrence could find the stoves tricky. She couldn’t even count how many meals she’d burned before.
“Was working on it, but some of the people that were helping us are now gone I think, so ran into some what of a snag.” She said shrugging. Clarke actually smiled at the next comment. “That would be really great. I know the basics of piloting a drop ship, but a car, I’ve never actually had the chance to learn. It seems like somewhere wide open would be the best place to learn that kind of thing.” Clarke admitted. Yes, it seemed Lois was the right one to target for learning more about here and earth in general.
“It’s the least I can do, everyone has been surprisingly welcoming and helpful, the least I can do is return the favor where I can.” She said meaning it. “It’s better to be useful anyways.” Clarke hated not being useful and actually struggled a little bit about not being in control as well, but she understood the changes as well.
Clarke actually laughed at that. “It’s a learning experience. I got used to cooking things over an open fire, but so far so good with the stove. It’s different from what we had on the ark too, but it’s actually one of the easier things about being here.” She shrugged. “Although why there are so many options on the oven still gets me.” She added.
“Afraid I can’t really help you with the cooking, but Clark probably could explain all of the different uses for the options.” He had tried it once with Lois but she definitely hadn’t been paying attention at the time. She knew how to bake a pie. Why did she have to learn the rest of it? Take out and delivery was their go-to for a lot of meals anyway, especially with how crazy her schedule could be. And considering Clark liked to keep an eye out for her, his schedule could also be crazy.
“But I get the need to be useful. Sitting around and doing nothing drives me bonkers. I need something to do.” And if she could be useful while doing something then it was even better. But sitting around, even when recovering, could be dangerous for Lois because of how her mind would think up a billion things to do. And she could never sit still for long.
“You guys have clothes and figured out how money works here yet or is that still something you’re working on?” Because that could be vital to living in Lawrence and it was something she didn’t think most would even think twice about, let alone have a class on.
Clarke narrowed her eyes as she mentioned another Clark but didn’t actually react much past that. “If I need cooking help and handling the over, I’ll ask him.” She said nodding and for the most part meaning it. She just figured cooking was pretty much one of the least of the problems on things to learn.
“Otherwise what’s the point right?” Clarke said agreeing with her completely. There was no way Clarke could just sit back and do nothing at all. That was a stupid and pointless thing to do.
“Those are two things that we’ve worked out. It’s different here from what it’s like where we are from, but the basics are exactly the same. It is just about what the currency happens to be.” She said shrugging. That had been a quick thing to learn about. And Clarke had made sure that they were all okay with that.
“Hey, I don’t want to keep you, I know you need to get this stuff to the center, but if you’re serious about offering the driving lessons, I’d like to take you up on that.” Clarke said.
Lois nodded along to what Clarke was telling her. It seemed that at least the girl had a good head on her shoulders and that would definitely help them all settle in and live in Lawrence. “I’m serious about it. You let me know when is good for you and I’ll see how it works with my schedule.” Hers was flexible with her news hours, benefit of earning that Pulitzer a year or so ago in Lawrence. And now with Aislinn in her care Lois was forever grateful for that.
“But I should get these over there so I can head on back to work.” File in the report she had on illegal gamblings and one of the local judges and then head on home for the day. Before she would have looked into another thing but that was off the table now.
“I will, don’t worry.” Clarke meant that too, she was going to contact Lois in the next day or two about driving lessons. “My schedule is based on working here now, but I think to learn to drive to be able to assist more would be a plus to being here.” She said. Given that transportation was important.
“Hey, thanks.” Clarke said with a warm smile. “And let me know if there is anything I can do to help you too.” She meant that as well.
Learning to drive was definitely a necessity in the mid-west and Lois knew once Clarke was able to that the world would open up to her a little more. Public transportation was okay but being able to get around with a car was definitely more preferable and allowed for more ease to make decisions.
“I will. Thanks, Clarke.” Lois offered up her own smile and picked up the two boxes they had filled with supplies. She didn’t doubt for a moment that Clarke would get back to her soon with a date for the lessons. Lois nodded and headed out to continue on with her day, pleased that she had been able to help out and learn more about one of the newbies.