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After decades of fights about the subject, Los Angeles now has a subway. What's more, one that has a station at the Universal Studios. Considering Kara's aversion to cars, Connor decides to use it, though he is aware this could also get him accused of being tight.

He bought the two tickets on advance, so maybe that would help, and a programm with the attractions. The studio ride, he thinks, maybe, and the Back To the Future rid, and the Jurassic Park one. There is a big question mark behind the Animals show, due to Kara's dislike for animals. But she has her frogs and the turtle now, so maybe she'd want to watch.

He'll get it right, this time. One day where she has actual fun and doesn't hate him. Well. Not during this day anyway.

Coming back to Los Angeles is odd, each time, because there is nearly no corner without memories, but the Universal Studios theme park is an exception. Mom and Dad and Mere never went, for some reason, or maybe they did and Cyvus Vail forgot to add that; he definitely didn't go in the other life. So. No memories. Time to create some new ones.

Date: 2007-06-30 09:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

If Kara was half as psychic as she fancies that she is, she would be able to correct some of Connor's assumptions about Karaness. She would be able to tell him, no, instruct him, that she does not hate animals -

'Hey, Buddy,' She'd tell him. 'I'm the Vegetarian. Don't call ME a HATER.'

She just hates animals ON or near her - where they have the chance to soon be ON her or something she owns. Animals kept far away, and that don't exude some collective stench, those she can quite appreciate. Like Crocodiles! And Alligators! Which are supposedly different things but both acceptable.

Also! She is not against CARS. Just against people DRIVING CARS LIKE MANIACS. If Darla would learn to DRIVE PROPERLY then a lot of arguments could be avoided. Angel drives properly! Even Harry drives well and he's clearly a very unstable person! If Darla would work out she's not some race show freak and stick to the one lane, everything would be fine.

Lastly, she doesn't spend ALL her time hating him. Sometimes she has VERY soft feelings towards him. Then she's reminded of one of his past crimes - and, well. The soft feelings are still THERE, they are just better hidden. Geez.

"Do you read those Harry Potter books?" She greets him. "I can't force my way through the third one. I totally made myself read the first two but the third one I just can't make myself finish. It's way too long."


Date: 2007-06-30 09:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor, sadly, has a tendency to lie to make things easier for himself in certain situations. Mostly of the family type. The truth is that Potter I - IV has been dumped into his brain along with High School (though college was all his own, and so were Potter V - VI); thank you, Cyvus. But he's fairly sure that if he admits this, he'll hear something about having it easy again - yet another assumption! - and so he lies without blushing.

"No, I haven't," he says. "Nothing newer than Narnia, sorry, and all the C.S. Lewis volumes are way shorter."

He hugs her without thinking, and only thinks about that maybe he should have waited for her to initialize physical greetings after the fact, which is progress, he guesses. It's how he would have greeted Mere.

This being Kara, though, he now remembers to say something he wouldn't have told his dead sister that wasn't. "You look great, Kara. With the tan and all."

She does, actually. Blonde hair and sun tanned skin, like a model; he still thinks she's a bit too skinny (Connor's idea of the ideal female form being pretty much formed by Cordelia and cemented by Justine), but that probably goes with the model look.

Date: 2007-06-30 10:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"They're so boring."

She complains, through the hug, through his compliment, almost. And really, that is the worst insult she could give something, give a book or a movie or even a person - boring. You can forgive something a lot of flaws if it doesn't bore you to death with them.

"And, and, and!" Kara continues with the complaint. "They're not even realistic, you know? I mean, if it was at least realistic, I could stomach it, but I read them and I just think - that's just not right at all! It's all so stupid and wrong. If you're going to bore me you could at least be, like, right about it and not totally wrong, wrong, wrong."

Wrong, wrong, wrong, Connor. At least it is focused on the crime of Harry Potter and not the crimes of Connor Riley.

"Short is good. I've read those books. And those books about the kids that find IT. That's a good book. There's an amulet! And an IT. Much better than stupid, stupid Harry Potter. Oh! And Nancy Drew. Much better than Harry Potter. Oh! Even the Babysitters club is better than Harry Potter. Not that I read the Babysitters club anymore."

She's lying. She often lays down in bed and reads an old copy of Mary Anne Misses Logan or Kristy and the Sister War from cover to cover.

Date: 2007-06-30 10:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"You read Stephen King?" Connor exclaims, referring to the kids who find IT and taking that to mean the novel "It". His tone is both surprised and delighted, because he happens to like King's novels. Well, most of them. "It is great, but my favourite is The Talisman."

He produces the Universal Studios programm. "I circled the rides that sound like fun," he explains, "but if you like It, than maybe we can add the Revenge of the Mummy show?"

Date: 2007-06-30 10:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com
"I don't read Stephen King."

She replies.

"Do you even listen to me? But, if you want to see some stupid mummy show then we can see some stupid mummy show. Because I listen to you. Unlike, you to me."

Date: 2007-06-30 10:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"But you just said you read the book about the kids who find IT," Connor insists, stung by the unjust accusation. "That's by Stephen King. One of his most famous novels. It. The one with the clown and the loser's club and the..."

Then, realizing he's getting into an argument with Kara already and remembering his good resolutions, he says:

"Anyway. Let's go, the subway won't take more than fifteen minutes, and I already have the tickets."

Date: 2007-06-30 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

The problem is that it's hard to stop an argument with anyone once the wheels are in motion, and it is no easier with a person like Kara who really can't let anything go. Not any little thing.

"There are - "

She says, loudly. You must imagine it said very loudly.

"NO CLOWNS IN THE BOOK. NOT ONE SINGLE CLOWN, YOU IDIOT. NOT ONE FUCKING CLOWN!!!!! There's a... Psammead. A Psammead. And it can grant wishes, but the wishes go wrong and it's a tricksey devil and everyone tries to kidnap the Lamb. Do you know NOTHING about LITERATURE? I thought you were supposed to be the CLEVER ONE."

And she glares, a glare that says: HOw am I then High School drop out? HOW?

"THERE ARE NO CLOWNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NO CLOWNS! NO CLOWNS!!!"

Date: 2007-06-30 11:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
By now, it's somewhat obvious they are talking about different books, though Connor has no clue which one Kara is talking about. He also is oddly reminded of a certain "TEACUPS" outburst.

"Look, I have no idea what book you mean," he tries to reason while walking with her towards the subway station, "but I thought you meant It. Which so has a clown, because is IT's favourite disguise, and it's a fucking scary one, and what the hell is a Psammead anyway?"

Date: 2007-06-30 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"It's a fairy. Not a stupid fairly like Tinkerbell. A real fairy. A sand fairy. And if it gets cold and wet it dies, and all the other ones got cold and wet and died, so he's the last one left. He can grant a wish a day, but if you don't use your wish by sundown, well, it turns to stone. He's very grumpy and he grants wishes. And you really don't know anything, do you? Everyone thinks you're so smart, but if it wasn't for that mind wipe I suspect I'd be considered the smart one and you'd be serving burgers at, like, the meat palace or whatever it's called. I wish someone had mind wiped me through High School. I bet you got a great girlfriend and went to your senior prom, didn't you? I bet you did! And now you waste it reading Stephen King."

She kicks a bottle top down the road and watches it bounce and dance far away. Stupid sand fairies and stupid Connor who wasted his stupid mind wipe. She realises she's scowling, which is a very unattractive look, so she forces her face in to submission.

As for the teacups outburst, they were hardly the same thing at all. The teacups, well. She'd just wanted to go with her boyfriend and ride in them, was all. And sometimes you should get what you want. Not always, 'cause if it was always you'd get spoiled rotten, but sometimes, when it matters, you should get what you want. Especially if it's something so simple like teacups. Doesn't he understand that? That sometimes you should get what you want?

"You should be ashamed. If I had a mind wipe I wouldn't waste it reading Stephen King. Shame, shame, shame, Connor. Shame on you.... Shame!"

Date: 2007-06-30 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
First it was Eastwood, now it's King. She really has it in for his taste in films and literature. What's next, complaints about Bruce Springsteen?

"If you had ever read a novel by Stephen King," Connor exclaims, "you'd know he's not a waste, he's awesome. Well, okay, not Tommknockers, that wasn't so good, and Lisey's Story, you can write that off. But It was, and Misery is the best novel about writing ever, and The Talisman is my favourite quest book, and the short stories are as good as Poe's."

Taking a breath, he finishes this with: "And you know I didn't go to any prom at all. I ended up with a prom photo and a great girlfriend who got brainwashed into loving me and I always wonder whether that means I sort of raped her from graduation until she dumped me, so thanks for bringing that up."

At which point his inner rationality at last raises its head again and reminds him this is supposed to be a fun day for Kara and he's supposed to be the mature, easy going older brother.

Damn.

Connor looks very, very contrite.

"What is the name of the novel about the sandfairy?" he asks in a low voice.

Date: 2007-06-30 11:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"I'm not talking to you."

She replies. They're at the subway now and she pointedly stands up and walks to sit on another bench. HA.

"Let's just NOT talk to each other so we can enjoy each others company and have a NICE day. OKIE?"

Date: 2007-06-30 12:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"Fine," he says, crosses his arms and stares at her, brooding son-of-Angel style.

At which point the subway stops (not yet at the Universal Studios) and a guitar player who hopes for some coins between stations enters. Figuring that Kara is an easy target, he positions himself next to her and starts to play "My Girl".

Date: 2007-06-30 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

Kara knows how to deal with this kind of thing. She pulls her iPod out of her bags and sticks it in her ears, cranking the sound up loud enough that a faint buzz can be heard even over the stylings of 'My Girl'. Then she pulls her shades down over her eyes.

"You suck."

She mouths at Connor.

"YOu suck big fat dead donkeys balls."

She isn't sure that he lipreads, however. Unless it's lipread by Stephen King, at which point he'd probably excitedly sing the lipreading praises. So she puctuates her insults with a lewd motion with her tongue in her mouth.

Still. He's pretty thick. So she pulls out her cell and texts him the message:

YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK DEAD DONKEY BALLS. DISEASED ONES. COVERED IN WARTS AND PUSS! HAHA!

HA. The wonders of technology.

And still, the guy keeps playing.

Date: 2007-06-30 12:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor's cell isn't good enough to receive in a moving underground train, so Kara's sms will be read at a later point. However, the thing with her tongue is pretty visible. Unfortunately, not just for Connor. The guitarist, valiantly playing against Kara's ipod, finishes with a flourish as he needs to get out at the next stop or conflict with the law, pulls off his baseball cap and hands it around for money. Of which there isn't much, so, blaming Kara, he says loud enough for her to hear:

"You know, if you want to get it on with your boyfriend so badly, you two should have remained at home and just hit the sack already."

Connor actually blushes (yes, he still does that on occasion, and he has skin light enough for it to show), is on his feet in a heartbeat, gets into the musician's face and hisses: "This is my sister you're talking about, punk!"

He's hoping for the musician to reveal himself as demonic, which would mean he can punch him, but no such luck. The guy is human. And really in need to get out of the train, so he exits with a unsatisfying shrug.

Universal Studios are the next station. Connor doesn't sit down anymore; instead, he stands next to Kara with her ipod and her cell phone and, in lieu of anything else to say, says:

"You realize this doesn't work underground, right?"

Date: 2007-06-30 12:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"I can't hear you, Connor."

She replies. And really, she can't, not properly, he's competiting with Maroon 5 -

And I can't stop thinking about you
And I can't stop thinking about you
You never call, what do I do?
And I can't stop, and I can't stop
.

This would be the moment where Angel would reach over and pull the earphones from her ears, then there would be a spasm on both sides with various (mutual) declarations of disrespect.

Date: 2007-06-30 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Despite a few similarities, Connor isn't his father. Besides, he takes her "I can't hear you" related to her earlier declaration of not wishing to talk to him, so he sighs, gives up on phone comments, gets out a pen and writes on the Universal Studios program "next stop exit, princess".

Then he takes off her shades and holds it on front of her face so she can't pretend not to see it.

Date: 2007-06-30 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"You are so immature. And, don't touch my glasses, they're expensive. Harry bought them for me."

It's hard to tell if she stresses the word Harry as some pointed attack or simply out of habit. Either way, Harry did buy the glasses.

In fact, Harry bought everything she is currently wearing, well, underwear aside. Everything from the hotpants to the peasant top to the little ballet flats. She's his own walking talking breathing Barbie doll (with slightly smaller dimensions and somewhat more life like features.

The train stops and she stands up, putting her cell and her iPod away.

"So, did you want to do the studio tour or whatever? Or just straight to see your stupid Mummy's. Darla knew a Mummy, you know? A creepy old lady - but I think they had a falling out. Maybe she tried to --- "

And the lewd motion comes into play again.

"With Angel. You never know. He gets a lot of action. Every other day I find some girl he did the dirty with. He's made out with half of fucking California --- it's where you get your slut!gene from, I think. Angel and he's busy, busy... tongue."

Date: 2007-06-30 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"Studio tour first," Connor starts in the brief space between "tried to" and "with Angel", but alas, these three words do nothing to stop Kara with saying things he can now never unhear.

"Kara," he says, quite seriously, "if you talk about Angel's sex life some more, I'm going to throw up. Same goes for Darla's sex life. Actually, make that anyone's sex life who is related to me, okay? I really really really don't want to know."

Encounters with Angelus who goes on about Greek plays are quite enough in that regard, thanks a lot. And the awareness that your father watched you the first time you were having sex. And a nice collection with nightmares featuring one's parents.

The tourists are now pouring out in groups left and right from them, rushing towards the lifts and stairs in order to get to the studios.

Date: 2007-06-30 01:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

Well, making his stomach churn was kinda the point. But she figures it's a job close enough to done, and sometimes near enough is good enough, besides, she doesn't want Connors breakfast all over shoes. They're very cute shoes!

"Does Cordelia count? Because, you know, we both know I can't talk, but seriously, can you believe she's with Lawyer Lesley? He's just so... I think she's taller than him. Seriously. I think she's taller than him! And maybe I can't talk because, well, I pretty regret them all, but no one I ever... none of them were ever shorter than me. And none of them ever tried to kill Angel. Do you think it's a revenge thing? Because Angel was all 'Oh, Cordy, if you weren't dead I'd be with you' but the minute she ISN'T dead he doesn't want her? That's so like a guy, by the way, want what you can't have and ditch what you can. Poor Cordelia. Forced into the arms of a short lawyer."

Date: 2007-06-30 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"Firstly," Connor says with a grim expression while marching towards the exit of the underground and entrance of the gigantic Universal Studio area, which is preceeded by a street of shops and cinemas, "Cordelia isn't related to me, she's my ex. Which means I want to talk about her love life even less than about Angel's. Secondly, Angel never could have had her anyway because she said no. And thirdly, at least Shorty isn't a gay hobbit, plus he did help saving her and Harry's life, which means I owe him, but if you have to know, I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop."

After a short pause, he adds: "Maybe it's because she feels guilty about Lilah."

Logic, thine name is not Connor. Though to him, it makes sense. Cordelia during her pregnancy/possessed state killed Lilah, Lilah was a Wolfram and Hart lawywer who at this point was trying to help and was suffering from unrequited love and requited lust for Wesley, Lindsey is a Wolfram and Hart lawyer trying to help, so Cordelia nobly and in effort to atone for Lilah slaying has sex with him.

Date: 2007-06-30 02:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"She so didn't say no. Where are you getting this she said NO crap from. She so didn't say no! She wants his hunky manmeat baaaaaaaaad."

Okay, that was kinda gross even by her own standards.

"Anyway, you make no sense. But fine, we can't talk about YOUR relatives or YOUR ex-girlfriends. Want to tell me what we CAN talk about, Conman?"

Date: 2007-07-01 07:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"We can so talk about family and friends. Just not their sex lives, okay?"

And now they're standing in one of the queues before the entrance gates. Sadly, already having a ticket still makes for a queue, just a shorter one than the others.

"Also, how about you telling me more about the sand fairy? Because that sounded good. What's the name of the book?"

Date: 2007-07-02 11:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

She stares at him, because honestly, she isn't sure how long she can sustain a conversation about some childrens book she read, like, a decade ago. BESIDES, she's explained the important bit. It was about a bad tempered and tricksy fairy who gave wishes!!!

"I guess you didn't have books in Quebec or whatever - So I guess that explains your literary ignorance. You should make up for lost time now. Do you ever think about doing that? Making up for lost time? Like, you could totally go and get your high school diploma for reals."

Really, girls in glasshouses shouldn't throw big fat bricks, but whatever.

"Do you like Gotham?"

She says, randomly, as they reach the front of the line.

"I think it's kinda dirty."

Date: 2007-07-03 11:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
"More like kinda crazy," Connor replies. "But that means it makes sense to be there, plus..."

Harry really digs it he wanted to continue, then before saying the H-word is asked to present the tickets, which he does. After being let in, he turns to Kara again.

"...if you want fresh air, you've got to live in the mountains anyway. Did you ever want to do that? Sometimes I wonder. But only sometimes."

He spots a kiosk that sells soft drinks and gets a diet coke for Kara unasked, hoping this would be the right gesture.

"So, ride through the whole area first?" he suggests while handing it over.

Date: 2007-07-03 12:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"In my sometimes I think more about the desert." She says. "But only in the sometimes. Mostly I think LA is okay - it could be worse - thanks - "

And Kara takes the soda and the sentiment it carries with it.

"It could be worse. It could be Kansas... Sure, let's ride through, why not? Maybe we'll see someone famous. That's always the hope, right?"

Date: 2007-07-03 12:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor doubts it, but doesn't say so out loud, not wanting to be a spoil-sport. Besides, he's wrong. The big ride through the whole area also traditionally crosses sets where filming takes place, so there is the theoretical chance they might spot a starlet or two.

"As long as it's not Orlando," he says, only half kidding. "That would be awkard. Last time I saw him was at the burial." He shudders, not just because that brings back the time when they thought Cordy had died but because it brings back the burial itself, the whole operatic - he had hated every second of it. Anyway, on to better subjects.

The traditional highlights of the big tour include meeting the white shark from Jaws while seemingly crossing a lake, a simulated avalanche, being in a tunnel that gets flooded and seeing the Bates Motel from afar. The narration by the guide is recorded by now, though there is one member of the security staff travelling with the wagons for insurance reasons. Connor finds a bench in front of one train for Kara and himself.

He was about to ask "why Kansas" when he thankfully remembers why. Lex Luthor. Last seen believing he was a little girl, and maybe he should have been left this way, thinks Connor, looking at Kara by his side, but then he remembers again how sure he had been once about who deserved what and what had followed after.

"Who'd you want to meet?" he asks instead.

Date: 2007-07-03 12:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"I saw a documentary on David Hasselhoff. I felt bad for him. Did you know his one attempt at pay per view was on the very same night OJ did his whole kill the wife and flee on TV gig? Poor Hoff. But I don't think he'll be here... he's probably in Austria or something, he's very big in Europe. He, like, sings or something. I saw it on the E! True Story."

She says, sitting beside him, searching through her bag as she's talking, whatever she's looking for doesn't seem to be in there as she emerges empty handed.

"That funeral was a farce. He didn't even serve refreshments and it was so hot, I remember thinking how stupid to die when it's so hot. Funeral wear isn't good for the warmer weather... and besides, you could at least serve some little biscotti or something. I told Cordelia, after, that I've done one funeral for her, when she croaks for reals I'm not participating. That's all you get from me, it's a one shot deal."

Kara shrugs, remembering.

"Lionel Luthor turned up at the funeral, too - he really hated me and I remember thinking after that if he hadn't hated me so much maybe things would be different - but then I realised - if he hadn't hated me so much I doubt Lex would have been interested as long as he was. It was the one thing I had going for me or whatever --- don't you love when we get together and reminice about old times? So many good times to laugh about together."

Date: 2007-07-03 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
There is actually a KITT model to be visited here, Connor saw it in the programm, and if she likes David Hasselhoff, maybe he'll take her there later. The one thing about Hasselhoff he can remember is that the guy starred in Knight Rider, after all. Kara bringing up OJ reminds Connor:

"I always wondered whether OJ is a client of Wolfram and Hart's. Would explain a lot. But I don't know what he could give them."

Then she talks about the funeral, and Lionel Luthor, which brings back memories of the man's visit in New York, complete with smarmy talk about his parental concern for Harry, and then Harry telling him what happened with Lionel after Norman Osborne's death, and he wonders, again, why it was so wrong to kill humans, before doing what he always does when his mind goes there; thinking of his own victims. Kara goes on about Lionel hating her, and Lex, and talk about victims. Neither of the Luthors would ever been able to harm her or be anything to her if it hadn't been for...

Impulsively, and without thinking about it, he leans forward and kisses her. It's not a kiss intended as an overture, it's something driven by guilt and affection and some vague anger directed at himself, the Luthors, and a little bit at Kara. It's also very short, a brief contact with closed lips, because anything else wouldn't occur to him; she's his sister. This is like hugging her; he never seems to find the right words with Kara, so he increasingly falls back on gestures.

"I'm sorry," he says, and means the entire mess.

The guide points out they might see some second unit shooting for the new Spielberg movie today, plus some tv show crews, and to their left was the street where the Roman soldiers marched down the Via Appia, some extras having forgotten to remove their watches.

Date: 2007-07-05 12:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

"What does anyone give them?"

She replies, but then Connor interupts, or his lips do, anyway, and brief as it is and as chaste, it also doesn't feel quite right - so she pulls back, away.

"You don't need to be sorry - everything worked out the way, well, it worked out, didn't it? I heard he has a new girlfriend, or a few, probably - he and I, well, obviously, that's ancient history and even if I had my time over, I wouldn't want to be with him anyway. I was never going to be what he wanted, I just don't know why he dragged me along - what's the phrase? - no, strung me along, I don't know why he strung me along as long as he did. I don't know what he got out of that --- "

Hugs are a very different thing, to Kara, than kisses. Hugs say I love you, but kissing says I want you - and it's not the same thing at all. The ideal is both, of course, loving and wanting, one without the other doesn't have much of a shelf life at all.

"I hate history." She says. Looking at the Roman soldiers. "And don't give me cliches about those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. We repeat it anyway. There's only so many stories to tell and most of them involve war from what I can see."

Date: 2007-07-06 12:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor, when not mindwiped, always had a little problem keeping history and the present apart, but that comes with being raised by a man out of his century and obsessed with his personal history.

"Just three basic stories," he says automatically. "Love, death, birth. That's what they teach you in school. Three basic stories, and all developes from there."

Connor Riley memories are useful for useless trivia like that.

"I - I don't know. I think I like history because it says something will survive. That's why I wanted to be an archaelogist for a while. When we were in Egypt, and I could touch those stones that made it through millennia, it felt, well, transcendant. Eternal."

Which is seductive when you've grown up seeing everything around you die. It also reminded him of Jasmine, and why it's always great when he happens to meet Illyria, but before he can make the mistake of bringing either lady up, both Connor and Kara get somewhat drenched in water. Yes, they've arrived at the artificial lake, complete with old white shark model from the 70s, the pre-CGI-days, attacking.

There are squees and screams all around them, mostly by delighted children, though one of them is heard complaining that the shark isn't white but more grey-ish by now.

Date: 2007-07-06 01:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

Kara likes might be stuck in her history, in some stupid loop she can't quite escape, but she's more addicted to the future. She loves the future, the idea of it, imagining it, fantasising about it. In her head she lives an entire life that exists five, ten years ahead, a different life in which everything is so much shinier and you can barely see the tarnish at all.

Except sometimes, more often lately, she can't feel the future so clearly. It feels blank and empty and suddenly as intangible as the past does. She loves it but sometimes it seems to have left her.

"You didn't go to school."

She means to also say that history isn't the way you force your survival - children are - but she doesn't get the chance. The water hits their side and her own squeal matches, if not exceeds the sound of the children around her. She has to be wearing white, of course, a white top made of thin and flimsy material that becomes even less substantial as soon as it's wet. Just terrific.

Of course with the shock of the water her hands flie up and the bottle of diet coke she's holding flies up with them, resulting in Connor being more covered in the sticky contents than in any water from the somewhat kitch reconstruction of Jaws.

Date: 2007-07-06 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor is lucky this isn't Florida. He'd be covered in mosquitos in no time flat. Not in California of the dry air, but he should clean himself once the rid is over anyway, and besides, sticky diet coke is an itchy feeling on the skin. Especially if you have heightened sense of smell and don't even use scented soaps. The sound he makes sounds like an undignified:

"Argh!"

Which the kid behind them takes as a sign of fear, and tells his friend the stupid guy in front of them was afraid of the shark, while HE made it without fear through the Jurassic Park ride, so who was chicken? Meanwhile, the friend, a bit older, is eyeing drenched Kara with her white top appreciatively and pulls out his cell phone to make a snap shot.

"I'll buy you a new coke later," Connor says in a belated attempt to play it cool to Kara. The automated guide tells them they're now about to cross a shooting set for "Desperate Housewives", and yes, there is an episode in production.

Date: 2007-07-09 09:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kara-marie.livejournal.com

Desperate Housewives happens to be Bruce Wayne's favourite show, but it holds little, if any, interest for Kara. A bunch of old ladies who should know better carrying on like a bunch of, well, old ladies who should know better! She did have a dream once where Darla was one of the housewives in question, busy burying slayers in her backyard and screwing the gardener (who had an awful resembelance to Harry Osborn but who spoke with a thick southern accent).

"You know," She starts to tell Connor. "I had this dream about Dah --- "

But then she stops halfway because he seemed awfully keen not to discuss anything to do with his mother and sex - which is fair enough, really.

"Oh - " Kara interupts deflecting, leaning across Connor and pointing. "Is that Eva Longoria?"

It is not and Kara knows it but she figures Eva would be Connor's type - whos type isn't she? Well, Bruce Wayne prefers Teri Hatcher, but there's no accounting for taste.

Of course, most of the boys on the ride are eager to see Eva in the flesh and Kara's announcement causes some commotion. The boy with the camera is distracted from his quest, keen instead to snap some shots of a better endowed vision.

--- THAT'S NOT Eva Longoria, Stupid. ----

He says to Kara.

"Made you look." She replies with such maturity.

Date: 2007-07-13 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abetterlie.livejournal.com
Connor would be eternally grateful to be spared the mental image of Darla as a housewife screwing Harry Osborn disguised as a gardener. Clearly, Kara is softening towards him.

Unfortunately, the lack of knowledge also means no gratitude for same, and then Kara mentions Eva Longoria. Eva is hot, but Connor actually has a somewhat guilty preference for Marcia Cross. (Somewhat guilty because he's pretty sure Justine would not appreciate being associated with an actress who plays a control-obsessed Republican housewife.) Still, he looks into the direction Kara points to, and thus is witness to some punk with a camera insulting Kara. Well. Calling her stupid. Which clearly calls for a reaction. Maybe he finally gets the "supposed to defend" thing right!

"Don't insult my sister," he snaps at the boy, who really wanted just some nice and well endowed photos and now missed his chance, as the train travels on, straight into the avalanche simulation.

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