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Krista Straub

"There's always a message in the way a person treats you. Listen."

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a character in “House of Cards”, as played by SpiritDancer

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krista straub
WWW.— so the gods sank to human shape with longing

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{ AGE }
Twenty-eight

{ HEXCODE }
#9AA462
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{ TAROT }
Strength

{ SEXUALITY }
Homosexual

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appearance

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5'11
{ WEIGHT }
174lbs
{ EYE COLOR }
Dark Brown
{ HAIR COLOR }
Light Brown



Krista's appearance is generally very average to say the least. Neutral colors are what most often adorn her body, and she tends not to wear a significant amount of jewelry. One of the few accessories that she does wear include earrings, as she has a lot more piercings than one would expect of someone like her. Because of her taller than average height Krista often seems to slouch, especially in places she feels to be a little bit claustrophobic. Awkward maybe, but her height suits her well.

Her dark brown hair is often unkempt at worst, and at best it's in the form a simple bob cut, albeit a little bit messy and with a few split ends here and there. And her almond-shaped eyes, which are much darker than her hair, are most often framed by a pair of round glasses given Krista's poor vision, but perhaps if she finds the motivation to put them in, she can sometimes be seen wearing contacts in as an alternative.

Ultimately, for those who know her Krista is an unassuming and generally restrained person, which is very different from the long-hair-dyed-pink, loud and boisterous person that she used to be throughout highschool and the majority of college.
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black coffee ○ tea ○ scented candles ○ perfume ○ cold
weather ○ night lights ○ long sleeves ○ turtlenecks ○
tolerance ○ stuffed animals ○ bold people ○ night


quirks
drawing on hands - Anytime she isn't doing something,
Krista can often be found drawing on her hands with
whatever type of writing utensil she has on hand. The
drawing are usually whatever doodle comes to mind.

fidgets with coins - Usually she'll have at least one ha-
nd flipping coins over her thumb, or maybe a hand in
one of her pockets that'll be jostling the coins around.
Since it's been a habit of her's for so long she's actually
able to do some pretty cool tricks with coins.


strengths
psychokinesis - More commonly known in comic books
and television shows as telekinesis, she has the abili-
ty to influence the physical world with her mind, the
most simple example of this includes lifting and mov-
ing objects, but it does get more complicated.

remote viewing - Related to clairvoyance, Krista has
the minor ability to describe or give details about a
target that is inaccessible to normal senses because
of being separated by distance and she is able to do
this without prior knowledge. This isn't limited only
to the physical dimension either.

wise - Krista is knowledgeable in a lot of stuff, even
outside the usual college education that she has. N-
ot only does she have knowledge about your average
scholarly topics, but she's also very street smart.

creatively inclined - Pretty much anything you could
consider to be creative, Krista is pretty decent at it
all. Although she tends to learn towards art and scul-
pting, she's not half bad at writing or playing instru-
ments either, and enjoys them both.
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dislikes
judgement ● desserts ● ignorance ● disorganization ● messes ● bad smells ● low quality food ● hot weather bragging ● arrogance ● bright lights ● face tattoos


fears
losing her abilities - Her psychokinesis and remote viewing are practically pieces of who she is as a person at this point. She wouldn't exactly handle it well if she ever lost the ability for whatever reason.

helpless - Krista has been taking care of herself, and others, for her entire life. She understands that sometimes it's simply necessary to depend on someone, but she never wants to be so weak and defenseless that she can't even help herself anymore.


weaknesses
softhearted - Generally speaking, Krista finds it hard to ever truly hate someone or to be unforgiving. She's very merciful and understanding, which has been taken advantage of more than once.

concentrating - Her mind is usually focusing on doing various different tasks at once, especially given the help of her psychokinesis. She finds it hard to sit down and concentrate on doing one thing for a prolonged period of time, and often gets distracted.

relaxing - Krista is always trying to help someone, clean up around the house, or do anything that still needs to be done. Rarely does she ever give herself any time to relax, and she often finds it impossible to do so when she could spend her time doing more useful things.

absent-minded - Her mind is often preoccupied with so many different train of thoughts, some of those thoughts get a little lost and miss their ride. Because of this, she often has a multitude of sticky notes posted everywhere so that it's increasingly hard for her to forget something of importance.
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personality

{ Adaptable | Yielding | Mellow | Reserved | Self-Sacrificing | Dependable }

Generally speaking, Krista has a live and let live attitude about everything in life. She prefers not to fret over why others do the things they do and simply lets it be so long as no one is being hurt in the process, and she hopes that others show her the same understanding in return.

However, this easygoing and genial attitude of hers is also why she tends to be rather unassertive and more inclined to let others win in arguments should they occur. Usually, it's not something that's worth the trouble, and she'll always be the first to "admit" that the other person is right rather than let an argument carry on and cause unnecessary tension in her life and their. But even Krista has her limits, and pushed close enough to the edge there are times where the more authoritarian side of her rears its head and pushes back. It's not often that it happens, and she would much prefer to keep it that way. When she was younger she was a lot less willing to back down, and she would let the tension its course, until either she simply stopped talking to that person or they apologized first, but after a while of examining whether or not that actually helps anything, she's found that it's simply not worth it.

Considering how much of her life has been spent caring for others, making sure that they were well tended too, that they were as comfortable as possible, it's no surprise that Krista puts herself on the very bottom of her priority list. She cares little for her own health, physically or mentally, if there's someone else who's in a worse state than she is and she's in a position to help them. Often, she runs herself ragged and doesn't even notice it until she passes out from exhaustion or something of that effect.

And then she proceeds to get up and do it all over again, too set in her way of life that she doesn't see why or how she could live any other way. But at it's core this behavior arises from the simple want to help others in anyway that she can, even if she has to put herself to the side to do it.
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Krista's psychokinesis was not something that was easily hidden. Or rather, it wasn't hidden at all because whenever she had a tantrum as a child some item would always find a way to go flying across the room without ever being touched, much to the annoyance of her mother, who would have to replace yet another vase. Besides child proofing the house in rather unconventional ways, and dutifully explaining to her daughter that she couldn't just start causing things to levitate while she had guests over, Katherine Straub, Krista's mother, pretty much did the best that a single mother could do in raising Krista. And as she grew older Krista did eventually learn how to have conscious control over her powers, and now could start using them in ways that would create less of a mess for her mother. They also proved to be a great way to entertain babies, which is something Krista would soon found out when her mother had her younger sister, Silvia.

They were a small but happy family, and with everyday Krista was gaining more control over her abilities and doing things she never thought possible with them. It was fun to say the least, and even if it wasn't a gift she could share with everyone, she was glad to at least share it with her family. However, it was ten years after having Silvia that her mother was diagnosed with stage three uterine cancer, and Krista's whole role in life shifted from that point. Now, her time was taken by taking care of her mother, sister and making sure she was still making high marks in school as well. And rarely would she ever complain about it, not even to some of her best friends. But she had also started showing signs of a different ability than the one she was used to, one that allowed her to know what was going on at any location no matter how far away it might've been. It was certainly cool, even if she couldn't control it as well as she wanted to, yet. When her mother was eventually declared cancer free, Krista was probably the most relieved out of all of them.

It was also during this time that she was pretty much going through every phase imaginable. Teenage years were pretty much prime time for experimenting with everything possible before having to go to college and deciding what you wanted to do with your life, and Krista took full advantage of that, dyed hair, tattoos, and also piercings involved, some of these things happening with or without her mother knowing. At one point she did actually have a tongue piercing, but it wasn't much later until she decided to let it close up. Krista in general was a much "louder" person who's presence demanded the attention of those around her, and it's pretty safe to say that since then she's mellowed out a lot and is now comfortable with blending into the background.

After she had finished college was when she had learned of the Delancey House for Gifted Woman through a certain, more superstitious circle of friends that she hung out with, and had also decided to go there on what could only be described as a whim. Initially she was skeptical about the house and the people that inhabited it as well, but after finding out that it was the real deal she was probably a little more excited than she should've been. Krista decided that she would stay there as long as they would have here, and has been at the home for roughly six years since she moved in when she was around the age of twenty-two.

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So begins...

Krista Straub's Story

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XXXIf one knew Stella at all, they would not be surprised to find her to be a morning person. As the sun peeked its rays over the horizon, Stella was up and throwing open her curtains. Golden light filled the room and made the orange walls glow with gold. "It's Tricentennial Day." She said to herself with a grin as she gazed out at the town. Then, she grabbed her yoga mat and changed into her workout gear before planting herself on the second-floor balcony for her salutations to the sun.

Once she was finished, she ventured back inside for a quick shower before donning the dress she chose for the day. With her silver hair wrapped up in a towel and the skirt of her dress swishing as she walked, she made her way down the stairs and into the kitchen to prepare herself some Tea. As she made her descent, she was greeted by the sounds of cooking as Eva was preparing the house breakfast. "Good Morning, Eva!" Stella said brightly. "Happy Tricentennial Day." She filled the kettle with water, placed it on the stove, and set it to high. While she waited, she watched Eva cook. "What's for breakfast? I bet whatever it is will be delicious! Your food is always the best." She planted a soft kiss on her friend's cheek just as the kettle started its screaming. She grabbed a mug and a teacup and placed them on an antique silver tray. She slienced the kettle and poured water into each before adding the tea and sugar.

"Let me know when it's breakfast time!" she said as she exited the kitchen. "I'll wake everyone up." This wasn't a typical morning for the girls of the Delancey House. It was Ashwood's 300th birthday today. The Tricentennial. It always amazed Stella that her town was older than most towns in America. There were a few important exceptions but those places were markers of history. Her small town was unknown to most people. When she had first come across this town with her mother those years ago, she felt drawn to it. Like she had finally found a home. After they left, this places was a welcome haunt in her life. When her mother decided if was time for Stella to find her own way, she immediately came here. And here in Ashwood she stayed. Everyone knew her here. She was greeted with smiles and welcoming hugs. It sucked her in the way Stars Hollow did for Loralai Gilmore. Only if she was anyone from Gilmore Girls it would have to be Sookie. Only Stella didn't cook much. She did enjoy baking from time to time.

Anyway, this was not the typical day in the Delancey House. Usually everyone did their own thing. Not today. Today they were a family. Everyone in this town was to be a family. And that meant waking up and eating breakfast for everyone. And speaking of waking up her housemates... She raised her hand to knock on Kali's door and realized she forgot her gloves. She placed the tray on a nearby table and pulled her gloves from her dress's pockets. Yes her dress had pockets. She's quite proud. She picked up the tray once more and brought her knuckles down against the wood of Kali's door. She waited a moment before opening it, tray in hand, and entered. "Good morning, Kali!" She greeted. "Happy Tricentennial! I have a surprise for you later but for now I have some tea. Just the way you like it. I thought maybe today we could have tea on the balcony if you're up for it. They say that fresh air does the body good."

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XXXStella grinned broadly as her friend agreed with her idea to have tea out on the balcony. After all, it was a nice summer day. It was bound to warm up as the sun rose, but for now, it was cool and breezy. Just the way Stella liked it. "Of course. See you in a bit, Kali." She turned and made her way out onto the balcony. Just inside the doors leading to the balcony was a small foldable table Stella was able to grab it and open it with one hand and one quick movement. With her other hand, she placed the tray on top. She stared at it a moment and wondered if they should grab chairs but ultimately decided against it. Eva would have breakfast ready soon and the less Stella had to clean up, the sooner she could get everyone to the table.

Stella had just turned to retrieve her friend when she saw her dark head stumbling around in the dark. Well, the house was full of sunshine, but everything was dark to Kali. Stella raced forward to take her hand and lead her away. Someone had shifted the coffee table in the upstairs sitting room too far forward and she was about to bang her shin on it. "Look out!" She maneuvered her around it and once Kali was safely on the balcony, she returned to right it. Kali allowed Stella to help, but she knew that she wouldn't be happy if Stella was constantly doing everything for her. Kali was her own person after all. All Stella really needed to do was just be supportive.

She handed Kali the teacup and picked up her own mug of tea. It was sweet just the way she liked it. And it had cooled from scalding hot from the kettle to nice and warm. A part of her wished it was winder and she was wrapped in layers and drinking hot chocolate. That's what the warmth from the tea always reminded her of. That and her mother's car heater never worked in the winter time so that was the only way they could keep warm on cold days. She sipped at her tea and sighed contentedly. "This tea is delicious. I'm so glad I bought it." She turned to her friend. "What do you think?" She listened to her friend's response before turning her attention back out to the town below. It was getting later now and the shopkeepers were opening up and putting out decorations and signs for special sales. They would be open until 5:00 p.m. today and then the real festivities began.

"Mr. Jameson's putting up patriotic decorations." She said, talking about the owner of their town's general store. These days, he had bought an entire storefront to make it his own. There were so many things the town needed as a "general goods" nowadays. It was the only way he could keep up. "Oh and there's Charlie bringing the newspapers." She waved to the little boy as he tossed the paper up by their door. He was an excellent shot. He never threw so softly it landed at the bottom of the steps, but he also never threw so hard it slammed into their doors. "Oh and Miss Jenny at the parlor is giving a discount for Tricentennial makeovers. Hair, face, and nails for a discounted price." Stella sighed dreamily. "I wonder if we'd be able to do it." She knew she probably sounded like a school girl, but this was her first (and only) Tricentennial and she was just so excited. Granted the town did something similar for the fourth of July and the town's normal birthdays, but there was just something about today that made everything feel more special. "Getting pampered might be nice for once."

Movement nearby caught her eye and she turned her head and gasped audibly. "Oh my gosh its Mrs. Norris. You know? The pregnant woman. Well I mean the pregnant woman with rumors. I heard in town the other day that the baby doesn't belong to Mr. Norris but Chip the guy from the auto shop." She laughed. "I don't think its true of course. Those two are crazy for each other. This town just likes a good story."

Stella heard Eva calling her from downstairs. She must have finished breakfast by now. "Breakfast is ready! Just wait til you smell it, Kali. She cooked us a real feast down there." She took her friend's hand after placing the teacup on the silver tray and lead her to the stairs. Kali was nearly an expert on those stairs, but Stella still liked to keep watch to make sure she didn't trip or slip. Hell, Stella can see and she still trips from time to time. The only difference is, Stella knows where to grab on to catch herself. Kali doesn't. When Kali made it to the bottom, she went back for the rest of their tea, determined to finish it with breakfast, and brought down the tray. When Stella saw the food, she nearly dropped the tray! It was a whole buffet! "Holy cheese-puffs, Eva! You made us a feast fit for kings today!" She set down the teacup and pulled out a chair for Kali to sit down on and enjoy her tea. "A chair for the beautiful lady," she said brightly, followed by, "I'll go wake the others." She gave Eva a thank you peck on the cheek before going room to room to wake everyone.

She knocked on Eva and Ravana's door, but there was no answer. Stella frowned, wondering if Ravana would still be off on... well on whatever she does all night. (She's sure she's heard one of the girls call it "Ravana's Sexcapades" but Stella likes to give her the benefit of the doubt.) With a shrug, she went out the side door to knock on the garage-turned-bedroom's two doors. There was one on each side of each room. The first belonged to Gerry and Able. "Good Morning and happy Tricentennial you two!" She called out. "Eva's made us a feast fit for Kings so if you want any, you'd better get up!" She moved to the door that leads to Acadia and Krista's room and repeated herself. This time, however, her words were met but quiet noises. Stella figured it was probably Acadia practicing her craft. (Stella's way of saying her Voodoo.)

Then she returned to the house to wake Levi and Lina--the only two girls left--before making her way back down the stairs. She was just about to make her way to the table when she heard a sound in the other room. Confused, she made her way into the living room where she found Ravana sprawled out on the cushions looking exhausted and... wearing the same thing she was wearing yesterday. Stella cleared her throat, her cheeks red with the implications of her outfit and said, "I'm sure you've heard, but Eva's got breakfast on the table." She turned to leave but turned back and said, "I'm glad you made it home safe."

She made her way back to the table and sat beside Kali. "Okay I'm back what did I miss?" She wasn't going to touch the food until the others had joined them. Or at the very least, they were more than five minutes late because she wasn't waiting any longer than that.

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Character Portrait: Stella Ambrose Character Portrait: Lina Protsenko Character Portrait: Evangeline Blackwood Character Portrait: Ravana Cherbog Character Portrait: Kaleido Shaw Character Portrait: Gerry Pemberton Character Portrait: Krista Straub
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Krista was probably the furthest thing you could from an early bird, and she was very much looking forward to sleeping in today after staying up for ungodly late hours. However, she had forgotten that today was also the Tricentennial celebration, a thought that she was aptly reminded of whenever she heard a knocking on her bedroom door that roused her from her sleep, and a telltale cheeriness that could only have come from Stella. She opened her eyes with much protest from them, as they burned the way they usually do when you've spent far too much time awake and not properly resting.

Reluctantly, she grabbed her glasses from the night stand beside her and slipped them on, bringing the blurry objects and blended colors into focus as she stood up and stretched, before heading into the bathroom to freshen up a little bit in preparation for the rest of the day. Time would certainly start to drag given how tired she was, and she didn't imagine that she was going to stick around too long for Tricentennial celebrations, if she had any say in it. Even so, it was far more likely that she'd be persuaded to stay by someone in the house.

With her hair still the controlled mess that it was when she woke up, she made her way towards the kitchen. She could already hear the voices of the others gathered there and the smell of freshly cooked food, which was undoubtedly Eva's doing. She didn't exactly check to make sure whether or not Acadia was awake, but she had a slight inkling that she'd be joining them soon anyhow. Krista was still wearing her pajamas, a pair of sweats and a simple t-shirt, since she figured there'd be plenty of time to change into something fitting of the special occasion later. The only thing she was concerned about right now was getting some food into her stomach. "Mornin', everyone." she said with a hoarse voice and small wave. She was hoping that her eyes did look nearly as red as she thought they were.

The first thing she did was pour herself a cup of coffee, no cream or sugar, downed all of it as fast as possible, before proceeding to poor herself another cup. It was something that was sorely needed to try to curb the tiredness that was insistently urging her body to go back sleep, and she'd probably pour herself a third cup before they headed out into the town. The events that would be going had also slipped her mind, but she supposed that she'd find out soon enough, and she let the thought slip her mind.

Krista took a seat at the table and began piling her plate with as much french toast and bacon that could reasonably fit on it, before turning towards Lina, "You did a good job putting together that arrangement, those colors work well together."

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Character Portrait: Stella Ambrose Character Portrait: Lina Protsenko Character Portrait: Evangeline Blackwood Character Portrait: Ravana Cherbog Character Portrait: Kaleido Shaw Character Portrait: Gerry Pemberton Character Portrait: Krista Straub Character Portrait: Acadia Banks
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Kali was a bit surprised when she heard Stella yell look out, but was also glad for the help. Feeling the gentle breeze once on the balcony, she breathed in the fresh air with a smile on her face. "Why thank you," Kali said with a smile as Stella handed her the tea cup. Carefully, she bright it close to her face and breathed in the scent. Satisfied with how it smelt, she took a small sip and let out a quiet mmm at it's taste. "This is quite delicious! You have a good taste," Kali replied with a smile, a nod, and a small laugh. Then she listened to Stella talk.

Listening to people talk, no matter what it was, was like listening to a radio show with no advertisements. Or well, with advertisements sometimes. Because you'll always have someone trying to sell you on something. Whether it be that you need to upgrade your phone or that you should get a pet. It's always something you need. At least, that's how Kali saw things most of the time. Sometimes it's just a conversation and sometimes it's like today listening to Stella talk where Kali was getting updates in town and the local rumors.

When breakfast was brought up after Eva called, Kali was more than ready to move downstairs. She let herself be lead by Stella to the stairs and carefully yet fastly made her way down. As she went down the steps, she could smell the deliciousness of breakfast. ”It smells delicious, Eva!” Kali added after Stella's comment on the kings feast Eva had made for breakfast. She then sat down in the chair Stella pulled out for her with a ”Why, thank you,” and sipped on her tea as Stella went to wake the others. Kali wanted to wait until most of the others made it to breakfast before eating. She listened to the conversations and greeted everyone who made their presence known with a ”Good morning.” part of her wondered how many would actually make it to breakfast today.
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It had been a long night, like all nights for Ms. Acadia Banks. As everything settled the night before, she went to work. Acadia may be many things, and tonight she was for sure being extremely superstitious. It was for a good cause, however, as she just wanted everyone to enjoy the celebrations the next day.. In her own way, of course. She was using her knowledge of bone magick and her practice of voodoo to try and make it where they'd be protected from anything negative the following day.

As she kneeled in front of her small workplace on the floor, trying her best not to disturb her roommate, she whispered her incantations. Her hand was held over the top of a small wooden cup that was a quarter full of various animal bone fragments along with small crystals. The cup seemed to begin emitting a soft glow as she gently shook the cup, saying the incantations under her breath slowly. The glow grew as she shook the cup faster, and as she shook the cup faster she said the words coming out of her mouth faster and a bit louder until she reached her natural speaking volume. Then she lifted her hand from the lid of the cup and rose it, tilting it slightly. Just as the first bone fragment was rolling off of the cup, a couple crystals there with it, there was a knock on the door and listened to Stella's voice as she let the rest of the bones fall onto her circular work space. As they fell from the cup, the light from within it faded then vanished, leaving nothing but an empty, plan, old wooden cup. And with the last bone hitting the circle, it let out a small spark.

"I was expecting something a bit more.. extravagant," Acadia mumbled then looked to the small doll near her circular work area and shrugged. "There's always next time," She said with a shrug, almost like she was talking to it.

Shortly after her roommate had made her exit, though Acadia didn't pay her much mind, Acadia made her exit as well. Though she was sure to put out any candles that were lit. Entering the house, the smell of breakfast hit her. It did smell awfully good. Good enough to eat, that is. Following the smell to the kitchen, she stood in the doorway for a second with narrowed eyes as she examined the room and those who were in it. Her eyes seemed to narrow more as they counted how many blue eyed demons were in the room.

"Morning everyone.. and demons.." Acadia muttered the last part as she climbed into a seat furthest away from everyone. "Did you just call us demons?" Kali questioned with a slightly confused smile on her face."Yes, yes I did," Acadia replied point blank then looked across the table at all the food. "The food looks and smells great, Mama," She said towards Eva then went about getting her a plate full of a bit of everything.
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Levi had woken up an hour before sunrise. She always awoke an hour before sunrise since she was assigned chores at Mr. Cherry’s farm. She hadn’t been on that farm in a while, but she couldn’t bring herself to change her sleeping schedule. As soon as she woke up, she made a quick breakfast and cleaned up. Levi knew it was Tricentennial Day today and was not happy about it. Her plan was to avoid everyone and stay home. She doubted that would happen. Levi had come to the town at night three years ago. The town had been celebrating Ashwood’s birthday. There were so many people and she didn’t get back on the bus only because of her mother. A sad smile graced her lips as she thought of her mother. She knew she was now in a better place, but she still missed her.

She had been able to avoid the others so far. It was likely because it was so early. She made sure to be as quiet as a mouse. After she had eaten breakfast and cleaned up, she went for her morning walk. It was more of a speed walk. Although recently, she had worked up to jogging. Levi did four miles in total to and from the house. When she made it back, she was glad no one was out and about. Levi did glance at the time and knew Eva would be up soon. Levi showered, shaved, and washed her hair. She did it as quickly as possible before sneaking off to her bedroom. Out of habit, Levi locked her bedroom door. She moved about to pick out her clothing and do her hair. Levi picked out a rather feminine outfit today. Once she dried her hair with some help from a towel, she brushed it out.

When Stella had knocked on the door to wake her, she had just finished painting the pinky of her left foot. “I'll be down soon Stella,” she called out. Levi was only going to head downstairs because Stella mentioned Eva made breakfast. She didn’t want to be rude and not go. Her fingernails were dry, so luckily, she could do her makeup and head down. She painted her toenails with her footwear on, so she would be down soon. Carefully, she stood and walked over to the small vanity in the corner of her room. Levi kept her makeup simple for right now. She simply did black cat eyes with eyeliner and put on black mascara. Levi wanted to put lipstick on, but she settled for honey lip balm. The last thing she needed was to mess up her lipstick while at breakfast.

Her plan was to have a cup of coffee and some yummy food. She was still satisfied from the meal she had in the morning, but she would eat something. She did appreciation that Eva cooked. Levi left her pink purse on her bed before she headed downstairs. Levi walked into the kitchen to get a cup of coffee, well more like a cup of cream. Her “cup of coffee” consisted of about 75% cream, 24.5% coffee, 0.5% of sugar. She entered the dining room just as Eva had asked her question about Tricentennial Day. Levi had no answer, so she stayed quiet. Levi placed her cup near a place at the table. Levi made sure the seat was as far from Gerry as possible. The woman always made her feel a bit fearful. She pushed the reason of why away and grabbed a small portion of hash browns. Levi slid into her seat and ate.

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ImageAs Gerry place her empty coffee cup back on the table she felt a sharp stabbing in the back of her head. She couldn’t exactly place the feeling, like most feelings that crossed into her mind from a distance, it was blurry and vague. It wasn’t particularly spiteful. Definitely resembling irritation. And perhaps a bit of pain laced in. Then the feeling vanished and the pressure in Gerry’s skull lessened.

The feeling had been stuffed down. Hidden from Gerry’s empathy, though a simple touch would bring it careening back.

She scanned the faces around the table. Stella and Kali were smiling at each other, and their joy seemed genuine. Gerry could feel the peace and happiness radiating off them. It was more sickeningly sweet than Eva’s French toast, so, not them. Then Gerry heard footstep and looked up to see Ravana tossing her a small wave.

Gerry raised an eyebrow deciding that the unpleasant feeling had definitely radiated from the brunette. She waved back all the same. "So what is today's big thing. I can't keep up with all the different nonsense events we plan."

Gerry snorted at Ravana’s comment, before returning it with a smirk. “That’s small town living for ya chicky. Tricentennial day.” The whole town had a real bee in its bonnet about celebrating every little thing. Just going to get the paper this morning Gerry had been assaulted by decorations and the beginnings of festivities. Gerry leaned back and examined Ravana, the negative feelings were non-existent, or at least well covered up. “Now, girly, do you care to share what’s bothering you this cheerful morning?”

Gerry didn’t get any more questioning in as the table begun filling up rapidly. Not that Gerry cared about divulging people’s emotions in front of a crowd. But rather a new, fresh wave of emotions distracted her.

Placing the emotions was like playing a guessing game. The feeling of peace seemed to waft in with Lina, or perhaps Krista. The wariness, bordering on repulsion, as usual belonged to, Acadia, she seemed to always bring with her. Gerry smirked, and had to appreciate that at least she was honest and didn’t hide it. Acadia called a spade a spade, and a demon a demon.

Next was Eva’s distinctive warmth, as she settled next to Acadia. “Yes, do be a dear today of all days.” The addition to Eva’s words, completely unnecessary, but said anyway.

Then the most interesting emotion of all appeared. Small and weak, but definitely present below all the others emotions that clogged the room, was an emotion almost akin to fear. It was like a nervousness that wavered on the border of fear. Gerry narrowed her eyes at Levi, who sat with a small posture down the other end of the table. Due to their years spent together at the house, Gerry knew this wasn’t a coincidence, the girl had things she didn’t want Gerry to know. Which only peaked Gerry’s interest, so she leaned forward to call down the table. “Morning Levi.” Another unnecessary comment, but then again, most everything Gerry says is unnecessary.

Then Gerry turned back to Eva. “Good question. Pray tell, what joys are in store for us today?” She asked the table.



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XXXStella took bites of the different dishes Eva had prepared for them all throughout breakfast. Her favorite was definitely the french toast, but honestly, she was a sucker for bacon. She nibbled at another piece, listening to Gerry read from the paper. She was discussing the rumor about poor Mrs. Norris. According to the paper, it was a fact, but Stella still had her doubts. She tried not to let the story dim her mood too much.

Then Lina strode in carrying a beautiful bouquet of flowers she had pulled from the garden. Stell beamed. "Those flowers are gorgeous, Lina! They really brighten up the room, but not as much as your smiling face!" She said cheerily. Stella reached out to gently caress a petal. "The roses look lovely." Her face softened as she stared at the hydrangeas. They were her mother's favorite flower and to this day, the image made her miss her terribly. She'd have to remember to write another letter soon.

Next came Krista and Acadia and finally Levi. They were still missing once, but Stella was sure she'd be around shortly.

When Eva had questioned the festivities for the day and Stella placed a finger to her cheek and thought. She talked to pretty much everyone in town at some point in time about the festival. Based on what she understood..."I think there's supposed to be a parade through town center. There are discounts all over town if anyone wants to do some shopping. I think there's also going to be a pageant later in the afternoon for Mr. and Mrs. Ashwood. I think there's a couple food eating contests. The grade school kids will put on a play later about the founding day. There are carnival ride by the lakeside. And tonight there's a potluck for everyone in town with music, dancing, and fireworks at the very end!" She shrugged. "That's what I heard."

She reached out for another strip of bacon and nibbled on it. "I was thinking of running for Mrs. Ashwood. I haven't been here that long, but I thought it would be fun to participate." Then she remembered something. "Oh! Kali! They're doing an 'Open Mic' hour before the pot luck. Maybe you could play piano for everyone! I could sing with you if you're nervous." They had a mean Take Me Home Country Road duet. Then she had an idea. "What if we did a booth? We could use our talents to answer questions for the townspeople." Not that Stella would be too much help there. She can only see things based on objects. Typically people didn't bring objects with them when they wanted their future told. "Lina could make flower crowns for everyone!" The wheels in her head were turning now, desparate to have everyone enjoy the day.

Stella was probably just a little over excited, but she had always loved this town and wanted to be a part of it as much as possible.

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Lina was in a mood unlike one she had ever had before. There was a general anticipation in the air, good from most people now seated around the table, though some seemed less than enthused to be up and among their housemates. She blushed at the compliments given to her and the flowers and mumbled her thanks, listening to the little conversations happening around her, and avoiding the gaze of anyone who thought her evil. It was a casual breakfast, but felt more formal because it wasn’t often they all sat together on a day of celebration.

"Thank you Krista, what is your plan for the day?" She turned to see Acadia eyeing her blue eye, and turned her gaze towards her hands again, knowing how the woman felt about her eye color.

She picked at her delicious breakfast, and Levi and Ravana entered the room to join in what Lina felt was warmth and light. She could tell that each person had some thought they were dealing with on this day of celebration. Judgement and wishes swirled around in her mind, and she shook her head for a moment, not wanting to intrude on the truth and feelings of each individual.

Stella began another cheery proclamation, and Lina gave a small smile at her enthusiasm. Her eyes widened at the other woman’s suggestions.

“You mean the people would not be afraid of us if we showed our talents?” She questions, looking around at the other women at the table. She had not had good experiences with people who knew of her abilities in the past. There wasn't much of a chance for her to ever use her abilities for people who willingly wanted to be read, because she often found herself perceiving truths secretly, and was the bearer of secrets that she sometimes wished she had never looked into. "I would be... willing to try this, it is such a beautiful day."

She turned her head and gazed out the window for a moment, immediately wanting to spend the day outside in the sun. If Kali played and Stella sang, though she couldn't hear them that well, they always got a look of such joy on their faces at the sound of music, so she would enjoy seeing that too. She began tapping her fingers on her arms in anticipation. I she could sell or give away flower crowns, that could generate news about the flower business she'd been wanting to start in this town for some time, another thing to keep her busy and avoid stillness.

She heard Ravana's rather sarcastic tone in the background and looked up at the woman. despite her outer attitude, Lina could sense some effort to be liked in the woman's demeanor. She understood how odd a feeling that was. She looked over at Levi too, who was eating quietly at the edge of the table. There was an especially closed-off feeling around her today, and Lina thought perhaps she could use Lina's Tiger's Eye earrings to keep her in positive balance. Perhaps she could bring them down when she was finished with breakfast.

Yes, she decided that despite the mixed feelings within the room, this would be a good, and at least interesting day. It wasn't everyday that a festival was celebrated in this little town, especially in a town with quite a few talented women to make things that much more intriguing.

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Levi smiled as she ate the hash browns. They tasted delicious. Her smile grew as she looked over in Eva’s general direction. The young woman could make the most delicious food. The smile faded when Levi jumped in her seat because of Gerry’s voice. She was thankful she didn’t choke on her food, but her fingers gripped her fork tightly. She ignored how gooseflesh appeared all over her visible skin. Levi kept her gaze on her plate and quickly nodded in response to Gerry. It took her a second before she chewed the rest of her food and swallowed. Slowly she shifted herself, so her body faced away from Gerry slightly. She listened as Gerry and Ravana asked questions.

It seemed as if Tricentennial Day was going to be the subject of the day. Levi kept a smile on her face as she thought of ways she could stay in the house. The house had become her sanctuary. No men lived in the house and everyone in the house had special skills. She grabbed her cup of coffee and took a sip. She wouldn’t dare take more than a sip in case of any surprises. Her eyes focused on the flowers at the center of the table. They were beautiful. Levi could spend all day in a garden, surrounded by plants. Her mind wandered to all the different types of plants she had around her room. She thought of the window boxes she had hang out of each window in her room. They both held bright red flowers.

Just as she thought about needing to water her plants, Stella began to speak. Levi listened, but kept her eyes on the flowers. She was notorious for not making eye contact with anyone. Some were even surprised if she even made eye contact for a second. If she wasn’t looking at some object, she’d looked at a harmless body part on whoever spoke. Her smile faded a bit as she thought of the Fourth Of July carnival Mr. Cherry would always take her and her mother to. It was one day out of the year where he was more decent. Levi always enjoyed the rides and fireworks at the end. She pulled herself out of the bittersweet memories as Stella continued to speak. Levi parted her lips to encourage Stella to participate in the pageant and do the ‘Open Mic’, but then she mentioned the group doing a booth.

She couldn’t help it when her smile left her lips. Levi’s expression was now blank, a bit somber. Levi didn’t want to be trapped at a booth. Townspeople would stop by. She knew that meant men would appear at the booth. She tensed at the thought. Levi knew she wouldn’t be much help at the booth. She could help set up, but her special skill did require spirits. Levi took to holding her mug in front of her lips to hide her frown. Levi made sure to keep her elbows off the table and tucked against her body. She took a long sip of warm coffee. Her eyes wandered over to Lina’s chin as she spoke. She could sympathize as to why Lina asked her question. Levi was able to bring a small smile to her lips as she placed her cup down. She placed her hands in her lap, lacing her fingers together.

“I don’t think they’ll be afraid. This house has been in this town for ages. I think most will be curious,” she paused as she thought of how her mother lived here before she was born, “If you’d like to make some flower crowns, I can help you collect flowers Lina.” She looked at the flower arrangement at the center of the table again. “I can run to the grocery store as well if anyone plans on participating in the potluck and needs ingredients,” she added. She picked up her cup again to finish off her coffee. Levi would get more in a few minutes. She’d likely go water her plants once she left the dining room too. Levi didn’t want to get wrapped up in helping with the booth. Levi became distracted by thoughts as she wondered how she could get out of joining the festivities. She had these thought every year and always got caught up in participating.

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Ravana watched as the others around her were busy chit-chattering in front of her. She didn't understand how they could be calm. If she understood correctly they wanted to show people their talents or gifts or curses whatever anyone wants to call them.

She was intrigued by the whole speech thing Stella had done. Mrs. Ashwood contest, open mic, open a booth. This was sounding like a lot more work for the whole day. She watched as Stella seemed overjoyed by it all.

When she brought up flower crowns thats when Ravana had to mention something. "Okay, I am speaking on the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, but flower crowns? Does it really fit into the theme?"

She took a deep breath and looked at them gently. "Also I am speaking on behalf of being wise and safe. We shouldn't be showing our powers what if outsiders come, they take a look, see us, who knows what happens from there on out. I am not trying to stop us from having fun. Heaven forbid but still, I assume you want to make a few more years on the earth. I don't think us setting up a booth will give us that chance. That's my only opinion on it all."

She looked at everyone. Now she was being too mushy she knew it. Trying to look out for them was going to cause problems. If you show you care too much it made her look weak. She needed to be able not to get attached so that if she ever had to leave she just could. And not worry about it.

She began to scratch the back of her thumb, it was a true sign of being antsy she always did it when she was waiting for another's thoughts, or how they were feeling about her. She was getting a bit nervous. So then she spit out something she was going to regret for a long time. "I will wear a flower crown if we don't do the booth. Now it looked like she cared, she would be stuck wearing a crown out of flowers. Only crown she wanted was one made out of diamonds.