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Dakota Rinaldi

"A smile always starts with Cheese."

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a character in “Locked Destinies”, as played by xRoo

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Basic Information

Name:
Dakota Renee Rinaldi

Nickname:
Koda, Kody

Age:
Twenty Two

Species:
Mind Manipulation
  • Telekinisis: Able to move things with her mind, small or larger objects, including people.
  • Allow people to believe they are in severe pain, nightmares alive, or great dreams coming true.
  • Hallucination
  • Telekinisis: Also allowing minor talents such as lock picking.
  • Shielding: A wall barrier in which one may not, cannot move.

Face Claim:
Holliday Grainger

Birthday:
February 14th

Sexuality:

Heterosexual

Romantic Status:

Previous Life: Crushing. New Life: The man in her bed.
There is an attraction but, shouldn't I ignore it?

Occupation:
Photographer, Children and Scenery so far.

You got to start small somewhere.

Personality:
Dakota's personality is an all around puzzle. There are so many aspects of it, sometimes it's found refreshing. Around children and animals, Dakota is a loving young woman with a motherly instinct. She's funny, sweet, kind and gentle. Her laugh is one to enjoy, for it brightens up the mood in any environment. She's charming enough that it's quite hard to ignore. Dakota is an intelligent young woman with a humorous and lively touch, in good company. She's outgoing at times, and her mind works on a high speed on the constant.

For her choices of attire, she could be found elegant, shy, possibly vulnerable. But don't let that fool you. She has quite the spicy tongue, one in which is with wit, sarcasm and curt remarks. She can stand her ground if she's tested and she doesn't let anyone too close, too soon. She's observant with a mysterious gaze and a lovely smile. A book that most are eager to read, though she has a hard time letting anyone get close to catching the ending.

For the rest of her personality, it usually depends on the company and just how comfortable she's found in the current situation. Don't expect her to be anything, unless she truly wants to be what's expected. At times, she's a free spirit, and other times, she's a locked box.

Likes:
  • Elegance such as modest beauty.
  • Children
  • Photography
  • Italian and Chinese food
  • Midnight Strolls
  • Reading
  • Dark, blood red roses.

Dislikes:
  • Chocolates
  • Foggy Memories
  • Headaches
  • Arguments, Crowds
  • The "Into Themselves"
  • Large Bodies Of Water


Zodiac:
Aquarius

Skills:
  • Mind Manipulation
  • Observant
  • Artistic with imagery and cameras
  • Lock Picking
  • Cooking
  • Piano





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Family
Parents:
Moira and Christof Rinaldi

Siblings:
Elena-Louise Rinaldi, (7 Years).

Family History:
In the past, the Rinaldi were not of high royalty but they were indeed important to have around. At the time, Dakota was known as Renee, a name proper enough to have without a middle. Before she was born, her father Christof Rinaldi was a well known hunter. He helped the food supplies to flow smoothly throughout Highwaters. He was known for his knightly hood, his game and his quest for love on hold. However, it came as a shock for some when he met Moira and tried multiple times for have a child. After some time, Renee was born. She was an interesting child, asking questions and helping out with cattle that her father and mother brought in. She was a horse lover; someone who fed them, took care of them, rode them, trained them. Due to her father's absences with hunting, her mother got into the Cattle Trade, helped breed horses with one another to populate Highwaters. Later, than sooner, Moira became pregnant a second time, and due to some complications, she lost the baby. Her name would have been Louise Rinaldi. It took a lot for Renee to get over the lost, more than her own mother for she was indeed hoping to have another child in the family. She grew up almost alone, except for her friend Della, and took care of the Royal horses throughout the years.

The Present
Renee's name was changed in this new life, to Dakota Renee Rinaldi, and she's grown to like the name Kody. The new situation brought memories of a childhood in New York City. Instead of lower class, the family became wealthy enough to take care of the family. Her father became a Doctor and her mother became an editor for a high rising magazine. Dakota was in public schools, instead of private. At the age of fifteen, her sister Elena-Louise was born. Dakota was taught to cook at a young age and did a lot of taking care of her sister. However, when she became of age, she knew she would have to leave her sister in the care of her Nana, while the parents continued to work. They had money but Dakota refused to use their financial aids for her housing. She saved money from odd jobs and free lance photography, before getting a job in taking portraits of children, scenery and random street sales of her art work.

Origin:
Although they are not of high royalty, there is a sense of royal blood in the Rinaldi family line. If the Rinaldi's wished to pursue the role, it would take much ambition and argumentative conversations to achieve that goal. A few generations ago, there has been a prince who died in some tragic accident. Prince Arthur James Covington was a great Prince who wished to never have children, and he never have. The Rinaldi's, with their relation quite complicated, prefer to just refer to themselves as third cousins.

Other:
If one is so curious about Renee's relationship with Della. It was quite the bond. The two clicked so well, some would call them sisters. Some, but not all, due to their rankings. Shoping was a fun activity for the girls. Whenever Renee's parents, or even Della's needed anything, the two would plan a trip to go and fetch the items. Of course, they would spend more time there, than what was needed, but the two didn't mind. It was just the parents who had the problem, afraid they were harmed or worse, kidnapped.

Renee also taught her friend to ride horses. Due to her love and knowledge that her mother passed on, Renee taught her friend how to ride, and quite well too. The two were faster than some young adults, and just as fast as some hunters.


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So begins...

Dakota Rinaldi's Story

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Della strode over to her family, and plopped down in the chair by the fireplace, the same one she had been sitting in since she was six. She talked and laughed with her family for a few hours, truly enjoying the company. After eating an entire bag of marshmallows, Della excused herself and went to bed, falling into her giant mattress without bothering to change into her pajamas.

Della awoke what seemed like a few minutes later, but she knew it had been at least eight hours. She stretched out, and suddenly stopped. She put her hands on the bed, and pushed down. She couldn't feel the ground, like she could in her bed. She slowly got up, and turned around, preparing to fight with whatever she could get her hands on. She turned around to find something, and looked down to see that she definitely wasn't wearing her clothes. She was wearing a giant sweater, and polka-dot printed shorts. Even more frightened, she climbed out of bed and crept around a corner. Not seeing anybody, she relaxed against a counter, breathing heavily. Suddenly, memories of another life, another her, came rushing into her mind. She stayed in a shocked position for what seemed like hours. Once her mental refresh was finished, she went over to what she now knew was her closet, and grabbed a random dress and some shoes. She stopped in front of the floor-length mirror to look at her outfit, and then rushed into the hallway, convincing herself that she wasn't alone. She couldn't be alone. That would mean that she had to navigate this city all alone. I have to get back. I need to find somebody to get me back, Della thought, desperation slowly taking over.

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Last night, she ate dinner with her mother and they conversed about their father's absence. She remembered the saddened tone in her mother's voice when Renee asked if she missed him. She remembered the bitter taste of the wine as it touched her lips, and the way the bread melted on her tongue. In a way, she could almost still taste the rare, but cooked steak that was slobbered with juices. She could remember the laughter, the joy, the smile her mother presented as Renee continued to make silly faces over the wine glass. She remembered the fuzziness from the drink and the faintness from her body aching for a good night's rest. Renee remembered kissing her mother's cheek goodnight before climbing the ladder to her bed. The warmth of the blankets had drowned her, snugged her until she allowed herself to succumb to sleep. She was home then. She was safe, and she was home.

This was not her home.

The young woman woke up with a jolt and a small cry escaping her lips. If the nightmare wasn't enough to startle her, waking up in an entirely new environment surely did it for her. She finally caught up with her racing heart, her lightly toned hazel eyes traced around the room. Black and white pictures hung on the far wall above a dark chestnut desk, which sat covered in papers. Her gaze bounced from the desk to the empty space beside her. Her hand gently traced over the crinkled sheet, to the pillow hanging off the side of the mattress. It was warm. The spot was still warm as if someone was sleeping there. Did she share a bed with someone last night? No, she couldn't have. It was improper, unladylike like.

Renee carefully pulled herself from the white sheets and staggered to the desk in front of her. She wore a nightgown, much like the blue one she wore to bed. However, this one is more...see through. She felt exposed almost.

Photographs of little children laid sprawled on the desk, as well as framed pictures. She couldn't help but admire the work. It was beautiful, almost, enchanted. Kody's Korner was imprinted in the corners. Her eyes lifted to a picture on the wall and her jaw dropped. There stood a woman, dressed in dark and yet, alluring colors of clothing with her hair pinned and tied with a ribbon. She was kissing a child's cheek. The young woman in the picture, it looked just like her.

That moment allowed a flash back to the past. She was laughing, giggling with a small child. Kody! Kody! Again, again! The child had plead. Kody? Was that her? She could remember laughing at the child's pleas, as she picked her up and tossed her into the air.

Her name? Dakota..? Kody? It certainly felt familiar, like it was so. Flashbacks of the past flooded her mind, mostly of that child, and of a young man. A rush of warmth flooded her and she caught herself smiling, before glancing over her shoulder at the empty space on her bed. "I don't understand..."

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It took awhile for the young woman to regain her composure, to find herself and to understand that her life had changed the second she went to sleep. Questions of the past had entered and left her mind as memories of two very different lives drew her to immense confusion. None of it made any sense and her head ached with a throbbing sensation as she sat there, trying to decipher the two lives apart from one another. Sitting there on the floor of the bedroom was the only way to keep her knees from giving way. She remembered Highwater and her role as a stable girl, a trainer, someone who worked well with animals. She remembered the many nights her father left to hunt, to fight for protection, leaving her with her mother in despair for she wished so much that he'd stay longer than a few days out of the month. That was her life. But waking up as she did, she must have woken up with a new life for there was no other reasonable explanation. Except, there was the two ultimate questions... how and why?

She had memories of her mother and father growing together, happily with jobs of a doctor and some sort of book leader, magazine editor? She remembered moving to New York, growing up in an apartment with a small child wandering the hall in diapers. She had a little sister in this life. She had a relative, a sister, who...in the past life, didn't fulfill full term in her mother's womb. She remembered having a grandmother, back then, to watch over the two as both parents worked at ungodly hours. As her eyes traced over her walls, she could tell she had an education, and she remembered moving away from her family to start a life of her own. She had some sort of love interest, didn't she? How else would that explain the warmth beside her on her new found bed? Of course, it wasn't a one night stand...or was it? Was she that kind of girl in this new life of hers? Certainly she'd have some sort of control of that outcome...

A large beeping interrupted her thoughts and Dakota quickly pulled herself to her feet and ran to the alarm beside her bed. She pushed down on the button and sighed heavily. As her eyes fixed on the time, they widened. "Oh! I have to shower!" She exclaimed.

"I'm so late!" She added as she ran into her bathroom, closed the door, hopped into the shower and quickly washed her hair and body. It took at least fifteen minutes for her to return to her room dressed in a towel. But she just stood there. Water puddled around her bare feet on the lightly shade of blue carpet. Why was she late? For what, was she in such a hurry? It took a minute of steady breathing to come to the realization that she had a job. She had her own small business somewhere on Maine and Boulivardez. Her head started throbbing again.

"Too much thinking, just too much." She muttered, throwing open her closet. She felt as if she needed to go on with what her instincts wanted, and perhaps, later on, she'd come to a conclusion on the why, and the how.

Kody dressed herself, easily, much to her surprise. She found a red dress that fell past her waist to just above her knees, a hat to settle upon her pinned hair and an antique-like necklace to wear around her neck. She looked elegant, beautiful and the red lipstick just added a almost seductive touch. It felt like she had done this so many times before, dressed to please one's eyes and herself at the same time.

Finally, she was at her front door, her eyes casing over her apartment. It was sized well with the works; kitchen, dining room, bathroom, bedroom and living quarters. On the island in the kitchen was an empty mug. She remembered the taste of the tea that was once in the glass from the night before, as well as a kiss that was placed upon her lips while the tea was brewed. Her hand absently moved to her lips. "Oh...what life is this?"

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Finn stared at the girl, confused. "What? Ellie, no, get up. You think I did this? I don't know where the hell we are!" Finn remembered Ellie from back in Highwaters, but it had been months since he'd seen her. They'd had a few short flings, but never anything serious. Every once in a while, he would drop by. Finn was torn from his recollections by a beeping sound emitting from his alarm clock. Crap. He had a job. Since when had Finn had a steady job? With another powerful pulse of pain, flashes of a dusty library filled his head. Ew. He didn't want to go there. But a sudden sense of urgency overwhelmed him.

Finn got up from beside Ellie's bedside and started pacing the room nervously. "This is ridiculous.

Hitting the alarm clock, Finn grabbed a button down to cover his shirt. As he buttoned up, he looked back at the sleeping girl. "Ellie, I don't know what the hell is going on here, but I gotta go. Alright? I'm pretty sure you also have places to be." Finn wracked his aching mind, trying to recall whether Ellie ever really had a job. "Or maybe not."

Stepping out the door of his room, Finn ran to the kitchen and grabbed an apple from a fruit bowl in the middle. The actions were so habitual that Finn didn't even think as he did them. Whirling around to grab his coat off of the couch (he'd dropped it there the night before?) and headed towards the door. Pushing it open, Finn jogged down the hallway towards the elevator. He violently pressed at the elevator button, forcing down confusion and panic in the face of the coming day.

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Now this was a whole new journey in itself. Wandering around New York was dangerous enough for someone who knew the environment, but for someone who felt like she was suffering from some form of amnesia, it was a hell of a lot more dangerous and frightening. There she was, dressed up, elegant, lovely, and yet, intriguing. Her eyes traced the different signs until a small sense of familiarity washed over her. All she had to do was cross the street and run down that sidewalk. Sure, not a problem. However, it was a problem with how busy the streets were. She was worried, in fact, her stomach tightened at the loud noises that echoed in her head. She took a deep breath, waited for a clear and quickly, Kody took off across the street and down the sidewalk.

Her heart was pounding as her feet slammed against the sidewalk. She was never, ever going to do that again! Yet, she somehow knew that she had said that once more before, and another before that. Dakota rolled her eyes before she stopped running, taking a deep breath before finally releasing herself in a small bit of laughter. "Oh, I have problems." She whispered.

Right in front of her, was a coffee shop. PickMeUpStation. She smiled, as if this was the answer to her prayers. Fixing her hat, Kody stepped inside and moved to the counter quickly. It was a cozy little coffee shop, that smelled sweet and of caramel. A young woman, blonde with bright blue eyes giggled and shook her head softly.

"Your usual, Kody?"

"My wh..uhm, yes please, do...Kathryn." She said. The name leaving her lips with some hesitation.

"You'll never call me Kitty, will you?" The woman giggled, carefully pouring coffee into a to-go cup. Kody shook her head. She remembered. The young woman was much younger than her, sixteen, seventeen and preferred to be called Kitty, but, finding it different, Kody decided Kathryn was more suitable and proper.

"Well, here it is. Cinnamon and Vanilla coffee with a danish to go. Five-forty please."
Dakota reached into her black bag and pulled out a ten. She slid it to Kathryn carefully and took her coffee. She glanced at the clock. She could spare some time, couldn't she? Maybe only a little...

"Oh, Kathryn, pay for the next customer's coffee with the change, please."

"Of course."

Dakota smiled and made her way to one of the chairs in the corner. She crossed a leg over the other, took a sip of her coffee and the familiar, delicious taste traced her buds. She shook her head. This felt...normal. Yet, new.

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Della ran outside, and hailed a cab, whistling as though it was natural, even though she knew that she couldn't whistle. She stepped in the cab and told the driver, "Take me to 8441 on Lymewood and Sun Ray, and hurry, I'm running late," in a sharp tone, and leaned back into the grimy seat, thinking about why she'd be going to Sun Ray Street. Olivia, she thought. Olivia Regis, her ex-boyfriend's adopted daughter. Trent let her visit once every month, and she took advantage of that, letting her stay at her house for a night and watching movies together. Today, though, they had things to do. Trent asked her to take Olivia to get her sixth birthday pictures taken because he had to work, so she and Kody had arranged to have a mini photo shoot to surprise Olivia.

Kody? Della thought, confused for a second. Kody Rinaldi. They were best friends back in Highwaters, and would do everything together. She was a photographer now, and Della often went to her for all of her needs. And she was going to be late if she didn't hurry up. As the cab pulled up to the condo that Trent and Olivia lived in, Della leapt out of the cab, running over to Olivia, mumbling apologies as she ran back to the cab with Olivia now in her arms, only to see it driving away. Now swearing under her breath, Della ran to the next cab she found. She got in and told the cab driver to go to Kody's Kiddie Korner, rushing Olivia into the backseat. Once they passed the coffee shop, she told the cab driver to pull over. She had forgotten to grab a hot chocolate, like she always did with Olivia. She paid the driver before picking Olivia up and placing her on her back, and dashed into the shop. She went to order, but Olivia beat her to it. She ran up to the counter and told the cashier what she wanted. As Della ordered, and waited for the hot chocolates, she took a glance around the shop, her eyes stopping on Kody. Della looked back at Olivia and said, "Stay right here, okay? I'll be right back," before heading towards Kody.

"Well, howdy stranger," she said to Kody, a smile on her face. Well, at least I'm not alone anymore, Della thought, happy that she had somebody to help her, but guilty at the same time. Why is somebody else's misfortune bringing me joy?

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Dakota came to yet another realization. She had paid for her coffee and offered money for the second customer, as if it was in her daily routine. What else was in her bag? Did she already know this...? These two lives, one person memory was beginning to be a nuiscance as she settled the bag on top of the table in front of her. Kody closed her eyes and gently pressed a hand against the black fake leather. House keys...work keys...wallet...camera...buisness cards..pen...red lipstick..compact mirror.. She thought. As if expecting an animal to jump out at her, Kody carefully lifted the flap to check the bag. She was right. Everything she had guessed, was in her bag. She let out a breath of air and shook her head carefully. I'm not going crazy...am I? No. She couldn't be.

At that moment, a voice flooded her mind. She glanced up from her bag to a young woman, with reddish hair and an upbeat voice. Her eyes widened. Della! It was Della! From Highwaters! Kody nearly spilled her drink in her hand standing up abruptly. She hugged her friend tightly around the neck.

"Oh! You're here too! I have been so lost this morning and I-" Then she spotted Olivia. "Wait...I- I have an appointment with you later. Whoa.." She stepped back from her friend. "You and I have been making arrangements for the past week...but I swear, yeterday, last night, I was Renee, and now I'm... Dakota, Kody Rinaldi. What is happening?" Kody plopped herself back into her chair.

"None of this makes any sense..."

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Della ran up and returned the hug that Kody- Renee- had given her, and let out a breath of relief. She remembers, Della thought. She returned to reality after Kody spoke. "It doesn't make any sense. This... thing that's happened is beyond me. I suddenly have habits and abilities I didn't have last night. I have a life I didn't have before last night. Do you have any idea of what's happening?" Della shot out in one breath. She turned to Olivia, who had toddled over with the drinks sloshing precariously around in the holder despite her orders to stay there, and sat her down a few tables over. She walked the few steps back to Kody, and worriedly waited around for an answer. How am I to get out of here? I'm not going to be able to do it alone, Della thought, close to tears. She hurriedly wiped her eyes, and sniffled just a little bit.

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Dakota watched as her friend, Della make her way to the little child, before she returned to where she stood. The young woman shook her head sadly, slowly to make sure her hat stayed upon her head. She took a deep breath and slowly released it to calm her nerves. "I've not one idea. All I can make sense of, is that I have lived two very, very different lives. I have a sister and I'm almost certain I shared a bed with someone last night." Kody explained, suddenly biting her lower lip uneasily. "What bothers me the most is that...whatever happened last night, that brought us here, was far from the normal."

Kody took a small drink from her coffee and her eyes caught the clock on the wall. She shook the container gently before tossing it into the garbage can beside the door. "Would you two mind coming with me to the shop? It is your appointment after all, and I fear that if I don't go there soon, my mind would get complicated and jumbled for what could be the billionth time today, well, this morning." She finally added.

Her lips turned into a small smile before she grabbed a napkin and her danish. She was awake now, thanks to the caffeine. What all that she needed now, was answers. But, it looked as if those would have to wait a bit longer.

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Della shook her head in response to Kody's question, and, grabbing her hot chocolate, took a step out of the door with Olivia, waiting for Kody. Della knew what it was like to have no clue who you really are. Taking a sip of her hot chocolate, she choked, not expecting to be so hot. Olivia started jumping on and down in worry as Della started coughing. "No, no," Della said, waving her hand, "I'm fine, the hot chocolate was just hot. You should wait before drinking though, Olivia."

Sitting down at a table outside of the cafe, she gestured to Olivia to sit with her, and she pulled a smartphone out of her bag. No, my phone, Della thought, shaking her head. It's my phone. She turned it on, and typed 6143 into the password bar. To her relief, although she hadn't had any second thoughts about the password on her phone, the phone unlocked, opening to a background of her, Olivia, and Kody. And a lot of apps. A lot. She saw Flappy Bird, Facebook, Tumblr, and something called Angry Birds. Why are those birds angry? Della thought, before realizing that it was a game. She handed her phone to Olivia as though she had been doing it her entire life, and began to absentmindedly hum a tune that she was not familiar with.

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Kody watched as Della handed her phone off to Olivia, almost on instinct. Random thoughts echoed throughout her mind, more so questions that just didn't seem...normal. Was it a possibility that they just dreamt their old life? Could it be that their minds connected? Well, the mind is a powerful thing. Mind... why was it that, that word struck out at her most? She couldn't shake the angsty feeling that lurched in her stomach as her eyes closed to steady her heart rate. Too much confusion in one day, surely, she'd sleep hard tonight. Kody smiled at Olivia and gently settled herself on her knees in front of the child.

"Are you ready for your shoot, Olivia? I think, we're going to do a swing today, how about that idea?" She wondered. She glanced back at Della and smiled. "Let's go and hurry on to the shop. I don't get paid if I don't shoot some amazing photographs."

[[Short this time, but I'll write more on the next post. Just drew a stupid blank.]]

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Della smiled at the way Kody interacted with Olivia. When Kody turned to talk to her, she nodded in agreement and said, "Let's head out. It's... how much again? I honestly cannot remember. Should I?"

Now she was really confused. Turning to Olivia, she picked her up and said, "Okay, time to go, okay cutie?" She took back her phone and shoved it in her bag. Realizing that she probably wouldn't be able to find it, she opted for putting it into her front pocket instead. Standing up with the small girl hanging on to her, she turned back to her friend.

"Shall we?" Della asked, a goofy smile on her face, habit and instinct taking over as she laughed. She turned to walk out of the door before remembering they were already outside. Shaking her head at herself, she walked over to the street and hailed another cab. Maybe I should get a car, Della thought, wondering what on Earth she would do with a car.

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"Well." Kody stopped. How much were the pictures anyhow? She should know this, if she had lived such a life for, what seemed to be awhile. She tapped her nose gently as she began her stroll down the sidewalk. "Ten for the portraits, ten for the 'Swing Spring' collection. Five for the printing... so twenty-five is what we agreed on." She nodded, that sounded about right. The young woman fixed her hat gently before continuing on. This street was quite entertaining, she'd have to admit that. The "PickMeUp Station" coffee shop, "Piece A Pizza", the pizza place, a newspaper stand and hot dog stand, and then the entrance to the substation, before they arrived to her small business. Kody smiled and gently reached into her bag, fumbling until her fingers wrapped around her keys.

As soon as she unlocked the door, sensors flipped on the lights. Right as one walked in, one would noticed the counter with a jar of lollipops, a sample album and random picture frames here and there. Behind the counter was a desk with a laptop. In the corner of the room was a backdrop, chair and a box of props. On the opposite side, there was a curtain, which covered the green leaves, vines and the white swing. Cameras were locked away in cases along the back wall for security and for display. The walls were painted with blues, greens and reds. It was a perfect setting for children, for against the window facing the photography makings, were chairs and random toys for children to play with to keep them occupied, as well as magazines for adults to read while they wait.

Kody smiled. Along the walls were black and white photos of bridges, streams, trains and random folk. Her photos. She had to admit, they were quite beautiful. "Come on in." She waved the two inside before propping the door open for them. "Olivia can play with the toys while I get set up." She directed.

Dakota made her way behind her desk and flipped on the laptop. Her eyes fixed on the screen and for a moment, she didn't know her password. Oh no..., she thought, biting her red coated lip a she fumbled with her mind. "Hmm..." She softly typed in Renee. two-four-one-three, and it clicked on immediately.

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Della followed Kody, while checking her purse and finding an already-written-out check waiting in her bag, her feet having their own sense of direction as they walked to get Olivia's photos taken. She marveled at the shop as the lights turned on, despite having a feeling of déjà vu. Olivia, laughing, ran to play with the toys. Della turned, check already in hand, and handed it to Kody, smiling at Olivia giggling over a teddy bear. She craned her neck over to the swing hanging from the ceiling and said, "Olivia's never going to want to leave if you set her on that swing, I hope you know that," with a smile, and continued, "Her school is asking for a yearbook photographer to come and take pictures of the kids in their classrooms, and I suggested you. Would you do it?"

While waiting for answer that would hopefully be a yes, Della tapped her fingers on the counter top, humming along with the beat. What song is this? Della asked herself, before remembering. It's Nothing To Do. You love The Well Pennies. She started singing along as she tapped, well aware of her horrible singing voice. "I go where the wind goes. Whatever I build inside my head. Lately, I've got a whole light... what are the lyrics? Da-rn it. I thought I knew the lyrics better than that," Della mumbled to herself.

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Della looked sadly at Kody. "You're not just a stable girl. You're a great person, and are very talented, not to mention quite the looker," she finished with a slight chuckle. "You're my best friend, and a great equestrian, and photographer, as I can tell by this. You were destined for something great. I can tell. Plus, I get the whole 'I'm confused because who am I again' thing. You can decide later. To be honest, I have no idea where that came from."

Della turned to watch Olivia clamber onto the swing, and continued to watch as she started moving, shouting and giggling with glee. Della smiled at the sight. She turned back to Kody to awkwardly pat her on the shoulder. She never had been good with sentiment. She was better with the blunt truth, no matter how painful it was. And this was the truth. Kody was always the better person, helping others, giving back to the community, and helping hurt children. Della was glad that she was stuck in some smelly, crime ridden world with her.

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Della glanced over the photos, selecting two of Olivia on the swing, one of her on the ground, and two of her actually swinging, glancing up as she heard Kody mumble something. "What was that?" she asked, wanting to make sure that her friend was okay.

"I hope you're okay- scratch that, you'd better be okay- because you're my friend and you're amazing. And could I get some of these made into a mini album," Della continued, unable to help the random (and incredibly rude) topic change. She never meant to be rude of hurt people, it just sort of... happened.

Fearing for what her friend would say, Della quickly added, "Not that your matter isn't incredibly important, because it is, and it takes precedence over some stupid album. Oh gosh, I'm sorry!" she finished, burying her face in her hands.

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Dakota shook her head softly. It wasn't that important, but it was enough for her to trouble on it. She clicked on the different photos she wanted, clicking them for print as well as selecting mini photos for the album. A beep was heard in the corner of the desk as the first photo began to print. She watched as the lazer slid back and forth, as inch by inch the photo began to slide out. The photographer looked back at her frantic friend and shook her head once more before reaching out and touching her arm.

"Don't worry about it, love." She whispered, unlocking a drawer closer to the edge of the desk. "It's just... Who could I possibly be sharing a bed with? Who could I possibly be kissing? As far as I'm concerned, I only had one crush back in Highwater and that was certainly not going anywhere. I don't like this, Della. I want to go home." She replied, sliding the drawer out.

"Here." She took out a binder and sat it in front of her friend. "These are samples of the different albums we have so you can hold onto the miniature photos." Kody whispered, leaning into her chair.

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Della smiled at her friend, reassured for a short time. After the kissing comment, Della said, "Don't worry. We'll get home. We just need to calm down and clear our minds, and I promise you, that crush of yours was going somewhere."

Della glanced down at the miniature album Kody put in front of her, flipping through the photos that she had picked out. She looked back up at her upset friend, and nodded. "I'll take this and the regular photos, please. And again, don't worry. We'll get out of here, and we can find you somebody to make you happy."

Della turned back to Olivia and called out, "Come here, sweetie! We have to go!" She was insistent, despite Olivia groaning and whining and making excuses to stay and play.