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12 June 2011 @ 11:54 pm
One for the Money  
Who: mimas_child, Ken Lourdes, Mimi Miyamoto

When: Just after the Kumai

Where: Bristow house, movie theatre



A face that nature had made thin to begin with made itself thinner in the mirror, its owner pursing her lips and sucking her cheeks in. No pimples, but a fingertip still ran over the freckles under her eyes. Those would always be there, of course, and there wasn't much she could do about it. Letting the towel that was wrapped around her head down, Hazel started drying her wet hair.

She hadn't dithered over what to wear too much--if Ken didn't like it, that was just plain tough--and she stuck to her vow to only wear make-up when she was at work. The clothes she'd picked out were simple too. A pair of slacks and a sweater, nothing too fancy. Making a big fuss was only going to make her nervous, and except for some small butterflies she was doing her best to ignore, she was doing well there.

The girl dressed quickly and brushed her teeth, then blow-dried her hair and put it back into its usual braid.

"Hazel?" There was a knock at her back. "Are you almost finished in there? I've had waffles sitting out for the last ten minutes, they're getting cold!"

"I'm coming!" She opened the door and started to step out, only to be met with a puzzled stare from the older woman.

"What?" Hazel stopped short, hands going up to her face. "Is there a glob of toothpaste on my chin or something?"

"Oh, Hazel." Mimi gave her employers' daughter a smile. "You're going out on a date dressed like that?"

The redhead stared down at her clothes. "Yes?"

"At least put some make-up on." Before she could protest, Mimi's hand was around her wrist, leading her to her bedroom.

"But--when I told you I was going out with Ken, you said you didn't like the idea. And the waffles," the girl stammered as she was lead through the bedroom doorway to Mimi's dresser.

"Those can be reheated." The Japanese woman hummed to herself and placed a small chest on the dresser top. "And I still don't like the idea, but only because your parents might find out."

A cold stone formed over Hazel's breastbone at the thought of Jack's stony silence and one of Miriam's tantrums. "Oh. Why are you helping me then?"

"Because I can see you're determined to go, and I want to make sure you have a nice time. Look up at me." The chest had been opened and an eyeliner pencil taken out. "I need to make sure this goes on in straight lines."

"I didn't know you had all of this stuff." Hazel looked down into little drawers full of pencils, powder, foundation and lipstick. "I've seen you wear make-up maybe...three times."

"Those were special occassions, and today is special." A hand cupped Hazel's chin. "I said to look up, dear. Come on now."

Hazel squirmed and tried to. "I feel like a spoiled little princess."

Mimi laughed, and the eyeliner started along her eyelid. "Every girl should, once in awhile. Did you want a dash of perfume, too?"

Hazel thought about it. "No. I never liked the way it smelled. Too strong."

"Not when it's done properly." Mimi made a face, and Hazel knew they were both imagining the way Miriam wore her perfumes.

"Ken might be allergic anyway," Hazel added.

While everything was being applied, she took a look around Mimi's room. It was pin-straight, as usual, except for B.C.'s toys being scattered around here and there. The stupid thing was finally more marginally behaved than it had been thanks to the dog training discs Mimi watched, but Hazel still eyed the dinosaur's sleeping body with suspicion. Then her eye caught something else.

"Mimi, what's that?" Something in the back of her mind prodded at her.

"Hmm?"

"That thing hanging over the window over there."

"Oh, that? I found it in my closet. I almost forgot I had it. It's my wooden naginata." Mimi stopped drawing a line on Hazel's eyelid. "I used to train with it when I was in high school. It doesn't have a blade, but it can still leave a bruise." She smiled. "My family sent it with me when I started working for your mother and father."

Mimi didn't discuss her family or her past much, and it immediately piqued Hazel's interest. "Were you good at it?"

"I got by. Now, look down for me, I need to get your top eyelid. When did Ken say he was coming?"

"Around noon." Hazel tried to look down, but her eyes went to the clock on Mimi's wall. Then they went wide. "Oh God, it's quarter to now!"

"Hazel, stay still, you're going to make your eyeliner crooked!"
 
 
 
landofdoofs on June 29th, 2011 03:16 am (UTC)
Almost exactly fifteen minutes later, the doorbell chimes echoed through the house.
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 29th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
"Let me see your face again." The housekeeper was following the girl down the staircase leading to the front door. "You still have a smudge next to your eye."

"I can get it in the car or something, Mimi, I still have that mirror compact you gave me for Christmas." Hazel jumped down to skip the last two stairs and went to open the door, impatiently pushing hair that slipped loose from her braid out of her face on the way.
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:18 am (UTC)
Ken was scrubbed and clean, his hair neatly parted and combed. He smelled of just a little to much cologne. "H--Hazel. Hi. You look--you look nice."
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
"Thank you. You do, too." She offered him a small smile to cover a nose wrinkle at the way he smelled as she stood in the doorway. "Did you eat anything yet? Mimi made waffles."
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:26 am (UTC)
"Oh, ah, I had breakfast. But I thought maybe we could get lunch? Together?" Oh God, he knew they should have done more planning ahead of time.
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:28 am (UTC)
Hazel glanced back and caught Mimi's eye. The housekeeper nodded. "Sure. Um, where did you want to go? The same place we tried last time? Wait, I need to get my shoes." She stepped back to allow him in. "It'll only take a minute."
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
"Or--or we could try somewhere new," he suggested hesitantly as he stepped in. "There's this sushi place. A new sushi place, there's sushi everywhere, I know, this is Japan, but this is. Um. A new one? For me, anyway, I've never been but my friends say it's really good."
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC)
She turned on her way to the hall closet as Mimi closed the door behind him. "Sushi? I guess that's okay. I don't like the seaweed on the outside, though."

"There are other things you can try, Hazel," the older woman reproved.

The younger one dug her sneakers out and sat on the floor to start slipping them on. "Oh, well, yeah," she amended. Realizing she hadn't been exactly encouraging in her first reply made her smile again at her date. "Let's go and see what they offer on the menu. After that, we can look up movies and times, if you still wanted to do that."
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
"We don't have to get sushi," Ken hurriedly. "It can something else. A--a movie sounds nice."
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
"Ken." Hazel finished with her shoes and stood. The nervous flutters that had been simmering in her stomach earlier must have been nothing next to his. "Sushi's fine. I'm hungry since I skipped breakfast. So is a movie. I was just asking if you still wanted to go. I'm not going to bite your head off."
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:49 am (UTC)
"I didn't think you were. I just--It doesn't have to sushi is there's something else you want more."
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC)
She shook her head. "No." Then her expression became mock-thoughtful. "I should be okay with everything as long as they don't serve tomato juice there. And if your sister doesn't pop up from the bushes suddenly."
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
Ken shuddered. "Abby is out of town with my parents. You, um, you don't liek tomato juice?"
Hazel Bristowmimas_child on June 30th, 2011 02:58 am (UTC)
"It has too much pepper in it when they make it at restaurants. I coughed it up the last time we went out and it was disgusting." She reached behind her and took a coat from the closet. "What movie should we see?"
landofdoofs on June 30th, 2011 03:00 am (UTC)
Ken pulled an expensive looking phone out of his pocket, tapping on the screen a few times. "I'll see what's playing."
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