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[*] posted on 5-8-2010 at 04:58 PM
In (and out of) the "Mellow Place" with Bridgit Engberg


This is where Bridgit "Bunny" Engberg comes to unwind and clear her head. She enjoys doing her homework and answering questions. Feel absolutely free to join her and forget your troubles and feel better.

There are trellaces with vines twisted around them standing around the brick walls of the courtyard. There are two benches and a picnic table. The grass is light green. Half of the courtyard is shaded, half in the sunlight.
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Bunny: *sitting in the grass* *sigh* I wonder what Dad is working on right now?

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[Edited on 6-30-2010 by Darkhorserunner]




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[*] posted on 6-22-2010 at 12:13 PM


"I just hate when he acts like that!" Helena exclaimed as she and Flux entered the large courtyard. Flux nodded pensively. "I mean he could at least show a little respect to you. I really am sorry, I mean it. He's not been himself lately."

"That much I have noticed," Flux said. Then her head shot up from the ground in front of her to stare at Bunny. Momentarily startled, her reaction was to pull a weapon, but she reminded herself of where she was. "Hello," she addressed her, "sorry, I didn't see you there. How are you today?"




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[*] posted on 6-24-2010 at 11:44 AM


Kira and Ian walked into the bright sunlight, reflecting in the light green luchious grass. "Ian?" Kira immediatly said. "Look over there. People. Let's get out of here." She stood up.
"No, Kira." Ian said, having a calm first glance at them. "They look okay. Just stay here, and maybe they won't talk to us--I mean, you. I, for one, am going to talk to them."
Kira immediatly followed. "I'm going with you."
"Okay, just don't talk unless you're addressed."
"And you're going to just interrupt their conversation?" Kira cocked an eyebrow.
"No, I'm going by my own rule." He stood right behind Flux, hearing 'How are you today?'. He was about to respond, but then realized that Flux wasn't talking to him, but to Bunny. He waited, wondering if Kira was right.




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[*] posted on 6-24-2010 at 11:47 AM


Flux listened as the other pair entered the clearing. She waited until one of them, Ian, she had heard his name, walked up behind her. "And how are you, Ian? Kira?" she asked, looking over her shoulder.



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[*] posted on 6-27-2010 at 11:00 AM


*Going to get out of my Bunny: says this thing*

"I'm fine," Bunny said, standing. She stretched. "Welcome to the Mellow Place. Release your troubles." Bunny smiled. "I know, I'm sort of a hippie."




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[*] posted on 6-27-2010 at 07:23 PM


Helena giggled, a light, high-pitched laugh that always reminded Flux of windchimes. "We don't mind," she said. She had always been a little of a hippie herself, but she would have never admitted it. "It's beautiful," she said, casting an appreciative look around the courtyard.



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[*] posted on 6-28-2010 at 11:55 PM


So Lily's sitting here all sprawled on the grass, grass in her ears, grass poking up through her toes, and she's thinking So they're hippies, huh, I wonder what kind of hippies they think they are? She's got a little bowl, a real pretty red one, curled within her hand which rests, like its sister, on green soft grass. She's lazy with sunshine and she's looking at the girls and boys and thinking Hmm, hmm.

Hot under her two jackets--leather, old school, one of them is Mut's and the other is hers--she moves closer to the sun-soaked bodies with her bowl, inching out from beneath the protection of the trellis. She announces her presence by blowing blossoms loudly from her face. They dangle by the millions on creeping finger-vines, and flop back into her eyes despite insistent breath.

"Hey," she says, standing, "hey, I got a bowl here. Anyone for a little extra mellow?"




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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 09:17 AM


Bunny smile grew wider. "Any extra mellow is good with me." Though it was warm out here in the courtyard, Bunny tightened her blue scarf around her neck and shivered.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 11:02 AM


"Sweet, man," says Lily, "I mean, totally." She lights up, hits and passes. From her nest of hair, eyes peer darkly at the rest of the boys and girls. "Anyone else?"
The chick--Bunny? was that it?--had this scarf and she was touching it, wrapping it closer around her neck. Shivered, in the sunlight. Lily wondered if she should have passed after all. "Hey," she said, "you all right? Am I giving you something I shouldn't?"




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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 12:14 PM


Bunny looked at her. "No ... I don't think so ... uh ..." Bunny stopped talking and retreated, like always, into a ball and started humming Candlelight by Relient K. Maybe if she tried, they would just leave her for a moment for her to regain herself.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 12:30 PM


"You are a freak of nature, honey," Lily said, and draped her own jacket around Bunny's shoulders. The hit should kick in and then it would all feel like the sunshine was seeping into their bodies through translucent skin. Lily took another and drew Mut's jacket closer to her body, enjoying for the moment the suffocation of silk lining and leather underneath the yellow sun.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 01:01 PM


Bunny looked at Lily. Coming back, she said, "Thanks." She looked down at her bare feet, then looked up at everyone. "What's the worst thing that's ever happened to you?"



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"I don't know," Lily lied. "What about you?"

She wanted to say something, Lily could tell. That was okay. People needed to say things sometimes.




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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 02:36 PM


Bunny looked at Lily and smiled. "You do too know," she said, "but you don't have to answer if you don't wanna."

"My crush is on the other side of the nation, best friend not speaking to me, dad lying all the time, mom too busy to care, Anna and Nikki - her other kids - are too young to deal with what's going on ... and I'm a runaway and ..." Bunny burst into tears, not wanting to admit the last part.

(Sorry about the drama. She's going through a lot. ;))

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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 02:42 PM


Lily sat down close and reached out long skinny arms, wrapping them like grappling hooks around the girl.

"Hey," she said, "hey, it's okay. I know. Parents are intolerable. I know. You'll get another crush. And if you don't, there's something called an airplane. See, I'm on my way with Mut to Canada, but if you need to catch a ride, we can give you one. Running away isn't any fun unless you got someone to do it with."

She looked around, looked at the girl, felt the sobs through the leather. "If you're...um. If you're pregnant, it's...more complicated. But I can stay with you if you want, for a while. I can put Mut and me up in a hotel We could figure something out..."




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Bunny looked at Lily. "Holy s***, you're a really good guesser." She wiped her face with her hands. "I'm sorry I'm like this ... it's just ..." She sighed and breathed quietly for a while. Having Lily's arms around her was comforting, having not felt that for a long time.



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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 02:54 PM


Lily untangled herself from the girl and said, "Let me get Mut. I left him outside with a girl. Bad idea, right? No, he's cool. Hold on."

Walking out of the courtyard and into the parking lot, she thought of the girl's face and her crumpled form in the big leather J. It wasn't anything normal people'd want to get involved with. That was fine. Lily was striving to be strange.

Mut was standing by the van, looking hot and irritable. The blonde girl was gone. He flashed a baggie at Lily and then moved to climb into the passenger's seat. Lily shook her head, and once she was within earshot he said, "You want me to drive?"

"No," she said. "Come into the courtyard for a sec, 'kay? We've got a pregnant runaway on our hands and I'm worried she'll go stab herself or maybe get back together with her d*******g boyfriend."

Mut, perturbed, followed her with long, fast strides.

[[taking a bit of liberty on this one. If you've ever been to Arizona, there are desolate ugly rest stops in the middle of nowhere. This is one of them, despite the grass. You okay with this?]]




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[*] posted on 6-29-2010 at 03:03 PM


[Absolutely! XD Anything for fun!]

Mut was a little intimidating, so Bunny kept her gaze on Lily. She didn't say anything. She stood.




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"Cute, isn't she?" Mut asked, and flashed the girl a smile. A nice smile, the kind you give to your friend's smitten little sister. "Lily, I forgot, did you want to drive?"

"No, I think we'll sit in the back a bit." They were walking, now, outside. Lily stopped, and looked back at the girl. "Bunny, that's the van over there. We got it from a nice woman named Jesusa. You can come with us now, and we'll take you northeast. Are you ready? Is it what you want?"




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Bunny nodded. "Yeah, that's okay." She was totally unsure what she'd do when she saw Burk again. What would he do? Should she tell him? All she knew was that trust was something he didn't even have with her right now.

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[*] posted on 6-30-2010 at 06:51 PM


The back of the van was hot, not as open to the blast of AC. Lily got the girl in first and then seatbelted, the hot grey synthetic whipping back when she started at its burning clip. Old habit, seatbelts, from the days when she drove with her mother in the minivan to get a dress, or toothpaste from the everything store. Mut pulled out of the parking lot and merged with the highway, a long stretch of shimmery asphalt as deserted as the land around it. More deserted, maybe, abandoned by the little lizards and cacti for a less putrid spot. Nothing grew on asphalt, Lily thought uncomfortably, feeling guilty for riding it.

"On our way," she said in a cheerful voice. The girl was a white chick, young, maybe a bit like Lily except for being blonde. No, scratch that. She wasn't like Lily at all.

"You're Bunny, then? I mean, yeah, but is that what you want to be called?"




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Bunny nodded, then stopped. "I've been called Bunny my entire life. I don't even remember anyone calling me Bridgit except subsitute teachers. I guess if someone yelled out, 'Bridgit!' I would respond ... Bunny is more familiar though." She stopped because she felt like she was over-explaining things ... again.

[In the story, she tells people her name is Lily Johnson. Go figure.]

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[*] posted on 7-1-2010 at 12:29 PM


[[I think you're doing this thing where you say too much about the character in dialogue and then try to undo it a little with what she thinks. It makes it awkward and is not a very effective way of telling people about her. Can I suggest giving information a little more subtly, or bring up the age old show-don't-tell? I tell you this because I recently got out of the habit and it has been much smoother sailing ;)]]



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[*] posted on 7-1-2010 at 01:26 PM


[That makes sense. I can work on that.]
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