((Lily Ashburg continued from Quoth the Raven
Here she was again. Corner girl. She really didn't know why she'd let Sarah talk her into this. She hadn't been to a party in two years, and the last one she'd gone to had been a disaster. Plus, this was a party celebrating Survival of the Fittest, a show she despised. It was creepy, seeing everyone laughing and talking together animatedly, bound together by their love of senseless violence. Sarah had convinced her that it didn't matter what the party was for, what mattered was that it was a party.
The punchline, of course, was when Sarah had texted her half an hour into the party to say that her parents had grounded her last minute. Apparently, her aunt had spotted her making out with her forbidden love, Jose Martinez, and told her parents. In Lily's opinion, Sarah only had herself to blame. She didn't think that Sarah's parents should be dictating her romantic life, and Jose seemed like a good guy, especially compared to some of the other guys that Sarah had dated. Knowing what her parents thought, however, why would they then decide to make out in the middle of the sidewalk?
What really annoyed Lily was Sarah was too caught up in her role as Juliet to say “By the way Lily, sorry for stranding you at a party that we both knew you'd hate.” Any other day, she would have been more sympathetic, but this was the worst possible time for this to have happened.
She'd been standing in this corner for over an hour; she was hungry, and her feet hurt. She didn't have any cash for the bus, and her parents had dropped her off on the way to their own party, which wouldn't be done for another two hours.
She had caught quite a few snippets of conversation which had slowly worsened her mood, until she was seething silently in the corner. This was one of the main reasons why she hated SOTF. It brought out the worst in people, and not just the ones on the show. She knew how TV shows worked. If they didn't get enough good ratings, they were canceled. There was a reason why SOTF was going into its sixty sixth season. Sometimes she wondered if she lived in a nation of sociopaths; people who were so removed from the rest of humanity that they could debate about the entertainment value of teenagers murdering each other on camera.
She'd heard some pretty disgusting things tonight. People discussing cool kills, contestants they loved or hated, and what the new season would be like. Whenever the last topic came up, Lily's stomach clenched. All she could think about was that there were teenagers somewhere, doing homework, hanging out with their friends, maybe even attending parties like this one, who in a few short weeks would be dead. All for the value of entertainment.
A bratty girl at the food table caught Lily's attention. The girl was pushing her way over to the booze, and immediately started shoveling some of it into a bag. Lily watched, eyebrows raised, as the girl and her friend made their way upstairs. Lily looked around to see if Regina had noticed. It didn't look like she had, but Vahka had, and there was definitely some awkwardness there. If she hadn't been in such a bad mood, Lily would have been mildly amused at how Vahka was trying and failing to look inconspicuous. It reminded her vaguely of Dougie. She wondered if she should stop the two girls upstairs. Sneaking around someone else's house without permission was beyond rude; it was an invasion of privacy. Lily shifted her weight uncertainly. Should she tell Regina?
She wasn't exactly friends with Regina, more like friends by proxy. Dougie was friends with Regina (if friendship was the word for whatever was going on there), and Lily was friends with Dougie. Lily and Regina never hung out on their own. Regina was nice enough, almost too nice at times. Someone who was that outwardly nice was either faking it or naive, and Lily didn't really have much patience with either. Plus, there was Regina's weird relationship with Dougie. They acted like they were just friends, but from the way they were with each other, Lily thought that something else was going on.
She glanced over at Regina again. She seemed to be pretty absorbed in conversation with a small group of people. Going over there would probably mean talking to more people than just Regina. Lily decided against it. It wasn't her problem, and would get sorted out sooner or later. As her gaze shifted away from Regina, she saw that there was more space in front of the food table. She hesitated. She wanted to avoid talking to anyone, but she was also hungry. Finally her stomach won, and taking a deep breath, she made a beeline for the chips and guacamole.
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