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Four days back in Fandom, and Tara had finally gathered her courage to call her father and explain where she was and, by the way, could he see about arranging transport for Mr. Moxy from one coast to the other?

It was one of the more excruciating conversations Tara had ever had, filled with Mr. Maclay's indignation about daughters who swanned off out of the blue to God-knows-where with God-knows-who and worried everyone and didn't do their duty, and what their mothers might think about it. But in the end, he grudgingly agreed Tara could have her cat back if she paid for the shipping. (Incidentally, he wanted to know, who ever shipped a cat? Was this some dirty witch thing?)

Whatever nice impulses he'd had right after Tara's mother died, it was safe to say they were long gone.

Once she finally got off the phone, Tara flopped onto her bed with her eyes closed and the door slightly open. Two classes down, one to go, plus a day at the Magic Box.

She could do this.

She had to.

[OOC: I worried far too much about what was happening to the dang imaginary cat while she traveled. Open post, either way.]

Date: 2011-09-01 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In a completely weird and probably never to be replicated moment of coincidence, it just happened to be the start of a new school year in Kennedy's timeline too. Not that she was going to school herself; she just happened to be reading an article about the upcoming grand opening of the new Sunnydale High, and it made her wonder if Tara had made it back to Fandom yet.

So naturally, it seemed like a good idea to pick up the phone and call to find out.

Date: 2011-09-01 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There was a lot of background noise on Kennedy's end of the line, muted but evident, and the occasional distant blare of a taxi horn hinted that she was outside. (Private patios at restaurants where people knew her dad were awesome.)

"Hey," she answered. "Nothing really, just thought I'd say hi. See how you were doing and stuff, you know?"

Date: 2011-09-01 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kennedy sucked in a sharp breath between her teeth, because yeah, that explained it.

"Not so cool with you taking off after all, huh?" she asked, fiddling with her water glass.

After a moment: "Sure they'd have the zombies class now."

Date: 2011-09-01 03:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kennedy was glad she was trying; it made the impulse (not as dormant as she thought it was) to be the brave one for her less urgent than it could have been; that wasn't her job any more.

The impulse to be blunt was never going to go away, though.

"His disappointment can bite me," she said forcefully. "Pretty sure you could breathe and he'd be disappointed. So screw that."

Date: 2011-09-01 03:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Atta girl," Kennedy said fondly, grinning out at the traffic through the gap in the patio hedges. "That's good to know, about Moxy. I was kinda worried about that fuzzball. I miss him too."

And you, she didn't add.

Date: 2011-09-01 03:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Figuring out how to get into the linen closet," Kennedy admitted sheepishly. "Which I keep telling him is kinda ironic, all things considered."

Date: 2011-09-01 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Kennedy smothered a laugh. "Tried that. My bunny-persuading skills need work, though. How's the island doing?"

Date: 2011-09-01 03:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Sounds like a not-disastrous arrangement," Kennedy mused. "So props to the office for that. And yeah-- I miss that kind of weird. I keep waiting for tiny animals to show up, or look out the window and find out it's raining peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and no luck."

She paused for a moment. "Must be weird adjusting, huh? You had a room to yourself for, like, forever."

Date: 2011-09-01 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Kind of a geeky type? That's kinda cute. Sadly, my perspective on how long ago it was isn't going to help much," Kennedy said wryly. "But-- hey, how long have you been back, anyway?"

Date: 2011-09-01 05:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"...huh," Kennedy said after a surprised moment of her own. "It's actually September here, so like four months since you visited, which means you probably got back to Fandom while I was sleeping last night or something."

Stupid confusing time difference.

"I'm kind of glad to know you're back, though."

Date: 2011-09-01 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Overwhelming? Kennedy couldn't honestly say she knew; they'd always had really different concepts of the word. Still, she thought she got it, and made a wordless noise of understanding.

"Big adjustment." It didn't occur to her, either, to wonder if talking like this was a bad idea-- not from her year-and-a-half-later vantage point, anyway. Besides, if the other option was to stop caring, it wasn't really an option at all.

"Having Moxy around again should help with that."

Date: 2011-09-01 05:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"Where the heart is and all that," Kennedy remarked-- little cheesy and cliche of her, but that was what happened when she tried to be deep sometimes. "I can dig it. Besides, isn't the purring supposed to be, like, therapeutic and stuff?"

Date: 2011-09-01 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
"And Mox is good for that," Kennedy agreed, grinning faintly at the memory of him attacking her shoes. "I mean, unless you're a hedgehog but that's more my thing."

A beat.

"My apartment is a lot bigger at that size, just FYI."

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