A/N: Introduction of Alice Neal, Charles and Elsie’s “First Date”
Alice shifts in her chair, daintily picks a piece of imaginary lint from her skirt, and finally answers into the camera. “Well, you know. A dowdy little thing with her hair in a bun, no makeup, thick glasses, and absolutely no fashion sense.” The audience laughs at Alice’s assessment and Alice seems pleased with herself, thinks that she has paid Elsie a compliment. Elsie, smiles, laughs with the crowd for a moment but not for the reasons that everyone thinks.
“Well, I do try to scrub up when I venture out. You know, brush the dust from my clothes, and tidy my hair. Pull the pencil from behind my ear,” Elsie replies and the crowd roars with laughter and applause. They love her all the more for her wit. Too bad that the sarcasm is lost on the woman sitting opposite her.