she just wants to be normal. hell, she’d give anything for people to stop calling her “the most beautiful woman in the world”. because the word beautiful has started to lose its meaning and people can’t seem to stop finding new ways of telling her how pretty she looks, or how beautiful she is, or how lovely her eyes are. she can’t have a normal conversation without someone complimenting her looks, and she definitively can’t online date because she can’t post a profile picture without being harassed. it’s silly, she knows. but she’s so tired of people only seeing her beauty and not her wits. so from now on, she just wants people to notice her heart, her intellect and her interests. because the word beautiful means nothing. not anymore.
Ok so here’s the thing. This was a difficult chapter to write, especially in the midst of all this “Queen Bee” stuff going on. I needed to make Chloe’s inherent problems very very clear, because there needed to be some sort of catalyst for everything that comes afterwards. That being said, it’s a very complicated issue, hence why this entire fic is from her point of view in the first place. Chloe’s still really broken up about the entire Acapulco thing, more than she even realizes, and she’s developed very unrealistic standards she expects other people to meet as an attempt to try and keep herself safe.
But, also, you’re going to get why this needed to happen, why I even introduced Nicola as a character in the first place, and you’re going to see all the ways this changes things so like. Just bear with me, okay.
And also I sincerely apologize for the really really long wait. This chapter was actually finished like about a month ago, but I just needed to let it sit and kind of figure out some things going on in my own life. So thank you for waiting. Happy new year. <3
The Rose Garden is not a place one would normally think to find Chloe Bourgeois. Still, if someone looked back far enough into the history of the coffee shop’s customers, they would find a long list of various people with the Bourgeois family name occasionally stopping by and bringing guests. It’s seclusion and great food borders on an old family secret.
“See?” Chloe asks, indignant, as she points a lilac gel nail at the swooping black signature at the bottom of the page, dated September 5th, 1984. “It’s her.”
“Hmm, are you sure?” Nicola gets closer to the paper. “All I’m seeing are scribbles.”
“You know, I think those glasses may be defective, darling, because that definitely says Bourgeois. See, there’s even a B.”
Her girlfriend shoves her slightly with her royal blue Gabriel handbag. “My eyes are fine. Your mom just had terrible handwriting.”
“You take that back!”
Nicola’s face is suddenly very close to hers. “Make me.” Her eyes hold a challenge that Chloe’s just about to consider taking when-
“Excuse me, Miss Bourgeois,” a hurried hostess in red peers over the wooden stand at them. “Your table is ready.”
Chloe immediately steps back, suddenly worried that anyone saw them and got the wrong idea. Well, not the wrong idea, but the… It doesn’t matter. It. Doesn’t. Matter. Screw. What. They. Think.
Nicola links her arm in hers, unfazed by the interruption, as the hostess leads them to a small circular wooden table next to the large windows that overlook the garden. They’re wide open in the summer air, and Chloe thinks she spots a butterfly somewhere beyond their frames, but it’s gone in a split second.
So my favourite band growing up was The Tea Party, this was a canadian band which was popular here in the 90s and I think briefly popular in the US around 2000?
They were never a terribly popular band but man oh man I loved them, LOVED THEM, loved them with all my creepy obsessive teenaged heart, well into my adult years until their albums started getting boring and mainstream.
They played THE BEST LIVE SHOWS EVER, seriously, the BEST concerts I ever went to. All of my most fond memories of my early adult years were Tea Party concerts. They broke up like a decade ago, and then popped back up to do another tour recently
They are coming to my city in March! I just bought tickets and I am going to a goddamned Tea Party concert!
You guys don’t understand how much I love this band, I was super bummed I missed their last tour because it was for my favourite album, but never mind, this is the next best thing, they will be playing Transmission, and I will be there, I WILL BE THERE!