AU: The plan was to follow in her father’s footsteps. Become involved in the church, stay involved, and make a career out of her religion - something she cared about deeply and was devoted to. But when Claire’s father takes off one night without even saying goodbye, no note, nothing at all… she turns away from the path she’s created for herself and decides to turn to something more comforting, something that isn’t so heavily tied with her father’s life. The moment she picked up the acoustic guitar inside the music store in town, she knew that all she wanted to do was learn to play.
Nothing was more satisfying than a paintbrush moving against a canvas, not for Krissy. Sure, being with friends brought her some relief from the thoughts of her father (who had passed away only a year ago), but it was never enough. Expressing her depression and anger through her artwork, she started to become more of an introvert. Artistic expression was all she knew, it had become her best friend. Of course, her true best friend was Josephine - someone who never forced her outside. Instead, she’d watch Krissy paint, talking about her latest pieces.
“Come on, it’s just an hour. We’ll go to the coffee house crap and then come right back here and watch some dumb movie with aliens, or whatever.” Well, with a proposal that great, how could Krissy turn Josephine down? She decides to go. After all, she’s finished her latest piece - an abstract work that reminds her of what little she can remember of her mother. She gets dressed into something more comfortable, and not quite paint covered, and follows Josephine out the door.
Claire’s nervous. Yeah, okay, she’s performed up on stage already a few times - but it’s not like she’s super great or anything. Her voice is generally off key, and she still hasn’t learned all of her songs yet. It’s a process! But when she gets up on that small stage and she strums out the first few notes of a John Lennon song, she feels her heart race settle and she just follows the music, letting her hand take the lead against the guitar.
Krissy feels something jump inside her as she listens to the girl on stage. She recognizes her from school, but she hasn’t actually seen her in school for a while now. The entire time she listens to this girl sing, she feels calm inside. It’s a feeling she hasn’t quite felt before - not even with Josephine. The first thing she does when the song ends and the girl leaves the stage? She gets up and heads over to talk to her. She fumbles over her words at first, but talking to her comes easily once she gets going.
No one has ever come to her after a gig before, and it makes Claire feel good inside. Of course, she recognizes Krissy from school. She’s also aware of how she lost her father - and a piece of her can relate to that, even if her own father just simply left. They talk for a better part of the evening that night, agreeing to see each other again at school. The more they talk, the closer they get. They both cherish their moments together, spending everyday with each other.
Then, after weeks of this, Krissy finally asks Claire out.