The Music and the Mirror (41/42) Cat/Kara - just the epilogue after this!
All good things must come to an end…
Cat knows letting Diana into the auditorium is probably beyond the pale, but they had a wonderful year in London together, both far from home and adjusting to the British snobbery that seemed to confront them at every turn. Greek, via France and Israel, Diana might have been a model if not such a dedicated dancer. Having her show up is just the kind of statement Cat didn’t realize she wanted to make.
So when Diana admits to being in town on recruitment business, Cat simply gives a knowing smile and leads her into the meat market. Clearly Diana thinks she owes further explanation, but Cat isn’t phased. Her two weeks’ notice has been silently received by Lillian, and now it’s just a question of exactly what state she’ll leave National City Ballet in. Whole and hearty, ready to evolve and progress? Or stripped for parts, shuddering to a halt in a year or two?
Cat shushes her. It was one thing to keep talking during Lucy, but she won’t risk putting Kara off while she’s still relatively inexperienced. The change in her posture is obvious. It’s finally clicking. Kara isn’t the misplaced corps dancer anymore. She’s a principal, and she’s owning it.
Part of Cat wants to rush the stage and kiss her senseless for it. The professional part wins out, but she leads the assembled group in an uncharacteristic smattering of applause. Having winked at her before starting, Kara gets bold enough to blow a kiss in lieu of taking a bow. Cat allows an indulgent smile while everyone else is still too terrified to look in her direction.