Clara Cabello and Alejandra Jonas
Clara squinted up at the sky from underneath her sunglass. The sky was too bright too look at normally, which is why it was good she had her sunglasses. AJ's eyes on the other hand, were two narrow lines of pure squintage, her eyebrows furrowed. AJ had given Clara her sunglasses back."You seriously don't have sunglasses?"
Clara asked with a faux-accusatory tone. Her voice was a little too loud for the environment around her.
AJ squinted up at Clara. "No, I guess not."
Clara rolled her eyes and snapped the orange tinted glasses off the bridge of her warm beige nose. Almost everything from her reddish hair, light brown skin, bright orange slightly cropped shirt right down to the deep brown of her eyeballs made Clara the epitome of warm color schemes. The only exception to this were her skinny jeans, which were blue, because she didn't where to get red jeans and her flattering color palette was probably unintentional. She just liked the color orange."Here.""Oh no, I'm f-""Heeeeere."
Clara said with a smirk, waggling the sunglasses between her fingers. AJ accepted them and put them on slowly. Where Clara was warm, AJ was cool, with her dark purple beanie and natural green coat that she had her hands perpetually stuffed into. The two were quite the complementary pair.
Now it was Clara's turn to squint and she did so. No amount of superpowers filted the light from sun any better. "Why do our eyes...like...why do I have to squint? Couldn't we evolve so where we don't have to squint?""Clara,"
AJ warned with a whisper. "No one else is talking this much. You're the one who said you were worried about standing out, right?""Tsh,"
Clara brushed a strand out of her eyes and lowered her voice. "I just didn't think this would take so long.""We've been here for all of two minutes.""Yeah, I know. I'm just antsy. Can't shake the feelin' I'm being watched.""We've been over this, Clara.""I got a gut feelin'. I don't get 'em often, AJ, but when I do, I tend to follow 'em."
She said. Before AJ could speak, Clara interrupted her with an outstretched hand."Hey, sorry. I promised. I'm here for you."
She reassured her sister.
AJ nodded, her eyes concealed by the reflection of Clara's face in the orange sunglasses. Clara rolled her neck from side to side and kicked at that same patch of grass growing inbetween the concrete. Suddenly, she tensed up, remembering something.
"You're an idiot: Do you even realize you could die? Just wait, the ambulance will be here any minute!"
Crack, splat, bang. Clara remembered pushing that kid jogger down the stairs. In the attack, with all the poison. It was an accident. Was she dead? She wasn't moving from what the thief remembered. Well, that's what she gets for sticking her nose in other people's business. She should of just taken her wallet back and ran. How many times did Clara say no cops? No ambulance? Too many times. It wasn't Clara's fault. Clara kicked at the grass again, a frown spreading on her face. Stupid kid. All Clara wanted was her wallet. But if the concussion didn't kill that jogger, than the poison gas would have.
She'd never killed anyone before.
The young thief flinched and turned rapidly away from AJ, almost spinning, as if someone had punched her in the nose and she was trying to play it cool like it didn't hurt."I'm fine. Shut up."
She said."But I didn't-"
AJ began, looking over concerned at her sister."I said shut up, AJ,"
Clara warned with a little smile at her own expense. "I'm just...I can't talk about it now. Not here, I-I'll explain later. "
She'd fucked up people before. The most damage she'd ever done to someone was stab them with a pocket knife, but they would survive. Knives were scary and those guys had it coming. Plus, she only stabbed them a couple times to get them to run away. But this was different. That girl, stupid as she was, was only trying to help Clara and she died because of it. "This whole event is a huge downer."
Clara explained quietly.
AJ shrugged. "Pretty much. But that's the point. It's supposed to be cathartic.""Right. Cathartic. Back in my day we just bottle up our emotions inside and never ever showed them to anyone."
Clara complained ironically."You're only like, a year older than me."
AJ retorted."Yeah, but I been on my own for way longer. You were...with your parents, or whatever."
Her momentum hit a stop as she accidentally brought up AJ's dead parents. AJ grimaced a little, scratching at her purple beanie."No, yeah, I get it. Don't worry about it. It was funny."
AJ was the one apologizing, strangely enough."So...is someone gonna talk? Osborn set this whole thing up, right?""Yeah, I'm pretty sure someone is going to talk. We're just waiting for everyone to show up.""Okay. I'll wait, I guess."
AJ nodded, and smiled. She was happy that Clara was here. She could be a real asshole, but there was a reason they stuck together this long. AJ reached out and slowly held Clara's hand. The older sister blinked. AJ felt Clara squeeze her hand a little bit, and the unlikely pair stood in solidarity.