Boy!Sho: Terrified
Sholeh Zeela a Zahar 3girls_1core
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Room 216, Sunday Evening
Sholeh snuck a quick glance into her room. Okay, no roommate in sight. Breathing a quick sigh of relief, she slipped inside, shutting the door behind her. Technically, she knew it was stupid all this skulking about when all the other girls were boys, too, but it didn't matter. The a Zhahar Tryad was NOT PLEASED about this current turn of events.

Yesterday morning, Zeela had escaped out of the room before dawn, escaping into the preserve to hide out until all their proper bits were back in their proper places. The problem? She hadn't brought anywhere enough food. Which meant they were sneaking back now for something to eat before they could run off and hide again.

They could totally pull this off. Get in, grab food, and get out. No chance to get caught and seen, so long as their luck held out.

[Open room, roomie's absence modded with permission!]

genesishero

2013-09-15 11:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

It was kind of adorable how they thought that, really. Especially since Evan hadn't seen Sholeh since... well... since things kind of exploded in Yeul's reality, and he'd taken to worrying that he'd messed something up spectacularly, and now, with all the girls as guys, he had a bit of an inkling that they'd be attempting to do something just like this.

So, this was Evan, knocking maybe a touch awkwardly at Sholeh's door.

You know. A smidgen.

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

A knock!

Sholeh was not prepared for this!

There was squeaking. Loud, surprised squeaking.

And then silence from within. Almost as if there was someone there trying to stay very, very still and be overlooked.

Unfortunately, she hadn't latched the door all the way and it creaked open under Evan's knuckles.

genesishero

2013-09-15 11:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Um... Sholeh, pretending you're not in there after making a noise like that..." Evan watched the door swing open a little, and then grabbed the handle and hesitated. "I can close the door and go, if you want. But... I mean... I'm a shapeshifter. Whatever the island's done to you isn't going to bother me."

Just saying.

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You heard me?" she asked, turning towards the door. Which was now open. And there was an Evan. "...It bothers me."

genesishero

2013-09-15 11:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Evan bit his lip for a moment, pulled the door closed a little, and then took a deep breath.

"May I come in?"

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)

Sholeh honestly had to give it some thought. Because he'd offered to leave and then she could get back to the very important duty of scarfing down food and then slinking back out until tomorrow.

Please let it end tomorrow.

But she couldn't be rude and she really liked Evan, so instead she nodded and stepped aside. "Close the door?"

genesishero

2013-09-16 12:02 am (UTC) (Link)

"Of course," Evan replied, actually squashing himself slightly flatter so that he could keep the door mostly shut as he slipped into the room before closing it behind himself and offering Sholeh a little smile. "If it helps any... being a shapeshifter also means I know how unsettling it is to suddenly have no control over what shape you are."

Granted, most people really didn't have total control over what they looked like in the first place. But it's not like much in the way of outside forces had such sudden and thorough control over that sort of thing, either.

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 01:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Sholeh nodded and fidgeted a bit under his smile. She was very much uncomfortable with being the object of his attention.

"Yeah, but at least you can change back."

genesishero

2013-09-16 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)

"And then times when I couldn't change, it was... for pretty terrible reasons," Evan replied, looking politely away. "Not having control, for me, means I'm missing a big part of myself. I can kind of sympathize with people who can't, normally. With being stuck as something you're not."

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Sholeh's eyes dropped. "Now I feel silly," she admitted. "I'm making a big deal out of something that's happening to everyone. It's just..."

She fidgeted a little more.

"...I'm not, err, that is...parts."

genesishero

2013-09-16 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)

"Parts," Evan echoed. "You're not a boy, not on the inside, and the outside doesn't match and that doesn't feel right. Right?"

He could kind of sympathize. There was a reason he'd shifted his body back to his normal male self on that weekend that this had hit the island's boys.

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 02:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Hew received the most pathetic nod in the history of human kind in response. "My whole body just feels...off. I'm heavy where I'm normally not, and dangly where I'm normally not..."

And sometimes sore where she normally wasn't.

"Last year, I hid. We made Zhari deal with it." That's what you got when you were the big sister. Boy duty.

genesishero

2013-09-16 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)

"I couldn't do it," Evan admitted. "Being a girl when it happened to us boys, I mean. I shifted back and pretended like nothing had happened. It was weird, having to focus the whole time on holding my own actual shape."

He scuffed his toe again, for good measure.

"It usually just lasts for the weekend, at least. You're almost done with it, if that helps at all."

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voiceoverdue

2013-09-15 11:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cecil didn't really know a lot of people yet, and most of those were already male, so he had somehow avoided the "no really, I'm just the other gender" explanations so far.

So when he came back to the room to find a strange boy rummaging through Sholeh's things, he frowned. "You shouldn't take things unless Sholeh said you can," he said sternly.

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I'M NOT HERE YOU DON'T SEE ME!" Sholeh squealed, whirling around and holding up her hands to her face.

voiceoverdue

2013-09-15 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

…Okay, to be fair, Cecil was probably one of the few people that actually stood a chance of working on.

Sometimes.

He frowned. "I'm pretty sure I do." He reached out and poked the strange boy on the shoulder, then nodded. "You're definitely here."

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Could you maybe pretend that I'm not?" Sholeh asked, peeking out from between her fingers. "That would be really nice."

voiceoverdue

2013-09-15 11:41 pm (UTC) (Link)

"I probably could," Cecil answered dubiously. "But I don't know if I should, though. You tell me what you're doing here, and I'll think about it."

3girls_1core

2013-09-15 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Getting some things," Sholeh admitted, her head bowed. She didn't realize that Cecil hadn't recognized her yet. "I'm hungry and I don't want to faint, so..."

voiceoverdue

2013-09-16 12:08 am (UTC) (Link)

"Why not just get something from the common rooms?" Cecil asked, more confused than angry. "Or your own room?"

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 12:29 am (UTC) (Link)

"Because then I'd run into people!" Sholeh said, gasping. "More people! And they'd see me!"

voiceoverdue

2013-09-16 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Cecil frowned. "...So?" He chewed his lip and looked the boy over. He looked pretty normal, though. "Do you think them looking will harm you, or it'll hurt their eyes or something? I'm fine!" he pointed out earnestly.

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)

"No, but they'll see me as a boy!"

DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS?! AND TERRIBLE?

voiceoverdue

2013-09-16 01:36 am (UTC) (Link)

"But...you are a boy?" Cecil asked. "Not that I want to draw conclusions!" His eyes widened. "Oh, no; I'm sorry. Are you not a boy? That was very insensitive of me. Are you not cisgendered? Are you trans or agender or...or...oh, dear, I'm not very good at this, am I?"

He stopped and took a deep breath. "How would you like to be seen?"

3girls_1core

2013-09-16 02:08 am (UTC) (Link)

"I'm a girl!" Sholeh said, stomping her foot. "It's me! It's Sholeh!"

And then she clapped her hand over her mouth, trying to take it back.

"I mean...no I'm not. I'm one of those other things you mentioned. I'm cis--something?"

Sholeh was terrible at lying.

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