[For Lucy]

Nov. 25th, 2009 04:16 pm
theirlawyer: (angles: by wakizashi)
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Ainsley had exactly one student in some of her classes. It was true that she didn't exactly anticipate the doors being broken down in order to be taught by her, but she had thought that she would have better luck than this. Still, just because only one person was there didn't mean she was going to slack in the least. She had formulated a specialized lesson plan just for Lucy and had their mentoring sessions.

"Lucy?"

And she was trying to figure out just why Lucy seemed so distracted. Ainsley pressed a palm to her slowly-growing stomach and picked at her shirt to adjust it before she looked at the girl with worry in her eyes. "Is it me? Are my lessons boring?" she asked with genuine concern. "If there's something that's dreadful about the lectures, you can tell me and we can move on, I promise."

Date: 2009-11-25 11:05 pm (UTC)
radicalize: (You know I know when it's a dream.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
"What?" Lucy asked, lifting her head a little, both because she had, in fact, been distracted and because it had nothing to do with Ainsley in the slightest. It said a lot, actually, about how interesting she found the class that she was still here at all; she'd had Ainsley as a teacher before, but could get even more out of one on one sessions like this, and had no intention of taking that for granted.

Despite that, her mind had been elsewhere and she knew it, just as she knew there was nothing she could do to help it. Drawing in a deep breath, she shook her head quickly, her expression undeniably apologetic. "No, no, it's not you at all, really. It's just - it's been a rough few days." And that was more of an understatement than she cared to admit to.

Date: 2009-11-26 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
Ainsley sat herself down opposite of Lucy and slid her palm over several of the texts, feeling a great deal like she was back in law school surrounded by heaps of laws that were going to make a difference in someone's life -- maybe hers. "Do you want to talk about it? Being as it's just the two of us, it'd be somewhat difficult to go off syllabus when we make it up ourselves."

Date: 2009-11-27 06:59 am (UTC)
radicalize: (Into the light of the dark black night.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
Lucy bit her lower lip, considering that, though it didn't take her long at all to answer. It wasn't like it was a secret, and besides, she'd always liked Ainsley, even before having her as a teacher. When it was clearly affecting her, she had no reason not to say. "Ryan," she said, "my boyfriend, he... he disappeared. I guess it's just been messing with me."

Date: 2009-11-29 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
Ainsley wasn't sure if she was the best-equipped person to deal with this issue, but she knew that she owed Lucy to try and understand. Slowly, she slid down into the opposite chair and tried to catch Lucy's gaze to properly look at her. "I'm sorry," she expressed. "I can't even imagine what it's like at your age. Honestly, the fact you're still here says you're stronger than I was back then."

Date: 2009-11-30 06:29 am (UTC)
radicalize: (Take these broken wings & learn to fly.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
"It's... I wish I could say it was the worst thing that I've dealt with," Lucy said, unable to help looking guilty even as she said it. It ranked pretty high, certainly, but not even how much she'd loved Ryan could change some of what had happened before. "I think what makes it harder is that it isn't. I just thought I was done with this, you know? Things were finally going right."

Date: 2009-12-02 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"This place isn't really like home," Ainsley admitted as she looked at Lucy, setting aside the books and closing her notebook. "I know it has this pretty little shape and looks like it, but my friend...well, as depressing as he makes it sound, he's not entirely wrong about this being a place where we just lose and lose. I wish that I could make it better," Ainsley tentatively offered. "Do you need something specific? Ice cream and an incredible array of sweets and alcohol, maybe? Or just a lot of tissues?"

Date: 2009-12-03 07:01 am (UTC)
radicalize: (Left empty in between.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
"I'm thinking the first," Lucy said as thoughtfully as she was able, managing a wry little smile. It had done the trick before -- well, mostly alcohol had, but she felt a little guilty admitting that -- and it would again, she was sure. This one was just a hell of a lot harder than the others. "Not really any better way to deal with all that losing and losing, right?"

Date: 2009-12-04 12:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"Well, hold that thought," Ainsley commanded, sliding out of her seat. "You have to excuse me for eating in front of you all the time, but there's no reason we can't find something horribly sweet and share it. What are you in the mood for?" she invited, extending her hand to wave her with her. "C'mon, I'm sure there's pie of some sort. There usually is when I go to the kitchen. Not so much when I leave, though."

Date: 2009-12-04 04:08 am (UTC)
radicalize: (Many times I've been alone.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
Lucy didn't hesitate to pull herself to her feet, following along after Ainsley as they headed towards the kitchen. "Pie works," she replied, giving a short little nod. It wasn't quite a stiff drink or three, but pie was definitely something she was in no position to turn down. "I could go for some pie. And you don't have to worry about eating in front of me, anyway, I never mind that."

Date: 2009-12-06 02:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"It's become a habit of mine over the years of asking. When you're in the middle of negotiations over new legislature in Washington, it's usually good manners to ask if no one else wants the last muffin sitting on the tabletop. Which, incidentally, Republicans are far better at catering. If ever it comes up," Ainsley said, hands busy starting to assemble plates when they arrived at the kitchen.

Date: 2009-12-07 01:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] radicalize
"I'll keep that in mind," Lucy said, managing to smile a little. She highly doubted that it was anything that she would need to know here, but filling her head with whatever she could also seemed to be pretty useful. "Anyway, I'm always fine with food. You spend enough time working around it, after a while, you barely even notice."

Date: 2009-12-08 03:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"Well, good, because I'm fairly sure that in the coming months of our classes, I'm going to be bringing picnics now that you've said that," Ainsley joked mildly with a smile on her face. "I did mean to ask if there was anything you wanted to focus on rather than the broad spectrum of what I'm teaching you."

Date: 2009-12-10 06:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] radicalize
"I've just really been enjoying what we've been doing so far," Lucy confessed, smiling a little despite herself. It was a bit like doing things in reverse, she realized, going back and learning about things she'd been thrown into the middle of back home. At the very least, it was steadier, and Ainsley really was a good teacher. "I never got the chance to do anything like this back home, so it's kind of nice, learning a little of everything."

Date: 2009-12-10 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"Well, I'm glad," Ainsley said firmly. "Writing for the paper and running hopelessly for Council has turned into something of a pipe dream on the latter and too much work for the former considering my life changes, but teaching..." She shook her head, a genuine smile crossing her face. "Well, I always did love teaching because it is the genuine joy that I have, but I get to share it. And how many people can say that? And maybe soon enough I can have you running for Council on your own platforms and writing your own op-eds about political matters."

Date: 2009-12-11 07:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] radicalize
"I'd like that," Lucy said warmly, smile masking how difficult, in a way, that was to think about. Ryan had always encouraged her to do things like that, had even nominated her one year, and to think about doing any of it now without him was more difficult than she would ever admit to. "The idea of doing nothing here, it's... I can't, you know? Just sit still. To do either of those things would be really fantastic."

Date: 2009-12-11 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"I know," Ainsley assured her, knowing that all too well. "I really don't see how William could have any problem with someone taking over my post as a writer for the paper, so you can really just start anytime you like. And I'll remain proud as ever of a protege making it so that my quitting doesn't cause such heavy regret."

Date: 2009-12-12 03:54 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] radicalize
Lucy had to smile a little sheepishly at that, ducking her head for a moment. "Then it works for us both," she said. "You know, even before I got into politics, I wanted to write for a newspaper or something. So I guess this is the... best of both worlds, or whatever."

Date: 2009-12-12 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"Well, if you take over my exact job, it's pretty simple. Not so simple that an ape could do it, but fairly straightforward," she offered helpfully. "You take the platforms and you write about them. If you want, you give a little op-ed spin. I mean, I assume you can. William never demanded retractions when I did it."

Date: 2009-12-14 12:03 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] radicalize
"That's definitely good to know," Lucy replied with a faint laugh. She could be unbiased when she needed to, but it wasn't the easiest task for her, even now. "Hopefully he won't mind if I do the same."

Date: 2009-12-14 07:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"And if he does mind, I still say you should do it. He's a good man, but honestly, it's actually part of my entertainment to watch him flustered. It's what's keeping me from going too stir-crazy," she joked as she sliced up a slice of pie for the both of them to replace empty plates.

Date: 2009-12-15 05:31 pm (UTC)
radicalize: (Kept my heart locked up so tight.)
From: [personal profile] radicalize
"I might go stir-crazy anyway," Lucy allowed, head tilting a little to the side as she poked at the fresh slice of pie with her fork. She'd known that all the time she had been here. Staying still, running the risk of becoming stagnant, just wasn't anything she liked. "But that'd probably prolong it a little, at least, which is good."

Date: 2009-12-15 08:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playingtheenemy.livejournal.com
"Well, if you ever feel like you're about to break, I'll find someone and you can have a debate with them and claw their eyes out with the stir-crazy. Guy Burgess always deserves it and is always up for a good debate," Ainsley supplied helpfully. "You just have to remember that with him, his respect sometimes comes across as disdain."
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