alas, I'm just going to have to focus on my studies this week
They do manage to arrange a time and place, and it goes well, all things considered. Aang does not end up listed as "LOVE YOURSELF" in Jing Yi's phone, and Jing Yi puts on a command performance of "innocent-but-not-THAT-innocent Gileadite.'
Jing Yi spends most of his time studying. He does well, generally. Not at the top of his class, but up there.
He gets more settled in in Cascadia. He learns to cook things that aren't just microwave meals-- though the things he learns are mostly variants "instant noodles with frozen vegetables". He goes to see plays and gets to be surprised by Shakespeare and cries more about Ophelia and Juliet's deaths more than is seemly. He works on having an actual social life, even if it ends up being very Lev-Asher-Rose centric with a side of Aang-and-Jon. He helps form a little study group who meets after science class to wrestle with periodic tables and physics algebra and why did so much happen millions of years ago?
He even goes to a Zen temple, run mostly by white people, because it's not right, but it's the correct Vehicle and it's the right sutras even if they're in the wrong language and it's not run by the Theravadans and he will take what he can find. And he sets up a proper memorial table.
He considers his job prospects-- namely that there is no way he would do well in Cascadian law enforcement, oh fuck no, any attempts would go hilariously wrong and he is just not going to try.
...he follows Lev's to do the thing that 'that sounds terrifying and also great and they should try it and see if they like it.' His income is not a lot, but it's enough for cheap drugstore make up and costume jewelery if he saves (Fake gold and plastic gems: another great Cascadian invention.) He puts on his nicest dress (blue and glittery, natch), makes a decent stab at eyeliner and lipstick, and does his hair up in a fancy braided bun. He heads out to a bar-- it had good reviews online, because he checked, but most importantly he had never been there before. Everyone treats him as a woman. It's subtle, omnipresent. He couldn't even say how it would be different, Cascadia does not treat men and women that differently. But people read him as a woman. Because he did that deliberately. He knows exactly what assumptions people are making, and he plays into them. To see what it feels like. ...it's heady and wonderful and also terrifying enough that he gets one drink before heading back to his apartment,
He takes his GED test. He's pretty sure he will pass, he can't see any reason he won't, unless he somehow went into a fugue state and explained the Columbian Exchange in a nonsensical way and did not even noticed. But there's still those tense weeks waiting for the marking to come back.
May as well get some career prep done and not just twiddle his thumbs.
He texts Lev.
Mind if I come over to chat about the time travel thing?