The nicest thing about graduation, Bea thinks, is that in the brief window after breakfast and before the flames burn through, most of the mals are migrating down to the graduation hall. So it's possible to let one's guard down slightly more than usual and not feel too bad about it. And if you go two to a room instead of separately to wait for the cleansing to finish... it's not like curfew's being enforced.
Though they should probably get moving soon...
Yeah. Their fifteen minutes of luxury is nearly up - they'll need to move as soon as the cleansing fires finish. Which means they need to get ready now, and decide for sure if they're taking showers and getting food, if they're going scavenging, or if they're going looking for Higgins and her girlfriend. Or some other option, like tracking down the Shanghai Domina's daughter.
Shower would be nice, if Bea can be selfish for a few minutes longer. After that- the cafeteria will be where everyone ends up. It'd be more efficient to let the others come to them.
Showering would help the politics, anyways. (And she doesn't think Higgins and her girlfriend are immune to a pretty girl - or two - who's just gotten all freshened up.)
One might even go so far as to say a pretty girl or two who have just freshened up are even a weak spot for them.
A glaring opening for their other new girlfriend.
Sounds like sufficient justification.
More than plenty.
To the showers, then, as soon as the mortal flame dies off and the corridors clear enough to be navigable. With their carefully hoarded senior outfits to change into after, and perhaps a bit of work tidying up their hair...
(Getting to worry about hair is a pretty unique luxury, one even enclavers have to struggle for. Liesel can't afford luxury here, except in brief snatches. But she thinks that once they have some room to breathe - she's going to enjoy cleaning her girl up. Giving her a little beauty, the breathing room Liesel never had growing up.)
She has cases full of jewelry waiting for her to play with when they get out.
They can both dress up.
And a slightly less spectacular dressing up today, to celebrate surviving another year.
And one more to go.
Off to the cafeteria, then?
Might be better to try to catch those two when they return to the floor after scavenging... There's a bit of time before lunch, still.
Sounds like Liesel wants an excuse to keep Bea to herself for a while longer.
She's trying to be considerate of Higgins' girlfriend's clear dislike for being spoken to during meals.
Multiple purposes, as always.
It's how she operates.
It's very attractive.
One of her many purposes.
Quick kiss, before setting up something to alert them when one of their targets returns to the floor.
Then it's a waiting game.
They get alerted pretty soon to Luthien Higgins entering the corridor, at least.
Her girlfriend's not usually far behind. Time to say hello?