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It turned out the main exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum for Bay and Gert's visit was by a guy obsessed with the end of the world.

His work was good, but it made for a morbid gallery to walk through before lunch.

"Okay," Bay said, as she stood in front of yet another canvas of skulls. "The world is not allowed to end before I finish high school."

[OOC: NFB due to distance. For she of the purple hair!]

Date: 2013-09-11 03:38 pm (UTC)
arsenicmauls: (fact: backpack)
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"And if you went to any other high school, that would probably be a pretty easy task, but under the circumstances..." Gert noted, trailing off.

She stopped in front of one particularly gruesome-looking skull. "Wow, this is depressing. But I know a Goth girl who would love this."

Date: 2013-09-11 04:46 pm (UTC)
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"See, I can't help feeling like sending someone a skull-o-gram sends a weird message, even if she is kind of a morbid person," Gert said thoughtfully, tilting her head. "Is that weird?"

Date: 2013-09-11 05:32 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah," Gert agreed, then added contemplatively, "Maybe I'll find a Hot Topic and split the difference."

She took a step back from the painting she was looking at, then wondered, "So, in your professional artist opinion, what do you think?"

Date: 2013-09-11 08:08 pm (UTC)
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"Yeah," Gert agreed. "I think I'm leaning more positive than negative. He's definitely talented, and he has a statement. It's depressing, and the whole 'a life devoted to the end' tagline makes me kind of want to give him a hug, but it's good art. As far as I can tell."

She glanced sidelong at Bay to gauge her reaction to that evaluation. Gert wasn't often unsure of her opinions, but critiquing art in front of an actual artist brought out that side of her, apparently.

Date: 2013-09-11 08:41 pm (UTC)
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"Bowls of fruit and stuff," Gert agreed, nodding. "The crap they put up in hotels and elevators that no one can take offense to." She scrunched up her face, obviously not a fan of the art she was describing. "I feel like art is a 'go big or go home' kind of game."

Date: 2013-09-12 10:23 am (UTC)
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"I think that's usually a good thing," Gert said thoughtfully. "I'm all for ignoring social pressure as long as it isn't, like, the pressure not to be racist or something. If you're just creating art that's kind of gory or hard to look at, that's just... you know, other people's problem."

Date: 2013-09-12 06:45 pm (UTC)
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"...Good point," Gert said at once, sounding somewhat surprised and amused by her own oversight. "I guess I meant more like... yeah, yay nonconformity unless it's gonna hurt someone if you say your ideas out loud. Which is just a really long-winded way of saying 'yay skulls,' I guess."

Date: 2013-09-12 07:34 pm (UTC)
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"Please," Gert said vehemently. "I think that was my first serious intellectual conversation in a good year and a half. Surprisingly draining. Coffee in a museum cafe should make me feel less pathetic about that, right?"

Date: 2013-09-12 08:36 pm (UTC)
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"That ought to be my team's motto," Gert concluded. "Or we could go for gold and make it the official motto of Fandom High. Kind of as an explanation for our bad test scores."

She peered around the corner, nodding in the direction of the sign with an arrow toward the cafe and setting off in that direction.

"Like, world-saving is great and all, and I know as an ex-dropout it's weird that I'm saying this, but art history and literature and debates and stuff kind of make it have a point."

Date: 2013-09-12 09:42 pm (UTC)
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Gert wrinkled her nose in sympathy. "Yeah, exactly," she agreed. "I hated my prep school in LA, and the notion of having to go to school at all, but high school seems extra pointless when all my classes are, like, 'how to pull pranks' or whatever." Which wasn't entirely fair - she actually liked both of her classes this semester - but it was a general complaint. "I liked when I at least knew my school was decent enough that I'd walk away knowing important stuff. Especially since I'm probably not going to college."

Date: 2013-09-13 07:34 am (UTC)
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Gert shook her head, but didn't seem too bothered by the naivete. "It's not that," she said. "I'm not sure, but I think by the time I'm starting college I'll have access to my parents' accounts." Assuming they hadn't all been emptied into the Avengers' charity fund or something, which was a suspicion of hers. "But when I'm done here, I think I'm probably gonna go back to LA and help my friends with the heroing stuff full-time. At least for a while."

It didn't occur to her that they might not want to, or that she might change her mind between now and then. That was maybe a problematic oversight.

"You're thinking art school, right?"

Date: 2013-09-13 04:54 pm (UTC)
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"I think so," Gert said, looking a little bit self-conscious now - but in a good way, like Bay's surprise was forcing her to be more thoughtful. "I can't think of anything else I'd want to do right now that's a real job, and I still want to make up for all the shit my parents got away with."

She paused, then added, "Plus, when I was a kid I only ever wanted to be a politican, but now I think I'm officially burned out on authority figures forever."

Date: 2013-09-13 07:57 pm (UTC)
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"For sure," Gert agreed vehemently. "But I do have a psychic dinosaur and really badass friends, which is more than some people have. Plus, a lot of bad guys are total wimps."

It was kind of depressing, actually.

"Besides, aren't you scared about starting college? I think that would freak me out."

Date: 2013-09-14 07:31 am (UTC)
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"Yeah, fair," Gert granted, nodding. So had she, she guessed - it was weird that the idea of college intimidated her at all. "How weird is it gonna be to take real classes again, though?"

Date: 2013-09-14 08:00 pm (UTC)
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"Oh, perfect," Gert said, nodding in the direction of the room they had just come from, "you could just borrow this guy's style."

Gert was not a calculus fan.

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