Benji slung his bag onto his shoulder, getting ready to leave the restaurant after a long day at work. He stepped through the door that led to the back alley, closing it before anyone had the chance to ask him to do anything extra, and turned to walk away, stopping in his tracks when he saw another figure. “Reese? he called after her when she ran, jogging slightly to the end of the alley to catch up with her.
Reese did a heel turn and was about to clock Benji with her heels, but stopped mid-way once she saw exactly who it was. She lowered her hands, pausing for a moment before she smiled sheepishly at him. “Sorry about that, y’kinda took me off guard.” The cross-dresser answered, somewhat out of breath as she kept glancing behind him, and of the exit behind her. Trying not to look too pre-occupied, she pat her stomach with her forearm. “Do you know any good restaurants around here? I’m hungry.”
Wear heels, he said. It would make you look more feminine—yeah, if I wasn’t being chased around by ruffians. Reese grumbled inside her head as she continued to awkwardly run down the streets of New York City, having a tail of three thugs after her. She managed to maneuver well enough through the crowds of tourists and residents, slipping into an alley once she saw that she was out of their line of sight. The cross-dresser stopped at the corner of the angled alleyway, taking off her shoes quickly before wearing them on her hands, ready to clock someone if needed, before she took off in the other direction, using her one specialty of getting lost to lose the tail.
“Heh” Jin laughed.
“I think you dooo~” Jin mused moving closer to the girl. He admired that Reese was so care free about what people thought of her. He shook his hand and laughed.
“Yeah right~ I’m good on being showered in sweets.” He looked back at her.
“Besides who wants to be seen giving a valentine to me.” He was laughing but he knew that being like him or Reese brought a disadvantage to relationships.
“Well, y’can always count on me to give you one. We’re friends, after all.” Reese ruffled his hair slowly and lightly, mindful not to surprise the younger man and give him time to react if he was displeased by the action. She understood the underlying message, and chuckled softly.
“Give people some time to know you, Jin, who knows, maybe someone lucky noticed you.” It was hard not to notice both of them, least appearance wise. And even then, their attitudes sorely stuck out at times, though Reese knew that Jin is actually a sweet young man, hidden under formalities and roughness.
Mrs. Reynolds raised an eyebrow at the girl, and crossed her arms over each other. “Okay,” she began, and holds out an arm for Reese to lead the way. “Would you like to show me?”
“But of course, m’dame,” Reese hummed, taking Mrs. Reynolds’ arm as she lead the both of them towards the rooftop of the school, which was a miracle in itself for the fact that she knew exactly where to go without getting lost. Opening the door to the rooftop, the cross-dresser revealed that it was entirely covered with untouched snow, as flakes continued to rest on top of each other silently. “Welcome to the rooftop, Mrs. Reynolds.”
“Well I wasn’t sure if we had gotten to old for it yet.” Jin turned and looked the cross-dresser up and down. He smiled lightly, he was facing one of his closest friends considering he had a hard time making them.
“I know you’d love a Valentines from me~” He joked.
“Ooor you might have someone else in mind you want one from~” He sang in a girly voice teasingly.
“Nonsense! No one is too old for free stuff. ‘Specially sweets, for your sweet tooth.” She replied, poking his forehead lightly as her smile widened. The cross-dresser chuckled as she shoved her hands in her pocket, leaning slightly on the wall. “Maybe I do, maybe I don’t~” Reese said half-jokingly. “And what about you, ready to be showered in sweets from secret admirers?”
Cassie jumped at the sudden voice, before looking over at the student. “I don’t deny that it’s pretty,” she agreed, before turning to look back out the window. “Simply too many people are here for obstacles to get in the way.”
“Oh? You think so? Hm…” The cross-dresser thought about it for a moment, before she glanced over at the older woman with a smile, extending a hand out to the other. “I know a place where the snow would be untouched.”
It’s pretty, but not for New York.
“I think snow looks good anywhere, even when it’s muddled and dirtied.” Reese mused besides the teacher, watching the snow from the same window as the other.
“I think I should give my friends a Valentines gift but I feel like that would be childish.”
“Is it ok to give my friends a valentines gift just because we’re friends….?”
“Of course it’s okay, why do you think a lot of friends of mine gave me a Valentine’s gift back in Washington?” Reese mused behind Jin-ho, completely unaware that majority of the time when she received one, it meant that the girl wanted to be something more to the cross-dresser.
“Hello to you too, Miss Sunshine.” Reese hummed out, greeting the other from behind the teacher’s desk.