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*Meg had some trouble, at first, figuring out where exactly to hold Alanna's dance lessons. The House of Arch school was officially on break for the summer, Meg's room at the bar had barely enough space for one person to stretch, and removing Alanna from the current space-time continuum (such as it was) to go to the Threshold for every lesson seemed a little extravagant.

However, there are the newspaper offices - and one of them has a smooth wooden floor that was just about perfect for practicing.

Which is why Meg's currently busy taping up a sign over the door:*

Do not disterb. Lesson in progres.

Date: 2006-07-27 08:27 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Words fail me)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Bar really has developed Mikey's sense of humor.

Alanna doesn't look at all amused as she starts down the corridor, waving to Meg even as she grumbles.

The top of a bright pink leotard is just visible under yoga pants and sweater. Additionally, she appears to be wearing leg warmers on her arms.

It's a good thing she really likes Meg.

Date: 2006-07-28 01:20 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (calm)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"Those I like," Alanna replies stubbornly. "I have some on my legs, as well."

Rolling her shoulders back, she enters the office and looks around, curiosity temporarily winning over trepidation.

"This is where you do the writing?"

Date: 2006-07-30 03:23 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (What a laugh)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"I confess that I haven't read many issues since that interview with Adam and I was published," she laughs, forgetting to be worried about her impending lesson. "Although perhaps I should. After all, it proved portentous."

Reluctantly, she peels the leg warmers off her arms.

Date: 2006-08-02 10:25 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (My sweet lady lioness)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"I should hope so," Alanna squeaks, fingers curling protectively around the waistband of her pants. "There's no-"

She squirms.

"The suit leaves my legs bare!"

Date: 2006-08-03 05:45 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Alanna gives Meg's legs a sharp look and sighs, slowly peeling the pants down. Embarrassed, she chucks them over her shoulder.

"Perhaps I should let you stick me in a tutu, after all," she grouses.

Date: 2006-08-04 01:56 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (I don't have time for this)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Alanna manages not to snort, but the look she gives Meg is eloquent all the same.

"Almost two, to be exact." She wrinkles her nose. "I remember only that I crashed into a chair."

Date: 2006-08-06 05:56 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (A little bit girl... a little bit not.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Brightening, Alanna nods. Stretching she understands.

"Aye, unless you want to snap a muscle."

She begins a series of stretches that are anything but graceful, for all that they are effective.

Date: 2006-08-06 06:03 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Mouth)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"Your back," Alanna replies, unfolding herself from an awkward looking stretch. Thoughtfully, "perhaps I will try that one you were doing with your legs."

Lack of grace or not, she is flexible.

"No one else knows about this, right?"

Date: 2006-08-06 06:10 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Incorrigible boy)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"Goddess, I'm not sure I've ever received such a proposition from a woman before."

On occasion, she is still conditioned to respond like a male. Alanna smirks, pulling herself up to her full height.

Imposing, isn't it?

Date: 2006-08-06 06:44 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Blush)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Alanna colors slightly.

"She's usually too preoccupied with my chest."

Date: 2006-08-10 01:33 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (facepalm)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Strangled, "no, that's okay!"

Alanna laughs uncomfortably and straightens.

"I think I'm as limber as I'm ever going to be. What shall we do first?"

She spins, wildly, displaying as much grace as a donkey on ice skates.

Date: 2006-08-14 04:51 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (Braid)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Frowning, Alanna copies the position. The line is not quite vertical, but it's not bad.

"I don't know anyone who stands like this. I feel like a duck."

...A SINISTER duck?

Date: 2006-08-21 03:48 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Stubborn? Moi?)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
A ha! It's like straddling a horse... only not at all. Instead of heels down, it's toes out.

Alanna does her best not to grimace.

"I'm quite sure this looks indecent." She bites her lip and looks down. "I thought dancing involved more motion."

Date: 2006-08-27 08:09 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (A little bit girl... a little bit not.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Alanna smiles, the praise starting to go to her head. Maybe she's not entirely hopeless.

Bouncing a little, she asks, "the plea what? When do I get to pick you up and throw you? That seems like the most fun."

Date: 2006-08-29 01:21 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (What a laugh)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"Bobbing up and down," Alanna repeats, watching. It doesn't look too terribly difficult, although she thinks it's rather strange. Biting her lip, she mentally checks her feet and her waist, and then gives it a try.

"How's this?"

She overbalances slightly, her chest thrust forward, while her rear end pokes, er, towards the rear.

Date: 2006-08-30 03:42 pm (UTC)
the_lioness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Blushing, Alanna decides this will go much easier for her if she actually pays attention. It's like Shang, in a way. Balance and motion, muscles stretching and moving and learning their way.

She concentrates, straightening her back and focusing on her knees.

"You make it look so easy," Alanna breathes.

Date: 2006-09-06 03:52 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (I may never stop smiling.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Alanna laughs and grabs her hand, spinning Meg in a circle.

"Thom should take lessons from you. It would do wonders for his temperament."

Date: 2006-09-12 04:20 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (Default)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Giving Meg a look that clearly says that's not funny, Alanna snickers anyway.

"I would protect you," she promises earnestly. "And you have to admit that his face would be pretty funny."

Date: 2006-10-16 04:18 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (Sly)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"So I am starting to realize."

Alanna blows out a breath and keeps moving, determined not to let this ballet thing get the better of her.

"I think that's a brilliant plan, Meg. As far as I'm concerned, it's settled. Count on my help, if you need it."

Date: 2006-10-16 04:29 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (facepalm)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Mournfully, "easy for you to say."

It's not actually all that difficult, and as much is Alanna may insist she has two left feet, swordplay requires some grace and dexterity. She follows along fairly well; it's only when she attempts to spin at the end that the trouble occurs.

"Oh!


Goddess..."

Date: 2006-10-16 04:42 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (A little bit girl... a little bit not.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
"Perhaps it would be less dangerous if I practiced with trees," she says, and her lips twitch at the thought. Alanna used to like watching Meg attack and parry amongst the branches. "Thanks. It's hard to ignore old patterns, you know? It's as if my feet have minds of their own.

"Dancing isn't so bad," she concedes.

Alanna almost pats herself on the back for the admission.

Date: 2006-10-16 05:09 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (You are batshit crazy.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
Meg is encouraging, but, judging by Alanna's wrinkled nose, not quite encouraging enough for that.

"I thank you for the thought, but I prefer to keep our lessons private." She runs the back of her hand across her forehead and grins. "Next thing I'd know, you would be putting me through my paces in front of the entire bar."

Surreptitiously, she reaches for the leg warmers.

Date: 2006-10-16 05:23 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (You're only a man.)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
:O!!!

It's a pity that speed dressing isn't a sport of some kind; Alanna would be breaking records.

Yoga pants back on, she turns to Meg and giggles despite herself.

"Years from now? I fear it would take at least that long." She tilts her head and says, "we could bet on it. I will perform in public if you can get Thom to accompany me."

She feels this is a safe bet.

Date: 2006-10-16 05:29 am (UTC)
the_lioness: (Whut?)
From: [personal profile] the_lioness
The smile is more than a little worrying. Wary, Alanna shakes Meg's hand and clears her throat.

"Very well," Alanna says, "it's a bet."

She's not usually given to stupidity, she thinks, so it must have been the dancing that addled her brain so.

"Er... thanks. For the lesson. I think I had fun."

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