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Fall Fest Bingo 4

Title: Finding a Friend…
Author: kira
Word Count: 930
World: Lantana
Main Characters: Jadzia Nowak, Pearl Aster
Borrow: no
Summary: Shy Jadzia finally makes a new friend…
Author’s notes: Special thanks to Kat for pinking this for me and all her help. Please also note that Pearl Aster belongs to Erin/yonkyu and that I’m just borrowing her for this fic. Also, please note that this was written as a Halloween treat for Erin as well as for Madrona Project.

For Erin… Happy Halloween…





Jadzia Nowak looked around the marketplace and sighed. Summer was fast coming to an end and she still had not made any friends. When her parents had died this past winter, she had moved to Lantana to live with her aunt and uncle in the hopes of marrying her off. She was short and plump, and her warm honey colored hair hung in loose curls down her back, making her look younger than her sixteen years.

Shy and bookish, she found it hard to go up to the girls they encountered while out with her cousins and strike up a conversation like they did. So she hung back, preferring to listen to their chatter, all the while wishing she could join in. As a result, potential friends found her standoffish and cold. It hurt when her cousins shrugged it off as Jadzia just being “weird.” Still, she tried her best to fit in.

Jadzia wandered around, quietly looking for the things on the list that her aunt had given her. Her cousin Anastazja had gone off with her friends, leaving her alone. After finding the last thing on her list, Jadzia hurried over to the bookseller’s stall. She had some money her aunt had given her to buy the things she needed, like fabric to make new dresses, or a warm shawl, practical things in her aunt’s view, but Jadzia needed books just as much as she needed food. They kept her from feeling lonely.

It was while she was perusing the stacks of books, lost in thought, that another girl around her age wandered over. She moved with a confident grace as she roamed through the stacks of books. The girl moved closer to Jadzia.

“I saw that book last time I was here. Is it any good?” the girl asked.

It took Jadzia several painfully long minutes to realize the girl was speaking to her. She looked up and over at her, her cheeks bright pink. “I don’t know,” she said softly.

“Oh…” The girl frowned for a minute, before smiling. “So, do you like to read?”

Jadzia nodded.

“Me too! I’m Pearl, by the way. What’s your name?”

“Jadzia…”

“What a pretty name! Are you from around here?”

Jadzia nodded again. Despite her crippling shyness, she found herself drawn to the pretty brown-eyed girl, with her warm smiles. “I live with my aunt and uncle and my cousins…”

“I live with my family too. My brother’s an artist,” Pearl said proudly.

“Yeah? So was my father.”

“Yeah? What’s he do now? I mean, you did say he was an artist.” Pearl tucked a strand of brown hair that had come lose from her ponytail behind her ear.

“He and my mother died this past winter…”

Pearl’s eyes went wide as her cheeks heated up. She covered her mouth with her hand. If only she could take back her words as the poor girl looked so upset at being reminded of her parents. “I’m so sorry, I-I didn’t know.” She impulsively hugged the other girl.

“It’s okay. An epidemic hit my village… A lot of people died. I’m lucky my aunt and uncle were able to take me in.” Jadzia gave her a weak smile. Sure, she was lucky on the one hand, on the other… Jadzia often wondered if she would have been better off staying there.

Pearl took Jadzia’s hands in hers. “My dear friend Skye lost her mom too. It must be so hard for you.”

Jadzia nodded. She felt like she was going to cry and she wiped under her eye with her left hand. “Your poor friend.” All the sadness she had felt when her parents died came rushing back.

“Yeah…” Pearl looked away and back as an awkward silence settled between them. “Anyway, ummm…”

“So ummm…” Jadzia said helplessly.

“Anyway… What’s your favorite book?” Pearl said. She hoped the quick change of subject back to what they were originally talking about would help. She kind of liked her, even though they had just met, as there was something about her that reminded her of her best friend Skye.

“I have a book of fairytales that I like. They’re retellings of stories that were old when Ancients were around.”

“I have a book like that!” Pearl said with a smile.

“You do?” Jadzia found her sadness slipping away, as it was hard to be upset around someone as full of life as Pearl.

Pearl nodded. “Would you like to come over for tea? Then I can show it to you.”

“Yeah?”

Pearl’s smile broadened. “Yeah. So what do you say? Would you like to come over to my house?”

Jadzia nodded. “If it’s not too much trouble…” she said shyly.

“Great! How about tomorrow?”

“Okay.”

Pearl giggled. “I hope we can become friends. School’s going to start soon and it’s always nice to have a friend to spend time with. We can eat our lunches together and...”

The rest of what Pearl was saying was lost on Jadzia. All she could focus on was “I hope we can be friends.” She felt like she was floating on air as she paid the bookseller and wandered the marketplace with her new friend. It was like having a dream come true. When the time came for the girls to go their separate ways, Jadzia found that the excitement of going to visit Pearl far outweighed the sadness of watching her walk away. When her new friend stopped to turn around and give her a quick wave, Jadzia could not help smiling as she waved back.

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yonkyu
Nov. 6th, 2018 01:56 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!!

I love it so much!! It was great to meet Jadzia!! She is so cute. I can't wait to see their friendship grow!!
kiramaru7
Nov. 6th, 2018 03:28 am (UTC)
You're welcoem! I'm sooo glad you like it! :D Thank you! :D Me too! :D Maybe one of these days we can collab on something with them. :D

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