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[02:18] <Dinah> It had been an eventful day, to say the least. From leading the class in takedowns to having Adrien show up, to chasing him with murder on her mind and ultimately losing steam only after gaining speed, Dinah was the picture of exhaustion. Her chat with Jiang Chang had been…helpful, even if she didn't want to admit it. But time itself had done little to quench the fire that burned in her or even dim it. If there had been a day to avoid her at all costs, it was that day, though she made it easy for everyone at least.-
[02:21] <Dinah> Leaning out of her window, she sighed, her elbows propped on the sill while she stared out, cigarette in her fingers. Even now, if she saw Adrien, she would try to maim him. But at the very least, she wasn't punching anyone in proximity, which her dormmates would likely be grateful for. Taking a drag, part of the white stick disappeared into ash while she exhaled smoke, a frown perched on her lips. Once this was done, the ordeal of attempting sleep would come.
[03:01] <Minaplo> And much like a bad smell in a small space, Dinah's phone would suddenly ring.
[03:03] <Dinah> With a grunt, she pulled her phone out of her pocket, looked at it, and instantly sent them to voicemail.
[03:06] <Minaplo>
[03:06] <Minaplo> Ring, ring.
[03:10] <Dinah> Growling now, she answered, only long enough to say "Not a good time." before hanging up and going back to her cigarette.
[03:18] <Minaplo> … … Ring. Ring. Motherfucking ring.
[03:19] <Dinah> With a snarl, she finally put the cigarette out against the wall and dropped it, already fishing another out as she grabbed her phone again. Putting it to her ear, her cigarette lit itself as she grumbled, "What?!"
[04:05] <Minaplo> "Don't hang up on me again, brat!"
[04:06] <Dinah> "Give me a reason not to."
[04:06] <Minaplo> "Is it true that you went full psycho today at school?"
[04:07] <Dinah> "Dunno what you're talking about." Taking a drag of her smoke, she exhaled away from the phone, frowning as she did.
[04:07] <Minaplo> "You were shouting about wanting to kill some kid- are you smoking?"
[04:12] <Dinah> "I mean, if you think I was gonna kill someone, don't you think I'd be smoking right about now?"
[04:15] <Minaplo> "This isn't funny, Dinah."
[04:15] <Minaplo> There was a sigh, followed by the muffled sound of a lighter's flint on the other side of the phone.
[04:15] <Minaplo> "So why did you try and kill someone?"
[04:20] <Dinah> "Who's joking?" She took another puff herself, holding it for a moment before exhaling, clearly hesitating. She didn't really want to give anything up but she knew just what her mother was like, so there really wasn't much point. "He pissed me off."
[04:22] <Minaplo> "Why? What'd he do?"
[04:23] <Dinah> "He sucker punched me and then taunted me when he ran away."
[04:28] <Minaplo> "That's not enough reason to kill someone."
[04:36] <Dinah> "Always worked for me." Lucia could almost hear her shrug through the phone, though her tone dropped audibly after that, some real annoyance slipping into her voice then. "He stole some stuff from me and the people here at the dorm. Really fucked us over."
[04:36] <Minaplo> "No shit? Did you call the cops?"
[04:37] <Dinah> "It was just notes and stuff."
[04:37] <Minaplo> "What kind of loser steals school notes?"
[04:39] <Dinah> "A rich one with nothing better to do." Inhale. Puff. "He used to be our friend. Well…their friend. I never liked him."
[04:39] <Minaplo> "Ooh, I see. So did the breakup happen before or after he stole little Katie's calculus notes?"
[04:40] <Dinah> "Right before. We were all out. He came back to the dorm after having a pissy fit, grabbed the stuff and left."
[04:40] <Minaplo> "Classic."
[04:56] <Dinah> "Yeah." She sniffed again, grumbling. "So he's been a pain in the ass for a while. Shit just got worse. And he came into my Wushu Class, started shit when I was trying to show them throws and I just lost it. I still owe him a broken arm. At least."
[04:58] <Minaplo> "Law of the jungle and all that, but try and avoid jail, huh?"
[04:59] <Dinah> "Don't gotta worry about that."
[05:00] <Minaplo> "Well maybe I kinda do."
[05:02] <Dinah> An edge came to her tone then, her eyes narrowing even though her mother couldn't see it. "No. You don't."
[05:05] <Minaplo> "See that I don't, then. Keep yourself in line."
[05:13] <Dinah> Usually, her mother's sniping would be met with simple dismissal but her mindset didn't allow for it. Angrily crushing out the cigarette, she let it drop as well as she stepped back from the window then, phone pressed to her ear. "Don't give me that shit! I'm not there! You can't pretend to try right now!"
[05:15] <Minaplo> "Pretend to try? What does that mean? Huh!"
[05:17] <Dinah> "You know exactly what it means! Can't throw me out to live with Dad when I'm thousands of miles away, now, can you?!"
[05:17] <Minaplo> "I've done a lot more than pretend, Dinah." Lucia's voice became icy. "You'd be in a lot of shit if it weren't for me."
[05:18] <Dinah> "If it weren't for your money. But you think that's the same thing, don't you?"
[05:19] <Minaplo> Lucia sighed. "I'm not going to apologise for being rich enough to bail you out of your bullshit, Dinah."
[05:23] <Dinah> "So what are you going to apologize for, Mother?"
[05:24] <Minaplo> There was a pause, punctuated by the sound of cigarette drags.
[05:24] <Minaplo> "Apology's not in my blood."
[05:26] <Dinah> "That's what I thought." She grumbled, bitterness clear in her tone before she redirected it. "So what was this whole thing for? I know you didn't call about me going after Adrien."
[05:26] <Minaplo> "Your school's in the news."
[05:27] <Dinah> "Gee, I hadn't noticed. I only had reporters hounding me all fucking day yesterday."
[05:27] <Minaplo> "That shit wouldn't happen as much if you didn't try to do a little star power every now and then instead of just screaming 'get bent' at them."
[05:28] <Dinah> "I'm not a Star, mom."
[05:29] <Minaplo> "That much is obvious. You know, try and keep your head down for now. This is the worst possible time to be screaming, literally, bloody murder in a public space."
[05:30] <Dinah> "No promises. Adrien's gonna get what's coming to him no matter what. If that means at school, it means at school."
[05:35] <Minaplo> "You're always such a tough, aren't you?"
[05:39] <Dinah> "Someone has to be."
[05:44] <Minaplo> "You saying I'm not?"
[05:47] <Dinah> She scoffed, audibly, starting to pace around her room then. "Yeah, I think I am. You and Dad both. You dump him at the first sign of problem and he doesn't do a damn thing about it! You both just…coast. You don't do anything."
[05:47] <Minaplo> "And you, of course, are a real go-getter. Really climbing out of that rut, aren't you, Dinah?"
[05:53] <Dinah> "I'm doin' plenty of new shit over here, yeah. Shit you'd never dream of." Part of her really, really wanted to brag. Wanted to let the cat out of the bag, if just to gloat and get one over on her. But even she knew that was stupid and there were consequences. She'd rip someone's head off for doing something like that, so why would she do it herself?
[05:54] <Minaplo> "Oh I'm sure. I can imagine. Getting into fights and doing nothing else isn't new for me, and it's not new for you either."
[06:00] <Dinah> "I'm doing art, too."
[06:03] <Minaplo> "Good art?"
[06:06] <Dinah> "I think so. Mostly sketches and shit right now."
[06:10] <Minaplo> "Huhm. That's a good start, I guess."
[06:14] <Dinah> "Gee. Thanks." She sighed, flopping down on her bed then, tension still pulling at her body in a familiar, harsh way, even muted by the sleepiness drawing at her. "If I've got your seal of approval, that must mean things are fine."
[06:14] <Minaplo> "Well art is something, isn't it? I'm not a total bitch." Said Lucia. "Art's good. Make art, not war."
[06:19] <Dinah> "Hmm." The sound just told Lucia that she could've said a lot right then and none of it good, though she fought against it instead. Staring up at her ceiling, there was silence from her end while something gnawed at her stomach from inside. "Did you have to do anything about the Adrien thing?"
[06:20] <Minaplo> "No, thankfully."
[06:25] <Dinah> "Good." She paused, frowning. "Bernadette doing okay?"
[06:29] <Minaplo> "Yeah. Misses you, I think."
[06:33] <Dinah> "Of course she does. Without me, all she has to look after is the Gremlin and Macy and Rusty."
[06:34] <Minaplo> "You'd think she'd be grateful."
[06:34] <Dinah> "I really wouldn't."
[06:35] <Minaplo> Lucia snorted. "Fair enough. How is school? Besides the media and the bullshit."
[06:41] <Dinah> "It's whatever, I guess." She shrugged, even if the motion was lost over the phone. Rolling about in her bed some, she tried to get comfortable, despite that seeming to be impossible. "My clubs are nice. Art guy is a little wild. Wushu teacher's nice. She made me basically second-in-charge."
[06:42] <Minaplo> "Really? I guess you've always been good at it, but are you good at teaching?"
[06:45] <Dinah> "Yeah. I know a lot of the throws and whatnot. That's what I was showing the class before Adrien stepped in and ruined it."-
[06:52] <Dinah> She sniffed, scratching lightly at the small ruby stud on her nostril. "Not exactly like the stuff I learned with Jerome and them but close enough."
[06:53] <Minaplo> "Good for you, then."
[06:57] <Dinah> "Thanks." A yawn left her then as the ceiling continued to be incredibly interesting. "So, I'm fine. School's fine. Whatever. Answered all your questions?"
[07:14] <Minaplo> "Humh. You know, the year'll go fast. School holidays will be on you before you know it. You can come here for 'em if you want."
[07:16] <Dinah> "How big of you." She almost growled, suddenly more awake than she had been. "Your boy-toy ain't afraid of me anymore?"
[07:20] <Minaplo> "Arrangements have been made."
[07:21] <Dinah> "What does that even mean?"
[07:25] <Minaplo> "It means he has no more reason to be afraid of you anymore."
[07:30] <Dinah> "Did you buy him some body armor or something?"
[07:35] <Minaplo> "Haha."
[07:40] <Dinah> "Whatever. I guess I might. Staying with Dad wasn't the greatest time either. Rada was…" She sighed and grumbled with some difficulty, clearly not able to find the word she wanted. "…weird."
[07:46] <Minaplo> "Weird?"
[07:51] <Dinah> "Really, really nice. Too nice."
[07:52] <Minaplo> "So not like your mother at all."
[07:55] <Dinah> "As far away from you as can be."
[07:55] <Minaplo> "Wow. Surprised you aren't singing her praises."
[07:57] <Dinah> "Well, for some reason, I'm not used to that."
[08:21] <Minaplo> "Yeah, thought so. You're not really one for touchy feely, huh?"
[08:32] <Dinah> "No thanks to you."
[08:33] <Minaplo> "Well if you're so bitter about it, go back to Rada and her… Her hugs."
[08:41] <Dinah> "Aww, is someone jealous?"
[08:48] <Minaplo> "I just can't handle your big baby booboo whining."
[08:51] <Dinah> "Dunno what you're on about." Yawning, she hovered her finger over the end button but didn't press it yet. "Alright, I'm gonna go to bed, Mom."
[08:52] <Minaplo> "Hah. Okay." Then she adopted a syrupy, sticky voice. "I wuv youuu, Deenah-Weenah. Do you wuv meeee?"
[08:52] <Dinah> "Get bent, Mom."
[08:53] <Minaplo> Laughter.
[08:54] <Dinah> She sniffed, scratching at her nose again and grumbling, drifting away already. "Alright, g'night. Next time you call and I don't pick up, take the hint."
[08:56] <Minaplo> "Next time I call, fucking answer. Giving up's not in my blood either."
[08:57] <Dinah> "I'll block you if I have to."
[08:57] <Minaplo> "I'll find you anyway."
[08:58] <Dinah> "…yeah, probably. Fine, whatever. Guess I'll talk to you next time. G'night."
[08:58] <Minaplo> "G'night."
[09:00] <Dinah> With that, she pressed the 'end' button and dropped her phone, instantly rolling over and drifting off to sleep despite how worried she was that it was going to be a problem.

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