She kept her hair blonde and black, this time letting it flow down her back instead of tying it up. Her clothes were more subdued this time around, black on black on black. A fishnet shirt over a black cropped top with a black leather jacket. The jacket was just for show and it hung off her shoulders which allowed the tattoo on her back and arm to be seen. Tight black pants hugged her hips and black running shoes finished off the ensemble and her monochromatic look made her pale violet eyes stand out.
Xia’s mother noticed all of the preening and grilled her subtly for hours before Xia finally relented and told her mother everything. About the most beautiful man with long white hair, who made her blush whenever he paid attention to her. Xia’s mother would listen with interest as she heard her daughter talk about her first date. Finally she would give Xia a knowing smile and hug her tightly. “I’m so happy for you cupcake! Does your father know?” Xia would hug her mother and then look up in horror as she realized what her mother was actually asking; Is he going to approve?. “Well uh, no. I didn’t tell anyone. Oh no, what if he doesn’t like him! What if I’m never going to be able to see him again! What if. . .” Xia’s mother would gently place a hand on Xia’s cheek to get her attention and stop her panicking. “Don’t worry my little cupcake, I’ll take care of your father, you go have fun with Azzie.” She would then leave Xia to continue preparing with a wink before she faded from view.
“Don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”
Xia was confused. “What does that mean? Mom?!” She shouted after her but there was no reply, although she could swear she heard a quiet chuckle come from down the hall. “Well, it doesn’t matter.” Xia spoke to herself as she paced around her bedroom and tried to settle the butterflies in her stomach as she waited for Azzie to arrive. “This will be fun, and Mom can keep being weird as long as she keeps Dad from being grumpy. Oh. . . what if Azzie doesn’t show up?” The butterflies came back in full force as she realized there was a possibility that Azzie wouldn’t show at all.