-Inside The Modern Woman-
Diana walked through the doorway moments after Jasmine did and had cause to regret it. There were young women swarming everywhere and picking over the clothing racks of shorts, skirts, t-shirts, anything that could be worn. Jasmine stood beside Diana and seemed to ponder the wisdom of her choice to press on before diving right into the crowd, leaving the blonde to hold her bags and stay out of the way the best she could. There was really nowhere to stand, so Diana thought about going outside and sitting on one of the benches to wait for Jasmine when she heard a scream coming from the other side of the shop.
Ignoring the weight of the bags in her hands, Diana hurried towards the source and dodged around numerous young women who were oblivious to her presence. She found Jasmine standing in front of a young brown-haired woman who was wearing a white long-sleeved Crocus Magicka University t-shirt, a blue skirt, and black-rimmed glasses. Jasmine noticed Diana standing there and pointed towards her.
"Emily, I'd like you to meet Diana Winchester. She's a friend of mine." Jasmine said to a young woman named Emily. Emily turned towards Diana and smiled.
"Hello Diana. I'm Emily Barton, a friend of Jasmine's since childhood. We've attended all the same schools together since kindergarten." Emily introduced herself to the huntress and explained how the two brunettes knew one another. Once Diana saw that there was no threat to Jasmine the huntress relaxed and gave a slight smile to the bespectacled brunette. Emily looked a lot like a brown-haired version of Lorelei... Emily had the same hair length, the same wavy hair, even the same eye color. The resemblance was odd, but Diana had seen plenty of odd things in her career.
"Hello Emily." Diana laconically greeted the bespectacled brunette and shifted shopping bags from her right hand to her left, then waved the free hand in greeting. Once that was done Diana shifted the excess bags back to her right hand.
"What are you doing here, Jasmine?" Emily asked Jasmine.
"I'm here getting some new outfits for school. I got into Crocus Magicka University and I'm going to need some new outfits for the upcoming semester." Jasmine answered. Emily laughed a little.
"Looks like everyone's got the same idea you did, Jasmine." Emily commented with a slightly sarcastic edge to her voice. Jasmine looked around and sighed.
"Yeah, I suppose you're right, Emily." Jasmine said. The store was packed with young women and it was not showing signs of emptying any time soon. Jasmine looked at Diana and then looked at Emily. Maybe the brunette would give up on the venture for the time being and return when The Modern Woman was less crowded.
"Since I doubt that we're gonna get anything from here today, let's just go somewhere else." Jasmine suggested to Diana. Diana nodded in agreement. Emily nodded too.
"Yeah. Let's just go." Emily agreed with her friend. She and Jasmine led the way out of the store and Diana followed behind them the best she could. The huntress was glad that they were leaving this store for the day because she could have sworn that at least one young woman looked at her with obvious romantic interest.
-Outside The Modern Woman, the second floor-
"Well, that was a bust." Jasmine commented on the visit to The Modern Woman. She was obviously disappointed by how she could not get to the clothing racks to browse the wares. Emily nodded.
"Yeah. I was kinda hoping to get a cute t-shirt or a pair of shorts, but no dice. I'll just have to wait until next time." Emily chimed in. Diana remained silent.
"Well, there's always another day to shop!" Jasmine happily commented, her disappointment soon forgotten. Emily nodded.
"Besides, I promised my sister that I wouldn't spend too much in the mall today. Maybe I should just call it quits." Jasmine said to Emily. Emily looked towards Diana, who was stoically holding the bags from Earthland Eagle and waiting for the brunettes to make a decision on whether they were going to continue shopping in another store or call it a day.
Jasmine's face suddenly lit up.
"Hey Emily, would you like to come hang out with me and Diana at my place?" Jasmine asked Emily. The bespectacled brunette did not take very long to make her decision.
"Sure, Jasmine! I'd be glad to!" Emily replied in the affirmative. The two brunettes smiled and walked away from Diana and towards the stairwell, leaving the blonde to hurry after them once again. At least Diana could take comfort in the fact that she would not have to go into Intimate Secrets and endure sales pitches for push-up bras. There was that small mercy.
-Inside the DuClare residence, thirty-five minutes later-
Jasmine and Emily went in the door first followed by Diana, whose arms were starting to get tired from holding the shopping bags for so long. At least she would finally get to put them down somewhere. Jasmine and Emily took seats in the living room while Diana stood in the foyer.
"Hey Diana, could you drop those bags off in my room for me?" Jasmine asked Diana. The blonde nodded. She would be happy to oblige Jasmine.
"Certainly." Diana replied before leaving the living room and heading for Jasmine's room so that she could drop off the shopping bags and finally let go of the burden she had been carrying for over an hour. She walked down the hallway to the open door and went inside the room as Jasmine and Emily began to talk about Crocus Magicka University.
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