Take Five: Lila-Rae
by, 05-12-2010 at 02:08 AM (865 Views)
Background Information, age 15 going on 16. Spencer coming tonight or tomorrow.
“ ‘Cause there’s a lot you don’t know/But you say you won’t go and I’d like to believe you”
1.)The first time she got kicked out of boarding school was because she refused to wear the headband as part of the uniform. You can force her into green plaid but you cannot make her look like Winona Ryder on trial for shoplifting.
2.)Contrary to what Mom says the headband was not because she wanted to piss the headmistress off (although that did enter into it.) The refusal to wear the damn thing only turned into a protest after the headmistress said her reason was silly. She knows its shallow to learn this from a headband but that week she realized no one could intimidate her into doing something she didn’t want to do.
3.)The second time was because she was having sex with Mr.Savino, her 28-year-old Italian teacher. Technically her dismissal was a “mutual decision” and had to do with other girls calling her "The Italian Job". All that experience taught her was lei a stupida, stupida ragazza!
4.)Her Mom can’t know she knows about her Father, and especially that she doesn’t hate her for it, because if she gets kicked out of school a third time she may need to send Mommy dearest on a long, meandering guilt trip.
5.)At first the only reason she was nice to Angie was because she thought if she got on the DNA-verified Q’s good side Tracy might back off. Instead she got a partner in crime who took Tracy’s snarky beat downs beside her.
Lila-Rae on her Mother:
1.)At St. Augustine’s Elementary the other children thought she was in the minority because she didn’t have a Father. She saw herself as a minority because she had a Mother instead of a nanny.
2.)Every July until she was fourteen she and Mom went to the Bahamas where she would eventually emerge a coffee color while Mom was still stubbornly ivory. For all of August strangers would ask where, “she came from?” thinking Mom took a lesson from Ms. Jolie on family planning. Never missing a beat Mom answered dryly, “my uterus.” No matter how many times Mom used that same retort it automatically switched on a flicker of warmth in her chest.
3.)After the “boarding school drama” - as Mom referred to it when there was no escaping it being referred to - a chasm of feelings and experiences grew between them that (she convinced herself) couldn’t be bridged by empty explanations.
4.)Mom never asked about Mr. Savino. Not even during the excruciatingly long 43-minute limo drive from boarding school #2 to the airport. That same silence has seeped its way into every conversation they’ve had since, regardless of how loud she yells or Mom cries or both of them slam doors.
5.)When Angie told her that her (single, heiress) mother was dead she saw all of her worst fears eloquently expressed on Angie’s eerily composed face.