To be honest, Penelope had been going to school in New York City for the past almost-four years now, and she still had no idea what she was doing. She kind of knew the subway and she kind of knew which stop to get off on, but that didn't mean she paid any attention she was on it, and it moved so fast that she often missed her stop and hand to somehow make her way back to where she needed to be. She loved to explore the city and see all the sights, but she got lost 99% of the time and had to call a friend for help getting back to Baum.
Today's sight to see was the Conservatory Garden, because wow flowers were honestly so great. She appropriately put on a flower headband (which wasn't from Nahnie but that was okay), and flower shoes. The tank top she was wearing was... well, it kind of exposed her belly, which made her feel silly, but it was cute and what she felt like wearing. The leggings made it very soft grunge, and that was what she was going for. It also helped that her hair had temporary purple coloring in it, which was absolutely her favorite temporary color to have, except maybe pink, or pretty much any other color.
She decided to go alone today, not wanting to bother her friends. Eddie's allergies got pretty bad around flowers (at least, she had this really funny mental image of him sneezing his glasses off, but it probably wasn't actually a thing) and Estie's leg was super broken, and Ari was somewhere and other than those people, who was she going to ask? No one, that was who! And she could totally go alone. She could be alone yeah, she could watcha sunset on her own. Kate Nash was super great.
But it was not a Kate Nash kind of day! She had "First Day Of My Life" by Bright Eyes on repeat, because oh gosh that song was so cute!! She couldn't handle it, except she had to handle it because she was listening to it and it was such a good song!!! Penelope wondered if she would ever feel like that when she met a cute person, instead of just really just personifying the heart eyes emoji and stumbling over every word she said.
When she got there, she immediatley started wandering, like she did, and noticed a boy sleeping on a bench. Oh wow, so relatable. Wow... he was a cute person. She considered sitting next to him and waking him up, but... Oh gosh, she knew she'd be really awkward about it. Besides, he looked so peacefully cute that she wouldn't dare disturb him.
Skipping along and looking at every flower, stopping to sketch the roses, taking pictures with her phone of ones that looked especially wonderful, she ended up in a circular area, taking a snapchat video of her panning around the area. "Look at all these great flowers, guys," she said, and suddenly noticed the cute sleepy boy looking at his phone and quickly posted the snap to her story, trying to be cool and oh gosh was he walking up to her?
Penelope imagined her eyes turned into hearts at that moment, but also some other feeling arose when he asked her for help, and it was like she was sensing a kindred spirit. He was... lost? Looking around frantically, she realized she also had no idea where she was. Well, honestly, she didn't know what she expected. "Oh, I go to Baum too!!! I'm Penelope, though you can come up with a cool nickname if you want to. And also, I am very lost too, I just realized." She smiled, trying to be cool, she could be cool, and she stuck a hand out to shake his, because that was totally cool. "It's nice to meet cute. You! Nice to meet you." Cue the crashing and burning sound effect and her cheeks flushed a lovely shade of pink and she wanted to hide somewhere.