anderperry week day four: genderbent
howdy! welcome everybody to anderperry week day four: genderbent!! (aka my favourite) as i said, this is the one im most excited about so please enjoy!!
summary- nell perry really isn’t one for prom, it’s just another way for her stupid father to gain control of her life. but then, when she starts dating tori anderson, prom becomes entirely more intriguing.
(a/n- they don’t necessarily have sex or anything in this but sexual references and jokes are made a lot so viewer discretion is advised!!)
Prom. It’s supposedly the wild night every senior dreams about since they were young. Nell Perry had never really cared much about prom but it -along with almost everything else- was a big deal to her father. Mr Perry expected a daughter who was a perfect lady, a girl who got the highest scores, a teacher's pet, prom queen. Hell, even since she was twelve and still in middle school, her father began to push Nell to want to be the queen of the prom, always dropping in little here and theres about how nice it would look on her resume or how attractive it’d be to boys.
Bottom line was, having high expectations about what was basically a party made the whole ordeal massively unappealing for the young girl and Nell never really gave any of it a second thought, treating it as just another stupid thing she had to do.
Until Tori Anderson came along, that is.
Tori transferred to Welton High School back in junior year. She was the younger sister of Jennifer Anderson, a girl three years older than Nell who was the last Welton golden girl. Back in the day, Welton used to be an all girls private school but it changed to co-ed thirty years ago, back in the eighties. They were still regarded as one of the top schools in America and were massively competitive, which worked for people such as Rachel Cameron, Jennifer Anderson or Stephanie Meeks but not so much herself.
On a warm spring day, Nell had been at the library looking to consume anything Shakespeare she could find. After being introduced to him by one of her teachers, Nell had become infatuated with the man and everything he did. She’d finally found the shelf with a book of his poems on it and took it out to read. Then, just like a movie, she’d seen a beautiful girl through the gap in the bookshelf who was reading a copy of Leaves Of Grass and Nell watched as her striking blue eyes scanned the page, like she was devouring the poet's words exactly how she did. If Nell didn’t know she was a lesbian before, she certainly did then. She swore she could feel her heart stop as the girl looked up and met her eyes, a slight blush springing to her face. Nell Perry didn’t believe in love at first sight until she met Tori Anderson.
The two of them had become friends, and then more when Tori kissed her on the drive back to her house after she was in A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in December. It was soft and sweet and awkward and perfect. They started steadily dating -in secret, of course, neither of their parents would appreciate their daughters being in love with another girl- and Nell eventually asked her to prom.
It was nothing too spectacular, she didn’t think extravagance was Tori’s style. Charlie tried to recommend a flash mob but that idea was shut down almost as soon as the words left their mouth. All she had done was give Tori an Emily Dickinson poetry collection she knew her girlfriend had been eyeing for a quite a while, and wrote on the inside of the cover: Will you go to prom with me?
Of course Tori had said yes. She’d been over the moon when Nell had asked her and immediately told her sister. Nell went dress shopping with Charlie and Tori went with Jennifer, making a promise not to let the other see their dress until the big night.
Eventually, the big day came as they knew it would and it was time to pick up Tori. Instead of a limousine like some of her classmates, Nell decided to catch a ride in Charlie’s red pickup truck with their date, who, surprisingly enough, was Rachel Cameron. They’d picked her up at six and when she stepped into the car, she was immediately hit with the familiar atmosphere of their bickering.
They’d all used to think Charlie and Cam hated each other, but when they revealed they were a couple, nothing made more sense. Fighting was like stress relief to them, their equivalent to soft nights cuddling that Tori and Nell had. Presently, the two of them were arguing about something or another -pausing briefly to greet her as she stepped into the car- but their hands were firmly clutched between the seats, a red corsage matching a flower clipping on Charlie’s suit was on Rachel’s wrist.
“Picking up Tori now?” Charlie asked from up front casually after their and Cam’s quarrel had wrapped up. Nell smiled warmly at the mention of her girlfriend.
“Yeah, you know the address.” She spoke, full of love. Charlie barked a laugh from the driver’s seat.
“I love you Perry, but no lady boners in my car.” Nell gawked as Cam fake gagged.
“Eugh, what the fuck was that. Who the fuck says lady boners? You deserve jail time for that one.” Rachel commented. Nell couldn’t see her face but she would bet Cam was wearing the exact same face she was at the moment; complete and utter disgust.
“Yeah, I was also literally just smiling.” She defended herself before she caught the redhead mumble:
“Plus, we’ve done worse in the backseat.” Nell choked on her own spit as Charlie let out a booming cackle into the car. Rachel was stained a deep, deep red after that and Nell scooted as far forward on the seat as she physically could. She could never look at this car in the same way again.
They eventually arrived at the Anderson residence and she hopped out of the truck to get her girlfriend. Nell knocked on the door and sure enough, a stunning Tori Anderson stepped out and closed the door behind her. They stood for a moment, sizing each other up with red faces. Luckily Tori’s parents weren’t home, they’d be fucked if they were.
Tori was wearing a baby blue dress that honestly looked closer to a gown. The skirt was made out of airey tulle and the bodice was close to a corset. Detailing of little flowers ran all throughout the dress which complimented both her eyes and the flower tucked behind her ear. She looked ethereal with faint makeup and silver heels and jewelry, a goddess walking the earth. Nell’s breath caught in her throat at the sight of her and she immediately felt winded. All rational thoughts left her head as all she could think about was how much she wanted her hands on Tori.
Her girlfriend looked down at her dress bashfully before meeting Nell’s eyes. “Do you like it?” She asked softly. Nell had to restrain herself from kissing her right then and there. She had to be a lady. At least until she took her home.
“God, yes.” Was the most elegant thing her mind came up with at that moment. Tori giggled while Nell collected her thoughts. “You look beautiful, Tori. Well, you look beautiful all the time but wow. You’re like- wow.” Tori flushed before grinning cheekily.
“My thoughts exactly.” Nell was high on love. She was drowning in it. It coated her skin and filled up her lungs like a delicious smoke. Tori was addictive, a drug she could never quit even if she tried. Not that she ever would.
“Well, uhh, you look very wow yourself.” Tori tucked her hair behind her ear. Holy shit. Holy shit. This was the end of her. This was the end of Nell Perry as we know her. Nell was going to ask her to the car but Tori beat her by saying something else. “Oh! I almost forgot!” She reached into the small silver bag she was carrying and pulled out a small clear box. Inside were two stunning corsages. One, had dark green flowers and earthy elements arranged spectacularly while the other was a soft blue and had little accessories like pearls sewn into the band. The green one matched her dress so Nell assumed that was hers and almost reached for it, but before she could, Tori plucked the blue one out from the velvety cushion and tied it around Nell’s wrist before she tied the green one around her own. “There,” she said with an air of finality. “Now everyone knows we’re together.” Nell’s brain was about to explode.
“How- how did you match the flowers so close to the colour of my dress?” She asked, baffled. Blush bloomed on Tori’s face.
“I got Charlie to help me. They didn’t show me a picture or anything, but they helped me colour match.” While Nell’s brain was still computing, Tori’s anxiety decided to make a surprise appearance. “Oh no, you don’t like them do you? Oh, I’m so sorry, I just thought-” She cut her off with a swift kiss to the lips which Tori promptly melted into, her arms winding around Nell’s neck. A loud honk interrupted them.
“Hey losers! Get in the car will ya’? We have prom.” They broke the kiss and Nell grabbed her girlfriend’s hand, leading her to the car.
“Thank you for the corsages, love. Now, are you ready for the best night of our lives?”
To be continued...
yep!! this is going to have a part two!! after anderperry week is wrapped up, ill post a second part because i still have so much to add but too many words and not enough time for anderperry week sadly, so look out for that <33
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