Tania looked down into the calm waters of the pool and studied her reflection. The whole day she had worn the face she had first revealed to Cole in Okeanos the night before, and she liked what the water now showed her.
She sat down on the edge of the pool and brushed her legs through the water. For once she had forgone her usual warm-up exercises, but she wasn't at the pool today to do some serious swimming. She wanted to think - or rather not think - and just let her mind wander in the embrace of the element she so much adored.
The pool seemed to agree with her plans, the gentle waves licking at her legs all warm and comforting, offering a ready embrace. But even that prospect could not completely dispel Tania's pragmatism and she made certain that her long black hair was fixed securely on top of her head, before she lowered herself ever so slowly into the pool.
She pushed off the edge and just drifted around, using only the smallest movements to keep herself afloat. There was a lot she could think about, but right now she didn't want to think about anything, at least not anything of great importance.
Maybe Bree would come by, even if they didn't have a swimming lesson scheduled for this evening. If she did, perhaps she would actually drag her older sister with her to the pool. Tania would have to talk to both of them tomorrow anyway, inform them that she had decided to change her daily appearance. Doing it here and now wouldn't be so bad, but tomorrow would offer more than enough opportunities too.
As she floated in the middle of the pool, her eyes half-closed, Tania let the faces of the people she had met at Four Points parade through her mind. Hayzie and Tao wouldn't be surprised. They knew she was a shapeshifter. Others would be more surprised, but Tania didn't really care. The thoughts and memories were only half-formed, and for the most part she just enjoyed being. For now that was enough.
And so she floated there, a figure clad in a shiny black swimsuit, a few tendrils of equally black and shiny hair wafting around her, hardly thinking at all and just enjoying the gentle embrace of the pool.
I was living to run and running to live - Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time - Breaking all of the rules that would bend - Against the wind
Those drifters days are past me now - I've got so much more to think about - I'm older now and still searching for shelter - Against the wind