|Moment of Awesome - Angelo Espinosa/Skin: Sooraya Qadir and Angelo talk shop... and his newly-wed status.
"The other one is a custody-related thing, but I am still getting the details. A mom is refusing her ex-wife to see their son because of her being a mutant?"
"Well, that's a pretext if ever I heard one, assuming she knew about it when they were still together. I don't do civil law much, but I can check it out."
"She is kinda hesitant about talking with anyone about it, but I'll see if I can convince to come and see you?" Sooraya suggested.
He nodded. "Even if I can't take the case to court, I can at least give her some advice."
"I think even talking with someone sympathetic who know something of what is going on the legal side will be helpful for her."
"And the kid too, I hope. What's things like with the parents?"
"Honestly, I'm not totally sure. I've only spoken with her a bit and I didn't want to push too much with how skittish she seemed. You might have to to do some work to win her trust first." Sooraya explained.
"I can do that", he said with a slight smile. "Might help if you're there, though."
"If it helps, I'd be happy to do that. I'll be going into District X early next week again, so I can see if I can find Alia and if she'd be up for it." Sooraya nodded.
"What's the impression you've got of her home life, without asking her too many questions?"
"They try to be supportive and they try to advocate, but she isn't really feeling supported..." Sooraya said after a moment of thought.
"Maybe 'cause they're not able to fight her corner at the school as much as she needs. If they want to, though, that's a good start."
"A very different start from so many stories that we hear." Sooraya agreed.
"There should be something in place for those parents. A support group, kind of thing. Like - " Like the one my mom started.
"It's one of the things that I miss though... we used to have far more of an infrastructure in place for cases like this. We're able to provide support to the school."
"Maybe we should talk to the school first. Find out what the issue is with giving her the accommodations. If it's just funding, we could talk to the Professor."
"... I think we need the full story first, but if it's funding that is something we might indeed be able to help with." Sooraya considered for a moment. "Though I think a lack of needed expertise might be just as big an issue."
"Could be. But without knowing more details, it's hard to make concrete plans for what we can do."
Sooraya suddenly shook her head. "You know, I didn't plan for a 'meeting'. I just wanted to catch up on how married life is treating you. You and I are far too intertwined with our work..."
"Some things never change", he said with a grin. "And it's important work, but so is life. And married life is good - like JP said in Amanda's post, some ways it feels just the same, but some ways completely different."
"Yeah, it's hard to explain. It just... is."
"I guess it doesn't really matter. Most important is that it makes you happy. I'm so glad to see that." Sooraya relaxed, a calm smile on her face.
Angelo smiled back. "Always wanted to be married. It just never worked out before."