jupiter almost felt bad that, in comparison to her two partners, she was ready to go much faster than they were. granted, neptune insisted on doing all the makeup first for everyone, especially since neither venus or jupiter knew how and they definitely didn't know their way around a makeup bag to save their lives, much less what was in it. still, she was glad that neptune didn't try to doll her up too much, though jupiter still wished to wipe at her face to take the little makeup she had off already, hyperaware of it on her skin no matter how much she tried not to think about it. she was nowhere near covered in it, definitely not as much as venus and neptune, but she never wore makeup like ever
so even having a little bit on was bad enough, her focus drawn to that more often that she'd care to say out loud. she would have preferred to have done without, but neptune literally would not let her walk out the door bare faced and be done with it no matter what she said to try and persuade her otherwise. neptune was stubborn like that, and so was jupiter, but she knew when she was not going to win a fight, especially when that fight involved a very dramatic girl like neptune who never took no for an answer after she'd already made up her mind. she took care of her own hair quickly too, even if she did end up settling for a kind of bun rather than anything fancy. she was more than willing to go with venus and neptune, but jupiter was unsure if anyone could train her into being a proper girl for this and not a tomboy trying her best to make her girlfriends happy. she wasn't even wearing a dress like the other two. her foot had been put down hard on that one, thought there wasn't too much resistance on that front in the end. she would most likely end up being the only girl at the gala in a suit, but it was either that or be uncomfortable for the whole night trying to cover herself up more.
as the hour approached, though, her nerves were working on her hard. venus had tried her best to teach her how to dance in advance, and jupiter could at least say she. she had no idea how they were going to split this between the three of them as she didn't want to be apart from either of them in favor of only one. they probably should have gotten neptune to come along for their impromptu dance lessons so they could have figured that out. jupiter, fully aware hindsight was always twenty-twenty, hadn't thought about that at the time at all, too worried about her own ability to - at the very least - not mess up too many times in front of a whole bunch of strangers. she wouldn't call herself perfect at it either, more so decent than anything, but she'd take it in comparison to no experience at all. venus had been very patient with her all throughout, much more so than she might have been had the situation been reversed, and she was more than a little thankful for that. hell, she'd gotten frustrated at herself on more than one occasion, having to take a step back so she wouldn't have to stand around itching to pull at her hair tie. the practices were still full of that too, though, despite jupiter trying to restrain herself from doing it so much. her plans tonight revolved around the same thing, but she hid her hairband underneath the cuff of her sleeve just in case. she was still recovering, after all, and she couldn't just quit cold turkey, despite how much she wished to sometimes.
venus ended up joining her before neptune was ready to go, and jupiter found herself blushing the whole time the two of them were waiting, the flush on her skin made even worse when neptune finally stepped into the scene, her flair for dramatics as strong as it ever was. jupiter almost didn't know what to say in the presence of these two, overwhelmed by how much she loved them in the moment and how pretty they both were, much prettier than she felt right then. honestly, she was beginning to feel terrible about not picking out a dress as well, feeling like she was sticking out like a really sore thumb. she didn't say anything about it, though, letting neptune take her hand instead. "i don't know about that," she said, laughing with neptune as it was infectious. "i think venus is going to show us both up, or at least me." it was subtle, and she did mean it the way she was feeling at the moment - like she was unsure if she fit with the two of them - but she was also in awe of venus as well. she had no idea how neptune managed to do it, mainly because she knew jack and squat about anything related to makeup, but venus practically shone, sparkling in the light no matter what angle it hit her. squeezing neptune's fingers in her hand, jupiter couldn't help the nervous smile that overcame her face, cheeks still just as red as if she'd been sunburned. she felt so lucky just to be with them, like there was nowhere else in the world she'd rather be at the moment than at their sides. it helped calm her as much as it riled her up. her face was going to be red the whole night, she just knew it.