That was both unexpected, and also very expected indeed.
On the one hand, Rae had told herself that she shouldn't talk about the things that were different about her, the things that were strange and gave her nightmares as a kid, the things she herself didn't understand and wasn't sure where to start to begin to. She always thought that everyone else, the people that were 100% fully and entirely human, they wouldn't understand. It wasn't like Rae did, how on earth could she expect anyone else to? On the other, some part of Raelle had always believed, or maybe just hoped, that it wouldn't come to this. That her parents wouldn't seriously turn her away because she read minds and glowed when feeling strong emotions...
She'd done a lot of hiding as a teenager. The sheer number of strong emotions she'd felt during her teen years was a little over the top. (She was pretty sure her friends thought she was doing drugs. Paradoxically, it made her cool for a while.)
Still, she didn't really have a place to call home anymore, and Rae didn't think she'd do well living on the street. She didn't exactly have any notable street savvy, and if someone pushed the right way, she was kind of gullible, too, just because she was a friendly sort of person and tried to do right by most people she met. High school had been something of a nightmare because of this trait, Rae couldn't imagine this being any different. So, she was looking for Mal.
All she remembered was that he'd gotten a boyfriend at some point, and some auntie or another said something about him being in San Myshuno working in a hostel, or something. Rae had a bit of money saved up, she could probably afford to stay there for a bit, at least until she found a job, and maybe Mal had a better idea, or knew somewhere she could go that was decently affordable. It was kind of a long shot. Of course, as a kid, she wasn't allowed to try contacting him, but she'd never hated him. He was just different too, in another way.
And all she could hope was that he didn't immediately hate her because she was an alien too.
Rae paused, tilting her head at the building in front of her. There were rainbows around the columns, the sign above the entrance declaring it the Casa di Colori. That was it, wasn't it? Rae pulled a piece of paper out, unfolding it enough to read what it said. The address was right, too (finding that auntie's phone number was hard but she'd managed). With a deep breath, she folded the paper back up, and then shuffled into the building, readjusting her backpack as she went. Hmm, nobody at the front desk... should she wait, or... well she didn't want to get lost either... so Rae sat down in one of the seats, and waited. Eventually someone would wander by.