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Oct 18, 2019 3:10 AM
Theo, Faith, Em and Reuben in Buffyverse
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Okay, so, October isn't the worst month to move to California, supposes Theo, but it's still not great. He didn't particularly care about Portland, he didn't have a huge number of seriously close friends or any really strong attachments or anything, but it's still frustrating to move. Especially this far. Especially in senior year. Especially in October.

But whatever. At least it's not April, he supposes, having a weird moment of déjà-vu.

First lesson of the day: Government.

Now where the heck is that.

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"Hey!" a tall guy says, wandering over to him. "You look a bit lost. Looking for something?"

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"Uh, yeah, do you know where Government is?" he asks. "I'm Theo, by the way – I just moved here."

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"Reuben! Nice to meetcha." He offers a hand to shake. "I've got gov next too, I'll walk you over."

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Theo shakes the hand! "Oh, cool," he says. "That'd be great, thanks."

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"Yeah, no problem!"

He walks like someone who's used to shortening his stride to let people keep up. "So. How're you liking Sunnydale?"

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Theo's probably not quite as tall as he is, but he's pretty tall and he's also pretty good at walking at different speeds – he's kinda weirdly graceful about it, actually – so Reubel doesn't have to worry about this sort of thing.

"I only moved here Saturday! So far it seems… kinda small? I mean, I moved from Portland, so." He shrugs.

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"It is small! I like it, I grew up here, but I can see how it'd be hard to move into. Specially 'cause everyone kinda knows everyone else. People being friendly, I hope?"

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"Yeah, people seem nice so far! Fortunately it's not been, like, exclusive or something."

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"Yeah, I think people are mostly pretty nice here."

And here is government. Reuben holds the door for Theo.

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Theo walks into the classroom, says thanks to Reuben, and then looks around! Is there anywhere obvious he can sit?

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The classroom isn't super crowded; there's several empty desks. A couple in the front row where people are too shy to sit, a few towards the back, one right around the middle.

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He will notify the teacher that he's new and then if the one in the middle is still available, he'll take that!

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The teacher has last week's handout for him, and a copy of the syllabus, and if he needs any other make-up material he can talk to her after class or send her an email.

The seat is still open. A girl shoots a brief glare at him when he sits in it before looking away.

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… He looks over at her for that and asks if he should move, in that case; it's not like he wants to make anyone annoyed on the first day.

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She sniffs. "That's Kelsey's spot."

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"Fine," he says, and gets up to go to the back of the room. Does anyone glare at him back there if he tries to sit in one of the seats? Because if so, he can go find a seat at the front instead.

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This appears to be a glare-free seating area.

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Wonderful. He sits down and gets out his stuff.

Is anyone sitting near him? Because if so, and the teacher hasn't yet started the class, he'll introduce himself to them.

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There's a pretty girl with wavy dark hair looking at a book of chess puzzles next-seat-but-one to his left, and a vaguely hippy-ish guy (mostly by virtue of his long hair) dressed in black one seat forward and to the right staring at his phone.

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Oh, right, okay then.

That's a no on the introductions right now.

Class?

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Class!

Today: the judicial system, the bill of rights, and the power of judicial review. Exciting stuff.

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Exciting indeed.

Theo pays attention to it, though. First lesson and all.

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Then he will learn many things about how the American judicial system works.

Towards the end of class, the teacher encourages them to discuss lifetime terms for judges versus the alternate system some of the Founding Fathers proposed where justices would have, for instance, eight-year terms on the Supreme Court.

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Well, in that case… are they supposed to discuss it with their peers or are they contributing to some class discussion thing?

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The format seems to be that people take turns speaking up and responding to each other's points, there's no particular format but everyone's supposed to say something and no one's supposed to dominate the discussion, and the teacher will step in if it gets out of hand.

Someone is currently arguing that life terms for judges are a horrible idea because it means the judges will all be "super old people who don't, like, get the youth today, you know."

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