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Oct 18, 2019 8:01 AM
Theo, Faith, Em and Reuben in Buffyverse
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Theo sorta agrees with this point – not so much judges that don't get 'the youth today', but more that judges who don't keep up to date with the general public's interests might not provide accurate interpretations of the law for the general public, or alternatively might hand out sentences that don't mesh with modern-day sentiments.

He's not totally sure, though, since it seems like it'd be better in some ways to have people who have served as a judge for longer, since they have more experience. He hasn't looked into the issue much outside of class.

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These are reasonable points! Assuming he expresses them, there's some amount of nodding along and then chess girl waves a hand in the air to make some point about what sort of qualifications should be required, and education versus practical experience.

Eventually class comes to an end.

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At the end of class, he looks at his timetable and finds out he has French.

… Is there any chance there's someone willing to show him to French? Or will he have to try to wander around looking for it?

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Reuben offers to walk him over! "Not my class but more or less the same direction," he explains.

French: is over here.

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"Thanks," replies Theo, smiling at him, then into French he goes.

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French is in a smaller room and slightly more crowded. There's a free seat over here, though.

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… And does anybody glare at him if he tries to sit in this seat?

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He appears to be safe. For now.

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Well, fortunately he's actually pretty good at French, and he enjoys speaking it, writing it, reading it, and also – bizarrely enough – studying things like grammar and vocabulary.

He expects class to go well.

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It does! They're conjugating subjunctive verbs today, so even mild enthusiasm puts him way ahead of the rest of the class. The teacher seems to like him.

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You know what? He likes complicated phrases that use the subjunctive. "Bien que" is a great conjunctive.

The "expletive ne" is a bit weird, though. It doesn't actually make a phrase in the negative, as 'ne' usually does (sort of), it just shows that you dislike or think it's bad that the thing is occurring.

But he does know this stuff, so yes, he'd hope the teacher likes him.

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...yeah, the teacher is practically fawning over him. He doesn't actually utter the words "why can't you all be more like Theo," but it's clearly pretty close.

Once class is over, he pulls Theo aside and asks if he'd be interested in getting out of a significant chunk of homework in exchange for reading and writing brief journal entries on some actual French literature.

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That actually sounds almost like fun, and it at least gets him far, far away from some likely-boring homework, so you know what, he'd be happy to.

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Great! The French teacher will bring in a copy of Candide tomorrow to lend him, then. He looks pretty excited at the prospect.

And now he should get to his next class before he's late.

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He indeed should!

… Aaand he has English, of course he does, ugh, why.

He manages to find his way there eventually – asks a person for directions on the way because apparently not everybody gets to class immediately – and walks into the classroom and explains why he's a bit late to the teacher and asks what he needs to catch up on.

Oh, and he looks around for any obvious seats to sit in.

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There's a middle seat available again, and one nearer the front but inconveniently placed behind the projector.

The boy from earlier -- Reuben -- is in this class as well, apparently, sitting near the front and flipping through a copy of Fahrenheit 451.

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Well, Theo smiles at Reuben – can't help to reinforce potential friendships or whatever – and then moves towards the middle seat.

If he's glared at, he will stop and move to the front seat, because he really would rather not annoy anyone too badly, and if people are fussy about seats, sure, whatever, they don't get to have his charming company.

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Reuben smiles and waves.

No one glares, but someone looks honest-to-god distressed when he makes a move for the middle seat.

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Okay, fine, front seat with the awkward projector in the way it is, cool.

Nice to know everybody's so friendly around here. It's probably because they're all school kids, but still.

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They are in fact discussing Fahrenheit 451 today, it seems. The teacher apparently feels that the entire book is about the evils of communism, and repeatedly uses the phrase "damn pinkos." People seem alternately bored or entertained by this.

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… Well, Theo's not going to get into an argument with the teacher, even if the use of the term 'pinko' is probably enough to warrant it by itself.

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This is probably wise. Everyone else seems to be taking the same approach.

For homework they're supposed to read the last chapter of the book -- with special attention to the Book People, who are of course "pinkos" -- and write an essay outline on Montag's character development.

And class mercifully comes to an end.

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Now: it's lunch.

Theo grabs his bag and gets up from his desk, then starts to meander cafeteria-wards with the rest of the crowd, unless anybody interrupts him.

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There is some kind of commotion happening at the library -- it's hard to tell what exactly, because a crowd is gathering packed around the door -- but it's not going to prevent him from getting to the cafeteria.

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… Okaaaay. And is there any not-so-hushed gossip around it so he can hear what's happening?

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