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Nov 21, 2019 1:18 PM
Theo, Faith, Em and Reuben in Buffyverse
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There is a lot of "what the heck" and a few "oh, Faith again" and some incredulous "library?" and someone in the library just audible singing "somewhere over the rainbow," badly out of tune and with the cadence of a patriotic hymn, which is not working well for them at all.

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Right.

… He has no idea who Faith is, nor why she's presumably singing that in the library, but he will just sort of stand around by the commotion since that seems to be what people are doing.

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People gradually start to move on towards lunch, which means he can actually see into the library. There's a dozen or so teenagers sitting cross-legged on the floor reading, and another dozen-or-so standing guard around them in a circle waving picket signs. The signs include an enlarged copy of the cover of Fahrenheit 451, the text of the first amendment written in sprawling crayon, a re-purposed "Banned Books Week" sign, and a surprisingly good watercolor of Cthulhu with "THE RIGHT TO GO MAD - READ THE NECRONOMICON" stenciled underneath.

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The girl "singing" is very tall, but apparently not tall enough to suit her, because she's standing on a chair. She's wearing eye-searingly clashing colors, high heels and ripped jeans, and she has a nasty black eye and a half-healed cut across her forehead.

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Another girl is moving around the room with an armful of books, trying to convince onlookers to join the group of readers. She is tiny and very, very bouncy, and has a broad grin on her face.

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Oh.

Right.

… And is there any sort of obvious reason that they're doing this?

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Perhaps it's obvious if you've been at the school for a while.

There's a very tired-looking librarian who he could ask, if he's curious. Or presumably tiny-bouncy-girl can be prevailed on to explain.

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He thinks he'll ask the librarian first. He's not sure he wants to go anywhere near that girl.

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"No, you can't have a note to explain why you're missing class," the librarian says wearily, when he walks over. "It's not a school-sanctioned activity."

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"I have no idea what it is, though, that's the problem," he says. "I'm new here."

It's also lunch, but whatever.

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"It's Faith," the librarian sighs. He seems to feel that that's a full explanation.

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"I have no idea who that is," says Theo, trying to be helpful since apparently the librarian didn't understand the first time. "I'm new. Is she the short, weirdly bouncy one?"

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"That would be her," he agrees.

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"… Yeah, but what's she doing? I mean, you made it sound like this is a semi-frequent occurrence, so…?"

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"Today she's protesting how the school library is run."

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He blinks a few times at that. "Are there any specific things she's complaining about, or does she just complain for the he– sake of it?"

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"There are always," he says dryly, "specific things. I'm sure she'll provide you with the full list if you ask, but -- we color-code the books into several groups, and you can read whatever you want in the library but only check out books from colors you have permission for. Which depends on your age and which classes you're taking, but you can get authorized for other colors with a note from a teacher or parent or by testing into them."

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"Oh," says Theo. "Okay."

… She might have a point. That was a thing he might have expected at primary school, but by high school, uh. Nnno.

He turns around to look for her – what's she doing right now?

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Swapping out a book for one of the readers who's just finished theirs! Gargantua and Pantagruel for Maus, apparently.

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Of course. Okay. If he cautiously approaches her, does she do anything like, uh, pounce on him?

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Yes she practically does!

"Hi! I'm Faith. You're new. Want a book?" She waves a copy of the Principia Discordia at him.

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"I am new. I have no idea what that book's about – is it even in English?"

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"Duh," she says, "it's, like, the bible for discordians. Why, you want a foreign language book? I can do."

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"… Discordians? Do you just mean anarchists?"

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"No! Like the religion, gosh! It's like pastafarianism but cooler."

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