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Oct 18, 2019 6:54 AM
Theo, Faith, Em and Reuben in Buffyverse
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"Thanks," says Theo, smiling. "I'm Theo, by the way."

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"Carl. And this is Ted." (Ted grunts in acknowledgement.) "You're new, yeah?"

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"Yeah – moved on Saturday."

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"Cool, dude. You know, you've gotta be careful about showing off like that. Like, first day, it's cool, I get it, but you don't want to pull that every day."

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"I'm sorry?" he asks, possibly missing the point. "Pull what every day?"

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"Coming in top of the pack like that," Carl clarifies, in a talking-to-rocks voice. "You don't wanna stand out like that. Friendly word, man."

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He raises an eyebrow. "Are you sure you want to threaten me?"

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"Chill, dude. If you don't want good advice, it's your funeral."

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"Funeral?" he asks, then starts to look a bit threatening himself. "Are you sure you really want to go there? I'm a new kid. From a city."

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"Yeah. Which was why I was trying to be helpful, which, screw you. C'mon, Ted."

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"Trying to be helpful by threatening me?" he asks, his voice rising a bit. "Wow, wonderful idea you have there."

Apparently he's suddenly in a pretty bad mood.

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Carl, who's turned to leave, turns back, leans against the wall, and folds his arms. "Hey, man, I'm not the one who started with the big-guy act. You want to walk away right now?"

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"Nah, not really," he says, "because it sounded like you were threatening me, and really that just makes you sound like a dick."

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"See, it seems to me like we were having a friendly conversation, and then you started threatening me. Isn't that what you heard, Ted?"

(Ted grunts, presumably affirmatively.)

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"Ah, but it doesn't really matter what you two think, you see, because I'm the one you need to convince and that's not going to help anybody."

Theo actually looks like he might be enjoying himself here.

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Carl untucks a cross he was apparently wearing on a necklace inside his shirt, and grins. "I don't think I need to convince you of anything."

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Theo glances at the cross, looks a bit confused, and says, "Oh, really?"

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"Look, man, it's cool, I get it, math is hard. Let me help you." He points at Theo. "One." He points at himself and Ted. "Two."

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He can get an unimpressed look in return.

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"Ugh. Look, man, I've got better places to be. Make something of it or don't, some of us have a life."

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"Ugh, whatever," he says, walking away.

Dick.

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Carl and Ted head off the other way.

The few people still hanging around in the hallways are debating after-school plans. The main controversy seems to be Netflix versus "The Bronze."

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… Is there any indication of what 'The Bronze' is, here?

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Sooooome place in town? Maybe? At least one girl has pointed out that one of the virtues of Netflix is that pajamas are an option.

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Well, he doesn't know enough about it to know if it's a public thing he's invited to, so he'll possibly just ask people about it tomorrow.

For now, he goes home.

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