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Oct 15, 2019 12:08 AM
Theo, Faith, Em and Reuben in Buffyverse
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In that case, he will probably have an uneventful evening.

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He'll be at school the next day, bright and early! Well, no, not bright and early, just regular time.

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People are hanging out and chatting! As people do. Tiny bouncy girl is engrossed in a copy of The Wizard of Oz. Reuben is retrieving a calculator he'd lent somebody. Carl pulls his head out of his locker to shoot Theo an irritated look as he goes by.

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Oh, that's fine, Theo can do a totally fine look back, looking rather like he doesn't have a care in the world. Or maybe he just doesn't care to be consistent about his emotions and his façade. Who knows.

He looks around to see if there is anybody else who is friendly around here. He doesn't really want to get too attached to one group that he's not sure he'll even fit in with yet.

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There's a guy talking to some other guys who happens to look like he might not exclude Theo!

It might be a bit daunting to approach the whole group, though.

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There's some slightly more friendly-looking jock types tossing around a frisbee (indoors? great life choice) and a clique of girls who have definitely noticed the new guy in town and are whispering and giggling.

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Theo is not in fact going to go talk to the clique of girls, but he's flattered that they seem to be noticing him.

He does, however, go over to the friendly-looking jock types with the frisbee, because frisbee is fun, and ask if he can join in. Sure, it's inside so that's not great, but frisbee sounds fun, and it's not like he'll let it fly anywhere by accident.

The others might, though.

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The friendly-looking jock types are in fact friendly! He is promptly included. They seem to have a game going in which half a dozen people (mostly girls) sit on a bench, and the jocks take turns tossing the frisbee back and forth over their heads, cutting it as close as they can. This results in a lot of giggling from the girls, which appears to be part of the motivation.

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Theo's happy to join in, and he can throw it at approximately the height everyone else is – he doesn't undercut the others, he actually legitimately doesn't want to show off in front of people who seem nice, and he also doesn't want to scare the girls or anything, but he definitely won't hit them because he's got pretty good aim.

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Fun is had! One girl gets her hair messed up but no one actually gets hit in the head. Eventually a teacher tells them to cut it out and get to homeroom.

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Sure, he'll do that when told, but he feels pretty happy that he's made a basic connection with some people.

Up first, he has math! Ooh! He likes math. What are they doing today?

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Integration by parts! Everyone is confused by this. Some people are sufficiently confused that they get the teacher confused too. It's a bit of a trainwreck.

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Theo isn't too confused – they get a formula, right, and so you can just put it into the formula if you understand the symbols it uses…? And the formula's not even that difficult to remember, so you can just…

Are you sure people are confused by this? Like, he gets it if you start using those exponential-and-trig things with it where it would go on and keep repeating and you have to do some weird substitution and spot-the-pattern to make it, well, not, but uh– yeah, okay, maybe he's got a bit of a head-start here.

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Maybe just a bit.

They manage to get it just about all straightened out and then someone raises her hand and says "but why can you do that?" and the teacher realizes he doesn't know, and everyone descends into confusion again. And then they're out of time.

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Iiiisn't it just sort of like the reverse of the product rule? He's not totally sure, but he thinks it is. Then again, he doesn't actually know if they've covered the why behind the product rule – he's not sure if he has, even – and the bell's gone, so…

He has history next! It's not his favorite subject, but really, school's not great if you actively dislike class, so he'll just try to be positive about it and get on with things okay.

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History! They're talking about the French Revolution. The teacher makes a point of noting that neither revolutions in general nor guillotines in particular are a good idea to try at home, and neither will be tolerated in school. Politics! History! Marie Antoinette!

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… It would be, uh, kinda hilariously horrible if people attempted a revolution in school. He makes a note never to mention the idea to Faith.

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The amount of specificity about not trying that is almost as if someone in the past had failed to observe similar discretion.

And class wraps up.

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Oh. Right.

He packs his stuff away into his bag and apparently he has biology next! So he makes his way over to the bio rooms, with the help of some friendly-looking people in the corridors.

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They are dissecting cow brains in biology! They're supposed to work in pairs, and apparently the teacher disapproves of keeping the same partner, so people are shuffling around. Several of the jocks are in this class, including Carl and the owner of the frisbee.

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Oh, just wonderful.

He spots Reuben – does it look like he has a partner yet, or can Theo possibly just pair up with him?

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Reuben seems partnerless! He would be happy to work with Theo.

"Second day going well?" he asks, getting out the tools. "You cut anything up before?"

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"Yeah, it's okay. And, like, in a kitchen, sure, and a few other things in biology, but not a brain or anything, no."

He doesn't look too squeamish or anything, though. He gets some gloves, a lab-coat and a visor thing – also getting a set of each for Reuben.

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Reuben dons the safety equipment and goes over the checklist one more time. They're supposed to identify various parts of the brain as they cut into it, be careful to observe safety procedures, and then clean up and dispose of it properly. People are following these instructions to varying degrees; some are using the tools wrong or not wearing gloves, some are giggling and complaining about grossness, and some are mostly entertaining themselves with poking at the brains. Reuben is scrupulously following the instructions to the letter.

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Theo's fine doing that too, actually! He'd rather not mess around with the slightly disgusting brain, thanks very much, doesn't sound like his idea of fun.

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