May 21, 2019 12:52 PM
Storms & Wisterias in Cauldron
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Juliet arrives at her first day of school with a rush of excitement and nerves.

Her first couple of classes are uneventful and mostly everyone leaves her be. This is not what she envisioned and she is so bored.

Lunch comes and Juliet sits by herself in the cafeteria. Moping.

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Anders catches sight of the new girl from his perch in the corner. Lorie tugs on his shirt when he doesn't reply to what she was saying, but he waves her off.

He decides to wander over. She looks fairly interesting. And bored.

"Hello," he says with his most charming grin. "You look bored and on the rebellious side, want to join my motely crew?"

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"That's what it says on my birth certificate! Juliet 'Bored & Rebellious' Salvatore. Truly, you've sensed my path in life."

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"It's a gift. Truly my calling in life is revealing a pretty girl's destiny."

He gestures at a table, Lorie and Nat sitting at it. "Shall we?"

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"How could I refuse such flattery?"

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He leads the way to the table.

"Motely crew, Fair Juliet. Fair Juliet, motely crew."

He affects a short bow. "I am Anders, for your consideration."

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"I'm Laura. Lorie to most," Lorie says, nodding at Juliet. 

She then turns a glare on Anders. "Can I finish my story now?"

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"Good luck getting him to pay attention, he's easily distracted by a pretty face," Nat mumbles, eyes glued to her phone. 

She does not introduce herself.

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"And that ever-so-charming darling is Nat," Anders says, pointing at her.

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"He mustn't get a lot done then, with the two of you around."

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"Oh, honey," says Nat, sounding almost genuinely sad for Juliet. 

Aaaaand then goes back to texting.

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Lorie snorts, covering her mouth. She does blush four shades of red.

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"Oh, fair Juliet, I love your style. However, you are not getting anywhere with those two. Believe me, many years of study has proven them impervious to even my charms," he says, flopping onto the table in front of Lorie and batting his impossibly golden eyes.

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Lorie smiles coquettishly at him, shoving her entire hand in his face.

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"I'm sorry, I couldn't resist." She sits down at the table. "Though, that does sound like a challenge."

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Nat sighs, and puts her phone down, making eye contact with Juliet for the first time.

"No challenge, fresh meat. I'm above you, and everyone else at this school. You can't even glimpse how much more I am."

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"That's as modest as she gets," Anders says, around Lorie's hand.

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"Who needs modesty? Just adds more roadblocks to getting what you want."

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Nat says nothing, but her smile widens as she continues to text.

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"So, Juliet," Anders says, rolling across the table to face Juliet. "From where do you hail? Fair Verona, where we lay our scene?"

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She laughs.

"The Salvatores are from Florence, originally. But we've been locals here since the 1860's. We're a Founding Family."

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"Ah, Florence! I don't know it, but we do have a Florenzo. Don't call him that though, he will hurt you. Emotionally."

The whole family thing stings at him a bit, but he doesn't acknowledge it

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"It's in Italy, though I've never been. Just seen pictures. What about you, you all locals too?"

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"No idea. Lived here since I can remember though. If that makes me a local, I guess I am? Lorie definitely is. Something of a legacy child."

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"Thank you, Anders, such a charming introduction." 

Lorie smiles at Juliet. "My mom is Halliday Hawthorn. My family also helped found the town." 

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"Don't hurt your arms wanking yourselves off," Nat deadpans.

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