Jan 18, 2018 8:22 PM
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z steps on jackson's head, and other events
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1. They didn't get what they wanted back from control training.

He's not exactly what anyone wants, really. Must be upsetting, to give up your hungry child and be returned an angry little teenager who pierces his own ears with sewing needles and steals straight razors to cut and starts fires in the backyard. Oh well.

(He opens cuts and practices closing them again.)

2. He doesn't want them to touch him. He doesn't want to talk to anyone. He doesn't want to pick a role yet. He never considers what they want.

(He cuts his hair and grows it out by the next morning.)

3. He grows his hair out, and starts using twice as many imperatives, and picks his clothing like he's never seen anyone dress themselves, and he can be as confused as he wants (he's still young enough) but he doesn't have to embarrass them like this...

(He burns up papers and matches and old clothes and not the house, no matter how much he wants to.)

4. He picks one. They get his paperwork done. They're so relieved.

(He cuts down his belly and thinks what he picked was close enough.)

5. They find him in his bedroom with a sub from down the street and they can't get him out of their house fast enough.

(Oops.)

 

He counts himself lucky that school was far away enough for them.

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Selene is, thanks to its generous alumni hint hint, a lovely campus with all sorts of things for eclipsed teenagers to do to meet their basic educational requirements while they figure out how to turn enough of a profit to become generous alumni themselves.

The new student isn't part of one of the peak waves - it's the middle of a semiquarter, and no other eclipsesful of kids are graduating from control training together at the same time as he happens to show up. So he gets a vacated single on an occupied hall, inhabited by three girls' names and three boys' names.

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He's grateful for the single room. As much as he technically has a room of his own at home, there's not much real privacy.

As soon as he's mostly unpacked he drops everything to take a look down the hall at those names.

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He's first on the right as you exit the stairwell, across from Isabella and next to Roger. The others are Myeisha, Jackson, Janet, and Victor.

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He takes a moment to check if they put "Zachary" on his door. That would have been the legal name they got, so it wouldn't exactly be surprising.

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Yup. There it is in marker and construction paper.

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Eh. He can work with this.

He pulls it off and carefully folds and tears the "Z" off from the rest, tucking the lonely "ACHARY" into his pocket.

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The tape was somewhere above the H, so he will need to harvest that or find more to stick it back up.

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He harvests it as best he can.

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Now he has a precariously stuck Z on his door.

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Fantastic! It'll probably fall off, but he's okay with that. Nobody's perfect.

He makes a note of the other names on the doors, just in case, but he's not about to go knocking on stranger's doors just to say hi, like a weirdo. He wanders down the stairs instead. Surely there's something interesting down there.

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The exit? The laundry room?

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Aww. He doesn't even have any laundry.

Probably a bad idea to wander out into the great beyond without whatever fascinating orientation materials they furnished him, so he goes back to retrieve them and inspect their contents.

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He has a course guide and a student handbook and a welcome packet! The welcome packet includes instructions on how to use the course guide to register for classes.

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Eh. Might as well get the school part out of the way.

He opens the course guide, looking for art and biology and expecting to find nothing much of interest.

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There are various arts and biologies! He will have to test out of introductory scientific literacy, or pass it, to get into the cool science classes.

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Way better than expected.

He picks out some art and science and, reluctantly, other actual required courses. Now, where's he supposed to take this...?

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Registar's office! His packet has a map.

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Awesome! He will deliver them this paper and try his best not to get totally lost.

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There is a fair amount of campus to get totally lost in but there are signs and passersby to ask for directions!

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This enables him to make it all the way to the registrar's office without falling in a pit. A+ navigation.

Can he just turn this in and flee?

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"Have you taken your placement tests yet?" asks the registrar.

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He shakes his head.

"Better to do it now?"

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"Yes, one of these needs a placement test or a prerequisite."

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Placement test it is, then.

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"Just come back with your printout when you're done!"

The tests are adaptive difficulty computerized jobbies. He can take optional subject tests in addition to the basics if he wants to study a language or something.

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