Oct 26, 2020 2:53 AM
David learns that moving schools isn't all bad.
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He's done the old song and dance before. A new school means scrambling to transfer his immunization records, comforting his pets about the new environment, introducing himself to the class when they've known each other for months, if not decades (he likes heavy metal and comics and it's not like being honest about his interests is going to make him more popular but why lie to people he won't ever see again).

So he's bored. It's boring, being the new kid forever. He's not sure what his parents think he's getting out of school. He thinks he'll give it a week before he starts skipping.

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It doesn't take him long to be noticeable. Everyone is talking about him. Sarah sidles up to him at the beginning of lunch, curious and also bored.

"This aura you give off is really effective. Well. Somewhat effective, I suppose."

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"Obviously not. My name's David. You won't remember me in two months and we don't have anything in common. I'm not friendly enough to pretend I like you. Still want to make an effort?"

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"Well, now you've laid it out like that, how could I not? I'm Sarah. I really don't care if we have anything in common or not."

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"See, I think you're still not getting it. I have a month until my mom gets us run out of town or my dad's job takes us across the country. Making friends is a waste of both our time."

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"Well, until then, you're shiny and new. Unless you want to be left alone to this boring example of suburban life."

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"I don't know. Are you actually fun to be around?"

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She laughs and looks around to the emptiness around them.

"Can't you tell from all of the people clamoring for my attention? I'm the most fun."

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"Maybe you're drowning in attention. I just got here, so I wouldn't know."

He pokes suspiciously at his food.

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"I have much to teach you, padawan. First of all, don't eat the cafeteria food. Unless you want to be out for a week with food poisoning."

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"It's usually edible. Do California schools have less funding? Hollywood lied to me."

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Sarah rolls her eyes in amusement and - something catches her eye over his shoulder.

"I have no idea what you're talking about. Everything you see in the movies is real life," she says, though her tone is a little distracted.

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Jasper takes a seat beside David.

"Making friends with the freak patrol already, Nelson? You move fast."

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"Am I the whole patrol? How much of a freak do you think I am, man?"

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"Enough of a freak that your name precedes you, man. I was thinking about paying your mom a visit. Heard she likes a good time."

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"You must think you're hot stuff. She's not into short fuses, though; usually means a guy is over-compensating."

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"Do you want to reconsider that?"

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"Are you seriously doing this right now? He's barely been here five minutes, Jasper. Back. Off."

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"Just giving the new kid a friendly welcome. Though it looks like you've already made plans too. Like I said, you move fast. But we already knew that."

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"We can whip them out right now if you want to compare. What do you think, Sarah?"

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"Seems like the direction this is going."

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"Who do you think you're talking to here? You really think you can just show up and run your freak mouth?"

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"Yeah, I do. I don't know why you think being a big fish in a small pond means you can stand up to a complete stranger, but it doesn't. Try meeting a real bully, asshole, see how long until you're whining for mercy."

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He stands up and looms over him. "Was that a threat, new kid? Are you threatening me?"

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"It's not a threat. If you want to treat me like shit, I'll do the same."

He stands, crossing his arms.

"Well? What are you going to do, Jasper?"

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Evidently, he's going to punch David in the face.

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