Most people would find intimidating the idea of suddenly moving away and start a new life at a new High School. But Temperance took it as just an opportunity to enjoy new things, make new friends, and go new places. And it was so nice that she met Gabriel and Erin. They are very friendly, and allegedly "The Work Juice Café" is everyone's favorite meetup place for all kind activities, including this tutoring program that pair up students across the different high schools, which is a neat idea. Especially, Even if Temperance haven't done any official tutoring before. But Erin thinks her grades are good, and the tutoring program's organizer is rather friendly.
"So you're not going to lead her on a spelunking adventure, then?" Erin asks, raising an eyebrow at him over the rim of her coffee cup.
"Not yet! I only take people caving on the third date," he winks at Temps. "They're not really a good studying environment, anyway," he adds.
Snort. "Where are we going? If you have any plan at all."
"A few ideas! I avoid making concrete plans." He sucks down the last few gulps of his tea and wraps his muffin up for later, slipping it into his backpack. "Come on - see you guys later," he tells the rest of the table as he starts towards the door.
Erin waves, and then she and Gabriel get started on helping their own tutees.
Gabe tries his best to focus, outside the occasional uncomfortable remark.
Temperance follows, she is not quite skipping, but she is not-not skipping either.
After a week of tutoring him Gabriel has mostly perfected the art of selective deafness. He guides Gabe through his homework without missing a beat.
(Erin occasionally has to smother a laugh at a particularly outrageous remark, but is mostly focused on helping Henry.)
J, meanwhile, leads Temps out of the shop, slipping past a trio of students in Academy uniforms on their way through the door. He hangs a right outside the shop and leads a her down the side street there, eyeing her own uniform consideringly.
"You okay going up while wearing a skirt? Most people don't look up, but..."
"I am okay. I am wearing short leggings under it."
"Smart! Okay, come on, this way!" He sets off at a leisurely run down the street, leading her further into the small downtown area.
She skips along. Aware of her surroundings, but looking more curious than cautious.
From his vantage point, someone observes the pair walk away. "Is that J?" Ezra asks his tutee. "And he is... not with Francine."
"She's sick," Robin glances up from his work, following Ezra's gaze to the window, "Yeah, I heard them talking over the railing, that's... uh, Temperance? I think? I wasn't paying that much attention."
"Temperance Greenpond," Ezra says in a tone that needs someone paying attention to notice the discomfort. She is new at my school." And family. "And Francine is sick?" It's rare for him to turn the topic towards that direction.
"...Yeah, she wasn't at school today. I asked her brother - Adam, I mean." He looks back down at his work, blushing a bit, "I was worried, she doesn't miss school usually."
"I know. Adam is a good kid." Ezra says mostly to fill the conversation lull with something that wasn't addressing Robin neon-sign obvious crush on that half-sister.
It's pretty obvious that Adam would be the source of the information, instead of Meghan. Ezra wasn't sure what Meghan thought of that crush, but it was probably too intimidating for Robin's constitution.
"Back to your assignment." Ezra says looking down.
"Right," he sighs. Back to work.
"Okay, this way," J steps into an alley, glancing back at Temps to see if she's coming, "Just down this dark alley," he adds with a little laugh.
He giggles, "Nothing spooky back here except the basement windows over there," he motions to the greasy, almost blacked-out windows of one of the nearby buildings, as he heads over to a fire escape on another building. He jumps up and catches the bottom of it and climbs up over the railing. Then he lowers the ladder attached to it so she can climb up without having to jump, "Climbing, as promised."
"Oh, thank you. Remind me to try getting the ladder myself next time, useful skill." She climbs up easily enough.
"Can do! Have you done this sorta thing before? Parkour, exploring places we're not supposed to explore, climbing buildings, that kind of thing?"
"Let's say I have a skill-set very consistent with the kind of activities you just said. But I can neither confirm nor deny have break into places such as an old warehouse."
He turns around to point at her as he starts making his way up the stairs (thus going up them backwards), "I think I'm going to like you," he laughs.
"Right, if you're not a novice at this, I won't give you the easy mode." And he turns back around to lead her the rest of the way up the stairs and out onto the roof. "Though, I was just gonna set up here, so maybe we can do the challenge run next time," he adds, motioning to the picnic table set up in a sheltered corner.