Apr 12, 2021 12:50 AM
Joss and Jade in Guardian
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"It was alright," she shrugs. "Had pasta."

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"I made jambalaya," Joss says. "And then Dad really suddenly decided he didn't like peppers. Which is really weird because he's eaten jambalaya before and it's always had peppers in it..." She cuts herself off and gives a sheepish shrug. "Well. I guess we have another day of torture ahead of us?" Her tone is a lot lighter than her words and she's managing to continue grinning.

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"It shouldn't be that bad!" responds Jade, trying to smile. "Just… keep away from certain people."

She tries not to look too obviously past Joss, at some of the girls from gym yesterday.

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"Well. You've seen my attempts at social firsthand," Joss points out, taking a step as though to head into the main building, tilting her head at Jade, "I think I'm okay not trying to make any more new friends. They'd probably not take too kindly to me anyway."

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"You didn't seem that bad, from what I saw. Not that that's saying much, I guess."

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Joss gives a self-depreciating grin. "I haven't exchanged more than a dozen sentences with anyone else, and also, I think I very nearly torpedoed this entire attempt at friendship yesterday, but one of us somehow managed to rescue it?" She shrugs. "If it happens it happens, if not...well. It's not like I haven't spent most of my life without really interacting with people my own age."

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Jade looks a bit awkward. "I don't think it was that bad…"

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Joss grimaces. "And there goes my lack of filter again. Sorry. What do you have first? I get to fight with maths again..."

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"Maaaaaath," says Jade. "I actually have it too. Must be in a different class from you." Pause. "Should probably go grab our stuff."

She starts heading lockerwards.

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Joss laughs slightly as she follows. "Bane of all human existence?" she suggests, almost cheerfully. "I suppose that makes sense. I keep forgetting just how many people there actually are in this school..."

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"It's not even a particularly large one, you should see one of the ones with like two thousand kids in."

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"You remember the part where I'm used to being in a class of one?" Joss says lightly. "Two thousand sounds... have you actually been in one of those?"

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"Fortunately not but I hear they get larger."

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"Small mercies. I suspect I'd have gone-" she pauses, smile freezing. "I'll just be thankful we settled somewhere smaller than that."

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"Yeah." Jade shrugs. "The cafeterias seem like they could be fun. Like four times the size of our gym."

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"Probably easier to hide in," Joss agrees, brushing her hair back over one shoulder. "Also probably easier to find people to talk to I suppose?"

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"Both, yeah." She nods.

The bell rings.

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Joss gives a theatrical groan, and finishes pulling books out of her locker. "Well, if you don't see me later, I either decided to straight up give up on life, or I have been forced to take drastic measures to relieve my boredom. I'm not entirely sure what those drastic measures will be. But."

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"Calculus can't be that bad." Jade raises an eyebrow.

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"You haven't seen how bad I am at calculus," Joss jokes, grinning. "It's mostly just that I dislike maths. It seems kinda... I dunno. I can't see real world applications for it so much? I mean. There probably is. But..."

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"If you go into something – STEM – then definitely, my dad uses it a bit for statistics-type stuff, but otherwise I guess not." Shrug.

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"This is gonna sound weird but stats make sense to me in a way calculus doesn't?"

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"I guess?" she shrugs. "It could be the practical application part."

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"Sounds possible," Joss says, fails to think of anything else to add, and falls silent.

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Paaause. "Do your – parents? – do anything mathy? … Slash mathsy."

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