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Post by OnlyEvan on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:03 pm

The hallways held only the last scattering of perpetually late students when Noel entered the building, toting a backpack heavy in pins and even heavier with textbooks. He was known for quality of schoolwork and abbility to get assignments in ahead of schedule, not his punctuality in regards to getting to class. That said he was late because the bus driver had decided that he didn't have to wait an extra thirty seconds for Noel to come down the path from the house. The result was a less than pleased individual whise first course of action after reaching his locker was to slam the door open, hard, with little awareness for anything except the music in his ears and the frustration of fitting a backpack into a too small space.

Who had decided that lockers this small could support a high school student?

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Post by Amelia on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:16 pm

Perhaps one day he'd listen to Camille and not bring his camera, but evidently, it wasn't going to be anytime soon. Of course, the camera couldn't hang around his neck all day, so it remained his locker for the duration of school hours, although it was hardly the safest of places. Still, it made it much easier to take off towards the woods if he didn't have to run home to gather his things. He didn't have much of a reason to worry anyway; he usually flew under the social radar, so nobody singled him out as someone to pick on.

However, there was still a reason for Raine to be worried, but it had to do a lot more with the person that had a locker right next to him rather than any potential bullies.

As usual, their locker door slammed right into his with a metallic crash, making Raine jump slightly, despite that it was almost a daily occurrence. He shot a glare towards the individual, but they didn't seem to be paying attention to him. Typical.

With a sigh, Raine continued gathering his materials for his first hour class, completely intent on ignoring the existence of the person beside him.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:30 pm

Noel finally gave up on attempting to fit his backpack and went into the same routine as always of stacking his unnecessary books, school binders and notebooks into the small space. When the song coming from his headpohones changed, he pushed then back so they hung around his neck, spilling a heavy, fast beat into the air. He didn't often pay attention to anyone around him or his environment but he wanted to know when the bell rang, at least.

Of course, he wasn't wholly unaware of his actions and what they did, but he had made a bit of a rule to not apologize. He had done that when he was younger only to discover it hardly helped. People expected more apologies and they got angry if you didn't give them, whether you were in the wrong or right.

A quiet huff left him as he closed his door a little more gently and twisted the lock just to make sure it was clicked closed. He did pause to glance at his locker neighbour, wondering if it would hurt to say one word.

Probably.

He was trying to uphold a reputation, as bad as it was.

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Post by Amelia on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:41 pm

Raine spared a quick glance at the person beside him before averting his gaze again. Mission failed.

"Is blasting your music really needed?" he thought as his locker neighbor finally began walking away. "Do you really need to let the world know you're an utter douchebag?"

He could stew all day about the carelessness of the individual, but he had to get to math at some point, which meant moving away from his locker sometime in the near future. Of course, he'd find no solace in class; his lovely locker neighbor also happened to sit next to him in his first hour.

"At least he won't have his headphones."

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Post by OnlyEvan on Sun Nov 22, 2015 8:54 pm

Definitely not, then.

Noel waited a few moments before following his neighbour, shuffling along. The tips of his ears and nape of his ears were still stained black from his messy dye job, and he felt the eyes on him as he made his way to his class. He was a bit more rumpled, a bit less properly dressed and just a little too much of an asshole to be considered anything but strange. At least it was better than being a complete pawn.

It was why he had no issue staring blankly at the teacher when he entered the room and the usual "late to class" minispeech came his way, before sliding into his desk. Teachers hardly saw it as worth trying to punish him, at this point. As he dropped books onto his desk and stretched, he did it all with just a bit more noise and a bit more presence than absolutely necessary. He was in an antagonistic mokd and he was going to push it, it seemed.

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Post by Amelia on Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:00 pm

Deciding to continue to ignore the presence of the individual beside him, Raine began to idly doodle on his folder, making more loops and circles than actual drawings. This was one of the worst parts of school; pretending to be busy doing something so nobody would notice that he wasn't talking to anyone. It was one of the cons of being socially awkward, much to his dismay.

The bell rang a few moments later. Raine breathed a small sigh of relief and straightened his belongings. In typical fashion, the movement sent his calculator to the floor, as it often did.

"Nice going, Raine." he thought.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:12 pm

Noel winced at the sharp plastic sound when the calculator hit the floor, and after a moment of staring and realizing that the person in question wasn't going to make a move for it -- they never did, so why did Noel wait? -- he scraped his chair back slightly and retrieved the object, hesitating only a moment before setting it on the edge of their desk. Honestly, he should have tried to get a name, but wrapped up in his own little world he didn't much bother with other people.

Not unless he was intentionally bothering them, of course.

"There."

It was as close to an apology as he would get and more words than he uttered to the average person in his day to day life.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:31 am

Raine's eyes flickered to the person beside him, then glanced at this calculator. "Yeah." he said after a moment, moving the calculator back to where it was originally placed- on top of his folder.

It was the strangest of systems. Raine wasn't sure if the person even liked him (he certainly wasn't a fan of them), but the stranger also happened to be the one that picked up his calculator when he dropped it for the millionth time.

Instead of stewing about his locker-door-slamming neighbor, his mood turned more thoughtful.

"What's his name anyway?" he thought. "Nathan? Nico? ...Nixon?"

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:21 am

Noel leaned forward in his seat slightly, hunching his shoulders in the same direction so that his entire body spoke of wanting to be alone in some fashion. Not that he could be, right now, but it helped him. As the teacher began to do attendance he exhaled, a slow breath that petered out into nothingness. When his name was recited, he always felt relief because he was more than a little worried that they would call the wrong one, somehow.

"Noel Clarence."

"I'm here."

He just hoped no one noticed the visible difference in him between the before and after. It might have just been him but he was convinced that he was entirely too obvious about it. Though, would anyone have questioned even if they noticed? It was a well known fact that he didn't like company and kept none if possible.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 2:52 pm

It didn't occur to Raine to listen to the roll call until the teacher had gone down the entirety of the list. He was much more preoccupied by his horrid birth name being called than anything else. More than anything, he wished he had the courage to change "Delilah" to "Raine" on the attendance sheet, but if he had learned anything from his parents' behavior, it was that it was in his best interest to stay silent on the matter. At least they had taken to ignoring him being trans instead of their usual stand, which was outright and harsh disapproval.

Still, Camille liked him just fine. As far as he was concerned, having the support of his beloved younger sister was all that mattered.

To his relief, the teacher began the lesson, allowing Raine's mind to finally focus on other things. Now, if he could forget the morning's events, it would be a somewhat decent start to the school day.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:30 pm

Delilah.

That was her name, right.

Not that she seemed much of a girl but what could he say on the matter? Not only did he insist he was male but he wore more eye makeup than a lot of them, and to be truthful he had looked like, been known as, and played aty being a girl for fourteen and a half years. He was just happy that only government issued paperwork now had to have his birth name on it.

As the lesson began, something involving too many not-numbers to interest him or make sense in the droning tone preferred by the man leading the class, he allowed himself a glance around the room. No one out of place.

And therefore boring.

Carelessly he began to scribble on the corner of his notebook, a mess of graphite that smudged into the side of his hand. Anything waw better than a lesson he could get in the same words from the textbook.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:47 pm

If he had anything going for him, it was that math was of the few subjects he did somewhat well in. Raine wasn't good with words in general, but he could work with numbers to some degree. However, it also meant that his mind tended to wander, which made it much more difficult to focus when he was having trouble with the subject. The events of the morning promised that Raine was going to have difficulty focusing during the hour, but he still tried to at least look like he was paying attention and certainly not focusing on anything other than mathematics.  

It wasn't like his next hour was going to be any better; his second period was English, the one class that Raine had completely given up trying to do well in. It seemed that no matter what he did, his assignments and test scores always had poor marks.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:01 pm

Noel finally settled his attention on the person who was his neighhbour in this class as with in the hallway, and decided after a few moments that she might be jumpy and clumsy but at least she didn't look like a complete idiot-

Not that he was actually convinced everyone else was an idiot, it was just easier than trying to care or get to know them.

As the hour dragged on, he settled into a rhythm of banging his knee lightly against the bottom of his desk and scribbling further out from the corner of his notebook, arpound the words and numbers already there. Would it ever end? He knew he couldn't be so eager, since he would have to avoid being cornered by a guidance counsellor at the end of the day but at least then he could do something else.

His current foster family didn't care what happened as long as he didn't arrive hom bleeding or unreasonably late, and he could put up with that.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:12 pm

Although the constant tapping from the person beside him was certainty a distraction, Raine managed to tune it out to a degree. He couldn't really be mad; he had been bouncing his leg for the duration of the hour.

To his relief, they were given time to work on their homework towards the end of the hour, which finally got Raine to focus, although it was a little later than he would have liked. Still, he probably wouldn't get it done before the bell rang, but it would at least give him something to do besides worry about his second hour. Being occupied was nice.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:26 pm

Homework.

Noel didn't like homework so much as the distraction it provided. If he had homework, he didn't need a social life. If he didn't have a social life, nothing bad happened. If nothing bad happened, he could move on with his life and get where he would eventually need to be.

That said, homework was a boring distraction, and hr had worn hus pencil down smooth with his scribbling, and luck had it that he wasn't much for preparation, and god knows he wasn't going to be the stared at idiot who squeaked away at the classroom sharpener until it did spomething.

Almost reluctantly despite his earlier assessment, he reached over and poked his neighbour's arm.

"You have a sharpener?"

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:32 pm

Raine jerked the moment he felt the poke, nearly falling out of his seat as he did so. Thankfully, none of his classmates seemed to notice, even as his calculator clattered the the ground once again.

"Uh, yes. Hang on." Raine hastily whispered, busying himself with opening his pencil case in an attempt to hide the red flush that was spreading across his facial features. Mentally cursing himself for being so ridiculously jumpy, he practically shoved the pencil sharpener in his neighbor's face, eager to finish any sort of interaction with his classmate as quickly as possible.

"Here." Raine whispered. "Sorry."

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:42 pm

Noel made a noise rather like a 'tchh' in the back of hia throat and leaned down almost instinctively now to rescue the calculator he was pretty sure should have been in pieces by now. Was she clumsy or what?

He wasn't above a rather impersonal "thanks" however as he took the proffered sharpener and used it.

Honestly, was being that on edge normal?

Either way he tossed it back onto her desk, and cracked open his book for the firs time since the period had started. He was interacting a lot more than nornal and with so little reason. He really needed to examine what was going on.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:49 pm

Continue to flush, Raine ducked his head and pretended to be busy answering the next math problem, although he was beyond being able to concentrate.

"Idiot." he thought, idly circling the problem number on his homework. "How on Earth are you going to stay unnoticed if you keep doing stuff like that?"

Raine absolutely hated being touched by strangers, or anyone really. His parents were hardly the most affectionate of people and hugs from them were painfully awkward and uncomfortable. Camille was the only exception, but Raine doubted his little sister being able to hug him was much of an accomplishment.

"At least nobody noticed." he thought, glancing around the room. None of his classmates seemed to be staring or laughing, or at least not outright. That was a good sign. He could probably stay under the radar as long as he didn't do any other dumb things.

Probably.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 4:58 pm

Noel focused long enough for the bell to ring, at which point he huffed a bit more dramatically than really necessary before standing and gathering everything into his arms. Lunch was already seeming like a welcome break. Oh well... He would have to wait.

He glanced sideways at Delilah for a moment -- honestly, she didn't seem like much of a Delilah -- and then shook it off. He picked up her calculator and slammed his locker door into hers. Hardly a good relatipnship to build off of.

And he didn't even want to go further than tyhat.

More was stupid and unneccessarily complicated.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:45 pm

Keeping heads head downwards, Raine hurried out of the classroom, feeling some of the tension wash away as he quickly put distance between himself and his locker neighbor, quickly weaving his way through the crowd of students until he found himself back at his locker. If he moved fast enough, he wouldn't have to see his classmate for at least another hour. But as his luck would have it, his fingers refused to cooperate. Gritting his teeth, he spun the dial at least three times before he was finally able to yank it open, nearly whacking himself with the locker door in the process.

All he had to do was grab his English stuff and run before his classmate made his way over. It sounded easy enough in theory...

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 7:43 pm

Noel wasn't sure if it was an indication of an underlying problem that he found the way she rushed off amusing. Eager to avoid him, it seemed. Normally he didn't bother making a stop between classes, since he was entirely able to carry a few classes of books at once but he would make an exception, of just to see her reaction. Why was she intriguing in any way?

Maybe he needed to take the troublemaking thing a little more seriously and make a few enemies? Perhaps that was it?

Then why did he keep picking up the calculator?

By the time he reached his locker he had settled on the concept of just maybe being honestly interested based on being so close for what was a comparativelt long time in a school day.

"You can be a little more subtle about avoiding people-- I don't care but other people might get the idea you don't like them," he said, not quite teasing, with a smirk.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:01 pm

Raine nearly dropped the books he was holding the moment he heard the person's voice. His head whipped around, causing pain to shoot up his neck in protest. Wincing slightly, he got up to his feet, trying to look like that he was a completely normal functioning human being, although he absolutely refused to make eye contact.

"I guess." he mumbled after a moment, his quiet reply a stark contrast to his usual jumpy behavior, although he couldn't deny how fast his heart was beating. "I- have to go to English. Sorry."

Raine made a move to leave the conversation, but he hesitated, nearly causing himself to trip in the process.

"Do you still need the pencil sharpener?"

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:13 pm

Noel couldn't help thinking she was more than a bit of a klutz, and only barely resisted a chuckle. Maybe it was a bit mean to do that. He deposited his math things into the small metal compartment and then bumped it closed with his elbow.

All the sorries and nervousness... it made Noel curious. Some of the other foster kids he had known had been like that, all cringy and quiet. It did make him pause and feel a little bad, but she might only think he wantrd something if he changed all of a sudden. Which while not out of line with what he projected to others, wasn't actually like him.

He did have to pause however, mouth slightly open.

Oh.

"Oh.... um... No. Thanks."

Now he was being awkward, great.

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Post by Amelia on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:18 pm

"Ah, okay." Raine said, clutching the books to his chest, his heart continuing to beat wildly. "...Can I have it back then. I kind of... need it. For stuff."

"Because I'm too scared to get up and use the actual pencil sharpener so I don't draw attention to myself." he thought, hastily fixing his gaze back downwards the moment he realized he had been intently staring at the person's face.

Someone bumped into him, which brought him back into reality. "I really need to go to English." he said, hastily holding out his palm while keeping his eyes averted. "Can I have it back?"

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Post by OnlyEvan on Mon Nov 23, 2015 8:26 pm

Oh... he hadn't given it back, right.

Shit.

Noel pulled it out of his pocket after a moment of searching and handed it back, gritting his teeth a little when their skin touched. Poking someone was one thing but he generally avoided contact if possible, ptherwise. It felt strange when someone who didn't know him touched, and no one did know him...

"There... thanks, and..."

He almost apologized but it held fast to his tongue and he shook his head instead.

"Nevermind... whatever. See ya later."

If he got to his art class, he wouldn't have to think about anything except pretending that the teacher made sense. He already knew himself, and how could a clay sculpture reveal anything moee? It was just clay.

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