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Post by Amelia on Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:21 pm

Upon reaching the airlock, Raine could feel himself beginning to relax. Although he had spent far too much time awkwardly trying to communicate with Noel, there was still a decent enough time before the lunch hour was over. Enough time to tune out the world, put in his earbuds, and not have to socialize with anyone for a fairly large amount of time.

Humming to himself, he started his music, pulling out a bag of chips as he did so. Some time alone was exactly what he needed. Then, all he had to do was survive his afternoon classes, then he could run off to his sanctuary and snap photos for a few hours.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:01 pm

Noel found that stepping outside seemed to be the right decision and even if he was a little hungry -- he had forgotten to check his bag, too eager to leave the awkward situation -- his head was clearer. An anomaly. If he thought about it that way it was much easier to deal with. It wouldn't happen again and it certainly didn't mean anything deeper. It was why when the bell rang, warning them that lunch was over and they only had so many minutes to get their things and get to class, he was confident that there wouldn't be any more issues and he would be able to deal with this all as per usual.

This lasted for the next few classes and he managed to avoid bumping into Delilah again, by letting himself be a few minutes late and sure she was gone from her locker between classes before he approached his. And at the end of the day, whether by stroke of luck or simply because he was damn near running, he had his things in his bag and was out the door before he even caught sight of her.

The issue that left him with though was not knowing where to go or what to do. He had a policy about when to return home and this was far too early, but he was hungry... and didn't have any money, so any of his usual places were out of the question, it seemed. He huffed a sigh and leaned against the school building, out of the way of the now dispersing students, watching as some filled the school buses and others headed for their various afterschool hangout spots.

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Post by Amelia on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:13 pm

There was a noticeable spring in Raine's step as he walked out of the building. The camera was hitting his chest with every step he took, but he was hardly paying attention. As usual, his earbuds were in and he was completely isolated from the conversations around him, just how he liked it. Nothing was better than being able to shut out the world. It was better than being bullied again, that was for sure.

It was a conscious struggle to not break into a dead run; as much as he wanted to get to the woods as quickly as possible, there was no point in drawing unnecessary attention to himself. He just had to keep it cool and avoid any social interaction until then, like he usually did. It was all routine, and that suited him just fine. Go to the woods, go home when it got dark, eat, email Camille, sleep. And repeat.

It was hardly the most thrilling of schedules, but it was perfect for Raine.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Thu Dec 03, 2015 7:23 pm

It was a bad idea.

That was all that Noel could think about the thing he was doing as he peeled himself away from the brick of the school building, headphones resting against the back of his neck, reminding him of how easy it would be to just find a quiet spot somewhere in the park or in the town library, where he wouldn't have to interact and he could listen to music, work on his homework and just generally not do something that would quite honestly be creepy.

Was he trying to cement a worse reputation for himself? Something that would make people actively dislike him, rather than passively?

This was definitely stupid.

But she looked different, moving a bit more... freely, if not confidently.

Curiousity killed the cat, though, right?

... and satisfaction brought it back.

He melded into the crowd as best as possible, keeping distance between them until she broke away.

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Post by Amelia on Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:18 pm

Raine absentmindedly hummed along to the music as he walked down the street, a stray hint of a smile on his face. Knowing that he was only minutes away from his sanctuary greatly lifted his mood, washing away some of his anxiety. Of course, he wouldn't be completely relaxed until he actually entered the woods; he was all too aware of the cars rushing past him and couldn't help but jump slightly as one passed, a tad closer to the curb than he would have liked.

Although the woods occasionally had some shady characters hanging around, the place never failed to calm him. It was comforting, knowing that he could just sit and take pictures for hours. There was always something to photograph, if one looked hard enough.

As he finally came to the entrance of his precious paradise, he finally allowed himself to break into a run, his camera firmly in his grasp. His heart beat wildly as he raced through the trees, his backpack bouncing on his shoulders. After a minute or so, he finally slowed, throwing off his backpack as he did so.

A beaming grin was spread across his face. For the first time that day, he actually felt relaxed.

"Now, where to start?" he thought.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:26 pm

This was honestly one of his worse ideas.

Did he want her to hate him?

Did it matter if she hated him? Not really, right? She was just one person among the many who already despised him, and their awkward conversation had just sparked enough interest for him to act on... to make her hate him more, if she saw. But she was listening to music, and the fact was he was good at sneaking. He had had to be in the past. Sometimes his family hadn't been so loose in their rules as this one, and he had honestly wanted to cause more trouble then. It was something to do, and sometimes his pranks had required not being seen or heard.

Of course, even he wasn't stupid enough to run after someone he was tailing, but it wasn't like the path she had obviously followed was all that hard to see. So he followed more slowly, carefully, and most importantly, quietly, and once he saw her for a split second through the trees, he hung back.

He could just leave now, and it would be like he hadn't done this. He should have, but as he stood there, he couldn't. He wasn't sure why. It was stupid and inexplicable but he didn't question it, because... well, it was better than doing nothing, right?

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Post by Amelia on Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:32 pm

His MP3 player and his earbuds were tossed to the side as Raine eagerly scanned the area, looking for something to photograph. Finding a subject was always the hardest part; he often had to resort to photographing leaves when he failed to find something interesting.

Thankfully, it didn't seem to be one of those days. Within a few moments, he spotted some rustling on the ground. A toad, it looked like.

Of course, actually getting close enough to take the shot would be a whole different story, but it was worth a shot, at least, even if his luck with photographing animals was remarkably slim.

Slowly, he began to approach the creature, careful to avoid stepping on anything that would alert the toad to his presence.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Thu Dec 03, 2015 8:46 pm

Noel hung back and then, after some moments decided that just maybe he could pass it all off as just being in the same area, especially since it seemed all she was going to do was take pictures. So, with a final glance her way he found a relatively comfortable and dry looking spot between two large tree roots where he set his backpack as a kind of terrible cushion before sitting and leaning against it.

His iPod was old and scratched, but it let him randomize his music well enough and as he settled into the familiar rhythms and lyrics, he let himself relax a bit, eyes half closing and legs stretching out. At least he didn't have to worry about running into any of his foster family members out here.

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Post by Amelia on Fri Dec 04, 2015 5:32 am

Getting close to the toad was harder than he expected; toad was already aware of his presence and hopped away, no matter how quietly he tried to move. Still, he was reluctant to give up; he only admitted defeat when the toad raced off after he stepped on a concealed tree branch.

Perhaps he had better luck if he took the photos from far away, but those kind of photos weren't any good. The best photos were the ones that were close to the subject, or at least that's what he thought.

Still, there'd always be something new to photograph, or at least examine. Like that weird shadow between those two tree roots.

"Wait... that's a person!' he thought.

He quickly made the decision to ignore them; people tended to leave him alone and usually left after a few minutes. Still, knowing he was watched ebbed away a good portion of his carefree spirit.

"Well... now what?" Raine thought. "I'm not photographing leaves today."

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Post by OnlyEvan on Fri Dec 04, 2015 11:43 am

Noel was aware that his binder was biting into his skin a little too much, and that he really shouldn't still be wearing it but it was hard to try and think about that when he knew he could easily be discovered and the fact was that he wasn't going to strip down and take it off here. Normally he could find reprieve from it in the bathroom of a store for a few moments but that wasn't the case here.

He did know that hew as conflicted about whether or not he wanted her to notice what he was doing, where he was... if she did, she might think he was some kind of creep, which was the exactly opposite of what he thought he was... he didn't want anything from her, he just... didn't know what he wanted.

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Post by Amelia on Sat Dec 05, 2015 3:03 pm

This is a really dumb idea.

Still, despite his better judgement, he continued to make his way up the tree, the camera dangling from his neck as he moved from branch to branch. He wasn't that far up, but loosing his footing would still mean that he would have a particularly nasty fall. The last thing he needed to do was bust his camera open. Still, photography wasn't anything without a little risk, right?

The nest that was perched upon one of the tree branches was the object that caught Raine's attention. It had long since been abandoned by whatever bird had been nesting in it, which made it a perfect photography opportunity. Now, all he had to do was not fall and break his neck.

Slowly, he raised the camera, keeping as still as possible as he prepared to take the shot.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Sat Dec 05, 2015 9:58 pm

Noel had a similar thought to Raine when he saw him, not that he knew that was the case and not that he knew Raine's name or gender.

She's doing something stupid.

He shook his head and turned up the volume on his music, so that he could hardly hear his own thoughts, thinking that just maybe if he couldn't hear the branches protesting or the leaves shaking, he would be able to pretend that he wasn't being weird and creepy, and that he wasn't maybe just a little bit worried about her falling out of the tree she was balanced not all that safely in. What was so interesting up there? If she hadn't had the camera he wouldn't have bothered with being worried, probably. But she wasn't holding onto anything and it seemed a little bit inevitable...

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Post by Amelia on Sun Dec 06, 2015 7:03 pm

With a sigh of relief, Raine lowered the camera to check the picture that he had taken. Despite his shaking, the picture had turned out clear and focused. Raine was tempted to say that it was his best photo ever, but he had a tendency to say that about a lot of his photos.

At least it's a sign of improvement, at least?

Still, it could be a much better photo if it was taken higher up. He was only high level with the nest; there was no way to see what was inside at the height he was currently at.

Raine looked up, hesitating slightly as he looked at the branches above. They didn't seem particularly strong, but they would hold if he only stood there for a short time. Probably.

Against his better judgement, Raine returned the camera to its place around his neck and began to climb, keeping his gaze averted from the ground. Thankfully, just as he suspected, the branches held his weight as he climbed up.

Okay, take the photo and climb back down before you fall to your death.

Of course, he didn't even to get to step one of his plan. The moment he tried to stand up, the branch gave out beneath him. He didn't even have a chance to scream, he just blindly grabbed the first thing he could reach, which thankfully happened to be another tree branch. The camera was still around his neck, which was also good.

He just had no way to get down; the other branches were too far away.

"HELP!"

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Post by OnlyEvan on Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:31 pm

Noel was rather certain that he was successfully being as unweird and uncreepy as he could be given the circumstances, since he had completely become absorbed in his music, but the crack-snap of a tree branch and the yelled word were enough to cut through his self inflicted audio isolation, and he used his shoulders to bump his headphones off as he turned towards the tree that Delilah had been in before.

And was now dangling from.

Asshole or not, Noel wasn't inhuman with a quickly muttered expletive, he was on his feet and underneath the tree, looking up at her and not entirely sure what he should do. He didn't exactly think he had time to call someone who could help and... dammit!

"Hey! Are you okay?"

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Post by Amelia on Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:51 pm

When Raine had made his cry for help, he wasn't exactly expecting a response. Hearing a voice from below nearly made him loose his grip. Still, he ended up swinging, which produced a cracking noise from the tree limb.

Not good.

"Yeah." Raine called back, desperately seeking out any possible way to get down that he might have missed. The last thing that he needed to do was break an ankle, but it seemed like it was going to be his definite future if he didn't figure out some way to get down.

He tried to swing his leg up onto the branch, but he wasn't nearly flexible enough to reach. There was another cracking noise, slightly quieter than the last one.

Okay, save the camera.

"How well can you catch?" he asked. He hated to part with his camera, but he'd rather see it in some stranger's hands than smashed on the ground below.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:24 pm

Shit.

As long as she didn't fall and break anything, they were okay, though, right? But if the branch snapped and came down too... crap. Noel didn't know what he would do. Well, he did; he would call an ambulance but the fact was he didn't want that kindof trouble. Really, he wanted none of this, but then again, she might have done it if he wasn't here anyways so maybe it was better than he had followed? There was somewhere, anyhow, and he was that someone.

"Pretty good."

Enough that PE wasn't too embarrassing a proposition. He swallowed and found himself biting his bottom lip a little bit too hard. Was she going to drop? Because that was entirely different, and honestly he wasn't entirely sure if any of this was a good idea, but then again, he'd been in the hospital enough due to fights that he supposed one more trip wouldn't do too much harm. His nose was already a bit off from being broken more than once. As long as she didn't get too seriously hurt.

He wasn't a complete asshole.

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Post by Amelia on Fri Dec 11, 2015 7:32 pm

There was no way to make it easy- in order for Raine to drop the camera, he'd need to remove it from its usual place around his neck, which meant that he would have to hang on with one hand and hope that his grip held. Which probably meant that he was going to fall and break his ankle. Lovely.

He glanced down again and instantly regretted it. Raine didn't have a fear of heights, but it was certainly daunting, being up so high, if he was even high up at all. (He couldn't tell the distance. Probably a good thing.)

Taking a deep breath to steady himself, he did his best to pull himself up again, but of course, failed miserably. He was out of options.

"Ready?" he called, glancing at the ground to make sure that the person was still there. "I'm dropping it."

In one rapid motion, he let go with one hand and yanked the camera from his neck. The camera secure in his grasp, he hesitated.

If the person missed, it was all over.

But if he ended up falling, the camera was going to get smashed for sure.

Raine closed his eyes, then let go of the camera.

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Post by OnlyEvan on Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:03 pm

Jesus Christ, was she trying to die?

Noel wasn't above admitting that when she was hanging there by one hand -- one damned hand -- he found himself breathing more quickly than he should have, heart going at a pace that couldn't be healthy for him.

She wanted him to catch the camera of all things. Not her, but the damned camera.

She needed to reconsider her priorities, Noel decided, but he would save that lecture after he knew if she broke anything when she fell or not.

So, with nothing better to do -- he didn't want to make her angry if she didn't fall, and he didn't catch the camera -- he stood underneath. For a few moments his heart dropped and he felt certain that he wasn't actually going to catch it, and that it was going to hit the ground. but with a quick sidestep, the surprisingly heavy object hit his palms, cradled safe in them.

Now he just had an entire person to worry about.

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Post by Amelia on Wed Dec 16, 2015 5:25 pm

Raine breathed a silent sigh of relief as the camera landed safely. Now, all he had to do was land and not break anything in the process.

That being said, it was surprising how well he was hanging on. Of course his arms and hands were both aching, but he was still able to keep his grip on a branch. Shouldn't his hands be slipping or something?

Still, he couldn't hang there forever. Dropping right down wasn't an option, but perhaps if he was able to climb up, then shift to the side and work his way down? That could work, if he could pull himself up.

Or he could have the person below guide him. He probably saw something that Raine didn't, after all.

"Any advice?" he asked.

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