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January 6th, 2016, 11:20 am #1

The school library was a place Lani Salder frequented heavily. While never a literature appreciator, the solace and the quiet that the library demanded made her feel placid and at ease. It was a chance to break away from the constant tribulations of your everyday teenage girl and to have a moment just to herself: Lani time.
LANI SALDER: PREGAME START
She had just been assigned a new tutor, Joshua Bracewell, another junior she knew through his heavy campaigning for junior vice president. She was glad he won; he certainly had her vote with all the good she thought he’d bring to the student council. They’d worked together well so far, and she’d taking a nervous liking to the boy; he was definitely helping her grades, that’s for sure. Lani’s eyes scurried across the walls and shelves, seeking a particular round countenance: half-past four. She had time to spare before he was expected to arrive.
570: Biology.
Lani and her mother had baked some beautiful citrus balls for to give to her tutor as a thank you for the assistance so far; she carried them in a Tupperware container, and they sat uniformly adorned with yellow and green coatings and orange flower petals. Flannery always insisted that Lani show gratitude to those willing to help her out, and Lani just never wanted to make a poor impression. Her outfit this afternoon reflected this too: a smart midnight blue blazer over her white blouse speckled with floral patterns; a flowing, tangerine skirt of length just below the knee; and pale vanilla penny loafers.
540: Chemistry.
She stopped suddenly, noticing a missing book from a shelf arranged and stacked in an otherwise totalitarian fashion; the book, The Flowers and the Trees: An Introduction to Plant Systems, had fallen to the carpeted floor. Picking it up, Lani smiled. She remembered reading this one; in fact, she even had a copy at home. Flannery had picked it up for her fifteenth birthday, after Lani showed such a love for the subject. Shuffling through the catalogue, Lani returned the textbook into its allocated slot and continued navigating the labyrinth.
510: Mathematics.
Finding a spare seat, Lani sat beside a window; the sunlight reflected off the glossy tabletop, creating streaks of yellow light for them to bask in as they worked. Might as well get ready while I wait, she thought. Lani pulled her textbooks from her bag and layered them across the tabletop meticulously. She didn’t want to give her new tutor the wrong impression. Lani’s gaze darted across the room, scouting for anyone she knew that could keep her company until they had arrived. She relaxed and waited patiently for her session to begin.
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January 10th, 2016, 10:01 pm #2

((Nate Turner continued from The Theatrics Formula))

Nate Turner was collecting a small mountain of textbooks in his arms, far more than he could ever hope to get through in one sitting. As was usually the case when he was worked up, Nate had not thought things that far through when he'd been pulling books off the shelf like they were going out of fashion.

Earlier that day in math class, they'd been informed of an upcoming in-class test. Nothing major, mind, more of an evaluation and recap than anything, but that part had more or less gone over Nate's head. As much as Nate hated maths, he hated tests even more.

Not only were they a great way to be reminded of how terrible he was at schoolwork, but then he got to look forward to that awful grade staring him in the face a few days later, and he knew everyone else could see his reaction, so then they knew he got a bad grade too. So, not only did he get to know that he was an idiot, but everyone else got reminded of it too.

So yeah, Nate was trying to make sure that that didn't happen by cramming as much information in as he could between then and now. Not that it would help, nor that it ever did.

As he rounded the shelves, satisfied with his pile of literature to cross-reference his own notes with, he immediately scanned the room for someone to study with. Studying in groups was much better than studying alone, because pretty much everyone understood this stuff better than him. The fact that the other person was usually quick to tell him not to worry so much and that he was being too hard on himself was also a huge perk, but not one that ever crossed his mind. Not consciously, anyway.

He spotted Lani over by the window, and was already heading in that direction as the nerves immediately began to ease up just a little.

"Hey, Lani! How's it going? Mind if I join you?" he asked, not moving to take a seat until she gave the ok, but very much ready to when it was recieved.
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January 11th, 2016, 1:10 am #3

“Oh, hiya Nate! I'm doing alright, thanks.” Her response was pleasant. Lani warmly welcomed the company, and it look as though the pair were here for similar reasons. “Of course! Have a seat; I'm just waiting on a tutor, but I'm quite early.” She hadn’t seen Nate since she last attended swim practice. “It's nice to see a friendly face around here!”

She shifted space for him, moving aside her array of textbooks that lay sprawled across the table into a neat, tiered pile beside her. Trigonometric equations and measurement on the top of course. She peered at the heap of nonfiction Nate was carrying in his arms. I guess that upcoming test has others a little nervous too, she contemplated. Lani had started to improve on her mathematics, a testament to Joshua’s ability as a tutor, but she still had some ways to go before her results would please her—let alone her mother.

Lani briefly stole a glance out the window; the sun was still shining fervently, making her a little jealous of anyone not studying at this very moment. Extracting her iPhone from her bag, she lit the screen up to check the time. After placing it on the table, she turned to speak to Nate, making use of the company she’d acquired.

“So, Nate. How're you doing? Studying for the math test?”
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January 12th, 2016, 12:47 am #4

“Yeah, yeah.” He chuckled an awkward chuckle, taking the free seat whilst dropping his pile of texts down with an audible thump. “I’m pretty dumb after all, so gotta hit the books.”

He grinned at his own remark, but of course it was a pained grin. One of those 'Please take pity on me' kind of looks, at its core. He didn’t want some kind of encouragement that he wasn’t an idiot, he was pretty used to that idea, but anything Lani might’ve said to try and perk him up would’ve been appreciated.

“It’s kay though, I’ll leave when your tutor gets here. Don’t want to be in your way, or anything.” The fact that Lani was seeing a tutor at all surprised Nate just a little: this wasn’t the first time he’d seen her hitting the books in the library, but unlike him she seemed to have her head wrapped around stuff more often than not. Maybe it was seeing a tutor that helped her keep the edge? Maybe seeing a tutor was what he needed?

Meh, that was probably a bad idea. Waste of their time and his money, most likely.

For the moment, he could just talk things over with his friends or get his dad’s help, or ask Toby or Paul. At least, he could if they weren’t busy or too tired from work, which they often were.

“I bet with all the studying you do, you’re not worried about the test at all, eh Lani?”
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January 15th, 2016, 10:53 am #5

Lani sat in contemplation, not understanding Nate’s need for self-deprecation. She didn’t think he was stupid at all, and especially not so because sometimes tests try to tell him otherwise. She’d seen this before though, and while she desperately wanted to perk up his mood, she considered her words very carefully as not to make him think she was pitying him. Why would she? She was here, with the same doubts, studying for the very same test.

“Tests are dumb Nate.” She looked up at him with that and just smiled. “Also, maths is just outrageously hard.”

Her own insecurities about her scholastic abilities were starting to show in her words. Lani was, by no means, a poor student; she sat on an A- average, but her performance in mathematics had always worried her, especially how much her mother stressed tertiary education to her. Lani felt compelled to do whatever she could to ensure that she made it into a prestigious institution. She could never get her head around the formulae in maths unfortunately, so she often found herself utterly bombing tests. This is why she’d enlisted the help of Joshua, who was more than happy to lend a hand, and insisted that she not pay for his services. She never liked letting others know she’s tutored however, fearing that others might see it as a chance to ridicule, isolate, and devalue her. Lani didn’t might Nate knowing at all when she thought about; there was a comfortability she felt around him.

“I wouldn’t worry about you being in my way Nate; I always enjoy your company!” She exclaimed. “Besides, if I know Joshua like I think I do, I doubt he’d mind. He’d probably be excited to see another face sitting here!”

Lani felt a little more at peace, a little more at ease speaking with Nate. Her day wasn’t awful by any means, but the upcoming test did have her a bit down. She became nervous when he asked her about her worries about the test, visibly so, but she tried to regain her composure as much as she could, bringing back her positivity-engorged grin.

“Well, it’s nothing major, so there’s something positive about it coming up. But math makes me a little… anxious.”
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January 18th, 2016, 12:07 am #6

“Heh, yeah, you and me both.”

Already Nate was starting to feel a little better, thanks to Lani’s generous efforts to relate over their shared mathematics gripes. Even if he was going to bomb on this test, it was always nice when other people leant him a little reassurance that he wasn’t alone in being lost in the world of numbers and formulas.

He did smile more sincerely when Lani said that he wasn’t being in the way, which was something he liked to hear. Hopefully Joshua would feel the same way when he showed up; Nate had voted for him after all. Now that he thought about it, sitting down and studying with the vice-president would be a new one; he’d probably be a pretty interesting guy to talk to.

He had to take a moment to remind himself that it was only the student council that he was thinking about, not an actual president.

“Why do we even have to do maths anyway?” he asked, thoughts going back to Lani as he added a little filler to the conversation with a question that, really, he knew the answer to. Academics was pretty big in his family, and his brothers for the most part had all done pretty well in school, certainly better than him. Even if he didn’t like maths, that didn’t mean it wasn’t important and kept them in the black. That was one of things his dad had tried to tell him when he’d asked him to help with his homework a few months back. It had not been a productive session.

Whatever, he didn’t need maths if he decided to be a pastor, right?

“Oh, unless you were going to do something with it in college, or something?”
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January 20th, 2016, 1:31 am #7

...all the muscles of his body writhing in an intensity of terror and sheer fear beyond bearing. He was going mad and knew it, and somewhere deep inside a bit of sanity was screaming, struggling to fight off the hopeless flood of black terror. It was very horrible to go mad and know that you were going mad -- to know that in a little minute you would be here physically and yet all the real essence would be dead and drowned in the black madness. For this was-

"God fucking damn it."

Gary Kwan - Pregame Start
Gary sighed, rolling his eyes at the chatterboxes on the other side of the library. He mumbled to himself and sighed deeply once more. The library was normally barren, but an upcoming test had brought in a flood of newcomers with no respect for library etiquette. "What a shame," he thought. "It's not rocket science, people. We've been doing this for years." He ran a hand through his hair, keeping the other one firmly planted on his book. His eyes darted upward for a moment, wondering who was in the library with him.

"Nate and...Kealani, was it? That sounds right. She shortens it, though. To something. Lani, I think. That sounds right too." He found himself staring for what felt like longer than he should, and his eyes slowly moved back to his book. "I'm strange," he thought to himself.

He wasn't wrong.
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January 21st, 2016, 4:22 am #8

Lani smiled at Nate’s response. She could see that her words had a positive effect on him, which made her feel a lot better in turn. She was glad, in a sense, to run into Nate and have him share the anxiety about the test that she felt, though not so glad that either had to do this test or go through the aforementioned anxiety, especially considering it little-to-no weight on their grades. Her point being mutual dislike births great conversation and company.

She pondered on Nate’s questioning of maths at high school for quite some time, so much so that he had already forwarded a second question. She wanted to make sure she answered this in the best possible way as well. Lani herself didn’t enjoy maths as a subject, and only continues to care about her grades in the subject because of Flannery’s insistence on college. She’d thought about it, and while Lani likes the idea of college and what it could provide, she hadn’t the slightest clue where she’d go or what she’d study.

“I ask myself the same thing sometimes,” she began, “it’s like, if you’re not going to need it for anything, why have it forced on you? I'm keen for college, like it sounds really appealing, but I doubt I'd do anything math related.”

She paused. “Mum’s really pushing the whole ‘go to college’ thing too because she went. And there's more than a bit of pressure to do really well because of it.”

This really wasn’t an exact answer to Nate’s question, but it picked up on the college thing and allowed for some further conversation. “Do you have plans for college or anything?”
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January 21st, 2016, 5:11 am #9

((Joshua Bracewell continued from Extraordinary Machine))

A wide grin was plastered across Joshua’s face as he strode contentedly down the down the corridors of the ground floor, several hefty textbooks tucked under his left arm with the other lightly clasped around a half-eaten pear. With few classmates occupying the area to exchange pleasantries with, he instead opted to look to the variety of posters plastered across the walls to occupy his thoughts instead, taking note of as many upcoming events as possible as he passed them. One in particular stood out to him, though: a lime green sheet of paper with his smiling face pasted across it and the words ‘BRACE WELL WITH JOSHUA’ sandwiching it in a vibrant font. He thought he’d retrieved all of his propaganda from the election, but his campaign had been so heavy and intense he figured it would’ve been impossible for him to not miss at least one.

He was still riding the high of his win, though his pride over the achievement had been dampened somewhat by seeing the disappointed looks on his competitors faces once the victors had been announced. If there was a way for all of them to share in the role, then Joshua would have chosen that option in a heartbeat. The guilt had been gnawing at the back of his mind for several days, subdued only by the flurry of tasks that continued to crop up in orderly fashion, one after the other; like the one he was headed to now: tutoring.

Mathematics wasn’t his greatest subject, but he still did well enough at it to qualify as a tutor for those who struggled with all the formulae and equations. He couldn’t blame them, really – if it weren’t for the cocktail of energy drinks he took before a big test or the ever-present pressure to maintain his GPA then he figured it’d be just as likely for him to be in their position instead. His student for today was Kealani Salder, a Polynesian girl who was as sweet as honey and terrific company. Tutoring her made him feel connected to his own islander roots, though she seemed slightly resistant to discussing it in much detail. But he knew she probably had her reasons for it, and it wasn’t his position to pry.

Joshua paused for a moment once he reached his destination to place the core of his fully-eaten pear into his lunchbox, remembering to save it for the family’s burgeoning compost heap at home. It was his mother’s latest project, in an effort to use less chemicals on their garden and ‘give back to the earth’, as she called it. He was always amazed at how his mother could come up with so many schemes for the benefit of the environment and the people around them, and was even happier to be able to contribute, even in such a small way as saving his food scraps at school. Helping with his parents’ interests was always an assured way of interacting with them, and being able to help the world at the same time was even more of a blessing.

Having rebuckled his schoolbag and opened the doors of the Beale Library, Joshua cast his eyes over the area before settling on his target, who’d already acquired company in the time she’d been waiting. He always tried to get to his appointments early, dreading the idea of disappointing someone or making them wait, and so he was unaccustomed to his students already having taken their seat before he got there. Inwardly chastising himself, Joshua made a mental note to get there extra early next time the two of them had an appointment.

As he got closer, he realised he could put a name to Lani’s seating partner: Nate Turner, a fellow junior. He was an utter sweetheart, and in Joshua’s eyes had always performed admirably at the theatre shows and swimming comps he’d seen him participate in.

“Hey Lani! Hey Nate! How are you guys? I'm sorry for keeping you waiting.” He waved cheerfully as he closed the distance between them and took a vacant seat at the table where they were situated, the tassels of the dark blue sweater draped over his shoulders swaying gently as he grinned at the duo.
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January 23rd, 2016, 4:48 pm #10

Nate could definitely relate to Lani feeling pressured by her mom to do well. At least, he thought he knew what it felt like to be pushed to do better in subjects he didn’t like, but maybe he couldn’t totally relate to feeling pressured to go on to higher learning.

“I don’t know if I’m going to college, to be honest.” He shrugged, that trademark self-doubt not showing up in the words this time. “I’ve got four brothers, and only one of them went to college, so it’s not something my parents have said I have to do or anything, you know?”

“I don’t think I’d go if I could, though. I don’t really like any subjects that you go to college for, except maybe English, and I don’t want to be a writer or anything, so I might as well skip all the debt, right?” he continued, the pile of math books continuing to remain untouched at his side. “I did think about becoming a pastor when I’m older, but I think most of them go to college? I dunno, maybe I can just be one of the ones that doesn’t have a degree.”

Truthfully. his mom had been the one pushing the point that further education was important to joining the clergy, in another attempt to promote his independence. Nate wasn’t aware of that motive, but at the same time it did mean that he and Lani were in fairly similar situations after all.

As he’d been talking to Lani, Joshua had appeared. “Hey, Josh!” he smiled, lifting a hand in a small wave. “Congrats on the election.”

Ah, that was right: he’d said he’d get out of the way when Lani’s tutor showed up. Though, at the same time she'd said it was ok if he'd stuck around, hadn't she? Still, Nate was too polite not to at least ask.

“Sorry, you guys probably have stuff to do; should I leave?” he asked, motioning to stand up and get his things, whilst once again making those puppy dog eyes that quietly pleaded not to be made to go and forced to think about studying again.
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