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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:28 pm
Tobi watches their exchange out of the corner of his eye, feeling satisfied as Noelle dismisses Evan. A little bit of that pleasant curl of satisfaction shows on his face, just a tiny smirk behind his phone and the sandwich on his lap. He can't help the look in his eyes as he tilts his head more fully to watch as he gets up, as he hopefully leaves. Once he's gone, maybe he could take Noelle out for coffee and a little bite to eat. Spend some time with her, maybe take a walk outside; the day is gorgeous, and the sun's just starting to sink low in the sky. It won't be dark for a little bit, but until then the sky would be dappled with burning oranges and saturated pinks. Or even just walk her to her dorm; girl looks like a soft push would be all it too to get her to fall over. She needs sleep, and he just wants to make sure she's alright.


And then Evan kisses her.


He hadn't expected this. His face falls as his eyes widen fractionally, surprise subtle but there. All his previous thoughts come to a grinding halt as something in him drops, both mentally and physically. He's falling deeper and deeper out of his body and into the world, and he can't control how fast or how far. Outside, the world comes a sickening halt. The trees fall silent as the wind peeters out, fading into one final whoosh. Birds and animals sit silent, sitting quietly as students look around in alarm at the sudden quiet. The lack of sound causes students from inside to open doors and look outside to investigate.

Inside, Tobias swallows the feeling, as difficult as it is, steels his expression back to its baseline. The wind picks back up as he comes back to himself, though inside he's still frazzled. He hasn't done anything like that in years, and he can already feel the pain blossom behind his eyes. He closes them to block out the light of the library around him. 'Pathetic,' he thinks tiredly. 'Little crush got me all worked over.' He misses the stupid look on Noelle's face, the surprise and the shame in her expression. Misses the way she kisses back only on reflex. Misses all of that to the dark comfort of his closed eyes.

'God damn,' he thinks as he rubs at his eyes and feels the sudden rush of nausea. 'God almighty, damn it.'
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:40 pm
This wasn't right.

This wasn't how it was supposed to happen.

And the world stops around her. But not like it does in the movies. There was no sound, no life. She felt numb. She felt sick.

A tight grip on her throat, she breaks the kiss, staring at Evan, who is smiling at her. Couldn't he see that she didn't want that?

Next, her eyes flick to Tobi, who looked like he was in physical pain. Was the stillness him? She shook the thought out of her head, looking back at Evan who had also looked at Tobi. He smirked, smugly "I'll see you later Ellie." And with that, he walks out of the room, giving Tobi a look that clearly said 'Your move.'

Noelle watches him leave, frozen. Then she goes over to Tobi, as quickly as her feeble and tired body would allow her. She kneels down, looking up at him, gently taking his hand. It isn't really a romantic gesture. Of course, she had realized that she had romantic feelings for him. But at the moment, all she cared about was that he was okay. "Hey. Tobi?" Her voice is small, broken. No matter what anyone would tell her, this was her fault.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:00 pm
Tobi groans softly at the sound of her voice. He hated migraines, hated the pain, the nausea, the sensitivity to everything. He rubs at his eyes a little harder, as if a little pressure would be enough to rid himself of the searing, heavy weight pounding on his skull.

He shifts to a sitting position and ignores the rolling nausea that accompanies the motion. He's got to get back to his room, bury himself under some blankets, and just sleep for the rest of the day. Maybe the next day too. And the next? 'Sounds nice.' he thinks. Noelle's hand is in his though, and she's asking him a question, most likely how he's doing. The pain's making everything a little fuzzy. He tries to open his eyes, tries his best to offer a reassuring smile and a few comforting words.

"I'm fine." he manages to get out. "y'alright?" he asks her.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Thu Sep 20, 2018 2:03 pm
Noelle knew a migraine when she saw one, and she wanted to help and get him out. She squeezed his hand gently.

“I’m fine. But let’s get you back to your room? Okay?” Her voice is the softest it’s ever been. She strokes the back of his hand with her thumb, rhythmically. She slowly stands up, holding his hand in her own.

She didn’t want to think about Evan right now. All Noelle wanted to focus on was making Tobi feel better- whatever that entailed.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:54 am
Wednesday, October 22nd

11:00 PM

Noelle is crouched down in the psychology section, one hand on the shelf, the other on the book cart, reaching for a large journal. She pulls the book in front of her eyes, and studies it, carefully. She is wearing a nice pair of black dress pants, a white blouse and a red cardigan with a brass name tag.

She had taken a job at the Library, mostly for the extra money, but also because the disorganization was driving her insane. She had spent so much time at the library, it only made sense to see if she could get paid to do so. When she saw a flyer for job openings, she went up to Ethel, the head librarian, and applied. She received the job almost immediately. Noelle attributed it to the fact that she was always here and kept her business to herself.

It was late. The only students left in the library were studying for tests that were only hours away, or working on long research papers, drinking their fifteenth cup of coffee. Noelle welcomed the quiet and peace. Out the windows, the waning moon lit up the dark sky casting light onto the near empty quad. There is a slight breeze, ruffling the trees and making the leaves dance across the pavement.

Noelle straightens the shelf out and finally stands up, pushing her glasses up, carefully. She begins to push the book cart down the aisle, straightening up as much as she could. Occasionally, she would take out an old feather duster and puts it to work. Once she gets to the end of the aisle, she leans against the shelf, looking at her watch. Another hour and a half. She begins to put her hair up, but settles with it being half up, half down. She hears some talking and retreats back into the aisle, listening very carefully.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:07 am
Winter was talking to another student at a study table. She was dressed in black with white pokka dots fleece pajama pants and a black sweatshirt. The student across from her was a pale normal human with blue eyes and dyed black hair in a short mohawk who was wearing ripped jeans and a white tank top and a fleece lined leather jacket. They were speaking in hushed tones as they were speaking in a library. "Listen, I am not about to come out to my parents, Sienna. I don't care what you think. They think is all the devil's work and stuff. I like guys too, so I'll just stick with that."

Sienna looked at her exasperated. "But it's your truth!" She said urgently. "They should know."

Winter only shook her head. "Yeah? So what? This just might be a phase. We're just messing around. I really shouldn't be doing any of this. I'm not going to freak my parents out over nothing. Besides, they have enough to worry about with me being a mutant."

Sienna sighed. "Winter... You know that I like you. But I don't like that you're hiding who you are."

"yeah? I'm already in the token mutant kid. I'm not also being the token gay kid. That's it."

"You know that I don't see you like that." She said softly.

Winter closed her eyes and pinched the bridge of her nose. "I know... I know... I get enough stares back home. I just don't want any more."

"Winter. They all stare at you cause you're hot. Plus you dye your hair. You're practically begging for attention."

"Even when I was twelve before I decided to change my appearance?" She said skeptically.

"Well...." Sienna couldn't quite come up with a reply to that.

"that's what I thought." Winter looked at her phone and started messing with it just for something to do. She did not what to be having this conversation. Especially not in a public place. Anyone could be listening.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 12:21 pm
Noelle freezes in her tracks, suddenly becoming hyper-aware to the situation. She felt how her clothes were scratching her, how her shoulders were tensing up, how the necklace that Tobi's mother had made her touch her skin under her shirt. She gulps and, begins to push the book cart into the next aisle, further away from Winter.

Noelle felt incredibly bad, listening into a conversation like that. It was incredibly personal and, from the sounds of it, painful for Winter to have. She had seen the other girl eyeing other girls before, heck, she though Winter and Agnes were checking each other out at homecoming. But she didn't want to assume anything, just like she didn't want anyone to assume anything about her.

She personally didn't have any problem with it- it wasn't hurting her and love was love. She had also read many studies about sexuality and attraction being on a spectrum and she couldn't help but agree. Her mother also taught her to never treat anyone badly for things that they couldn't help. But Noelle knew Winter didn't want the conversation to be heard, so she kept to herself.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:42 pm
Winter sighed and stood up. "I should go...."

"Winter... At least think about it..."

Winter made a non-committal sound as she gathered her things. "Yeah... Sure. I'll think about it."

Sienna stood up and walked around the table and kissed Winter on the cheek. Winter blushed and only squeezed her hand before leaving. As she turned the corner around the shelf saw Noelle. She froze and blushed. Shit. Did she hear?
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 5:26 pm
The giant medical encyclopedia drops from her hands with a large thud that matches the rhythm of her heart. She keeps her face calm, as she kneels down to pick up her book. She doesn't meet Winter's eyes.

"Oh. Hey. Can I help you with anything?"

Noelle's voice is small and feeble, as she stands back up, starting sort. She didn't want to bring up the obvious, feeling guilty about overhearing Winter's problems.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:17 pm
Winter blinked. Maybe she didn't hear anything... But she was shy all of a sudden. Winter blushed like mad and turned a bright red.

"Uh.... No... I uh.... I didn't know you worked here..." She scratched the back of her neck. "I'm just... Gonna go..." She said as she started to move around her.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:32 pm
"Okay... Um, hope you have a good night."

Noelle still doesn't meet her eyes and straightens out the next shelf. Each movement is deliberate and precise, almost graceful. She's in her element as she organizes and cleans off the shelf, but she seems distracted. She knows the other girl, Sienna, was nearby. She didn't want to make things more awkward than they were.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:07 pm
She nodded. "Uh yeah.... You too.... Have a good night." She quickly moved around her. She hugged her things close to her chest and left. She was sure that Noelle heard. She wasn't sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing. She stopped at the end of the book case and looked back. "Noelle? Are we... Okay?" She asked softly.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:16 pm
Noelle considers this, staying absolutely still, watching her carefully. She bounces the question in her head for a little too long before saying, softly "Yeah. We're fine. Sorry, I'm just... tired. Are you okay?"

It's a genuine question. She's not trying to pry any information out of her, but she wants to make sure that Winter was okay. she owed her for that.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:28 pm
Winter waited for Noelle to answer her. She stared at the floor. Noelle was taking forever. What if they weren't okay? Did Noelle think she was weird or something? Then she finally answered. Winter let out sigh. Good.

Winter then smiled her classic grin. "Yeah. I'm just tired too. Everything is just peachy with me." She said, though she was lying. She was still flustered from her conversation with Sienna and the fact that she accidentally outted herself to Noelle.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:38 pm
"Okay. Well. If you need anything."

Noelle turns her cart away. She knows Winter is lying- she wasn't a good liar. But she didn't want to force her to do anything. Noelle starts going down the next aisle, straightening everything out, counting backwards in her head from 100, trying to ignore the elephant in the room.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:51 pm
Winter smiled. "Of course! I'll see you around." She turned away again and walked off. She hunched her shoulders and walked out of the library quickly. Shit shit shit shit. Noelle knew. Her own family didn't know. Only one who knows was Sienna and that's because she's been kinda her guide to figuring all this out. She chewed on her lip. Shit... and it's dark outside. She stayed close to the light poles and created a glowing orb to help light the way back to her dorm. She hated being out this late.
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Re: Highmauve: Library, Study Room D

on Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:01 pm
Noelle watches Winter leave through the large window on the north side of the library. She frowns slightly. MAybe she could have handled that better...

Well, Winter knew where to find her if she needed her. Noelle sincerely hoped that she figured out what was going on soon- she was definitely a little more complex than what Noelle had initially thought. But Noelle couldn't help but think that Winter was overthinking this- coming out was a significant event, but you get to choose who you are out with. And while some people might out you, you have some control over it in some cases.

Of course, Noelle never struggled with this side of self-discovery. In fact, she hadn't really looked at boys at all until she came to college. Mainly because she found that the real thing didn't compare to her books. Chivalry was dead and all that.

Well, maybe not dead. She had found a knight in shining armor of her own recently. She smiles to herself as she continues her crusade of organization and cleanliness.
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