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Florence Newell
Same here.
Sat Sep 17, 2016 16:21

The wagon ride was surprisingly bumpy. Flo had expected something more gracious of their transportation, given the school’s highly wealthy population, but no. Not that she was complaining (or really had either the right to complain or anyone to complain to), but it was a surprise. And it certainly did little to settle her nervous stomach. Dustin and Makenzie was no help either, sitting on either side of her on the seat but silent, each pulled within their own little worlds. She was pretty sure they only even sat together so that they didn’t have to sit by anyone else.

That was fine. Florence totally didn’t need their support or anything. They had places here, niches that might be different now but still existed (no one with a heart could completely, turn their backs on them, right?), while she, an eleven year old, was braving a total unknown without any sort of familiar foundation beneath her feet. So yeah, she might have liked some words of confidence or at least some kind of reassuring smile, but both her cousin and her brother were too busy feeling bad for themselves to even notice she was on the ride. What a great start this was turning out to be.

They were separated immediately after arriving, Makenzie taking off into the Garden, Dustin strolling casually to Merlin only knew where, and Flo being required to stick around near where she was. She thought she saw a boy follow Makenzie deeper into the maze, which was probably good, assuming he was a friend. She didn’t have enough time to really worry, though, because she was quickly back to worrying about herself as she was guided to some sort of designated first year area.

The man who met them was considerably larger than the average eleven year old, and he might have been intimidating if not for the warm smile he wore. Florence decided that she liked him, though she liked some of the things he mentioned a lot less. Those CATS and RATS seemed a bit nerve-wracking, even for a bright girl like her and despite the silly name of the latter test. (Seriously, who put the word “anal” in the name of a test that determined if one could graduate?) At least some of the actual classes sounded interesting, and the variety of clubs was pretty impressive. So overall, not a bad school.

Now it was just a matter of being liked, but maybe that wouldn’t be too big of an issue either, since going over to get a snack already resulted in somebody talking to her. “It was pretty good,” she said of the speech. “I guess we’ll never be bored. I might join a couple clubs, depending on how much time I have with homework and stuff. What about you?”

“It’s very nice to meet you, Sawyer,” she smiled. “My name’s Florence. You can call me Flo if you want to.” She didn’t bother with her surname, both because he hadn’t and because her name was only, if anything, a weight against her at this point. She leaned toward him almost conspiratorially as she drew pretzels from their container and onto the plate she had grabbed. “And may I give you a word of advice? I think things are a lot less awkward if you just pretend they aren’t and don’t mention it being awkward. That’s what my dad told me, anyway.”

  • First Day JittersSawyer Matheson, Fri Sep 16 16:14
    The ride to Sonora had taken longer than Sawyer had anticipated. When he got off the wagon, he stretched his legs in relief. Frowning, he stuck his finger in a hole in his pants, right above the... more
    • Same here. — Florence Newell, Sat Sep 17 16:21
      • We'll get over it together.Sawyer, Mon Sep 19 21:00
        “I might join some clubs. I’m not really sure yet. I wasn’t in any back home, because we were usually doing some sort of event at church or community service,” Sawyer replied before stuffing another... more
        • That sounds like a planFlorence, Fri Sep 23 03:39
          The mention of church was, for some reason, a bit unexpected, but Flo couldn’t say she held it against Sawyer. If anything, it was an odd comfort. The Newells were not horribly religious, some fairly ... more
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