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John Umland
Here at last.
Tue Oct 18, 2016 19:09
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John’s CATS had gone as expected, proving no obstacle to taking on a full load of Advanced courses. His family had proven more difficult. Dad and Julian’s doubts about his course load had been expected, but John had been startled when his mother’s expression upon hearing his plans for the next two years had been just a little doubtful, too. He had been even more surprised when she had actually said something about it. John could never remember Mom doubting him before.

She had not, however, surprised him enough to make him reconsider his plans. He couldn’t imagine it would be much different from the past few years. Maybe a bit more interesting, but that didn’t sound like a bad thing to him. He didn’t know what the big deal was supposed to be, really. They were classes. John’s biggest problem in any formal class he’d ever taken had been sitting still and facing in the right direction long enough – admittedly, a fairly difficult problem to tackle at times, but the ‘more interesting’ bit might help with that. He had sustained attention on one topic for two-thirds of his free time for two-thirds of last year, after all, because it had been both interesting (it was the one thing he’d ever attempted that he had known from the start was truly beyond his skill level) and necessary (which was why he had just pushed himself toward a higher skill level). He had even let his other extracurricular work slip a bit in favor of it in the months between New Year and Easter. If not for the ‘necessary’ bit, which had added a constant undercurrent of anxiety, he thought almost all the memories would have been of exhilaration. He’d loved it, except for the part where he’d been constantly worried he wouldn’t finish in time. John did not think he was really constructed for downtime. He required occupation.

It was only when he saw Clark’s library sign-up that John finally, at long last, felt a sliver of doubt about the wisdom of what he was going to attempt. Yes, Clark was still apparently much distracted by his hormones, but…still. Lena was, he had decided, marshmallow fluff on the cocoa of his friend’s life. One did not dedicate oneself to marshmallow fluff and spill the cocoa, no matter what the evolutionary inclination toward over-the-top, one-note sugary sweetness told one was a good idea. That meant Clark was either a) absolutely shattered over the Head Boy thing and no longer thought he was fit for leadership, which John thought was unlikely, or b) actually concerned about his workload this year, which was only slightly heavier than John’s….

Clark, though, was someone who had to sleep – that would have been the one disadvantage to the arrangement had they moved in together, as John’s sleeping had always been erratic at best and had gotten worse over the years he hadn’t had any brothers around to threaten him with bodily harm if he didn’t at least pretend he was out. Maybe he was just accounting for his need to go to bed and pro-social tendencies and overdoing it a bit. That made sense. Feeling better about it all, John took out his own pen as planned and signed up.

John Umland, 6th, Monitor.

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