In conclusion…. Aerin saw Zakir jump slightly from the corner of her eye. Weird. In conclusion, it is necessary…. Again, he shifted in his seat. Aerin ignored him once more and kept writing. In conclusion, it is necessary Zakir…. Great. She’d have to re-write this bit again now. Aerin groaned inwardly and then snapped her head up as Zakir squirmed once more. It took her only a few seconds to understand that all the trouble was Seth’s doing. Of course it was Seth.
Just as she was considering what to do, her fellow Cetus pulled at her hair. Aerin blushed a deep shade of red when she saw the paper held in front of her eyes. Reading Seth’s lips wasn’t even necessary. “Seth! Give that to me!” She hissed at the boy angrily, but he ignored her. She shot a quick glance at Zakir and was mortified to find he was looking at her. Had he seen the paper? It didn’t seem like it from his lack of reaction.
Aerin snatched at the paper, but failed to get it out of Seth’s hands. It wasn’t true anyways. If Zakir saw the paper, she’d just explain that it was Seth’s poor idea of a joke, that was all. She didn’t like Zakir. No, she didn’t. Still, she couldn’t have that paper lying around.
Any further thoughts Aerin might have had on the subject disappeared as Seth stole yet another hair tie, this time from Zakir. The Lyra’s retaliation was fierce. Aerin flinched at his words, even though for once they weren’t directed at her. “Zakir, wait! Seth was just fooling around!” He didn’t even respond. Aerin was shocked and hurt, but whether for herself or Zakir she didn’t know. She made to follow him as he walked away, even though the boy’s rage terrified her. She had never seen him this mad before.
“Have a nice day, Princess!”
Aerin froze. She watched mutely as Zakir whirled, cast the hex, and stormed off. Seth was down on the ground, hurt and laughing like a maniac, yet Aerin stood still. The second-year was completely torn. She knew they were both to blame for the current situation, but who should she go to?
The Cetus took another step towards the Reference Centre door, then spun around and ran to Seth. Kneeling by his side, she winced when she saw the effects of the hex. How was he still laughing? Even as she considered that it was probably a way to keep from crying, Aerin’s anger at the boy bubbled over. “Seriously, Seth?! Was that really necessary?” She picked up the parchment Seth had drawn on and shoved it into the pocket of her robes. “Come on. We have to get you to the infirmary.”
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