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So, you're saying I'm the smart one here?
Sun Oct 8, 2017 06:06

Raine actually took a glance over the grass in front of them. Part of her sort of saw Joe’s point but it was still hard to let that filter through the blind fog of panic that said she was too stupid for any of this, and probably couldn’t identify a grass if it walked up and introduced itself, and that she was doomed to failure. Having already had one outburst though, which was one more than she’d ever had in her lifetime at someone who wasn’t Kyte, she was back to holding all of this in her head, and merely nodded somewhat stiffly and mechanically to Joe’s suggestion.

“No… You didn’t,” Raine assured him when he apologised if he’d sounded… something. She didn’t actually know the word he used, but she was pretty sure she could assume that it was something bad, and that it wasn’t warranted for Joe to think it about himself just because she was stressy from doing badly on a test. It was tricky to follow what Joe was saying next, because she was still a bit wrapped up in everything that was going wrong, and because the idea that someone could actually not study for the exams just made her brain short circuit. She knew that other people were smart, a lot smarter than she was, but she’d just sort of assumed everyone still had study.

“It’s me,” she added, choosing to continue with the line of Why This Wasn’t Joe’s Fault because she really couldn’t think of anything to say about his brother being a genius but also a complete ass. Her eyes filled with tears. “I just… I just can’t do any of it. I’m useless. I’m useless, and I’m going to fail everything.” The tears started steadily falling. She wiped futily with her sleeve but there was no hiding the fact that she was crying.

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