Holland Keene
For closing books?
Fri May 18, 2018 14:18

As advertised, Marissa’s party last night had been an excellent distraction from thinking about the two letters they were waiting for (Brown and Dartmouth, due the next day) or the four that they had yet to open (CalTech, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Michigan). After the party, Holland hadn’t gone back to their dorm. Well, they had, but just to change into pajamas and brush their teeth. It was the second time they’d had a sleepover on the boys’ side of the Lyra dorm without Emmett there. They’d mostly just talked and cuddled and stopped Holland from overthinking about college, which helped.

Holland had actually managed to fall asleep, although they’d woken up at half-past four. At five in the morning, Holland gave up on sleep; Danny offered to keep them company, but he seemed exhausted, so Holland told him to go back to bed and went down to the common room themself. They were reading a book on Foe-Glasses by Ermintrude Levant, a wizard who had created Foe-Glasses out of pocketwatches for Confederate officers to use in the field, for their Spellwork project. The book itself contained surprisingly high amounts of casual racism and sexism for a manual, but the details of how he had created small, functioning Foe-Glasses was promising. Normally they were very interested in this book, but this morning their brain didn’t want to focus on nineteenth-century phrasing.

Dartmouth’s response arrived by owl during breakfast. On the way to Ancient Runes, Holland had gone by the Owlery and picked up the letter from Brown. Knowing they had the responses from their top choices in their bag made it hard to pay attention to translations, but they’d agreed to wait and open their Ivy responses with Rose. They knew Rose had been accepted to Tift already. It was an all-girls school, which had surprised Holland at first, but the more they thought about it, the more they felt that would suit Rose. Holland had opened the letter from their safety school, the Minnesota University of Magic, when it arrived in late February—they had been accepted with a small scholarship—but they’d saved the others for today.

Eventually, everyone but the two of them left the classroom. “Ready,” Holland confirmed, fanning the six envelopes out on the table. Holland had already decided that if they got into a cursebreaking program, they would attend. Otherwise—well, it depended on where they got in. “I’m going to open the Ivies first,” Holland said, pulling out the letters from Brown and Dartmouth. They were the ones that seemed most likely to give them bad news. Better to start on a low note and go up.

  • The time has come [Holland] - Rose Farnon, Fri May 18 12:30
    It was after classes but before dinner, a time Rose would have usually spent sequestered in the library with her nose in a book or on the Pitch working on her dives. However it was not a normal day... more
    • For closing books? - Holland Keene, Fri May 18 14:18
      • We do still have exams - Rose, Fri May 18 14:26
        Rose had applied to 9 schools overall; Holland had applied to seven. They had both gotten into their safety schools in February. Rose had never doubted that Holland would get into whatever school... more
        • Then I guess we should keep reading - Holland, Fri May 18 14:48
          Holland opened the first two letters while Rose opened hers. Right, well. That wasn’t too much of a surprise. Rejected by Brown, waitlisted by Dartmouth. Not the end of the world. Holland was less... more
          • Just keep reading, just keep reading - Rose, Fri May 18 15:00
            When Holland asked Rose if she was going to choose Harvard, the seventh-year knew that the answer she should want to give was yes. She wanted to want to say yes, but it didn’t fall out of her mouth... more
            • What do we do? We read - Holland, Fri May 18 15:30
              Holland had thought Rose would answer with an enthusiastic “yes!,” so her tame response surprised them. Rose had always wanted to go to Harvard. Holland hadn’t sorted out any of their college choices ... more
              • What else can we do? - Rose, Fri May 18 15:53
                Rose squeaked again. It was a sound that she had always made when she was particularly excited about something, but Rose didn’t do overwhelming enthusiasm with great frequency. She was the sort of... more
                • Well, we could write - Holland, Fri May 18 16:30
                  Rose suddenly hugged them, which startled Holland for the first second—Rose was the second-least physically affectionate member of the group, behind them—but then they relaxed. “We did it!” They had... more
                  • Nah that seems silly - Rose, Fri May 18 20:25
                    Of course Holland wanted to go to the school that would let them take more classes. Rose was entirely unsurprised. Although she did a lot of things, her course schedule was relatively light,... more
                    • No silliness allowed - Holland, Fri May 18 21:37
                      “That’s awesome,” Holland affirmed. They didn’t think they’d get anywhere near as good offers from CalTech or MIT, but they were bigger schools than Tifts, and Rose had incredible grades. Holland’s... more
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