Then I guess we should keep reading
Fri May 18, 2018 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 interested in technomancy lately, and Brown’s main appeal (besides being an Ivy) was the work-study program in that field. They liked the experimental charms program at Dartmouth; their chances of getting in off the waitlist probably weren’t fantastic, but at least it wasn’t an outright rejection.

Rose had gone very still holding a folded piece of parchment. Holland glanced at her and saw the Harvard seal on the envelope she had discarded. Out of all the responses, they knew that one mattered the most to Rose. Holland busied themself with another one of their letters, trying not to look at Rose’s expression too much. She wouldn’t necessarily want an attentive audience if it was bad news.

Having reminded themself that they weren’t necessarily pursuing a career in technomancy anymore didn’t damper the thrill of the acceptance from Carnegie Mellon. It was their first acceptance from a non-safety, and CMU was a great school. Plus Holland did like Pittsburgh, even if they would prefer to go to college somewhere a little further from home. Dad would be thrilled to have them in a nearby, familiar place. And it was the only school they had applied to in Pennsylvania; in-state tuition would be a huge help for their future student loans.

They looked down at the envelopes from the cursebreaking programs, both out-of-state. Just one. It doesn’t matter which one, but please let one of them want me.

Before they could touch either CalTech or MIT’s response, Rose made a very un-Rose-like squeaking sound. It was a happy sound. Holland looked up, instinctively grinning before Rose even got the words out. “Oh my god, that’s amazing!” they replied, beaming. “Seriously, that’s—wow, congratulations. So is that it? Are you definitely choosing Harvard?”

  • 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
      • 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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