What do we do? We read
Fri May 18, 2018 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 until after this past summer, but Rose had been talking about Harvard for years. They would have assumed she had her confirmation letter already drafted and ready for owl post.

“Right,” Holland said mildly, and picked up the envelope from University of Michigan, because it scared them less than the other two they had left. They’d gotten into Michigan, which was—as of this moment—now their top choice, out of the three schools that had accepted them. Michigan’s spell development program was on par with Dartmouth’s.

Holland ran a hand through their short hair, which today was a sunset-colored blend of oranges, pinks, and purples. No more stalling. Holland’s heart was beating so hard that they could feel their pulse in their threat. They couldn’t remember wanting anything more than they wanted to study cursebreaking. They’d been planning for these two schools the most. Marissa had discussed her, Rose, and Holland living together after RMI. If Rose went to Harvard and Marissa went to Adams and Holland went to MIT, they’d all be in the Cambridge area of Massachusetts. Holland wasn’t sure being roommates was still an option now that the girls were fighting and Rose was less sure about Harvard, but maybe. And California would be—far, and different from places they’d lived before, but fun, and CalTech had a lot of student research opportunities. Also it was one of the only states where you could be legally recognized as nonbinary. Not part of the college experience, but definitely an attractive reason to move to the West Coast.

It doesn’t matter which. I just need to get into one. They tore open one envelope and read, and then the second.

Not just one. Both.

“I’m into CalTech and MIT,” they reported, beaming, still holding the letter from CalTech. Holland didn’t think they would stop smiling for the next week. Both of their top choices wanted them. “Merlin. I’m going to be a cursebreaker!”

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