Nolan Ramsey
I could keep waiting
Wed Apr 24, 2019 09:32

The terrifying thing about Professor Blair-West was that she went after uncomfortable students like a coyote after a chicken. Today everyone seemed uncomfortable, but Nolan especially was. So Nolan tried to just keep his bright-red head (his face was rapidly approaching a shade close to his hair, judging by how hot it felt) down on the desk while Professor Blair-West said things no one else would say in public.

For Merlin’s sake, it wasn’t decent to talk about all that stuff with both the boys and the girls in the same room. They should be separated for this. How was anyone supposed to pay attention to a class like this when the entire opposite sex was right there? Not that Nolan especially wanted to pay attention. Growing up on a ranch with a few dozen horses, with a couple of foals born every year, you knew how all this worked. Nolan had helped with more than a few deliveries.

Somehow toweling off a blood-and-fluid covered foal was a whole lot easier than sitting through this class. Someday he would have kids, but that was a few years away still (two and a half until Magdalena graduated, and then maybe another year before the wedding, and then however long after that they decided) and he really didn’t need all the details Professor Blair-West was telling them.

On the plus side, she did finally stop talking, but it was to introduce a group project, which was arguably just as objectionable. Nolan suppressed a groan. Some of the upperclassmen had warned him about this lesson last year, but Nolan had thought they were joking. It was just the sort of ridiculous thing Kaye would make up to mess with him. Nolan had no experience with babies and wasn’t much interested in kids who were too young to take up riding. Besides, men didn’t have to do that stuff. He just hoped he got Magdalena or Darlene or Claudia or one of the Lemont sisters. Someone who would actually pull their weight on this project. He had a sneaking suspicion that Marley, for example, would not.

He didn’t want to take one of the items out of the box, but knowing the professor she would publically call him out if he didn’t. And it looked like what she’d shown them wasn’t inside after all. So Nolan snaked a hand into the box, grabbed one of the foil packets, ripped it open as quick as he could, and read the name on his slip of paper. “You’ve gotta be kidding me,” he complained, and looked horrified over at where his partner was seated.

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