Claudia Dubois, THIRD YEAR, CETUS
That felt necessary
Tue Oct 3, 2017 14:28
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Almost instantly Claudia’s face fell into a frown; literally the first instruction the Professor gave was to work in pairs. It was infuriating, and demoralising, and often a waste of Claudia’s time. She might not be the top student in every one of her classes, but she was confident she averaged out as at least one of the top three overall. She was naturally gifted with intelligence and she worked diligently, having very few other interests with which to fill her time, and the praise she received from her professors for good work was an excellent incentive for the third year. Yet she was often required to share her class time with lesser skilled classmates, who plagiarised her insights, fumbled her practical, and generally made a nuisance of themselves. When the opportunity arose she was sure to always work alone, but she was not so disrespectful as to disobey a direct instruction from a professor.

Sighing, perhaps audibly to her neighbour but to nobody else, Claudia dipped her gallinule feather quill into indigo ink and took diligent notes on the class lecture. It didn’t sound too taxing, but still presented some challenge. She didn’t require any incentive beyond completing the task as instructed, but apparently Professor McKindy believed the beginner class would benefit from a surprise upon its completion. She trusted the professor, despite having fainted in a class of his last year, and did not believe it to be anything too heinous.

As she must work with a partner, Claudia turned immediately to locate Connor, and she smiled at him, but his approach across the classroom was thwarted, and Marley was there instantly. Claudia turned quickly away; she hadn’t yet confided in Marley about her arrangement with Connor, and did not relish doing so. She assumed the conversation would have to happen at some point, but so far Claudia had managed to give Marley her Christmas gift (which had been predictably well received) but spend no other time in her company. She rather suspected that Connor might divulge this information at some point in the class if he could not escape her. This had, of course, been well planned and executed, but still laudia found she couldn’t watch.

In turning away she faced another student immediately. She blinked her brown eyes (she was only wearing clear mascara today to hold her lashes neatly in place, and the faintest hint of pale gold liner) and said nothing to the interloper; she had no desire to express a wish to be partners, even if that were the inevitable outcome of their current proximity in this class.

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