29. Midterm Time, original chapter posted 1/12/07
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*Mike blissfully twirls around, surrounded by sparkles and hearts.*
*Paulo watches him with a disturbed frown.*
Paulo: What is he doing NOW?
*Abbey glares at Paulo.*
Abbey: He gets on your nerves no matter what, doesn’t he?
*Mike, grinning proudly, spins to face them both. He presents his report card.*
Mike: You’d be dancing too if you got HONOR ROLL!
Mike: I didn’t even come CLOSE last semester, so it’s a huge turnaround for me!
*Paulo stares at Mike, unimpressed.*
*Abbey warmly smiles.*
*David turns to Mike, shocked.*
David: You aced MATH?
*Mike sweats a little.*
Mike: No, that one was a B-minus..
*David frantically waves his hand at Mike.*
David: How are you two whole letters higher than me?! We have the same teacher!
*Mike glares in return.*
Mike: For one thing, I stay awake in class..
David: What a silly notion!
*Daisy looks at Tess, who is resting her head in one of her hands and pouting.*
Daisy: You okay, Tessie?
*Tess looks over at Daisy.*
Tess: Yeah, I’m cool.
*Daisy points, worry suddenly in her eyes.*
Daisy: It’s not because of your poor grades, is it?
*Tess tenses up and blushes.*
*Tess gets up, furious, and leans close to Daisy’s face.*
Tess: WHAT WOULD YOU KNOW ABOUT MY GRADES?!
*Daisy begins to sweat and raises her hands to block Tess.*
Daisy: I sit behind you in homeroom.. It’s kind of easy to notice..
*Lucy glances at Tess, blankly.*
Lucy: Is your report card really THAT bad?
*Tess looks back at Lucy, a little exasperated.*
Tess: I didn’t FAIL anything.. but you know..
*Lucy sips her drink.*
Lucy: Just slip the teacher a fifty, rich girl.
*Tess’ face falls.*
*Tess looks disgusted.*
Tess: That’s horrible!!
Lucy: Could work.
*Daisy watches on, with worried, puppy-dog eyes.*
*Daisy sheepishly smiles.*
Daisy: At least you’ve got midterms coming up!
*Tess presses a finger to her temple and looks down.*
Tess: Oh, don’t remind me.. I’m dreading more exams..
*Daisy brightens up.*
Daisy: Let me be your tutor, then!
*Daisy raises her finger excitedly.*
Daisy: If you do well in the midterms, it’ll really boost your final grade. I’ll help you ace ’em!
*Daisy beams at Tess. Tess looks a little taken aback.*
Tess: But.. you’re just a freshman..
*Daisy turns away and rests her chin on her hand.*
Daisy: No offense, but they DID put me in your math class.
*Tess looks disgruntled.*
Tess: Did your ego skip a grade, too?
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