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Isabella Marie Swan ✴ "Stella" ([personal profile] self_composed) wrote2012-09-30 10:38 am

we're kind of inexplicable

Bella's return - she's decided that no one knows a damn thing about how quickly fractures of unknown severity can heal, so she's not limping anymore, and wears only a mostly-symbolic handful of (actual) bandaids in some visible locations - is the talk of the school. Mike even talks to her again, solicitously demanding (annoying), wanting the story, wanting to be the first to know if she needs anything, wanting to walk her to class in case she falls; she's cool to him, but not outright cold, she doesn't want enemies if she doesn't have to make them. Tyler Crowley, van driver, apologizes so profusely that she expects him to offer her his life in servitude. Jessica cases Bella quickly and efficiently for any details of the story that weren't obvious (Bella hit by van, injured, out of school two weeks, back with only minor scratches left) and then serves as a very convenient buffer for everyone else. Eric wants to know if Bella has scars. Lauren wants to know if Bella's car is fixed yet. Angela doesn't like the attention she's getting for having been Bella's schoolwork-ferry for the duration.

Bella wants to eat her damn lunch. Sigh.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 05:58 pm (UTC)(link)
[Ooh, a crowd,] says Alice from across the lunchroom. [Want me to distract 'em?]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:06 pm (UTC)(link)
[Can do,] he says cheerfully, and makes his way to her table. This time there is no conveniently empty seat, so he steals a chair from the next table over, drags it up to the end of hers, and gently nudges her tray down a few inches to make room for his.

"Hi, Bella," he says. "Hi, crowd. Cupcake?"

And indeed, he opens up today's Tupperware container to reveal two tiers of whimsical cupcakes. That is not what it originally contained, but no one is going to know the difference.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:11 pm (UTC)(link)
[Watch me care,] he says, munching on a cupcake that has a stormcloud mosaic picked out on the top in various shades of blue and grey jelly beans.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:15 pm (UTC)(link)
Success! Alice starts in on his own lunch, which apart from the cupcakes is really quite boring.

...Come to think of it, he's done something publicly interesting recently too, hasn't he?
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:18 pm (UTC)(link)
[Guess not. Huh. Well, I'll be enjoying that while it lasts.] He so does not envy Bella her position at the centre of everyone's attention.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:22 pm (UTC)(link)
Predictably, Alice is talking to Ms. Finch. He waves at Bella when she enters the gym.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:24 pm (UTC)(link)
"Hi, Bella! I have a reasonable answer," says Ms. Finch. Alice laughs.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:33 pm (UTC)(link)
"You ar a very lucky person," says Ms. Finch. "And, luckily, we're starting something new tomorrow. Do what you want today, and tomorrow you can approach badminton with a hopefully ordinary amount of ignorance."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 06:40 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nope," she says. "Something tells me you're unusually motivated right now not to do anything that'll get you hurt. Besides, if you successfully did a cartwheel I'd have to find out who taught them to you while you were still Little Miss Klutz, and then I'd have to decide whether to shake their hand or drop them in the scorpion pit."

...Alice giggles.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:27 pm (UTC)(link)
"Scorpion pit," Ms. Finch confirms, with perhaps more cheer than is strictly necessary. "You can quit snickering any day now, Hammond."

"Nope," says Alice, and Ms. Finch cracks a smile.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:31 pm (UTC)(link)
"When did I say it belonged to the school?" inquires Ms. Finch.

[Maybe,] says Alice. [If it comes up.] He has, if possible, mixed apathy about the idea. On the one hand, he doesn't really care to keep it from her, and on the other hand, he doesn't really care to let her know.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:36 pm (UTC)(link)
"Doesn't it?" agrees Ms. Finch.

"If somebody around here was gonna have a scorpion pit, it would definitely be you," says Alice.

[Downside to her knowing? Not really any. Downside to telling her? I have to, like, talk about it. She might decide to hug me.] He glances at her as though to assess the risk of hugs. [Okay, probably not,] he concedes, [but it could happen.]
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:37 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sure!]

Bella has such great solutions to things.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:40 pm (UTC)(link)
[Second one? And probably not right now anyway, because class is starting.] Indeed, Ms. Finch is turning to greet the influx of students.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Alice sticks around for class, but departs afterward without stopping for a chat. Hilary is coming to pick him up and take him grocery shopping, and he expects her to be prompt.
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[Toodles,] he says cheerfully, just as he spots Hilary's car turning into the lot.

"Hi," says Ms. Finch. "Again."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Ms. Finch blinks.

And rubs her hands over her face.

"Wish I could say I'm surprised," she remarks. "What kind?"
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 07:59 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah," says Ms. Finch. "Again: wish I could say I'm surprised, but I'm not. It's been pretty obvious since he got here that there is some part of that kid's life that is immensely fucked up."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-09-30 10:00 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yes," Ms. Finch agrees. "He's being himself, and himself is immensely fucked up."
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[personal profile] edgeofyourseat 2012-10-01 12:17 am (UTC)(link)
"See ya," says Ms. Finch.