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Isabella Marie Swan ᗜ "Aegis" ([personal profile] autokinetic) wrote2013-02-17 06:30 pm

i live in the sky

Bella likes school. She didn't use to like school one bit. Even when Renée was teaching her when she was in kindergarten (Renée refused to hear of skipping her past her opportunity to teach her only daughter), it was all - coloring and stupid kiddy books. She likes Renée. But she likes learning serious stuff more.

She devours classwork. She plays in the practice rooms and the gym. She loiters in the games room, fingers flying under strips of copper as she controls things, tries things. She loses to older kids a few times with each new game, till she figures it out, and then moving at the speed of thought means she's got the advantage. Bullying happens around her, but she's a girl - this shields her from much of it - and even though she adds up to faster and stronger than all of the other kids, she's still wearing an assistive device, she's still a cripple. That's fine with her; it keeps her out of the way of the nastier kids. She's not sure the Battle School people are looking for quite the right ratio of ferocity to other traits.

She plays the fantasy game, until she hears from other people that you can't win the Giant's Drink, and she uses this as an example in her statistics homework and never bothers with it again. What a stupid game.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 02:44 am (UTC)(link)
Speaking of the Giant's Drink, here's a kid playing it. He's sitting tucked into a corner of the games room with his desk in his lap, and every time his little avatar gets a new death, he giggles and tries again.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 02:48 am (UTC)(link)
"It's done like fifty and it hasn't yet," he says, grinning. "I wanna see what the next one is!"

His avatar sticks its head into a glass of fizzy pink liquid and takes a sip. The drink froths over, burning away flesh wherever the foam touches, until nothing remains but a tiny skeleton draped over the lip of the glass with pink foam dripping from its clean white bones.

The boy laughs.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 12:14 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why isn't it?" he counters, glancing up at her to share his wide, cheerful grin. "I just like watching the little guy die horribly!"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 10:35 pm (UTC)(link)
He giggles.

"I'm trying to see if there's a pattern to how it kills me," he adds. "But so far there's not."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 10:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"Why'd you quit?" he asks interestedly.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 10:45 pm (UTC)(link)
"There's a whole rest of the game, though," he says, and he sends his avatar back for another death.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 10:49 pm (UTC)(link)
"Yeah, I guess," he says. "What kinda books?"

Meanwhile, his avatar is weeping blood into a glass of what appears to be milk. He giggles.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"What was it instead?"
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 11:07 pm (UTC)(link)
"Weird," the boy concludes, steering his avatar into another grisly death.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 11:08 pm (UTC)(link)
"Nice to meet you, Bella!" he says brightly, ignoring the question.
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 11:11 pm (UTC)(link)
"Don't feel bad," he says amicably, "I'm like that with everybody."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 11:12 pm (UTC)(link)
"Because I hate my name and I don't have a better one."
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[personal profile] pythbox 2013-02-18 11:18 pm (UTC)(link)
He shrugs.

"I haven't found one I like, I guess."

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