“New Student in Honours”
The next semester of the school year began. The Students were funneling into the halls as if the break never happened.
The Students reported to their homerooms to receive their new semester schedules.
Maria sat next to Ashley in Mr. Smith’s Precalculus class.
“Looks like our schedules are going to get all mixed up now. I might not be in the same classes as you anymore Maria.” Ashley said to Maria in anticipation.
“It’s not going to be that bad. There’s only so many classes we all could go to.” Maria responded.
“You did pretty well last semester though, do you think you made honours?” Ashley asked.
“Me? In honours? I mean, I did good, but not that good, I don’t even care to be with all those smarty pants kids anyways.” Maria responded with a cocky attitude.
“Angeal is in honours though, so you would be with him.” Ashley looked at Maria. Then she smiled. “That’s probably why you worked so hard to get good grades, wasn’t it.” Ashley poked fun at Maria.
“Is it wrong to want to hang out more with my best friend?” Maria asked Ashley.
“Come on, I know that’s not the real reason.” Ashley tried to pry more into Maria’s feelings.
“That is the real reason, it sucks only being able to hang out after lunch.” Maria added.
Mr. Smith started handing out the new schedules.
“Oh, is it because you don’t want Silvia to have all that alone time with Angeal?” Ashley asked.
“Silvia can try, but I am always going to be one step ahead of her.” Maria said with a boastful disposition.
Maria then received her schedule and looked at it.
“Aww, mine is pretty much the same as last semester. What are your classes?” Ashley asked, trying to look at Maria’s schedule.
Maria looked at her schedule in disbelief. She made it into the honours’ courses.
“First Bell is Biology with Miss Ryan, Second Bell is World History with Mr. Yukimura, Third Bell is Psychology with Miss Sullivan and Fourth Bell is Calculus with Mr. Smith.” Maria read off her schedule.
“Wow, guess placing Fifth in the Finals last year really wasn’t a fluke.” Ashley said, looking at Maria’s schedule.
“Looks like we both share the same Health class during Sixth Bell. Last semester they had you in a different PE group.” Maria said to Ashley.
“Yea, but that’s not going to be the same as having First Bell with you, now I have to find someone else to talk to during class.” Ashley said disappointed.
“Aw, don’t feel too bummed out about it. Maybe if you were a bit friendlier you would have a new talking buddy in no time.” Maria said with a smile.
In Miss Ryan’s Class.
“We will be having new students join us in the honours’ program today. And some of your formal classmates have dropped from it. There will be slight changes, but I still expect everyone to keep up with the current pace.” Miss Ryan said.
“Are we going to have to take another assessment like we did on the first day?” Richard asked.
“Yes we will be.” Miss Ryan said.
Richard placed his head on the desk.
Katherine looked over at Richard. “I still can’t believe you survived the purging.” She said in disbelief.
“Are you ready to get another perfect on the assessment, Angeal?” Silvia asked Aiden.
“It’s probably an overestimation to assume that I would need to be ready for such an assessment.” Aiden responded to Silvia.
“Naturally.” Silvia said. “Oh, what did you do over the rest of the winter break?” Silvia asked Aiden.
“What do you mean?” Aiden asked.
“Did you go on any more adventures, like we did at that scary house?” Silvia asked Aiden with curiosity in her eyes.
“No, it gets dark too quickly so Maria isn’t able to stay out long enough for us to go on those kinds of adventures.” Aiden responded.
“Adventures? What adventures are you talking about? Can I join?” Joshua jumped in on the conversation.
“No, you would just make it crowded.” Silvia said to Joshua.
“I don’t see what’s the big deal. Angeal, what do you think? By now you are probably tired of just hanging around girls all the time, right?” Joshua asked Aiden.
“It doesn’t make a difference to me.” Aiden responded.
“Unlike you, Joshua, Angeal doesn’t get all weird when he talks to girls.” Rebecca said to Joshua.
“I don’t get weird when I talk to girls.” Joshua responded quickly.
“He doesn’t get weird when he talks to girls, it’s only when they are pretty. That’s why he doesn’t have any issue talking to you.” Issac said to Rebecca.
“Do you want to say that again!?” Rebecca threatened Issac. Issac laughed.
The new students then showed up at the door. They all then lined up in front of the whiteboard.
Maria saw Aiden sitting down and she gained a giant smile and waved at Aiden.
Silvia looked at Maria standing up front and rolled her eyes imagining Maria stealing all the alone time she had with Aiden.
“Great, she just had to make honours.” Silvia thought to herself.
“Welcome to your new home room. Would you mind introducing yourself?” Miss Ryan asked the 6 new students. “Say your name, something interesting about yourself and your goal.” Miss Ryan explained.
“Good Morning, my name is Kenneth B. Lloyd, I am pretty good at Sports, more precisely Baseball. And I hope to one day work as a Production Manager at a Manufacturing Company.” A kid that was decently tall for his age said in front of the class. He looked like he was suffering a minor break out, but he generally had a muscular build.
Maria then stepped forward. “Haha, looks like I have conquered yet another pedestal you all tried to keep from me, the Mighty Maria Li. I am the best at what I do, and I will one day own the World alongside my best friend Angeal!” Maria proclaimed in front of the class.
The class was silent, but didn’t seem as surprised as a group of kids ought to have been. Maria had already tried to pull the same proclamation when she placed fifth in the finals.
Maria then stepped back with a grin on her face.
The other students introduced themselves and they went to find seats.
Maria walked over to where Silvia was.
“Ah, you might as well move since you know that’s where I want to sit.” Maria said to Silvia.
“It is? Guess you must be a little blind because I am already occupying it.” Silvia responded.
“Is this going to be the car situation all over again? You might as well save us all the trouble and just move.” Maria said getting closer to Silvia.
“If I recall, you didn’t win that situation either.” Silvia said to Maria.
Maria stared down at Silvia trying to get her to move.
“Angeal, may you switch to one of the seats in the back, just so you wouldn’t block the view of the students behind you?” Miss Ryan asked Aiden.
“Sure thing.” Aiden said as he got up from his seat and went to sit in the back.
“Now Miss Li, you take the seat that Angeal was just in.” Miss Ryan said to Maria.
Maria sat down in the seat next to Silvia. They both looked disgruntled.
Aiden was only one seat behind the two girls, but it might as well have been another classroom away.
“That was your fault for bringing so much attention to our area.” Silvia said to Maria.
“If you only just moved at least one of us could have sat next to him, and now look, neither of us can.” Maria responded to Silvia.
“You think that’s bad, because of how this class is, when we group up, you are going to be my partner.” Silvia told Maria.
“I’m starting to wish that I never got into honours.” Maria said, looking up at the ceiling.
“Same.” Silvia added with a smirk.
Aiden sat behind the two watching them both complain. “It’s not like I’m not in the class anymore, why are they looking so frustrated?” Aiden thought to himself.
Miss Ryan then began to hand out an assessment.
Maria looked at the paper that was placed on her desk. “What?! It’s already time for a quiz!?” Maria thought to herself.
She looked back towards Aiden. She mouthed to him. “You know what to do.”
Aiden shook his head with a smile. Knowing that Maria wanted him to give her a perfect score.
All the students in the class flipped over their tests and began taking it.
Aiden finished nearly immediately and Maria just sat reading the questions. Silvia soon finished also.
“Wow, these are not as easy as the tests she gave to the non honour students.” Maria thought to herself.
Aiden produced a copy of his test on Maria’s desk for her to look at it.
“Finally, I thought I was going to have to struggle.” Maria said as she began to fill out the test sheet.
The time limit of the test had been reached and all the students handed up their tests.
“Tomorrow I will have these grades for you, also tomorrow we will start on our first group project of the semester. So make sure you pick up a copy of the package on your way out.” Miss Ryan said as the first bell rang.
Silvia got up from her seat to wait for Aiden so they could walk to the second bell.
Maria immediately went to Aiden.
“Surprised that I am in this class?” Maria smiled looking up at Aiden.
“I figured you would place, you have been studying when we were back at home.” Aiden said to Maria.
“Ahem.” Silvia coughed to get Maria’s attention.
“Something in your throat?” Maria asked.
“No, it’s just that me and Angeal walk to class together everyday. It’s pretty much a tradition now.” Silvia said to Maria.
“Well thanks for keeping my spot warm. But you can start a new tradition somewhere else.” Maria said to Silvia.
“I will walk behind you both since there is no room for all three of us to be side by side in the halls.” Aiden said.
“No, you walk beside me.” Maria said to Aiden.
“You can’t just talk to him like that, you don’t own him.” Silvia said to Maria.
“He is my best friend, I can talk to him practically any way I want.” Maria responded.
“Angeal, you need to defend yourself in this kind of situation. I know you and Maria are close, but she is treating you like you are her servant.” Silvia said to Aiden.
“No I am not, I am treating him like my best friend, is it wrong to want to walk side by side?” Maria said to Silvia, getting louder.
Aiden placed Silvia to sleep and carried her.
“Why’d you do that?” Maria asked Aiden.
“We need to get to class before we are late, both of your arguing was slowing everything down.” Aiden said to Maria.
“But I am right, correct?” Maria said to Aiden.
“About what?” Aiden asked.
“About being able to talk to you anyways I feel like, and having you walk next to me.” Maria responded.
“If that’s what best friends do, then you are correct. If not, then no, it would go against standard human interaction. Despite me not being Human.” Aiden said to Maria.
“Oh right, to everyone else you are totally Human. Okay, now I can see where she was coming from. But still, she can’t just get to do whatever she wants.” Maria said to Aiden.
“What is it she wanted?” Aiden asked.
“She wanted to keep you to herself and walk alone with you. Obviously I can’t let that happen.” Maria said to Aiden.
“Because only best friends can walk next to each other?” Aiden asked.
“Exactly.” Maria agreed.
“Then I apologise. I have been walking next to Silvia the entire semester.” Aiden said to Maria.
“No, don’t take it like that. I mean, it’s not wrong for you to walk with her. Just that people would get the wrong idea. You are allowed to walk with her.” Maria said to Aiden.
“So, who is allowed to walk next to each other?” Aiden asked Maria.
“Anyone I guess.” Maria said.
“Didn’t you just agree that only best friends were allowed to walk next to each other?” Aiden asked Maria, trying to figure out her thought process.
“Okay, okay, we can drop it. I will walk next to Silvia, just to show you that it’s okay. Don’t overthink things.” Maria said to Aiden trying to show a confident smile.
“This feels a lot like projection.” Aiden said as they approached the second bell class.
Aiden woke Silvia up. Silvia came too.
“What happened?” Silvia asked.
“You fainted from all that yelling you were doing.” Maria said to Silvia.
“Yelling? I was yelling? That doesn’t sound right.” Silvia responded, shaking off the feeling of drowsiness.
“What can I say, I only say it like it is.” Maria added.
Silvia looked around. “So we are already at the second bell, how did I get here?” Silvia asked.
“You walked down the halls like a zombie.” Maria imitated.
“I’m not going to believe that. Angeal was the one who carried me.” Silvia said, looking up at Aiden.
“That’s correct.” Aiden responded.
“You’re no fun.” Maria said to them both.
“Did you carry me like a bride?” Silvia asked Aiden.
“Ha, more like a corpse.” Maria joked.
“Well in this class you are going to have to find another seat to sit. I already have the one next to Angeal.” Silvia said to Maria.
“Nope, we are going to sit next to each other.” Maria said to Silvia.
“Why would I want to do that?” Silvia said to Maria with disgust.
“It’s obvious that we won’t get anywhere if we just fight over who can hang around Angeal. In the end we both would lose, so doing it this way will guarantee that Angeal isn’t placed in some random spot too far from us.” Maria said to Silvia.
“I see what you mean. It’s a prisoner’s dilemma. Since I can guarantee that you won’t stand down. Me standing down would only result in my failure. But if we both don’t then we leave Aiden’s position to chance. Therefore, to circumvent that we must avoid the dilemma in the first place by coming to an agreement beforehand.” Silvia said, thinking through the process.
“This is the most optimal choice.” Aiden said to the two.
“Sure, I will sit next to you. And Angeal can sit behind us.” Silvia said.
Maria then grinned. “Ha, the General always wins. Making sure that Silvia and I lose during the class periods would put me in the lead when it comes to out of class time. Making me the overall winner.” Maria thought to herself.
Maria and Silvia sat next to each other during World History in Mr. Yukimura’s class.
Maria started to realize the extra workload she had in these honour classes.
“Dang, they just don’t slow down…” Maria thought to herself trying to keep notes.
Aiden saw Maria trying to keep up. She was visibly becoming stressed.
Aiden threw a note underneath Maria’s hand. Maria noticed it and read it.
“Just try to listen, I will keep the notes for you. Good job.” Aiden’s note said to Maria.
Maria looked back at Aiden and gave him a thumbs up.
Silvia saw this exchange.
Maria continued to try and write what she could during class. But wasn’t trying to write every word Mr. Yukimura said.
“Passing notes between each other. Maria and Angeal are much closer than I am to him. I have substantial ground to cover.” Silvia thought to herself. “Oh, maybe I can make lunch for Angeal…” Silvia continued to think.
She then looked back at Aiden.
“What does he eat?” Silvia thought to herself.
“Even just listening is wearing me out, and it’s only just the first day.” Maria thought to herself as the second bell was coming to a close.
The bell rang and Maria jumped out of her seat.
“I hope you kept extremely good notes, Angeal, because I am going to need them.” Maria said to Aiden.
“My notes are very thorough.” Aiden responded.
“Well off to Miss Sullivan’s class now!” Maria pointed in that direction.
“What are you talking about? If you have the same schedule as us, then we are heading towards Mr. Smith’s class.” Silvia said to Maria.
Maria pulled out her schedule.
“But Mr. Smith is Fourth Bell, not third.” Maria said, looking at her sheet.
Silvia pulled out hers, and Aiden did as well.
“See, me and Angeal have Miss Mr. Smith next. Looks like we have different classes.” Silvia said to Maria.
“Different classes?!” Maria said with disappointment. “Then what’s the point of even being in honours. I have to ask for a schedule change.” Maria said to Silvia and Aiden.
“Are you really going to put in that much effort to just get two extra classes with Angeal?” Silvia asked Maria.
“Obviously. As if you wouldn’t.” Maria said to Silvia.
“I wouldn’t, he needs his space sometimes.” Silvia said to Maria.
“Ha, then you are probably just boring when it comes to spending a significant amount of time with.” Maria joked.
“As if. Why don’t you start heading in the direction of your class then. Me and Angeal have somewhere else to be.” Silvia said to Maria.
Maria stuck out her tongue at Silvia.
“Wow, real mature.” Silvia responded.
“See you at lunch.” Maria said to Aiden.
“See you then.” Aiden responded.
Silvia and Aiden walked next to each other to head to Mr. Smith’s class.
“So Angeal, what… What kind of food do you like to eat?” Silvia asked Aiden.
“Food? Hmm, I don’t really eat anything. But If I had to choose I suppose it would be anything that isn’t meat or fruit.” Aiden responded.
“Why is that?” Silvia asked.
“Because both are reproductive agents.” Aiden said to Silvia.
“Interesting. That doesn’t leave much for a diet does it?” Silvia said to Aiden.
“It doesn’t affect me. I have other methods.” Aiden responded, still walking to class.
“Strange.” Silvia said with a smile on her face.
Silvia and Aiden got to Mr. Smith’s class and sat next to each other as per usual.
Maria was in Miss Sullivan’s class disgruntled.
Maria looked around the class to see any students she even would consider talking to.
Rebecca was seated a few seats away from Maria. Even though they have been through 2 sleepovers with each other Maria still didn’t feel close enough to Rebecca to speak with her without Silvia around.
Maria pulled out her Group Project Packet and read over it.
“Build a model of DNA, demonstrating Genes acquiring and losing alleles. Your model should demonstrate how the acquisition of certain alleles makes the Gene more fit for their environment. Demonstrate how even if the trait acquired doesn’t have a beneficial increase to fitness that it could still remain in the gene pool. Demonstrate how without genetic variation that detrimental traits could be passed through an entire species.” The paper said.
It then had many pages behind it which went more into the readings required.
“What even is all of this?” Maria said, shoving the packet back into her backpack.
“This is the time of year for seasonal depression as it is widely known. Many factors can contribute…” Miss Sullivan was saying but Maria was drowning her out with her own thinking.
“I worked this hard just to not be in the same class as Aiden. This is garbage.” Maria placed her head on the desk.
Rebecca looked over at Maria.
When it was time for the class to do some of the practice assignments at the end of the chapter Rebecca sat next to Maria.
Rebecca tapped on Maria’s shoulder.
Maria looked over at her, with her head still on the desk.
“Looks like after all that work you got separated from your best friend.” Rebecca said to Maria.
“Yea, what about it?” Maria said to Rebecca thinking that she was going to tease her.
“I’m just saying I know the feeling.” Rebecca looked up at the ceiling. “I only have 3 classes with Silvia this Semester, the devastation of that made coming to school feel like a chore.” Rebecca said to Maria.
“How long have you guys known each other?” Maria asked.
“Since the 4th Grade. We were in the same class. And since she was good at the Piano and I was good with the Violin we would practice together until eventually we would just be together after school.” Rebecca said to Maria.
“Wow, since the 4th Grade, that’s a long time. I don’t think I have had any relationship that lasted that long.” Maria said to Rebecca. “Well besides knowing my family of course ha, that goes without saying.” Maria laughed.
“Wait, so you’ve known Angeal for shorter than that? I imagined that you both would have known each other since you were infants. How’d you two meet?” Rebecca asked Maria.
“He dropped a scroll on me, then after that we were just best friends. That’s all there is to it.” Maria responded.
“I guess I should not have expected a more complex story from you.” Rebecca said.
“Hey, it doesn’t need to be deep to be meaningful.” Maria responded to Rebecca.
“Well since Silvia seems to be taking Angeal, how about we become friends?” Rebecca asked Maria.
“Eh, Silvia isn’t taking Angeal from anyone. But since you asked so kindly I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to actually be friends with you.” Maria responded to Rebecca with a grin.
“Have you thought about which High school you are going to attend after graduation?” Rebecca asked.
The classes continued on. And lunch time came.
Maria found Aiden and grabbed his arm.
“Is she trying to hover around you still?!” Maria said, looking for Silvia.
“No, she left to go eat with her group as she normally would. She hasn’t changed her habits even though it’s a new semester.” Aiden responded to Silvia.
“Just had to make sure.” Maria said. Maria then pulled Aiden to head outside.
“I am in the mood for some kind of soup.” Maria said to Aiden.
“That is extremely vague. But we can try a few places to see if any peaks your interest.” Aiden said to Maria as she hopped into her clear bubble and they took off.
Silvia was sitting with the prep students. She looked over at the table that Aiden and Maria typically sat at.
“Looking for Angeal?” Issac asked Silvia.
“It’s none of your business.” Silvia responded.
“Just tell him you like him or something. It’s very easy to tell.” Joshua said to Silvia.
“I have admiration for him, I don’t think of him in that way.” Silvia said to Joshua.
“As if, everyone knows that you are trying to get as close as possible to him to try and make him your boyfriend or something. Just ask him out, so he can reject you and you can focus on a real man.” Joshua said, smiling at Silvia.
Rebecca threw a bunch of napkins at Joshua.
“As if you are even in the same league as Silvia. Didn’t you place like 5th in the finals?” Rebecca said to Joshua.
“I placed 4th. And besides, I was just kidding. Silvia is way too ambitious for me, I would be exhausted even trying to keep up.” Joshua responded.
“Isn’t there a girl in the 7th grade who Angeal held. I don’t really recall her name.” Issac said, eating his gelatin dessert.
“When was this?” Silvia asked.
“It was during the Beauty and the Beast play. But Alvin wrecked the final scene by turning off the electricity so they never got to kiss. But it was a pretty good play, they had a good connection. Very nice chemistry.” Issac described to Silvia.
“I didn’t know about this. Did you know about it, Rebecca?” Silvia asked.
“No, I didn’t know about that play either. I didn’t even know that Angeal acted.” Rebecca responded quickly.
Issac then looked around the lunch room to see if he could recognize the girl who Aiden held.
“She doesn’t seem to be in the cafeteria.” Issac said felling to locate Leanne.
“A theatre girl? Is that his type?” Joshua asked.
“That’s the only reason I think someone like him would be involved in a play.” Issac agreed with Joshua.
“You both are idiots, it’s obvious the only reason Angeal would be in a play is because Maria told him to. That’s all it ever boils down to.” Silvia said to the two.
“Wow, I thought it was the other way around. I figured Maria did whatever Angeal was doing just to stay close with him.” Issac said.
Aiden and Maria entered the cafeteria with soup in their hands.
They both sat down at their table. Maria then began to slurp up her meal.
The prep students all looked in their direction.
“She said that they became friends because he hit her with a scroll, so I guess he feels sorry for her?” Rebecca said.
“I need to buy me some scrolls then.” Joshua said.
“Did puberty just hit you? Do you find girls attractive now?” Rebecca asked Joshua.
“No, you guys are still icky.” Joshua responded.
“So I was reading over the packet earlier, and it was way too difficult. Have the assignments always been that hard in honours?” Maria asked Aiden.
“It only seems hard because you just switched. When you get the hang of it, it’ll be like your previous classes.” Aiden said to Maria.
“Since it’s a group project that means I get to work in a group with anyone right?” Maria asked, still slurping down spoonfuls of soup and dipping bread into it.
“No, your partner is Silvia, since you both are in the same row, sitting alongside each other in column 1 and 2.” Aiden said to Maria.
“Wait, so when you got switched to sit behind us then that removed you from being my partner?!” Maria was stunned.
“That’s correct.” Aiden responded.
“Dang it Silvia, you ruined things for me again!” Maria said to herself. “Wait, so that means you both have been working together this entire time.” Maria looked at Aiden.
“That is also correct.” Aiden said to Maria.
“How could you betray me like this Aiden?” Maria said to Aiden, pretending to be sad.
“I betrayed you?” Aiden asked Maria.
“It’s whatever, I don’t even care about it anymore.” Maria said quickly.
“Seems like you do.” Aiden responded.
Maria then started finishing her meal.
Allison came over to their table.
“So where is Angel?” Allsion asked.
“Angel left back out to study abroad.” Maria said to Allison.
“Oh…” Allison said, walking back over to her table feeling disappointed.
“That was sad.” Aiden said to Maria.
“Can you even feel that?” Maria asked Aiden.
“It’s not like I am blind, I can tell when someone’s expectations are crushed.” Aiden gestured his hands to Maria.
“Can you now? I figured since you can’t tell how all these girls feel, that you would have been oblivious to everything.” Maria jested at Aiden.
“What are they feeling?” Aiden asked.
“Nevermind.” Maria said to Aiden as she finished. “Okay, now let’s see what’s new on the bulletin board.” Maria jumped out of her seat and the two began walking out of the cafeteria.
“Where do they even go?” Issac asked, watching the two leave.
“Probably having a lot more fun than we are.” Rebecca responded.
The next day came. Maria and Silvia were placed in pairs to work on the group project.
“I’m assuming that I am going to have to do most of the work on this project. Seeing that I don’t want to fail.” Silvia said to Maria.
“You aren’t going to fail, no need to be dramatic.” Maria responded.
“Do you even know what an allele is?” Silvia asked.
“Yea, it’s one of those things that are in our DNA or something like that. I know I am at least close. If I saw it on a multiple choice question I’d be able to answer it.” Maria said to Silvia.
“The change in quality of my partners could give me whiplash.” Silvia said under her breath.
Silvia began writing out what they needed.
“What are you doing? I can just ask Angeal what he thinks is the best way to go about this.” Maria said, watching Silvia trying to plan out their project.
“Can’t you do anything on your own?” Silvia asked.
“Of course I can, I just use my resources effectively.” Maria responded.
“In this project can you at least try and work with me. I know Angeal is your best friend and all, but he is still his own person.” Silvia said to Maria pointing at her list of tasks she wrote.
“Sometimes you have your good moments, and your bad moments. Right now, you are definitely in the bad area.” Maria said to Silvia.
“Why? Just because I said we should work together?” Silvia asked Maria.
“I know what you are trying to do, I see all of your moves. You are trying to create space between me and Angeal so that you could stick your head in there.” Maria said to Silvia.
Maria and Silvia then began to argue with each other.
Aiden looked over at them. “This isn’t good. When Maria gets upset she doesn’t back down until the other person admits defeat. And Silvia isn’t one to ever admit defeat to someone she views as undeserving of even a competition.” Aiden thought to himself.
Kenneth looked over at Aiden.
“So, ah. I’m not sure how to do any of this. Can you explain it to me dude?” Kenneth asked Aiden.
“Sure, I can do that for you.” Aiden said, trying the DNA and catching Kenneth up to what they learned in class.
Some time passed. Maria and Silvia stopped speaking to each other.
“Wow, so that’s what’s going on. I already feel ten times smarter.” Kenneth said to Aiden.
“It’s no problem. Even though we are guaranteed to get a perfect score, it’s better that you understand the material than me just doing it all for you.” Aiden said to Kenneth.
“So what do you want me to do one the project?” Kenneth asked.
“You said you were good at Baseball, do you have any old bats that we could use to structure the DNA. I can list the materials we would need. Don’t worry if you can’t find any, I can handle it.” Aiden said to Kenneth.
Aiden then explained what each part would be on the project.
Aiden looked over at Maria and saw that she was in a sour mood.
“Being in honours sucks!” Maria thought to herself.
The bell rang and Aiden went to the door where Maria and Silvia were waiting for him. They were still giving each other the silent treatment.
They walked down the halls in silence.
Aiden walked behind them both and began to feel awkward. As if he did something that was causing this.
They entered the second bell and the two still weren’t even looking at one another.
The Bell rang and the same thing happened. Now it was time for Maria to separate to her separate class.
“Angeal, don’t walk with Silvia to your third or fourth bell. That’s an order from the General.” Maria said to Aiden.
Silvia looked shocked at Maria’s words.
“Angeal, you don’t have to listen to her. If you want to walk with me then you can.” Silvia said to Aiden.
“You’re my best friend Angeal, don’t hurt me like this.” Maria said to Aiden.
“She is trying to manipulate you, you can see that right?” Silvia said to Aiden.
“Aiden.” Maria said, looking at Aiden with an upset look.
“What are your problems?” Aiden asked the two girls.
Maria and Silvia looked at him in disbelief.
“You want me to be treated as a separate person, Silvia. And you want me to act like your best friend.” Aiden said to Maria. “But I can tell right now I am being used as a tool in whatever fight you are having with each other. If I am going to be involved, I want to know the reason.” Aiden said to the two.
They both looked at each other. But they didn’t say anything.
Aiden looked at both of them.
“So I don’t even deserve that?” Aiden said.
Maria then turned around and started walking to her class. She was clearly upset.
Silvia looked at Aiden watching Maria walk away.
Silvia could tell that Aiden was not in the mood to walk next to her, so she started walking to class.
Aiden stood in the hall now alone.
In the next bell Silvia sat silent without talking to Aiden. She wanted to, but she felt like she harmed a friendship that meant a lot to him.
“I didn’t mean to put him in that position. What am I doing?” Silvia thought to herself.
“What made you so upset?” Rebecca asked Maria.
“Your best friend is a jerk.” Maria said to Rebecca.
“Hold on, you can’t just say that without an explanation.” Rebecca responded.
“How come she feels like she can just stick herself in places she doesn’t belong?” Maria said to Rebecca.
“Oh, you must mean trying to be friends with Angeal.” Rebecca said having a realization on what the topic was about.
“No, not just friends. Like she is trying to be his best friend. That is obviously my position. You need to tell her to back off.” Maria said to Rebecca.
“I can’t tell her to do anything. Silvia does what she wants, and we are friends because we like to do things together. I can’t just tell her to do stuff because I’m her best friend. You expect me to use my friendship with her as some sort of bargaining chip?” Rebecca asked Maria.
“Then it must not be a powerful enough bargaining chip then to actually be effective.” Maria responded.
“You say that, I don’t know how your friendship with Angeal is, but it’s coming off as one of those servant and master types of relationships recently.” Rebecca said to Maria.
“No, that’s not true.” Maria said quickly.
“I’m just saying. You can say what you want to say.” Rebecca added to Maria, as she continued reading.
Maria thought to herself. “Okay, maybe I did go a little overboard threatening him like that. He’s probably feeling terrible right now.” Maria thought to herself.
She then got a sick feeling in her stomach.
“I feel terrible.” Maria thought to herself, finally having the feeling of guilt.
The bell rang and the students went out to head to the fourth bell.
Silvia still was silent. She wanted to say something to Aiden, but nothing was coming out of her mouth.
She then stopped in front of him. Then she turned around.
Silvia took a deep breath in.
“I’m sorry-” Silvia began to say, but she was interrupted by Maria who was running through the hallway trying to catch up to Aiden.
“I’m sorry Aiden! I tried using our friendship as a way to make you do things for me. That wasn’t cool of me to do to you, especially with how amazing you have been as my best friend. I hope I didn’t make you feel bad at the last bell.” Maria said to Aiden.
Silvia just watched seeing her moment be taken.
“An actual apology, then I will take it that you truly mean it.” Aiden said to Maria.
Maria then looked at Silvia. “I’m not going to apologize to you, but I am willing to be more friendly. That is if you don’t keep thinking you can replace me.” Maria said to Silvia.
“That’s ultimately up to Angeal, isn’t it?” Silvia responded.
Maria then laughed. “See you at lunch!” She said before running off to her class.
Silvia now stood with Aiden.
“What were you going to say?” Aiden asked Silvia.
“Oh, nothing really.” Silvia said to Aiden.
“Hmm, very well.” Aiden responded.
Aiden then began to walk.
“Okay, I did have something to say.” Silvia said, Aiden then turned around.
“I know I didn’t know you as long as Maria, and that it wasn’t justified for me to put you in a position to which your friendship was in peril. So I offer my apologies for that. I enjoy hanging out with you, even if that means Maria has to be there. But I was seeing that while she was around that my relationship with you would eventually stop growing. Thus why I acted the way I did.” Silvia said to Aiden.
Aiden nodded his head. “I understand.” Aiden said to Silvia.
“That being said, I do like you Angeal. You are smart, brave and talented. I hope to continue to be alongside you as you improve and that I can improve with you.” Silvia said to Aiden.
Aiden didn’t realize that this was a confession from Silvia. “Sure, I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t be.” Aiden responded to Silvia in the same manner he always does.
“So you like me too?” Silvia asked Aiden.
“Sure, you aren’t malicious.” Aiden said to Silvia.
Silvia had a smile on her face. “Okay, then let’s walk to class together again.” Silvia said with a bit more excitement.
Aiden then walked alongside Silvia to their class.
The semester had started on a shaky foundation. Maria and Silvia worked together on their group project and received 96%. Maria allowed Aiden to express his opinion a bit more without throwing out the fact that she was his general. And Silvia, though still jealous of the amount of time Maria got to spend with Aiden, found comfort in the thought that Aiden was attracted to her.