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03 September 2011 @ 04:42 pm
here i dreamt i was a soldier  
WHO: Baroona and anyone
WHERE: Outside the Institute
WHEN: Yesterday
SUMMARY: Baroona finally gets the guts to check out the school but... chickens out when it comes to going inside.
FORMAT: Para to start, then quick

It was inexplicably difficult to begin a walk while knowing your destination is, or was, off-limits. It is even more difficult to reach said destination and not give into the temptation to turn right back around and flee. As such, it took all of Baroona's effort to stand and face the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

He had been interested in schooling for awhile now–ever since he had gotten back, truth be told. He had scrounged up tutors of various subjects to compensate for his urges and yet...

He had heard school was free here. Required for all children thus meaning anyone could attend. It had been odd to hear, and at first he thought it to be a joke. Cars and planes were hard enough to believe, but free education was unheard of. And yet, after asking and getting answered, he found it to be true. Still, he found it hard to believe.

He would visit the school occasionally. Not often enough, just walk by it perhaps once a month, just to make sure that it was there and that it was real. On rare occasions he found himself wondering whether he should attend and as the months wore on the wondering became a yearning. Now, with all the posts to the network acting as constant reminders, he had decided to act.

But now that he was here, staring at the school, he couldn't bring himself to enter. It was too different and unknown and he was too trapped in the uneducated past. Finally, gathering up his courage, he stepped inside. He was proud of hismelf then and took another. He could do this, he could make it.

But then he reached the statue and his nerves rose up again. He ducked his head under the statue's gaze as if ashamed for daring to walk so far in. It wasn't his place. Hell, it wasn't even his world. He curled his hands into fists. He stuffed them into his pockets. He bit his lip and shook his head and gave in to his own cowardly urges.

He turned around and fixed his gaze on the gates.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Oh hello!bluepurrymuffin on September 4th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
[Once Baroona is finally coaxed inside, Hank peeks out from the front office, where he was handling some paperwork in preparation for the looming first day.

As he recognizes the young man, Hank approaches with a hand outstretched.

So, you decided to accept my offer to visit?

Edited at 2011-09-04 12:48 am (UTC)
Baroona: all that i havebroroona on September 4th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
[He eyes it, warily, then goes back to looking around the room they're in. It's done partly to avoid Hank's gaze, and partly to study every inch of what a school truly looks like.]

Everyone was talking about it... [He mumbling. Pauses to finally look at Hank, look away, and then look at his feet. After a minute he returns to Hank, watching from the corner of his eye.]

Are you sure it's alright for me to be here?
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I'm quite sure.bluepurrymuffin on September 4th, 2011 03:50 am (UTC)
[Hank was...still holding out that hand...kind of hanging a bit]

I'm the headmaster here. If I say it's alright, there won't likely be anyone to argue that.
Baroona: whabroroona on September 4th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
[Headmaster. He repeats the world silently to himself, then looks up at Hank. He nods. At what? He's not quite sure. But he does it more because he doesn't know what else to do.]

Do all schools look like this?
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: What was I thinking?bluepurrymuffin on September 4th, 2011 06:47 am (UTC)
[Hank drops his hand and instead clasps it behind his back. He recalls then that Baroona's from a different time, so such a gesture may not hold much meaning to him.]

Well, we're mostly a private institute, so no, they won't be likely to look quite like ours does.

At home, we had something more like a mansion. This is simply what we made of an older academy that used the same site.
Baroona: something is bound to givebroroona on September 4th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
[He looks around again.]

It looks like a mansion to me.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Can't be overly concerned at the moment!bluepurrymuffin on September 5th, 2011 08:16 am (UTC)
[He shrugs.]

The differences can be subtle. Would you like to see more of the facility?
Baroona: is it wrongbroroona on September 6th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
[He looks around at the walls again, craving a cigarette but knowing this isn't the place. He puts his hands in his pockets instead.]

...I guess.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: If you'll direct your attention here...bluepurrymuffin on September 6th, 2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Very well!

[And so he led him along down the hall.] Is there anything in particular you'd like to see?
Baroona: MAN THAT'S KINDA WEIRD...broroona on September 6th, 2011 05:35 pm (UTC)
[Baroona gives him an odd look.]

I don't know what you have.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: What was I thinking?bluepurrymuffin on September 7th, 2011 03:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, of course. [He rubs the back of his neck awkwardly.]

Do you like books?
Baroona: yobroroona on September 7th, 2011 06:23 pm (UTC)
[He pauses to think, then nods.] I like looking at them.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: How very interesting...bluepurrymuffin on September 7th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
Then perhaps you'd like to see our library!

[Hank loves the library. He also loves starting tours there.]
Baroona: for every year i spent with youbroroona on September 7th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
[Well it does seem to get Baroona awfully interested and... oddly enthused.]

You have a library?
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Just wait till I unleash my master plan!bluepurrymuffin on September 8th, 2011 08:01 pm (UTC)
Do we have a library, he asks! Ha!

[He scoffs and spins on his heel WELL I GUESS THE PAD OF HIS FOOT ACTUALLY SINCE THE WAY HIS LEGS WORK MEANS HIS HEELS BASICALLY NEVER TOUCH THE GROUND to face the young man again, spreading his hands for emphasis.]

Baroona, we have such a library that words would fail to properly describe it! At least three times the size of he foyer we were just in, covered wall to wall with all sorts of books! Some rare, many first editions, and all entirely open to our students! Truly, only in seeing it could you believe the wonder of it.

Edited at 2011-09-08 08:04 pm (UTC)
Baroona: whabroroona on September 9th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
[He stops and stares at Hank while he describes the library because there is no way he's believing this. Why would he be allowed into not just a school but a real library like Hank's? No way.

But still... might as well ask, right?

... I can go into it?
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Most excellent! :3bluepurrymuffin on September 10th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
[Hank blinks a few times with bewilderment, but instead gives Baroona a sly grin and gestures down the hallway as they continue walking.]

We're headed there now, aren't we?
Baroona: there's a bright and sunny side toobroroona on September 10th, 2011 04:32 pm (UTC)
[Eyes still wide, he smiles and hurries after Hank, following closely behind him. He's excited and trying to hide that fact, but it's obvious enough.]

I'll be able to look at them?

Edited at 2011-09-10 04:33 pm (UTC)
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Big smile!bluepurrymuffin on September 10th, 2011 04:51 pm (UTC)
[Oh, and what a smile it is! /CHARMED]

Of course! In fact, even if you don't enroll, I would daresay you could fee free just to visit the library at your leisure.
Baroona: whabroroona on September 10th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)


[Aaaand the smile comes back.]
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: Take heart! Learning is beyond compare.bluepurrymuffin on September 10th, 2011 05:10 pm (UTC)
Of course! The school is meant to serve our community, one I should hope you'd feel yourself to be a part of. I always enjoy assisting others in an interest in reading!

[And with that, he holds the door so Baroona can see the fabled place for himself.]
Baroona: fuck no smokingbroroona on September 11th, 2011 12:33 am (UTC)
[He walks in hesitantly, keeping his eyes towards the ground until he finally enters and... can't help but stare at everything. He walks into the middle of the room before stopping, gazing at everything in complete awe.

After a long couple of minutes he finds himself muttering:

It's amazing.
Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I'm quite sure.bluepurrymuffin on September 11th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
[He just hangs back by the door, hands clasped behind his back and beaming. He lives for this kind of reaction.]

I've always thought so. Would you like to spend a bit of time here to familiarize yourself, or should I show you the basics before we continue the tour?
Baroona: the only blame you cast is your ownbroroona on September 11th, 2011 05:42 am (UTC)
[He turns to face Hank, bewilderment still apparent on his face.]

Dr. Henry Phillip McCoy: I'll explain this slowly.bluepurrymuffin on September 12th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
[He made a small sweep to indicate the room.]

Oh, the general layout, mostly. How we have things organized, where each section is, that sort of thing. So you'd know it better the next time you visited!
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