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"...this is really nice.
Is this that really nice tea that you had to get imported."


Mon Mar 23, 2020 12:47 am
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"...this is really nice.
Is this that really nice tea that you had to get imported."


Violet: "Malacia tea."
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 1:38 am
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"Yeah.
Thanks.

This tea really works."


Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:51 am
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"Yeah.
Thanks.

This tea really works."


Violet: "I'll share my stash with you until you pass your exam."

~ "Thanks. I should be fine after that."



~



Entering the lecture hall, you scan the rows of people and seats and, spotting an unoccupied one, make your way over and plop yourself down, flipping out the folding desk to set your thermos and pencils down.

It is EXAM TIME.


Ten minutes later, the proctor explains the exam procedures and has his assistants hand out the exams, with everyone instructed to keep them face-down.

Once everyone has an exam, the proctor sets an alarm clock and gives the signal to begin, and a chorus of people flipping their chunky packets of paper roars throughout the lecture hall before quickly being replaced by page turning.


Time to put all your studying and lab work to the test.

~

One hour and twenty seven minutes later, you pick up your exam, thermos, and pencils, and carefully shuffle past the others still working.

Reaching the proctor's table, you set your exam in the completed spot, on top of two others. The alarm clock shows thirty three minutes remaining.

Even after carefully quadruple-checking your entire exam, you still finished with half an hour to spare, and two others also managed to beat you.




Leaving the lecture hall, you return to the condo, tired, with the effects of the tea wearing off and a sense of agitation building. Walking over to the couch, you slump onto it and close your eyes.


~


A hand nudges your shoulder and you open your eyes, Ellen crouched beside you.

Ellen: "I'm home. How did it go?"
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:04 am
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"I was the third person to finish with half an hour to spare."


Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:09 am
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"I was the third person to finish with half an hour to spare."


Ellen: "Wow, guess you feel pretty good about your score?"

Pretty good, yeah.

Well, you thought you did well at the time.


Maybe you weren't supposed to finish that fast.
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Tue Mar 24, 2020 4:06 am
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"Either I did pretty well, or I bombed with a vengeance. No inbetween.
Leaning towards the former. Wasn't guessing on most of it."


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"Either I did pretty well, or I bombed with a vengeance. No inbetween.
Leaning towards the former. Wasn't guessing on most of it."


Ellen: "Well, you'll get your results in two days. I'm sure you did great! You spent like, four months studying!"
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"Wonder how long the two who finished before me spent."


Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:01 am
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"Wonder how long the two who finished before me spent."


Ellen: "Always crazier people out there. Well, you can relax now that the exam is over, get some proper rest."

~ "Yeah..."


~


You roll around in bed, looking at the wall clock faintly illuminated by the streetlights outside.

Four in the morning.

Guess you're not really sleeping any more tonight.


Letting out a sigh, you slide out from the covers and sit at your desk. Flipping on the desk lamp, you hold your hands out in front of you and begin forming HM.



~



Knocking on your door wakes you, and you lift your head from the desk, its surface covered in various mechanical HM bits for a miniature combustion-engine car.

Rubbing your eyes, you sluggishly get up from your chair and walk towards your door before immediately tripping over the sewing machine on the floor, knocking it over and awkwardly landing on your arms.

Getting up, you walk around the microscope and pile of binoculars and eventually reach the door and open it.

Violet is there, holding an envelope.

Violet: "Everything okay?

What's uh, all that."



Turning around, your room is filled with various mechanical and optical machinery and contraptions, some fully functional, others only existing as a pile of parts you never finished assembling.

~ "I uh, you know, just passing some time.

What uh, what day is it?"



Violet: "Wednesday."

~ "Oh."

You take the letter and she gives your room a confused glance before leaving.
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:08 am
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> Gulp. Finally time.


Well, let's get on with it.


Today, please.


Wed Mar 25, 2020 5:13 am
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> Gulp. Finally time.


Well, let's get on with it.


Today, please.



Sitting down on your bed, you slowly open the envelope and pull out a packet of paper - several sheets in a trifold.

Opening it up, the first page has a big, bold, CONGRATULATIONS

You fall back into your bed, heart racing.


You did it.


Flipping through the papers, you see scheduling information, housing, tuition, and your entry exam score.

100%.

Nice.



There's also an invitation to a celebratory dinner on Saturday, family and friends allowed.

Hm.

You guess you could go to that.


[Wait for Ellen to come home?]
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Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:39 am
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> Real quick, giddy scream into a pillow.
Feels like the correct thing to do.
Then go downstairs and get something to eat. We're not supposed to go days without eating.
That can pass the time til Ellen gets home.


Thu Mar 26, 2020 3:56 am
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> Real quick, giddy scream into a pillow.
Feels like the correct thing to do.
Then go downstairs and get something to eat. We're not supposed to go days without eating.
That can pass the time til Ellen gets home.


Planting your face into your pillow, you let out an excited scream for a few seconds.

Your dream is closer to coming true, becoming a Master Constructor.



After heading downstairs, you hazily dig through the cabinets for canned food.

Mixed vegetables, potted meat, not the tastiest stuff but it'll work.

Cutting the lids off with kinetics and giving them a quick heat, you make yourself a spoon and begin digging in.


Looking out the dark kitchen window, you're reminded of the times where Ralph would walk into your apartment to find you eating canned food and then cook you up a proper meal.

You wonder when he'll come back.


~


While you're finishing the last of the vegetables, the front door opens and Ellen steps through.

Ellen: "Ah, I've caught you awake this time."

She smiles, though you can tell she's a bit worn out.
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Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:32 am
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"Dunno if I slept since Monday.
You look tired too."


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