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School of Dreams

School of Dreams

A 1x1 between SleepingInTheGardens and me

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Introduction

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Welcome to École Des Rêves
The School of Dreams.

This prestigious art school has a One Hundred Percent acceptance rate into their future professions and apprenticeships.

Here we teach excellence and produce perfection.

If you're one of our lucky students chosen for this exclusive opportunity,
we once again welcome you! And may all your Dreams come true!

-Headmistress Pauline Dubois






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xxxxxx...at Lady Augustine's Home for Lost Children; a charming place at its start was now falling into disrepair. The paint flaked, the wood creaked, and the ceilings leaked. The toys were old and tended to be broken. The books were almost always missing pages. At least, the good ones were. The food was flavorless and tended to be on the stale side. The children mostly ate soup and gruel. Their clothes were worn and patched and passed down. It was a home for the forgotten and forgotten they were. You see, Lady Augustine had passed decades before and her children decided to use the inheritance for other things. This left the home in such a sorry state for they didn't make enough in funds to keep the place ship shape.

xxxxxxTwo young artists abandoned young, find themselves living in this home. They weren't the pessimistic sort of children and tended to find something different and exciting to do every day. Two of their favorite past times were reading and art. They liked to make up the parts of stories that were missing and to create a world of music and magic for them to adventure through. It was the best way to distract from their predicament. For you see--they no longer had a family. They only had each other.

xxxxxxAs the children reached adolescence, two letters arrived at the door. The two thought nothing of it. They were orphans. Why would they ever receive a letter? When they discovered the letters were, in fact, for them, they were filled with excitement and tore open the envelope to reach the scented parchment inside. It was a letter from one of the most well-known schools in the world: The School of Dreams. They had been pre-accepted into the school as a last will and testament of their parents. If they would only attend, they would find themselves living a life, the two only dreamed of.

xxxxxxTheir caretaker, however, believes it to be a scam. Even with its signature seal and Headmistress Pauline Dubois's signature, she won't allow the children to leave. What school would want an orphan? With no family and no money, what was their worth to anyone other than the Home of Lost Children? So, instead, they hatched an escape plan and vanished into the night.

xxxxxxThey believed the school was straight out of their dreams, but as strange things begin happening, and death begins to creep through the school, is it worth sticking around? Or are the children in, over their heads?






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Hexcodes:
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Age:
18 | 17

Face Claims:
Lindsey Stirling | Troye Sivan

Talents:
Violin | Traditional Art


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Age:
19 | 19

Face Claims:
Stephen James | Tom Holland

Talents:
Dance | Photography

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Welcome, students, to the school of dreams....





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Aria groaned as her phone's alarm echoed through the room. She rolled over and reached for her phone as it rested face down on her side table. Somehow she had placed it much further away than she remembered and in her efforts to reach the darn thing, she fell from her bed. She groaned again and pushed herself up with a quiet sensored curse. She scrubbed at her face and eyes as she reached for her phone and flinched at the screen's brightness. After dismissing her alarm. She looked longingly at her bed and then back at clock on her phone. Then back at her bed. Then back at her phone and sighed. While it was their day off, the cafeteria only served breakfast until 10 and it was already just before nine. She still needed to shower, blow dry and style her hair, get dressed, wake up Theo, and then make it downstairs and all the way to the cafeteria.

All of that was bound to take an hour.

So with another wistful sigh as she glanced at her bed--hands down the most comfortable thing she had ever slept in--and shuffled her way over to her windows to draw back the velvety, light blocking curtains. She flinched as the golden light of morning streaming into the bedroom, and muttered grumpily to herself as she made her way to the bathroom. Each dorm was a suite with two bedrooms and bathrooms each, a living area and a small kitchen in between. While meals were encouraged to be shared in the cafeteria, it wasn't mandatory. A lot of the seniors chose to stay in their dorms and eat there. Made for more practice time. Aria was thankful to have her own bathroom. To have her own room, too. This school was so much more luxurious than she could ever imagine.

She climbed into the shower after pulling off her pajamas and reveled in the hot water for a moment before continuing. Hot water! It was a rarity at Lady Augustine's. It wasn't that they never had it. It was more that they didn't have a powerful enough water heater to heat enough water for everyone to take hot showers. Mostly, the caretakers got a chance. Maybe some of the older kids too, but the little ones? All cold. And often shared. Ari had always volunteered to help the little ones so her showers were hardly ever warm. Steam was pouring from the bathroom after she had finished showering and drying her hair.

Then she made her way over to the closet full of... well whatever she managed to find through the past couple years at thrift shops with whatever money she managed to make at her job. She had bought some for Theo as well. She found some things that were actually pretty cute and put them on. She stared at herself in the mirror. Only five days and she could swear she looked totally different. There was a glow about her now and her hair and face were actually clean. And all because she was here. Training to be a world famous violinist.

She smiled broadly into the mirror and made her way into Theo's room where she threw open the curtains exclaiming, "Wakey, Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!" Before leaving the room to allow him some privacy. She went over the closet by the front door and chose her metal studded boots that she had been super excited to find. Sometimes you can't find anything good at a thrift shop. And other times, you find a real gem. Then she moved back into Theo's room and said, "Come on! We're going to miss breakfast!"

Ari loved the food here. Especially breakfast. It was always warm, there were a ton of options, and there was so much of it. The night, she stuffed her face so much, she had made herself sick. Thankfully, that had been their welcome dinner, and she could vomit in peace. She was just as thankful to find out that she would be sharing a room with Theo. The two had been inseparable since the day they met and that would continue even after they left Lady Augustine's. She smiled at her best friend as he exited his room. "You look handsome. Now lets go eat!"

Once they had made their way down stairs and all the way to the cafeteria. When Ari first saw the cafeteria--a completely separate thing from the dining hall she found out--she stared with her jaw dropped. It was a re-purposed greenhouse attachment so the outside wall was all glass windows which allowed light to enter and it made all the gold and white in the room glitter. They had even kept some planter boxes by the windows and placed a few two-seated small tables as well so people could sit near the glass and eat. It was modified, however, so it wouldn't be so hot while the students were eating....Either that or they kept the ac on so high no one noticed.

She moved through the buffet line with a tray containing one plate and one bowl. After that first night, she was determined to limit herself. She filled the bowl with fruit and filled her plate with bacon, eggs, and two pieces of toast. She grabbed a fork, a napkin, and a cup of apple juice, before heading to an empty table. When Theo joined her, she bit off a piece of bacon, chewed, swallowed and said, "I feel like we haven't seen each other much since school started... how are you liking your classes? Did you sleep okay? Aren't these beds amazing!? And this food! Did you dream any? Sorry, I'm rambling, I'm just so excited to be here!" While she was making exclamations, she wasn't loud exactly. Just energetic.




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Much to Archer's dismay, he was awake. At 9-o-clock... on a Saturday. He groaned, rolled over. Groaned, rolled the other way. Groaned and settled onto his back, but it was no use. He was awake. He tossed his pillow at the nearest wall, before picking up his phone and checking to see what time it really was. He was right. It was 9. He muttered obscenities to himself as he made his way into the bathroom. He was awake. It was obvious he wasn't going back to sleep. Might as well take a shower while he was at it. He took a quick one, just enough to wake him up and wash the sleep sweat from his skin.

He walked, a towel wrapped around his hips, out of his room and into the kitchen for a glass of water. After he gulped down the refreshing glass, he made his way back into his room where he stared at his clothing for a while. He wasn't one to care about his looks, but his father had taught him to always look his best. You never know what opportunities come your way when you do. He picked out a few things and changed. He went into the bathroom to style his hair now that it was a little drier. And by style, I mean he ran his fingers through it a little.

When he was satisfied, he made his way to Rowan's door where he stopped and stared at it. Archie... wasn't a big fan of waking Rowan. He was a nice guy once you get to know him, but if you judged him by his cover, he was a little scary. And for good reason. He sighed and knocked on the door to Rowan's room. "Hey, man. It's 9:30. Do you want to get some breakfast?"

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⁑ Theodore Novell ⁑
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ImageImageIt had been a while since Theo slept through an entire night, like he did last night. Despite how much as the boy loved his sleep, there was always something (or someone) that interrupted his sleep too early. Other times he simply had trouble falling asleep in the first place.Nights at Lady Augustine's were unpredictable. Some were silent, peaceful enough to sleep, but others were loud and rowdy. Theo had never been a grumpy person, but lack of sleep tended to make him a little less friendly in the mornings. Thankfully, ever since he and Aria left that house and set foot inside this school, there was a certain peace surrounding him. Surrounding the both of them. As if a heavy boulder had been lifted from their shoulders. Granted this would be only their second week here. There were still numerous things they had to learn, rules and traditions they had to get used to, but just the simple act of being at such a place, together nonetheless, was a breath of fresh air. Theo was beginning to eat more, sleep more, even smile a little more. Things were finally looking brighter for the two of them.

"Wakey, Wakey, Eggs and Bakey!" sunlight flooded at the room as Aria opened the curtains called out for him. A sleepy Theo lifted his head, eyes squinting at the sudden brightness. His curly locks fell in a curly mess over his eyes, which he immediately attempted to blow out of the way. He groaned quietly, resting his head back down on the soft pillow as Ari left the room. He had yet to look a a clock, but he knew for a fact that it was too early. Much to early to be waking up on a Saturday. If allowed, Theo could sleep the entire day away and have zero regrets about it. "Come on! We're going to miss breakfast!" Ari's voice filled the room yet again. Theo kept his eyes closed but he could hear her footsteps significantly louder now, which meant her shoes were on and she was ready to leave. The teen groaned again, no part of him or his body willing to get up. But he knew Aria wouldn't rest until he did. A few more seconds crawled by before Theo threw off his covers with a grunt and rolled onto his back, taking several long seconds before he managed to drag himself out of bed and into the bathroom. As he went through the morning's routine, he formulated a plan in his head. Head down to the cafeteria and eat with Aria so she's satisfied, then immediately come back up and crawl under the could of blankets. The thought alone brought a small smile to his face.

"You look handsome. Now lets go eat!" Ari'a words greeted him as soon as he left his room, being given no time to protest about any part of her statement before being pulled out of the dorm. The cafeteria, as always, was bustling with students. Even on an early Saturday morning, it was fairly packed. Theo's bright blues glanced around the place one more time, still struggling to wrap his mind around everything. It was an exaggerated change from what they were used to. He didn't expect to be bombarded with questions the moment he joined Ari at the table, which left his head spinning and scrambling for what to answer first. Instead, he chuckled quietly and swallowed his pancake bite before responding. "Calm down, Ari, you might accidentally swallow your fork." he teased, though he couldn't deny that seeing her so happy and excited was contagious. "Can you believe we're actually here?


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ImageImageEvery since he was young, Rowan had always been a morning person. As long as the sun was up, he was up. He never liked sleeping the day away, always claiming he had too much to do and no time to lose. Now as a young adult, it was no different. Even on a Saturday morning, a day meant for resting and sleeping in, he was up by seven o' clock sharp. He'd gone to the bathroom, washed his face, brushed his teeth, changed into his sweats and headed out the door all within 20 minutes. When he'd left, Archie was still fast asleep and the dancer didn't bother to try and wake him. He'd taken a duffel bag with a change of clothes and shoes, plus a few other essentials, and quietly left the dorm. Most of the dance studios tended to be empty this time of day, and that's exactly what Rowan was hoping for. A bit of peace and quiet so he could practice on his own time, at his own pace.

So he practiced for over an hour, move in and move out. His clothes and hair begun to stick to his skin due to sweat, but if Rowan Dubois was anything, it was persistent. Their instructor claimed that the choreography given was one of the most demanding, intricate ones he had created in a long time. It was only the second week, and already several of the students were struggling, but Rowan refused to be one of them. He would get this routine down if it killed him. It wasn't a matter of showing off, despite being among the most well-known students in the academy, he never felt the need to show off to anyone. It was a matter of self-improvement and meeting his own expectations. There was no one that demanded more from Rowan than Rowan himself.

When nine o' clock rolled around, the dancer decided it was time to stop for the time being. His stomach was beginning to complain against his rigorous practice schedule, and something told him Archie would want some company at breakfast. He made use of the studio showers, taking advantage of the fact that no one was around, and changed into his clean clothes and sneakers. His hair fell in a damp mess over his right cheek after he ran the towel and his fingers through it a couple of times. He gathered his belongings and headed back to the dorm to exchange them for a roommate. He could hear said roomie's voice as he quietly stepped through the door and headed towards his own room. "Hey, man. It's 9:30. Do you want to get some breakfast?" Rowan lifted a brow in amusement before responding from behind him. "Who are you talking to?" he managed not to laugh at Archie's startled reaction and casually brushed past him to set the bag of dirty clothes on the floor before immediately walking back out and closing the bedroom door. "Let's go, i'm staring."

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Ari chuckled a little as she munched on her bacon. "Sorry, Theo. I'm just so excited." She finished off her strip of bacon--probably one of the best things she had ever eaten here--and picked up her fork to eat her eggs. She scooped a forkful on top of a piece of her toast and took a bite. Once she swallowed, she answered Theo. "I can't. Every morning I wake up, I completely forget where I am for a moment and then once I realized how dark, quiet, and warm it is, I know I'm here." She smiled brightly. Unable to help herself. "It's so crazy, Theo. We're here! We're not at Lady Augustine's. We're here and we're living our dreams."

Ari ate another bite of her food. "So. Classes. What have you learned?" She pointed her fork at him, scrambled egg falling back onto her plate. She scooped up more and ate it while she listened.

Then she shared her week with Theo. "I am... hitting a few speed bumps. I can't read notes because I play everything by ear and math... is elusive." She stared at her plate a split second before smiling up at him. "But I'll figure it out." She took another bite of her toast. "I love Academic Writing though. And my Elementary Ear Training... OH! And I get to free play for a few hours in my instrumental studies class!" That's when she remembered there was a fruit bowl beside her and ate a bunch of strawberries and grapes.

"You know, these are so much fresher than the fruit we had at Lady Augustine's. It's crisper and tastes... so good." She popped a grape into her mouth. Then she saw a familiar face over Theo's shoulder and ducked her head. It was the boy from her algebra class. "Oh! And I need to practice in one of those practice rooms today. Miss Faver is pushing me to learn this new piece by Monday."

She noticed a familiar face at the table to their right and ducked her head. "Oh man. It's the guy from my math class." Before Theo could even react she exclaimed, "No don't look!" In a near shout. Her face flushed and she glanced up hoping he wasn't looking at them.




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Archie nearly jumped two feet in the air when Rowan came up behind him. He turned quickly to face him, then turned back to the door, then back to Rowan. "Dude!" He pointed with a thumb back to his roommate's closed door. "I thought you were sleeping." He shook his head and moved out of the way while Rowan passed. "Scared the crap out of me, man." He ran his hand though his hair, shaking the surprise from his body.

Now that Rowan was there, Archie made his way into his bedroom to grab his sneakers. He pulled them and met Rowan back in the living area. "Well, let's go man. Sleeping makes me hungry." They made their way downstairs, weaving between students heading back to their dorms for the day. "So I'm thinking of making an egg burrito for breakfast." He said as they walked, "Oh and where the hell were you this morning." He shook his head with a chuckle and a grin, "Scared me. You're a friggen ninja. Must be that 'dancer's grace' I hear so much about."

When they entered the cafeteria, Archie grinned. He had been here since the middle of summer-- excited to get a head start-- and already enjoyed the cafeteria. The lighting was gorgeous and he itched to take photos of the flowers, but every time he went to eat, he would leave his camera behind so he wouldn't get it dirt or wet. They made their way to the food line and he did just as he said, he found a tortilla (put out specifically for scrambled egg burritos), some scrambled eggs, a few red peppers and sausage bits, and rolled it up. Then he grabbed a couple pancakes, two small things of butter and syrup, and a few strips of bacon and sat down at an empty table.

After he prepped the pancakes, he cut the pancakes and stabbed a few pieces before sticking them into his mouth and moaning in satisfaction. "Ugh. I know its no different than at home, but my god, it tastes so much better." Then he noticed a head of curly hair at the table near him and ducked. "Oh man, it's the kid from art history." He whispered and ran a nervous hand through his hair.

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⁑ Theodore Novell ⁑
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ImageImageTheo knew all too well how Aria, felt. He was still in disbelief himself. Half of him still expected to wake up and find himself back at lady Augustine's, like all this was just one impossible, long dream. But every morning he woke up in his new room, in a comfortable bed under warm blankets, made him less skeptical. Bit by bit. It would take some time, but he was slowly getting there. "So. Classes. What have you learned?" Theo took a moment to recollect the past week. Everything had happened so quickly, he was still feeling the dizzying side effects. "Hmm, I don't have any problems with any classes...yet." he said, giving each of his classes a look over. Algebra was truly the only class he could see himself struggling in down the road, but at the moment everything seemed to make good sense. "I can say I never thought so many different colored paints and kinds of paint brushes could exist." he noted, remembering the first time he stepped into one of the bigger art classrooms. At this point, it was still a bit surreal, but not as shocking.

He listened with a soft smile on his face as Aria spoke about her week. He laughed at her comment on the subject of math as he finished his pancake. Her sentence came to an end and Theo opened his mouth to speak, but was cut off with a small gasp and a duck of the head. "Oh man. It's the guy from my math class." Theo lifted a curious eyebrow, but wasn't given any time to respond. "No don't look!". He watched as the blood quickly rose to her face and gently bit down on his lower lip to keep from laughing. He was instructed not to look, but curiosity got the best of him. He glanced, ever so slightly, out of the corner of his eyes following Ari's line of vision. He looked just long enough to deduct that the guy Aria was talking about was the same guy that had nearly scared him senseless a few days prior. In his defense, the guy hadn't done anything aside from walking past him and looking in his direction for about half a second. However, his appearance was enough to make Theo want to run in the opposite direction.

"The scary looking guy?" he asked quietly, his gaze turning back to Aria. At first he wondered if Ari, too, was scared of the stranger. However, the fact that her cheeks flushed red at the sight of him told a different story. "Do you...like him?" he teased quietly, a subtle smile gracing his lips. It was far-fetched, considering the guy didn't look anything like what Theo would have imagined Aria's first crush at this school to look like. He casually glanced in the table's direction again, hoping to get one more look at the subject of conversation, but his gaze landed on a different yet even more familiar face. Theo immediately recognized him from his Art History class. He didn't mean to stare, but he did so long enough for their eyes to meet. Something strange twisted in the teen's stomach, and looked away in a panic the moment a couple of girls came to talk to the scary guy sitting across the table.



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ImageImageRowan followed Archie out of the dorm room and towards the cafeteria. He normally didn't have the habit of skipping breakfast, nor did he usually go to the cafeteria to eat. This morning however, for whatever unknown reasons, he hadn't eaten any breakfast and now his stomach was scolding him for it. He listened to Archie's breakfast plans, contemplating what he would have himself. He wasn't one to eat healthy per say, but junk food was usually not up his alley either. As a dancer, his main priority was his body and staying light on his feet. "Oh and where the hell were you this morning. Scared me. You're a friggen ninja. Must be that 'dancer's grace' I hear so much about." Archie's words brought him out of his food daydream as they entered the cafeteria. "I purposely left early just so I could go back and scare the shit out of you." he joked as he picked up an empty plate. This wasn't Rowan and Archie's first year being roommates, which certainly explained why they got along the way they did. It also meant that by now Archie knew when Rowan was joking and when he wasn't. "I was practicing while you were bumming around and sleeping." he added.

They separated for a few minutes as each of them parted to get their own food. Along the way, Rowan was greeted by several people he hadn't seen over the summer break. He wasn't one for being rude, so he at least made an effort to say hello, which meant that it took him much longer than it should have to reach the table. He sat down just in time to hear Archie's comment about the pancakes and gave him a subtle eye roll. "Drama queen." he muttered with a subtle smile before taking a bite of his own food. He had to admit, though, that the guy was right. The chefs at the school must have used magic to cook the food, because it somehow tasted even better each and every time he had it. Granted, it would never be as delicious as his mom's Cuban cuisine, but it would do.

"Oh man, it's the kid from art history." the whisper caught Rowan off guard a little bit. He glanced at Archie's nervous gesture for a moment before glancing in the direction he had looked. He noticed a small boy with curly, brown hair sitting a few tables away, and a girl who looked remotely familiar. if he remembered correctly, she was in his Algebra class. Though Rowan didn't have to ask to know Archie was talking about the boy. "What about him?" the dancer asked casually, not even bothering to lower his voice. However, Archie didn't have a chance to respond. "Santi, hey!" two familiar faces walked up to their table, blocking the view almost completely.

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Ari's face flushed deeper when Theo had asked if she liked him. She didn't really have an answer for him. Theo was right, he was pretty scary. But there was something about him that was... not. Ari couldn't put her finger on it. A lot of people seemed to like him. Just as Ari was thinking it, two people walked up and greeted him. Called him 'Santi'. Ari tilted her head and glanced at him. It suited him. "No, well I mean it's not that I don't like him." She chuckled nervously and sipped a little at her apple juice before sticking a lock of hair in her mouth. "He just.. caught my attention. That's all." Once she realized what she was doing, she spat out her hair and tried to smooth it down.

After she finished her food and let out a small burp and giggled as she covered her mouth with a hand looking just a little embarrassed. "Scuse me." She lifted her arms up over her head in a satisfying stretch before rising. "So I can walk you back to the dorm room, but after I grab my violin, I'm going to practice for a few hours. What do you want to do lunch?" She dumped her garbage in the tray and then placed the tray and plate where they belonged. "What are you going to do while I'm gone? I think it's a beautiful day out if you wanted to go sketch."

As they walked at a more leisurely pace, she would randomly twirl. The school was beautiful. Inside and out. She heard it used to be an old opera house that they turned into a school. The theater was old, but it had been updated beautifully so it was safer and also more up to date on the tech. Ari couldn't keep the grin off her face. "If you want I can play for you later. It's been so long. Maybe I can pose..." She struck a silly pose before she continued, "for you, too." She had intended it to make him laugh. He looked a little panicked before they left the cafeteria so she wanted to cheer him up in her usual way. Being an absolute goof ball.




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Archie swore quietly when Rowan turned and looked at the table just as the two at the table looked at them. With the boy from his art history class was a ginger headed girl who was looking not at him, but at Rowan. He looked back and forth between the two when is eyes landed on those of the boy. He was staring right at him. Something shot through his very core and he looked down, his attention on his pancakes. That's when Rowan's friends came around and got between the two tables.

Thank god, he thought as he finished off his pancakes. Thankfully, the two at the table seemed to be leaving while Rowan was still talking with his friends which meant he could finish his pancakes without feeling like he was being watched. And, if he was being honest with himself, probably watching them himself. There was just something about the boy that he found... attractive. Well, he was attractive to Archie, but there was something more... enticing about him. Like a puppy dog. He did have big brown eyes.

Once Rowan's friends finally left, he replied to his earlier question. "There's nothing about him. Why are we even talking about him? Eat your breakfast," he said a tad grumpily, but it didn't do anything to mask the blush that was crawling up his neck at the thought of explaining to Rowan that he thought the boy was attractive and had thought so since the day he walked into art history and saw the boy. He took another bite of pancake and apologized, "Sorry, Ro. Guess I should've had wheaties instead of an egg burrito" which he hadn't yet touched, "So what are you plans for the day? Wanna chill and watch a movie or play video games... or whatever...?"

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⁑ Theodore Novell ⁑
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Location: Dormroom ↠ Cafeteria
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ImageImageAria claimed not to like the guy, and half of Theo's mind was inclined to believe it. The other half was skeptical and found the way she said this and the actions that went with it more than a tad bit suspicious. Still, he didn't comment on it again, as she made a point to finish breakfast and leave. On their way out, Theo's eyes casually drifted in the nearby table's direction again. He told himself it was in order to get a better look at Ari's interest, but his gaze ended up on the brunette sitting across from him, his face buried in his food now. His stomach twisted uncomfortable as he followed Aria out of the bustling cafeteria.

At this point in time, Theo knew. He wasn't dumb, nor was he in denial. He knew that he had felt a spark of attraction towards the guy. He knew he was attracted to guys in general, something he had figured out a while ago while they still resided at Lady Augustine's. But Aria didn't, not yet and not as long as he could help it. The thought of her rejecting him because of this made his chest compress and the back of his eyes start to burn. She was all she had in terms of family and he wasn't willing to lose her. Even if it meant hiding a part of himself as big as this one.

His best friend's voice brought him out of his thought process and he watched her twirl, delighted by their surroundings. It was no secret that Aria was born to be at a school like this. As for Theo himself, well he still wasn't very sure about that. Still the sight of her happy made him smile effortlessly. "Maybe I can pose...for you, too." He chuckled at her stance and flashed her a thumb. "Maybe I'll take you up on that offer soon. I'll- oh crap!" his feet came to a sudden stop, his eyes large rounded blues, looked in Aria's direction as a thought came to mind. "My sketchpad is still in the art studio." he explained as he realized he would soon need it to work on his first art project assignment. And perhaps it wouldn't have been such a big deal, had it not been for the fact that the art studios were in a completely separate building across campus. "We can meet at the cafeteria entrance for lunch." he suggested, remembering Ari had asked about lunch earlier. And with that he was off, hoping to get his sketchpad quickly so he could still have some time to sleep.

Luckily the building, as well as the studio, was easy to find. The traditional arts room and spaces typically stoof out to him among the rest. And his sketchpad was resting right where he had left it. He quickly chuckled to himself, knowing that if this had been at Lady Augustine's, it would have been snatched from the moment he turned his back. Sketchpad in hand, he headed back outside. It was a beautiful day out, like Ari said. There was just the right amount of wind, a nice temperature and mild sunshine. Everything was right, except for the fact that Theo hadn't a single clue how to get back to his dorm. He'd done it several times already, but with Ari at his side. And as confident as he had been that he could make it back on his own, he had to admit now that he was utterly lost.


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⁑ Rowan Dubois ⁑
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ImageImageRowan was more than aware of the signs that came with Archie being attracted to someone. It happened every time, which begged the question of why the photographer even attempted to hide these things from him anymore. He had to know that to Rowan, he was practically see-through. "Don't tell me what to do." he huffed in response to Archie's instructions to "just eat" his food, though he took a spoonful of his scrambled eggs and bacon a moment after. He watched as the duo from the other table got to their feet and headed out of the cafeteria, though the fact that the blue-eyed boy glanced in their direction didn't go unnoticed. "He's looking at you, ya know?" he added, casually biting on his slice of toast. In all honesty, the dancer didn't watch long enough to be able to tell who the boy was looking at, however he also never missed an opportunity to get Archie as riled as possible.

"Sorry man" he finally said as he got to his feet, tossing a small pile of napkins onto his empty tray. "I've got a lot of practicing to do." he already knew what Archie would says. Something along the lines of "but it's a Saturday" or "you don't even need to practice!" but before he actually could say it, Rowan spoke again. "why don't you go chat with your new boy toy?" and before Archie couldn't respond to that, Rowan was already on his way out.

Within ten minutes, he was already at the dance studio. It was still empty, for now, which meant that he had chosen the perfect time to practice. But as much as he wanted to take advantage of the alone time, there was something he needed to do first. He sat his belongings down on one of the empty benches and slipped his phone out of his pocket. It was around ten thirty now, which meant that his family, more specifically his sister, had to be awake. After finding his mother's contact, he pressed the small camera in the corner and waited. Within seconds, his mother's face popped up on his phone screen and her soothing voice came flooding through the earbuds. "Hola, mijito, como estas?!" Rowan's lips curled into a relaxed smile as he sat beside his belongings on the wooden bench. "Hey ma, I'm still doing fine." he assured her before getting to the main reason he had called specifically on a Saturday morning. "How are you guys? And Luwie?" his mother chuckled softly, already having been on her way to find the ten-year-old. "She's right here listening." she replied before turning the phone's camera. A small framed, dark blonde haired girl with large hazel eyes came into view and Rowan's smile widened almost immediately. It hadn't been that long since he last spoke to his sister, but to him it felt like an eternity.

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Ari smiled brightly as her best friend's smile returned. It never fails. She thought. When he suddenly stopped and explained he had left his sketchbook in the studio, Ari frowned, but nodded at his suggestion of meeting at the cafeteria entrance for lunch. "Sounds good," She said as the boy took off. "And don't get lost." She knew he couldn't hear her. It wasn't so much a statement for him. It was more of a silent prayer for him. This was a new and unfamiliar place. Honestly, she was surprised she hadn't gotten lost. Then again, maybe her love for adventure gave her an excellent sense of direction. Who knows?

With a shrug, her soft smile returned and she turned back towards the direction of the dorm rooms. She needed to grab her violin before heading to the sound-proof practice rooms they had in the instrumental buildings. These tended to be the practice rooms built sound-proof and with excellent acoustics. State of the art, top of the line, everything that the School of Dreams needed for their students to be successful. The walk back alone seemed to take more time than it usually did when she was with Theo. Maybe because Theo kept her on the task at hand, while she tended to wander around in fascination at her surroundings. Everyday she couldn't believe that she was even here. It was so amazing. And everything was so expensive looking and luxurious. Had she been visiting and still living at Lady Augustine's, she probably would've been too afraid to touch anything for fear of breaking it. That, and she was almost always covered in dirt or mud or even leaves. She loved to be outside. It was a weird change to feel so good indoors.

Once she made it back to their dorm room, she quickly walked into her room, grabbed her violin from where it was on the lounge seat, and left, locking the door behind her. Then she made her way to the practice room. Her fingers started to itch which tended to happen when she really wanted to play and felt she couldn't. Which, while she was walking the halls, she felt a little odd about doing so, but something about today--the freeness of a day off--she decided she would. She had long ago created a strap for her violin case so she could carry it and play at the same time. That's what she did now. She swung the strap over her shoulders so it was secure and took out her violin and started to tune it to warm up.

As she walked, she passed more and more people and she got the sinking feeling they were all watching her and... not enjoying. She was not entertaining them... She was annoying... and just like that, the violin was back in its case and she was walking silently and more than a little quickly down the sidewalk and towards the practice building. Across from the music building, was the performance building. That's where they rehearsed acting and dance. She thought about peaking her head through a window as she walked by on her way back to the dorms, but at the same time, she didn't want to be caught watching. She supposed it would depend on how she felt afterwards.

Once she found an empty practice room, she set her violin case down and pulled out her violin. She started playing slowly at first, building into the song and started to play. It was something she had heard somewhere before and she just couldn't put her finger on where, but it stuck in her head all the same.




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Archie was positively mortified at Rowan's teasing. He supposed it was fairly obvious that Archie found the boy adorably attractive. He was one to play for both teams, however, it was usually towards girls. Something about the boy made him a special case. It made him someone Archie found himself wanting to talk to, but was far too embarrassed to actually do anything about it. It made it even worse when Rowan teased him. "Shut up, dude!" Archie hissed into his egg burrito. "What if he hears you?"

Before Rowan even responded, he was up and tossing napkins onto his empty tray which, of course, Archie would probably have to put away for him, and was out the door. Archie's face was heated by Rowan's final words to him: "boy toy". That's not how the thought about the curly haired, baby blue-eyed boy. Archie tossed a fallen red pepper at Rowan's back as the boy left him behind. It missed, of course, prompting the near by custodian to hiss at him while shaking her fist. He ducked his head and mouthed Sorry, before finishing his burrito. A couple of guys from his classes gave him a nod as they passed, but no one else sat with him. That's okay. He was used to being alone. Used to being Mr. Invisible.

Once he finished his breakfast, he cleaned up their table and tossed the garbage into the can before playing the empty trays and plates on top to be taken back for cleaning. He smiled shyly at the custodian as if to say, See? I'm not a bad guy," but not only was she not looking at him, but he figured she also probably didn't care. With a sigh he headed back to his dorm room instead, ready to do nothing for the day.

Once he arrived, however, he decided he was too restless to do nothing after a week of constant movement, so instead, he grabbed one of his cameras, a Nikon D500, and headed outside. He took a few pictures of the grounds and of the students, before he saw a head of familiar curly blonde hair and froze. The boy wasn't looking at him, but instead, he was looking around. There was something so... he wasn't sure, but there was something about the kid that made him snap a quick picture. Only after that did he realize there was a look of confusion on his face. Archie cursed inwardly at himself, took a deep breath and walked towards him. "Hey, man!" He said by way of greeting. "You're in my art history class right? I'm Archer, my friends call me Archie and by friends I really mean my friend, Rowan. Do you need any help?" Then he realized how dumb he sounded and continued, "Not that you can't help yourself, but you look lost and I've been here for a couple months so I kind of know my way around a little. Not to brag, but I even know where the good practice rooms for the music students are. Not that it's anything all that interesting, but there are seniors who don't even know about them and I'm rambling. I should probably let you speak. So um..." He gulped, "How can I help you?"

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⁑ Theodore Novell ⁑
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Location: Dormroom ↠ Cafeteria
Hex: 66CCCC
ImageImageTheo had never been one for getting lost, at least not easily. This was only his second week here and he already knew a good portion of the campus and it's main buildings. However, at this very moment, he was utterly lost. He backtracked the steps he had taken on his way out of the art classroom and realized he must have taken a different route than the one he was already accustomed to. Normally, when he exited the art building, the dorm building where he and Ari were living now could be seen in the distance. This time, however, nothing of what surrounded him looked even remotely familiar. Did I come out the opposite end of the building? he thought to himself as his large blue orbs dashed around in hopes of finding something, or even someone, that could guide him in the right direction. He'd been so lost in thought that he nearly jumped ten feet in the air when the sudden voice came from beside him.

"Hey, man!"Theo blinked, his lips poised into a small 'o' shape, scrambling to find a response to the familiar face in front of him. Not that he was given the chance to. The boy continued to speak, going from introducing himself as Archie, to mentioning a friend by the name Rowan, to asking if Theo needed help, then proceeding to saying Theo could help himself, in the end only to ask how he could be of help. There was a beat of silence as Theo's rounded eyes stared at the guy, his head spinning slightly as he attempted to piece together all the amount of information he had just been given to figure out what to respond to first. Once he realized Archie had said so much in such a small amount of time, the small artist couldn't help but let out a small chuckle. Partially because it reminded him so much of Aria, and partially because he found it very endearing. Perhaps even cute, not that he was going to acknowledge that.

"Nice to meet you, Archie." he finally spoke, after taking a quick breath. "I'm Theo." he added, opting to leave out his full name. The only times anyone called him Theodore were in class by his new teachers, or back at Lady Augustine's anytime he did something "wrong". He shifted the sketchpad in his hands and let a shy smile shape his lips as he realized he now had to explain why he was standing in the middle of a courtyard looking like a deer in the headlights. "I uhh...I'm a little lost." he paused, thinking his next words through so as to not sound like a complete fool. "What's the fastest way to get to dorm building F?"



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⁑ Rowan Dubois ⁑
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Location: Dormroom ↠ Cafeteria
Hex: 4C4C4C
ImageImageRowan ended up speaking to his sister longer than intended. Once he hung up, he realized he only had about an hour before the studio he was in needed to be used. The dancer sighed, tossing his phone into his duffel bag and pulling out his clean pair of sweatpants and black t-shirt, as well as dance flats. It wasn't unusual to find these things inside Rowan's bag. He made sure to be prepared at all times, in case he was graced with some extra time to practice. That way he never had to waste time going back to the dorms only to grab a change of clothes. He once attempted to dance in the jeans and sneakers he'd been wearing, but it made movements much more difficult than they should have been.

Once changed, he dropped his old clothes into the bag and pulled out his phone yet again. This time he walked over to the sound system. After syncing his cell phone to the device via bluetooth, he searched for the song he had been working on choreography for that same morning. Students in advanced dance classes were always required to prepare a piece to showcase for the rest of the class by the 3rd week of the school year. Almost like an entrance exam of sorts. The evaluation included not only how well the student could dance, but also their choice of music and how their original choreography fit the piece. There was only one week left, and though Rowan was nearly finished with his piece, he wanted to make sure he had every move down to the very tiniest detail.

Once the melody came through the speakers, he stepped away from them and towards the center of the dance floor. His limbs slowly began to move, repeating the same moves time and time again. Sometimes changing a step here and there to better fit the rhythm. Perhaps Rowan never came off as the most friendly person, nor was he one to outwardly express his feelings. Not even to those closest to him. But once he began to dance, it's as if he transformed into another person. Something only a select few had ever been able to witness.

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As Aria pulled the bow from the strings of her violin, and the room silenced around her, she was brought back to reality. She tended to get lost in the music when she was playing on her own. Sometimes, songs would get...remixed. She's change them up a bit to fit the rhythm in her head. Now that she was pulled from the music, she found she couldn't quite focus anymore. However, she still had the room for another ten minutes so she started messing around a little. She played remixes to songs she had heard on the radio, intros to songs, and well known themes for movies.

She even added a little Green Day and Evanescence.

There was a buzz that sounded through the room that told her the time was up. She could technically stay longer, but only if another student didn't need the room, but Ari had felt she had practiced enough, and it was time to meet up with Theo for lunch. She packed her violin into the case, looked around the room once to be sure she wasn't missing anything, and then she left. She hummed a little under her breath as she walked and once she made it outside, she unintentionally walked a little slower. It was such a nice day outside. If she was back at Lady Augustine's she would probably be climbing a tree pretending to evade pirates while she read a book from the home's "library". Eighteen years old and she still acted like a child. And wouldn't have it any other way. Honestly, she felt bad for those who never had a childhood. Those who were practically adults their whole lives. What fun was being a child if you didn't fight aliens, or discover buried treasure, or even performed onstage.

Okay, that last one Aria never did. Believe it or not, Ari was terrified of performing in front of large groups of people. The home was different from a stage. She knew everyone watching and they all loved her music. They all loved her. An audience... could judge. They could boo her. They could throw stuff at her like they did back in the time of Shakespeare. The thought made her stomach clench with nerves. So instead, she focused on her memories. She would have to reminisce with Theo about them later.

As she was passing the dance studio, movement in one of the outfacing rooms caught her eye. While a lot of the school buildings had big windows allowing plenty of sunlight, the practice rooms did not. Not even the dance studios. It was thought it was to prevent from people stealing techniques from others. Even the theater practice rooms were like that. Aria looked around to see if anyone was watching. When she realized she was alone, she made her way to the door, the only part of the room with a window, and peeked inside. What she saw made her catch her breath.

It was the boy--well man, really--from her math class and from the cafeteria before. Her face heated slightly as she watched him move about the room. His hair hung in his face and his body dripped with sweat, but he never made it look... difficult. In fact, he made it look easy. Like anyone could do it. There was so much grace and lightness in his movements. Aria couldn't believe she was watching the same person. The guy was... scary with his stern looks and his body covered in tattoos, but...here? He wasn't scary at all. In fact... he was almost beautiful.

It was only when their eyes met that she realized she had been staring the entire time and now, was caught in the act.




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Archer's heart thudded in his chest as he watched the boy's still confused face as he processed his words. It was blatantly obvious that he had overwhelmed the boy. Guilt rose up in him, but he pushed it down at the sound of the boy's chuckle. If Archie had been thinking, he might've snapped a photo. Laughter--true laughter-- was one of the purest forms of a person's being. Laughter isn't always something you can control and when it's true, unbridled laughter, you can see the joy in the person. It made the boy's eyes light up just a little bit. "Nice to meet you, Archie" he said and then introduced himself as Theo.

"Theo, huh?" He looked up boy up and down quickly, once. Then he smiled. "Fitting. You look like a Theo." He realized how stupid he sounded and held up his camera, clearing his throat. "Well... I mean I'm a photographer. I specialize in reading people. It helps to take excellent photos. If you think a person looks uncomfortable, they probably are and it'll read on camera. So it's a good thing that you being named Theo when you look like a Theo is good." Archie cringed inwardly. Open mouth, Archie. Insert foot. Shut. Up. He thought.

Then he realized that Theo was looking for building F. "Oh! Building F! Dorm building F!" He babbled a little and bit his cheek a little to get himself to stop. There was just something about this boy that flustered Archie. It made him want to impress him even when he didn't really know him. Didn't exactly know how to do just that. It really ended up with him looking like an idiot. "You're on the wrong side of the school. That's probably why you feel lost. Building F is on the other side..." He looked towards the building's tip, the only visible thing from this angle, and his eyes went down, locating the sidewalk that would lead right to it. "I could um... show you a short cut if you'd like?"

In case the boy was going to protest he raised his hands in mock surrender and said, "And look... I know I'm weird. I'm sorry. I just get so flustered with new people I don't know how to shut up. Like now, but I promise... I'm weird, but I don't bite. Much. No wait ignore that! I don't bite! Ever! and Definitely not when I'm dating someone! Which I'm not, but that's so not the point! Look a sidewalk shortcut between buildings! Have a nice day!" Archie pointed to the sidewalk and then started to walk in the opposite direction. Then he turned ninety degrees and hid behind a tree waiting for the feeling of absolute mortification to pass.

Part of him hoped the boy would go and just forget he ever saw Archie here. But another part of him would hope the boy would come over and tell him he wasn't as much of a freak as he always felt he way. Ro always put up with his weirdness. To be honest, it probably entertains him a great deal. But this boy? He didn't even known Archie. Maybe he freaked him out. Just in case, he peaked around the tree to see where the boy was.

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