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Alice Ender

The pain won't kill you but it might make you wish it would.

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a character in “Eltz Academy”, as played by Agent

Description

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Name
Alice Ender

Nickname
Alice, Ender, ... (feel free for your character to make up their own for her)

Age
17

Ethnicity and Hometown
London born and raised.
Alice's mother is Caucasian English; her father, assumedly, is not.

Sexuality
Bisexual

Power
Wound transferral:
  • Alice can transfer pain, injury or illness partially or wholly between herself and others. She can naturally sense pain, and with focus can also detect other injuries or illness.
  • Transfers occur instantaneously leaving one host as it occurs in another. A physical wound will become hot and the air wavers, the injury vanishes, appearing in the same instance on the other host's body preceded by once again by heat and wavering air. Transfers may be held ‘in stasis’ between hosts with control and consequence on Alice's part.
  • Alice has a minor healing factor, only slightly better than human, and it tends to focus specifically on more severe injuries.
Limitation:
  • Alice does not create pain or injury, only transfers it.
  • Her powers are greater with proximity or physical contact, but can be done at a distance with focus.
  • She can’t perform transfers directly between two separate individuals but may use herself as a conduit to achieve the same results.
  • Pain transfers are easier but in general transfers only work with another human host, as a transfer to or from different living things requires greater understanding to adapt the injury.
  • Holding a transfer 'in stasis' requires focus, control and energy - increasing with the severity of the transfer and how long it is held. It may cause Alice nausea or even loss of conciousness in some cases. When a physical wound or illness is held in stasis pain usually can't be, unless the wound or illness is very minor, and the process itself my cause pain.
  • Transferring wounds from the dead will not revive them and once transferred to Alice can not be returned to the original host.
  • Old scars can't be healed as they are considered 'part of the body' and not a foreign injury.
House
Dreist Freshman




Appearance
Alice Ender often looks like she's either going to kiss you or kill you with the smirk she tends to where on her lips. Her eyes, usually traced with dark liner, are a bright blue that sometimes seems grey or green in certain conditions. She a little bit shorter than average height and possesses a lean body. Her hair falls just past her shoulders, is a dark red-brown, and more-often-than-not is on the messier side.
Dark, comfortable clothes are Alice’s preferred choice of attire; things like a leather jacket, a hoodie or baggy sweater, loose shirts, singlets. Jeans are a regular piece of her wardrobe unless the weather allows her to flaunt her long legs in short. She likes to stomp around in boots or converses.
That’s not to say the Alice doesn’t clean up nice. If the occasion calls for it she can strut her stuff in heels and a dress without any reservations.

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Special Marks
No piercing, no tats, no distinguishable birthmarks, but Alice does have a number of fading scars, not all of them her own; from grazed knees or knuckles and the odd scratch or cut, to the bullet hole scar on her left upper arm below the shoulder.

Occupation:
Being a freshman Alice doesn't have a job in the village but she would like to get one since she is financially self-reliant. Otherwise she is willingly to use her powers to make money.





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Likes
Hot chips. / Hot black coffee with plenty of sugar. / Scribbling. / Boots. / Testing people's patience and just generally being annoying. / City lights reflected on water. / Making a mess. / Autumn leaves. / Night air. / Partying. / Trees. / Chocolate. / Humming. / Being helpless.

Dislikes
Causing innocent people physical harm. / Pain. / Feeling guilty. / Prissy-ness. / Broccoli. / Being vulnerable or helpless. / Ungratefulness. / Animal cruelty. / People who harm themselves or others for no reason. / The effects of smoking. / Having cold toes. / Petty-ness. / Hospitals

Fears
Death. / Cockroaches. / The power thrill of hurting people. / The pain greater than thought. / Transferring brain illness or injury.

Secret
Alice is responsible for killing Samuel O'Grady.

Personality
Alice Ender is a girl who is often smiling, or glaring, or both. In the part of London she grew up her dark looks and the rumour of her powers allowed her to form a somewhat menacing repute for such a small and smiley girl, it allowed her the freedom to roam without fear of harassment while her powers ensured that she could defend herself should that fail. Alice is defiant and bold, smiling even through pain, and at times unsettling people. She is sarcastic, and blunt, passionate and a little bit selfless. It might not always be clear to others but her moral compass generally points north, she is harsh but fair, and sympathetic to the suffering of others.
Despite the recent recent trauma in her life Alice appears flippant and almost unaffected. In truth she still grieves and is burdened by the guilt of her actions.




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History
(UNDER CONSTRUCTION)
Alice’s parents were together only a short while and it wasn’t until after they parted ways that her mother, Kate, realised that she was expecting. Alice’s father had left Britain by then and her mother chose to raise the child by herself.

Alice was a bright and energetic child, bold and adventurous, always getting up to mischief and enjoying the company of others. At age six she started to complain of various pains. At first her mother dismissed it, but soon she grew concerned as Alice started to become more reserved. People felt at ease in the young girl’s presence because her powers were beginning to manifest; Alice was unwittingly drawing away the pains of others onto herself. Her mother took her to a doctor but they couldn’t diagnose the cause of her complaints. It was suggested that perhaps it was simply attention-seeking behaviour; her mother disagreed and allowed Alice to take mild pain-relief medication. This treatment helped ease the burden for a while but it was not a healthy long term solution. Alice even at a young age didn’t want to worry her hard-working mother and soon stopped mentioning the pains.
Eventually, through simple will, Alice learned not to absorb others’ pain unintentionally. She figured out how to be aware of it without transferring it to herself and imagined pain in her mind’s eye like lights within the outline of a person; the brighter the light the greater the pain. Still, she always knew when her elderly neighbour’s bad knee was playing up or when her primary school teacher had a migraine.
Her first wound transferral was an accident that she almost didn’t notice. Alice was playing with a friend when the other child grazed their knee. The two of them fussed over it and Alice pressed a tissue on it. When her own knee began to hurt she assumed that she’d simply transferred her friend’s pain. Then the tissue was taken away and it was revealed that her friend’s knee was now unblemished, but if there was no injury where was the pain Alice still felt coming from? It turned out she now had a grazed knee of her own.
At the time the two young children dismissed the strange occurrence but Alice mentioned to her mother in her habitual retelling of the day’s events. Kate didn’t really hold much stock in the tale, but over the years similar incidents occurred, and with the growing evidence she inevitably had to accept the idea of her daughter’s gift. Alice herself recognised now that she had some sort of power and worked to understand it herself. She ended up with lots of little injuries that she’d transferred from other people, sometimes by accident, sometimes on purpose.
Once thing she never learned to do was transfer to others. Partly it hadn’t occurred to Alice that it could be possible, and partly, at the age she was, a person’s powers tend to more harm to themselves then others. It wasn’t until she was nine that this changed.
A boy in her class was teasing another girl near her, Tessa, when Alice told him, none too kindly, to step off. He smacked her hard with a ruler while the teacher’s back was turned, and in a sudden surge of indignant anger she accidentally used her powers so that he ended up the one with a great red welt on his arm instead of her. All three ended up in the headmaster’s office, tight-lipped, unable or unwilling to explain what had occurred. Alice had discovered another side of her powers. This side-remained mostly unexplored for a time as Alice felt rather guilty inflicting even the tiny injuries on others simply to sate her curiosity. With the use of a sewing needle, she did find out that without the emotional trigger it required a lot of focus to perform an injury transfer from herself to another, pain transfers were only slightly easier.

Over the years Alice’s mother had dated a few guys, but it wasn’t until Alice was almost eleven that Kate started going out with Tom. He was a nice guy, Alice thought; he made her mum smile and brought her flowers. He didn’t hog the tv remote, or yell a lot, and he actually acknowledged Alice’s existence without disdain. He smiled, and talked to her, but best of all, he was satisfactorily wary of her and she knew it.
Now Alice had never really made a particular effort to conceal her powers but it wasn’t information that she advertised. Nevertheless, it was something that some people knew about, but didn’t really talk about, and weren’t always sure they believed.
Tom, being a local to Alice’s part of the neighbourhood, had heard some of the rumours and wasn’t sure what to believe. Sitting across the table from him one night, while Kate was on her room getting ready to go out, Alice appraised her mother’s suitor with a gaze that made him fidget uneasily in his seat.
“Tom.”
“Yeah?”
“It’s true.”
“What is?”
The young Alice smiled sweetly in a way that didn’t touch her eyes. Some of the rumours were exaggerated and not all of them were about her taking away people’s pain and injuries. It was impressive how menacing a slightly shorter-than average, almost-eleven year old girl in her pyjamas could look when there was the possibility that she could hurt you with only her mind.
“Be nice to my mum, okay, Tom?” she advised.
“Yep,” he answered a bit quickly.

That was the only time the two of them ever discussed her powers.

Alice became close friends with Tessa De L'Arbre, who, it turned out, was a plant empath. In high school Alice found she could make money transferring away people injuries or pains. She discovered that she could hold injuries or pain ‘in stasis’ and detect not only pain but internal injuries or illness.

Kate and Alice ended up moving in with Tom, and Kate had a baby boy when Alice was thirteen. She didn’t begrudge them, she still got on well enough with Tom and she doted on her baby brother, but Alice preferred to hang out with her best friend Tessa or work on her powers, just generally exercising her independence, rather than spend time playing house with her growing family.

Alice’s bullet scar is from transferring the fresh wound from a cashier she witnessed get shot in a robbery.

When Alice received her letter from Eltz Academy she did not immediately accept. Her issues with authority and arrogant over-confidence in her control of her abilities meant that she put it off until she was seventeen. A few weeks before her birthday she and Tessa were in a car accident where they hit a tree; Tessa was killed on impact. Alice tried to transfer away some of Tessa wound’s. Not only did it not save her friend but the moment Alice received the injuries her own body’s survival instincts immediately rejected them. The killing wounds were forced into stasis causing Alice excruciating pain and to her horror she found she couldn’t return them to Tessa's lifeless body. When another driver came to help her she was beyond thought, Tessa's killing wounds which she was holding in stasis as well as all of Alice's own wounds were transferred to him. She blacked out and he died. Later medics couldn’t explain how Tessa De L'Arbre's remaining minor injuries had killed her, or how Sam O'Grady, a driver not involved in the accident, had acquired his fatal wounds. Alice Ender woke in a hospital bed a day later completely unharmed.

Not two months later Alice used her own savings to make the trip to Eltz Academy.

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Family
Mother - Kate Ender
Mother's Partner - Tom Campbell
Half-brother - Luke Campbell

Pets
A potted cactus named Gus.

Theme Song
Teenagers - My Chemical Romance.

Anything Else
My favourite flavour of ice-cream is cookies and cream.

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Alice Ender's Story

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The cab drove away leaving Alice before a long cobblestone driveway leading up to a castle. A bloody castle! They hadn't been kidding when they'd mentioned it in the letter. The plaque by the front gate confirmed that it was Eltz Academy, she hadn't been sure the German cab driver had understood most of what she was saying but he seemed to have recognised the school's name at least. She propped the small cardboard box she was carrying on her hip and adjusted the strap of the duffel bag on her shoulder. This was it, no backing out now. Alice started her way up the driveway.

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A short while later, and a half decent little walk, Alice stood in the foyer, or front office, or whatever, of the Academy. She let her bag slip off her shoulder and drop heavily onto the floor in front of desk startling the administrator from her work.

"Hi," Alice grinned, placing her box on the counter.

"Hello," the administrator replied, recovering from her surprise. "What can I do for you?"

Thank heavens, the woman speaks English. "Ender. Alice Ender. I'm enrolling this semester."

"Oh, yes! Miss Ender. If you just want to take a seat, I'll organise a copy of your class schedule and your dorm allocation details."

"Ta," Alice picked up her box and bag and went to take a seat in the corner, but paused and turned back. "Ergonomic."

"I'm sorry?"

"Ergonomic. I couldn't remember the word. You know for those office chairs that are supposed to be good for your back or whatever? Anyway, maybe you should try one. I don't know, it might help."

With that Alice went and took a seat with her box and her bag, leaving a slightly puzzled administrator to return to her work and her sore back.
Humming tunelessly, Alice gazed around at the room bouncing her feet on the floor with nervous energy. She smiled seemingly contently while mentally she was reinforcing the block in her mind. She hadn't been transferring this time, pain was a strong motivator in learning control and most of the time she no longer unconsciously transfer it onto herself, but she had let the sense of it become distracting. A more frequent occurrence since the accident. With some concentration all the little lights of pain in her minds eye dimmed to an ignorable but still comfortingly present level, and she continued to survey the plush décor of the old German castle.

The door to the headmaster's office opened and two people came out. One was assumedly the headmaster, the other, a young guy carrying a book and looking slightly shamefaced, she guessed was a student. The student left the lobby quickly and the headmaster crossed the room to speak with the administrator who then gestured in Alice's direction. He turned towards her, "Miss Ender?"

"That's me." Alice hopped to her feet and shifted her box under one arm to accept his proffered hand in a firm handshake.

"It's good to hear your finally joining us." She'd put off accepting her letter and then the accident had happened and she'd My name is Jacob Ryan, I'm the Headmaster here at Eltz."

"Sweet," she acknowledged, then hesitated. Despite her usual confidence she was suddenly nervous behind her smile. She hadn't really ever taken her various encounters with her previous headmaster seriously but Eltz Academy was different, and aside from Tessa she'd never been around others like herself. "So you, uh... have powers too?"

"Yes, but all that in due time. For the moment you should concentrate on getting settled in. I've been told the copy of you enrolment information is ready, let's see if we can find someone to show you around?"

"If you say so."

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Riles released a puff of air that was confined in her cheeks. She was actually here. She would have never thought there were others like her. More or less, a school. Riley always thought that she was the freak. She looked up at the academy, no wait scratch that. It was more of a castle than a building for learning. A bark snapped her out of her gaze and she looked to see that Caramel was already at the doors waiting for her. She rolled her eyes at the golden brown puppy. "Alright I'm coming." Riles said picking up the things she had on the ground and went up to the doors.

As soon as Riley opened the door, Caramel zoomed into the school yipping about, trying to attract everyone's attention. "Why do I get the feeling you're more excited than me?" Riley muttered and continued to walk. I don't know about you but Riley was really hoping their would be this huge sign that said OFFICE. But alas, there wasn't so she had to walk around a bit before she actually found it.

Riley walked in with little Caramel at her heels. Well flats technically speaking. But back to the subject at hand. It didn't take a genius to know who the Principal was in the room. He just emanated power and respect. Having amazing abilities just adds onto it. Well assuming everyone in the school had an ability. Riley decided to go talk to the administrator since the Principal was talking to someone. Moving Caramel with her foot -she was just lying on her feet- she went up to the desk.

"Um, hi. I'm Riley. I'm new here and I need my schedule and dorm room."

The lady looked up from the task that she was doing. "Oh goody! You're the second one in the hour. My do they come fast! What was you're name again?" "Uh, It's Riley Ruth. R-I-L-E-Y and Ruth as in Babe Ruth the baseball player." You have no idea how many times Riley has been asked if she was related to Babe Ruth. If she had a penny for every time she heard that she would probably have bought her own car. "Okay Miss Ruth just sit tight and I'll get your things ready." Riley nodded and set her things down and looked at Caramel with a grin.

"We're finally here."

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More freshman student were arriving now and it appeared that there were also a number of senior student coming to greet the new enrolments. A few greeted the headmaster. After weighing the benefits of having her arms free with the risk of leaving her property out in the open Alice quickly dumped her belongings against a wall in the stairwell where others had left their own luggage until they could be taken to their rooms. She returned to Mr Ryan as he was approached by some of the aforementioned senior students.

The headmaster introduced one girl, professional-looking and dark-haired, as Astrid Horn, head girl of Dreist House.

"Hello Headmaster Ryan. How are you?" This was a tall guy with some serious cheek bones, intoduced as Kian McKinley, head boy of Treu House.

The final student, a girl with long light gold-brown hair, was named Annabelle Watson, head girl of Charmante house. "Good morning Headmaster Ryan! and who might this young girl be? She's awfully cute."

"Ta. Your pretty easy on the eyes yourself yourself," Alice smirked, as the headmaster stepped away briefly. She was a bit thrown off by the flurry of introductions; but this is what she got for arriving early. Alice blamed the fact that the cheapest decent flight had just so happened to have also been an early morning one. Having spent her whole life in Britain, except taking a ferry across the channel on vacation, it had been her first plane flight.
"Alice Ender," she added, in answer to Annabelle's question, as Mr Ryan returned with the student who had arrived just after Alice, a red-headed girl with a small dog at her heels.

"Hello..." Alice peered over the red-head's shoulder at the name printed across the top of the enrolment papers she now held. "...Riley Ruth?" Nice to meet ya, Riles."

It was weird thinking that all these new people had powers just like her. Well, not exactly like her, because apparently people like them had all sorts of different powers. Life at this school was bound to be interesting she thought with vague amusement

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Alice was a little relieved to finally get a chance to check out the rooms. when Riley was drawn away to attend to her excitable dog and the Head students she'd met went off in search of food, Alice collected her gear and went off in search of the dorms.

After government schools with linoleum floors and fluorescent lights, Eltz was really something else entirely. Alice lugged her belongings up grand staircases and down hallways and peered out high windows onto the lush green grounds surrounding the academy castle. Not bad.

Surprisingly, it didn't take too long to find the room that matched up to the one printed on her papers. Well technically it wasn't a ‘room’ – the dorm was a suite with four separate bedrooms coming off it. Her roommates apparently weren't about so she had her pick.

"Eenie…"Alice pushed the door to the first bedroom open with the toe of her boot. It was pretty nice, linen and blankets were folded on the foot of the bed and the wardrobe hung open and empty with a single stray hanger on the rack. She went to the next room.

"…meenie…"Someone had clearly made themselves at home here. A personal duvet was spread over the ready-made bed. There was a book on the night stand and a handbag hanging of the handle of the wardrobe door. Best not to start any trouble by being unnecessarily difficult; while the idea of relocating the belongings to another room made her smirk, she had no strong desire to steal the person’s bedroom while they were gone. She continued to the next room.

"..mine."It was not so different from the first. Alice liked the view from the window a little better, she could see the path up from the road to the academy entrance and some of the houses in the village among the green of the landscape. It was less grey than the view from the front window at home. And so foreign. She dumped her bag on the bed, dug her phone out of the side pocket and began dialling.

She held the phone to her ear with her shoulder as she opened the cardboard box. The ringing tone sounded. In the very top of the box nested in packing paper between some books and a paper-wrapped picture frame was a mildly deformed looking little green creature. Alice lifted the potted cactus carefully out of the box just as someone picked up her call.

"Hello, this is Luke." The voice was very young and the answer was very carefully enunciated like someone was trying to sound formal and grown-up. Alice smiled genuinely at the sound of her little brother’s voice.

"Luke who?" Alice carried the cactus to the window sill, placing it there in the spill of sunlight.

"Campbell!" The voice of Luke quickly clarified. "Alice?"

"Hiya Luke, causing trouble? Mum there?"

"No."

"'No' – you're not causing trouble? Or 'no' – Mum’s not there."

"Both."

"I'm disappointed Luke. I expect you to be 'causing havoc in my absence."

Luke giggled. "Do you want to talk to Dad?"

He’s not my Dad, she felt like correcting. "Na, it's alright, you so hi to Tom for me though." Alice didn't have a problem with the man, honest to God. He was a good husband to her Mum and a good father to Luke. But she hadn’t had a father growing up and that wasn’t about to change. Thankfully, Tom seemed to understand this and there hadn’t been any dramas. Or maybe she had just made him too wary to consider otherwise. "Just let Mum know that I made it to the school and things are good."

"Okay." There were some muffled noises as Luke talked away from the phone. "Dad says 'hi' back and he’s glad you made it there safe; he’ll let Mum know."

"Ta. Okay, I gotta go, kiddo."

"Bye."

"Bye." Love you.

Alice hung up and shoved the phone in her pocket. The cactus stared blankly up at her from the window sill and she impulsively turned it until it seemed to sit right. She had once been told, not in an unfriendly way, that its durability and spiny nature meant it had a lot in common with her; but really it just made her think of Tess. At least she hadn’t killed it yet with her utter lack of a 'green thumb'.

Turning back to her room Alice found she felt no compulsion to bother unpacking right now. There was a mirror on the back of the wardrobe door and she leaned in to take a closer look at herself. Her eyeliner was fine and her shirt was only slightly rumpled under her jacket. With a comical pout at her own reflection she mussed some life back into the dark mess of hair, combing some of the more snarled curls apart with her fingers. Satisfied, she glanced back over her room once more and then left.

The cafeteria was noisy and crowded, and strong with smell of coffee and food. It was not unlike her old school cafeteria in this regard, except that this place was nicer and she suspected the food would be too. But it was coffee, not food she was after. Alice joined the long line, humming quietly with an absent-minded smirk on her lips.

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Riley was probably standing there in the cafeteria looking like a buffoon for at least 5 minutes just taking in...everything. The smells and the people. It was new and she liked it, a lot. She smiled to herself and people walking by gave her a look like 'Why are you smiling like that...' which she of course ignored. Nothing was going to bring her spirits down. Except, she didn't have a place or people to sit with. Riles pouted a little. This was going to be awkward. Some of the people she recognized from when she came in the academy. She would have sat with Jeremiah but he was sitting with someone else and she did not want to intrude. "How is this going to work." Riles spoke silently then someone walked past her who looked awfully familiar.

Where has she seen her from? Riles racked her brain before i popped up. She was was the girl from the office. She introduced herself. 'What was her name? It wasn't even that long ago!' Riley thought harder and then it came to her. "Alice! That's what it was." She snapped her fingers finally getting it. She was now going to be labeled crazy for shouting someone's name out loud. Just great. Riley smiled in triumph and walked over to the line where Alice was currently residing. "Hey Alice, glad I caught you." That didn't sound as creepy as it did in her head.

Riley looked over the foods that were currently being displayed. She could here her stomach growling.They smelled good. Caramel barked just adding on to her point. Riley got a tray and picked out a chocolate croissant and tea. She was afraid if she got too much she wouldn't be able to finish it and that would be a problem. "So..." Riley trailed off getting Alice's attention once again. "Please tell me you don't know anybody either. Every person I saw had at least one other people with them. Riles pointed out grabbing an apple and putting it on her tray.

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"Alice! That's what it was."

Alice looked up at the sound of her name to see a red-head approaching with a small dog on her heels. It was the girl from earlier that morning, Riley Ruth. "Hey Alice, glad I caught you."

"Hi," Alice greeted with an amused smile and made room for Riley joined her in the line. The person behind Alice made some small noise of protest before she threw them a glare, and the two girls continued to move along the food counter unchallenged. Alice ordered her coffee black and, thinking of the bland aeroplane breakfast she'd had several hours ago, grabbed a sandwich and a large chocolate cookie. Keeping food in her stomach would keep her from getting exhausted as fast when pushing her powers.

"So..." Riley continued. "Please tell me you don't know anybody either. Every person I saw had at least one other people with them."

Alice chuckled, "So it seems. Yeah, I'm in the same boat. Don't know a soul." She set her tray down at an empty table, took a seat, pushed her jacket sleeves up to her elbows, and proceeded to empty sugar sachets into her coffee. She continued to do this as she glanced up at Riley and nodded towards one of the other seats at the table, "Sit?"

Once she was satisfied that her drink was sweet enough to make a diabetic shudder Alice took a bite of her sandwich, mostly ignoring the furious tail-wagging and beseeching eyes of the dog staring at her. She also ignored the small flare of light in her minds eye.
The lights were a mental metaphor for her awareness of others' pain; surrounded by other people as she was now there was the usual haze of dull lights that symbolised anything from a twisted ankle to a coffee burn. And someone had just started the beginnings of a migraine. Other than glancing almost unconsciously at some of the canteen occupants this awareness didn't show on her face. Choosing not to concentrate on any of the lights the mental image faded from the forefront of her mind.
Alice leant back in her chair, hung an arm over the back, and rested her crossed ankles on another spare seat at the table. "So, Riley, what brings you to Eltz? This place is quite something, ain't it?"

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Riley smiled glad that Alice didn't reject her. That would have been super embarrassing and awkward. Riley grabbed one item that she have been craving since she got off that stupid plane, a cookie. And to make it even better. It was huge which made her all the more happy. "So it seems. Yeah, I'm in the same boat. Don't know a soul." Riley refrained from saying 'good' because it might have seemed mean in Alice's ears. Riley nodded instead. They moved away from the display of foods over to a table. I don't know why but Riley hesitated not knowing if Alice would let her sit. It was stupid really. 'Is it just me or do I sound desperate?' Riley thought.

"Sit?" And that's what Riley did. Caramel jumped up and sat on the seat beside her knowing that Riley would get mad if she sat on her lap. Riley hated when Caramel sat on her when she was trying to eat. It took a while but Caramel got the idea. Riley reached for the sugar packets and put a little in her tea and stirred it with a plastic spoon that was residing on the table. Riley took a sip to taste it's sweet level before taking a bite out of her cookie with a satisfactory smile.

"So, Riley, what brings you to Eltz? This place is quite something, ain't it?" Riley frowned a little at her first question. That was a little personal so she sneakily avoided answering and answered the second one. "I'll say, this places is magnificent!" Riley said with a wide gesture to the cafeteria and the people in it. "It's huge and the structure is beautiful. Eltz academy has that old feeling to it but it doesn't look run down. Just like it has a lot of history." Riley sighed in content taking another look at the walls around her. She was going to love it here. "What about you?

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"I'll say, this places is magnificent! It's huge and the structure is beautiful. Eltz academy has that old feeling to it but it doesn't look run down. Just like it has a lot of history. What about you?"

"Yeah." Alice raised her eyebrows and glanced around the room mildly. Riley seemed more interested in the academy part of the conversation Alice noticed a little disappointedly. She had begun assuming that everyone at Eltz had powers, and it was such a strange new concept to her. Until she'd found out about Tessa she'd never really considered that there might be many others with abilities. But there were so many people here at the academy and so many more probably out there in the world, she was curious to find out more about others like herself.
Maybe that was faux pas to ask about powers? Or more likely it was just personal. She shrugged mentally, there'd be time enough later to find out the niceties of Eltz society. While she was content with her own company, maybe it was wise not to alienate the first person to give her the time of day. If Riley wasn't going to talk about it Alice wasn't going to pry.

"Yeah, I agree, it's a great place. I'm glad I ended up accepting a place here, I didn't think I would originally, you know? Some secret organisation sends you a letter letting you know that they've been watching you... but this place does seem to have history and everybody appears pretty chill, so it can't be too bad. I suppose it's good to know that there are people who can help us learn more about our... um... well just, to learn more."

Real smooth, Miss Social-butterfly, Alice thought wryly and took another bite of her sandwich a little viciously. Thinking about Tessa was not going to lead to any sort of happy thoughts. And she was trying to avoid making Riley uncomfortable about the topic of powers not leave it hanging unspoken in the air. "Aaanyhow... classes should be interesting."

It was some attempt a rectifying her own pitiful attempt at conversation. She sighed with a resigned smile and reached for her coffee while it was still hot, enjoying the strong sweet dose of caffeine.

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One look at Alice's raised eyebrow hinted that Riley's attempt to avoid the first part of the question 'oh so sneakily.' Riley groaned a little knowing that somewhere in the near future it was going to come back and bite her in the ass. Then Alice went into this grand explanation where she probably wouldn't have accepted the letter that stated that they knew who they were and have been watching them for their whole lives. Riley almost laughed at the rambling that Alice just went through. It has happened to Riley one to many times to count. Of course when she was the gullible little child her sister picked on. But it's in the past.

"Aaanyhow... classes should be interesting." Riley went wide eyed because she had heard a rumor about the classes. "Oh, I heard a couple of the upperclassmen where going to be teaching some of the classes. The one I'm really dreading is combat. I don't think that I could handle hurting someone purposely or accidentally. I'm not the violent type. Clearly." Riley said gesturing to her body in a way that proved her point.

Riley went to take another bite of her cookie and was disappointed when she didn't have a cookie in her hand anymore. She had finished it. Riley grumbled and picked up the chocolate croissant. It had chocolate chunks within the bread. Riley only had this treat once and she always wanted to have it again. With one hand she fed herself but with the other one she was rubbing Caramel's head giving her the attention that she was deprived of for awhile now.

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"Oh, I heard a couple of the upperclassmen where going to be teaching some of the classes."
That would be interesting, Alice thought. Some of the upperclassman, she was pretty sure, were the same age as her. They'd been at Eltz longer so she guessed they had more training if not experience. She'd had authority issues when teachers had had the advantage of age... -but she was here to learn not cause trouble, she'd be trying to behave which would be a difference from public school. She took another bite of her sandwich and listened as Riley continued.

"The one I'm really dreading is combat. I don't think that I could handle hurting someone purposely or accidentally. I'm not the violent type. Clearly." Riley said gesturing to her body as if that proved her point. Alice followed Riley's gesturing, observing the soft red curls, lean body, and very feminine, very preppy, attire, and found herself agreeing. Looks could be deceiving but if they were anything to go by she would assume that Riley was quite the docile type. Not that 'girly' necessarily meant 'weak'. "Well combat isn't just about hurting people. Like martial arts, it's also about defending yourself. Blocking, deflecting, avoidance. I'm sure they won't throw you in at the deep end," she offered, trying to be comforting.

The two of them must look like complete opposites Alice thought as she considered her own appearances. They were meant to be her defence, to avoid confrontation so that she didn't have to hurt people. Dark rimmed eyes, dark boots, dark jacket, dark jeans, there was a splash of colour with her choice of blouse today but overall her clothes did not shout 'girl scout'. That combined with the aggressive confidence she put into her stride and the trace of various scars on her body... she rubbed the still pink grazes on her knuckles without really thinking... no, if someone was stupid enough to give her trouble she was prepared to give it right back. She had hurt people on purpose and without regret, it was when accidents happened... Alice's stomach clenched, and she was instantly angry with herself for allowing her mind to wander to darker thoughts - which of course meant that on the outside she smiled a little brighter. Maybe she did deceive with her appearances in some ways.

"I'm not too concerned about combat," she said only a little stiffly; then continued a laugh, "I think I'll be more worried if I have to take history class because I know I'm bad at that."

Finishing off the last bite of her sandwich Alice found that her appetite has lessened somewhat. She set aside her cookie and settled for enjoying the rest of her coffee. She looked around the cafeteria and had a thought that brought a smirk to her lips, "So which of them do you reckon is a upperclassman teacher? And do think having a hot one will help you pay attention in class or be the distraction?"

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"Well combat isn't just about hurting people. Like martial arts, it's also about defending yourself. Blocking, deflecting, avoidance. I'm sure they won't throw you in at the deep end," Riley nodded in understanding. It made her feel better but not completely. But at least she had a different view on the whole combat thing. 'Okay think of it like defense instead of attacking. I can do that...right?' Riley thought but she was sure she was going to choke when she stepped on the combat mats, Riley gulped and took another bite. Well when the time comes she'll be ready, she hopes.

Then Alice went on about on a joke that she's only worried if their was history class. Riley laughed with her easing up some of the anxiety that was creeping over her body. She did not want to have another accident. Riley looked at her croissant then her tea. Feeling brave she dipped it in then took a bite. It wasn't bad but it did do something to the taste. It had a hint of lemon in. "So which of them do you reckon is a upperclassman teacher? And do think having a hot one will help you pay attention in class or be the distraction?"

Riley choked as someone's name popped up in her head at the mention of hot. She hit her chest a little bit hoping it would go down. Riley smiled sheepishly then took a bite out of her apple almost done with her breakfast. "I have no idea what you are talking about." To add an effect she averted her gaze to her dog who's head was tilted side ways oblivious to what was happening at the moment. Trying to be sly she looked at Alice's smirking face. "No one has caught my eye yet." Riley spoke but on the inside her lie detector was going off. Riley took a look around at the students before turning back to Alice's with a shrug. "Nope sorry. What about you?"

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Alice's comment had pretty much the desired effect; she watched with amusement as Riley spluttered and quickly denied any sort of understanding. then guilt or involvement in lewd thoughts. Alice smirked, a raised an eyebrow clearly illustrating her scepticism.

"No one has caught my eye yet." Riley amended after a moment, which just Alice smile more, with an knowing expression."Nope sorry. What about you?"

She regarded Riley for a little longer before deciding to let it go, she didn't stop smirking though. She'd definitely struck a chord of some kind with her question, and Riley's slight blush and flustered response suggested something contradictory to her answer. "Well, I don't know about you, but if I recall the original question correctly, my answer would have to be 'not a clue' and 'distraction'."

She took a smug bite of her cookie, not able to resist the chocolate after all, and admired her evasive answer. Well, technically it wasn't evasive because she'd directly answered the question plus she didn't have anything to be evasive about. Had some caught her eye? She considered this and surveyed the room.

Certainly a few people were easy on the eyes, but no one made her think 'well, damn'. Dating was messy, sometimes it was worth it, but she always appreciated an attractive figure and a sharp wit. The day had barely started and there were heaps of new people to meet, she shrugged.

The cookie had disappeared quite quickly, and Alice licked the last smear of melting chocolate chip off her thumb a little disappointedly.

"So..." Both of them had just about finished there food and beverages. "Now what?"

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Riley sighed knowing that she didn't pull the wool over Alice's eyes. She obviously saw threw Riley's babbling. The smirk plastered on Alice's face just said everything. "Well, I don't know about you, but if I recall the original question correctly, my answer would have to be 'not a clue' and 'distraction'." Riley face planted. She completely messed up. She didn't even answer her question. Way to be less suspicious. Riley took a bite out of her apple almost finishing it.

"I heard that this girl named Alwin was teaching a class. And if there was someone who was someone hot in the class they would definitely be a distraction. I wouldn't be able to focus. I would look like a drooling Justin Bieber fan." Riley said putting her finished apple on the plate and taking her last sip of her tea and putting it next to her apple. Riley took another look around breifly then picked up her dog and set her on her lap. She rubbed Caramel's back needing to move her body

"So..." Riley raised her eyebrow. "Now what?" Riley shrugged. "We could wander around and get lost or I could take a nice nap and leave you behind." Riley smiled at the thought. "But i'm not rude so...we can wander or eat some more. I up for anything at the moment."

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"We could wander around and get lost or I could take a nice nap and leave you behind. But i'm not rude so...we can wander or eat some more. I up for anything at the moment."

Alice pushed her seat back a little and stretched her arms above her head with a bit of a groan as she loosened the slight stiffness in her back. "If you're tired don't let me keep you. I'm not hungry any more." A nap for herself wasn't a bad idea, but unless she found a couch or something it would require actually making her bed and that seemed more effort than it was worth right now. Besides, she ought to be social on her first day at least, she had all semester to hole up in her room sleeping.

"However," Alice continued "Wandering doesn't sound too bad if you are up for it. What shall it be? Explore the castle, head down to the village, or go back to the office and see what other students have arrived? Up to you, I'm easy."

She put her hands behind her head and looked around the hall, catching sight of a trio gathering near one of the windows; a girl/boy couple approaching another student. A pitying smile graced Alice's lips as she watched the girl extract her hand from her partner's.

"We could even wander over there and interrupt that awkward little interaction," she nodded towards the trio, "Introduce ourselves, relieve tension, and what-not." She shrugged.

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Jeremiah looked her over after the comment about wanting to take a walk. He then looked around the room and saw why. Many students both new and old were gathering for breakfast in the cafeteria. He looked around looking to see if he saw anyone he knew. There was that Riley girl she was kinda sweet. Then there was a small girl off to the side in the window being talked to by Eleanor, head girl of his house, and Jimmy, nice guy I think. He looked back at Lucy and smiled "Sure let me get some more wake up juice?" He got up to go get himself some more drink on the way back he passed Riley and the other girl. He smiled and stirred his drink but running his finger along the brim of the cup. "Hello again Riley. Find everything alright?" He trned his attention to the other girl and looked her over "Pardon my rudeness. My name is Jeremiah a second year in house Ruhig and you?" He smiled and thought to himself. Am I smiling to much? Should I not be using my power? He decided it was to late to stop now.

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"If you're tired don't let me keep you. I'm not hungry any more." Riley rolled her eyes and got up picking up her tray in the process. Caramel jumped off her lap onto the ground and followed her master and she went to the nearest trashcan to dump her food. She then noticed how rude it was of her not to get Alice's tray as well. She shrugged it off. Let's hope she doesn't notice, then there is going to be an awkward situation. Riley walked back to her seat and got comfortable just in time for her friend to say something else.

"However, wandering doesn't sound too bad if you are up for it. What shall it be? Explore the castle, head down to the village, or go back to the office and see what other students have arrived? Up to you, I'm easy." Riley tapped her chin in thought. Going back tot eh office would be boring because she's already been there. So we can scratch that out. She really wanted to explore the castle some more but they live here now, she can do that whenever. I guess Going into town would be best seeing as they don't have many opportunities to do so. So why not now?

Before Riley could speak her answer Alice had already given her another decision. "We could even wander over there and interrupt that awkward little interaction," Riley turned her head to watch Alice was looking at. Three people, one she saw at the office, the boy, the others were foreign to her. "Introduce ourselves, relieve tension, and what-not." Riley shook her head and turned back to face Alice. "No way. Adding more people will just make it worse. I'd rather just go into town." Riley said finally voicing her opinion.

"Hello again Riley. Find everything alright?" Riley looked up to see Jeremiah looking down at her. Her cheeks tinted a pinkish color. She hoped no one noticed. "Oh yea, everything's good over here." She said adding her signature smile. She felt like she's been wearing it all day. Jeremiah being the nice guy he is turned ti introduce himself to Alice. Riley messed with her fingers a little, a habit. She grabbed her dog and placed Caramel on her lap. She untangled her fingers and placed them through her puppies soft cream colored fur as a distraction.

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Riley got up with a roll of her eyes and Alice's realised she might have come off a little brusque. Riley took her own tray away leaving Alice's, Alice figured she'd just leave it to be collected by the canteen cleaning staff. Alice smiled, if she and Riley were going to be hanging out it was probably a good thing that she be able to tolerate Alice's nature, so she continued conversation unfazed when Riley returned. She was happy to note that so did Riley.
"No way. Adding more people will just make it worse. I'd rather just go into town."

"Alright, so-"

"Hello again Riley. Find everything alright?"

Alice looked up at the new arrival, a young guy with dark hair and a drink in his hand. She glanced at Riley when he spoke to the red-head, she was sitting a little straighter in her seat and he seemed to have her rapt attention. Looking back at him, Alice gave the guy a quick once-over, not too bad I suppose. He was running his finger around the edge of his cup, and she couldn't quite tell from her seat but she thought that the liquid in it was stirring in time with the movement. Was he using his powers? It would be the first time she'd seen someone doing so since she'd arrived and it sparked her curiosity.

She was distracted by it while he and Riley spoke and almost when he began speaking to her, but her eyes snapped up from the cup as he introduced himself "Pardon my rudeness. My name is Jeremiah a second year in house Ruhig and you?"

"Alice Ender. Freshman." Aliced smiled in return. "First year, in house..." What had her papers said? Dr-something... "...Dreist?" Alice dropped her boots off the chair she'd been resting them on and leaned forward to rest her arms on the table. "Hey, so just a question, what's the deal with that?" She nodded towards Jeremiah's stirring drink. "Telekinesis or something?"

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Jeremiah got up to get some more coffee and got distracted. He was talking to two girls that she hasn't seen before. Must be freshman.. she thought to herself. She sat there patiently waiting for her friend to return and fought off thoughts that tend to pop up on their own. Her phone vibrated signaling that she got a text message. Slowly she pulled it out to see who had messaged her. It was Kian. A friend. She was hoping to see him this morning as well. But seemed to be busy and he does have a girlfriend to worry about. So she wasn't demanding his attention. Besides. Jeremiah was just something that she required in the morning. Company without all the unnecessary talking. If Kian saw her this morning she would have snapped and possibly scare him away. She wouldn't want to do that. Kian was asking about lunch.
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After the reply she started to pocket her phone, but then she started to wonder about Robert and Kyle. She hadn't seen them either. Robert and her don't really talk much, but Kyle was her closer friend. Her phone danced in her hands as she debated on sending him a text message. She wanted to know how he was doing. But at the same time he could be busy. And then it would be a pointless text message. Also she didn't know exactly what to write. Lucy was trying to refrain from sounding dumb in the message. She was left with a decision. Lucy hated making decisions. They made her crazy and she over thought about each one and ends up losing her mind. Same thing with questions. She never knows which answer is the technical right answer. Statements are easy to respond too. Not much thinking involved. Staring down at her phone she made the decision. She wasn't going to text Kyle. Lucy pocketed her phone and looked up at Jeremiah. He was still talking to the girls. Time to bring his attention back to me.. she thought.

Slowly, she stood up and made her way over to him. She looked at the girls, making it known that she has acknowledged them. Any sign of emotion that were in her eyes have faded, leaving just the empty green. Her worries have faded and she seemed almost automaton. Lucy usually looks like this with people she isn't friends with or just met. They fit in both categories. "Hi." she said simply to the both of them. Her british accent showing through. She has yet to get rid of it. Kyle and Robert still had theirs as well. But it was cute coming from them. It was almost obnoxious coming from her. Or most girls really. But her accent was faint. She didn't make eye contact with either one of the girls and she hadn't planned too. She fiddled her fingers and looked down at the ground. Waiting for Jeremiah to finish so that she could leave the cafeteria.

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After a mostly uneventful car ride, Quinn was happy to be at school. He nodded to the driver, knowing his father had already payed, and exited the car. He was happy to be back at school, despite how he had made it sound earlier. Each bump in the road has sent a searing pain through his head, and though he originally wanted to talk with the girl in the car, he had quickly put his headphones in and put on loud music, hoping to sleep. In his lack had been the sack they had chosen to transfer Cah in. This way, no one knew he was holding a snake, and Cah wouldn't freak out from all of the movement.

Checking his phone after it vibrated in his pocket, he grinned lightly at the text from Annabelle. He wasn't going to admit it, but he was really happy he'd be seeing her soon. Since the plane ride, Quinn had been a bit shaky, but in reality, it was since his last interaction with his father, two days ago. The driver removed his bags from the trunk, handing Quinn his backpack and putting his wheeled duffle on the ground, before leaving.

After attempting to put his bag on his back, but not even being able to put the straps on without pain, he put it on top of his wheeled bag, and entered the school. The front hall was full of freshman. He smiled to many, recognizing some as new Kalt freshmen, introducing himself, but mostly making his way straight to his room, and dropping his stuff off. He put Cah in his cage, turning on the heating pad, and made his way to the cafeteria, hungry.

He walked, his eyes on his phone. And that's why he didn't see when he walked into a chair, with a girl sitting. He hit it at a full walking speed, and instantly felt a rush of pain flow through his body. Quinn tried to mutter a sorry to the girl in the chair, his breath cutting off halfway through the word as he inhaled sharply, his eyes cringing. He could feel each cut on his back, each place the belt had hit him sting on it's own. The back of his black sweater was slightly damp in a few places from them opening on the ride here. Forcing his eyes open, Quinn said a quick "Sorry," before walking off quickly. He went to the closest wall, resting against it, breathing. Shit, his back hurt.

His eyes shot back to the chair he'd bumped into, looking over the girl in the chair. He didn't recognize her, so she was probably a freshman. Her hair was dark, and her eyes were a bright blue, traced in what Quinn had learned to be eyeliner, from his sister. He'd hope she wouldn't remember his embarrassing interaction.

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It was like a flame in the the darkness, a flare of light bright enough that all the others dimmed into almost non-existence in her mind. Alice had been blocking the smaller lights but she hadn't been on guard against something like this, and it brought her senses to forefront of her mind. She drew a sharp breath as she felt the intense prickle of energy along her skin, like a weight it pressed against her, if she reached out it would pour into her and she would feel it as the pain it was.

Alice looked up from Riley and Jeremiah, and the stuck-up new girl who had just arrived, to seek out the source among the crowd. However she barely had a chance as someone collided with her chair. The two of them ended up on the floor with the chair between them.

A snarl began to form on Alice's lips in the way of a 'watch where you're going, you bloody berk!', but it died in her mouth as she looked up at person in question. It was a young guy and for a moment he appeared apologetic before an expression, as familiar to Alice as her own face, crossed his features. It was a cringe of pain; clear in the sharp intake of breath, the tightness in his hazel-brown eyes, the set of his jaw.

This was the light on her radar. With him this close she barely needed to concentrate to focus her awareness of it, without feeling it she could tell the pain was sharp and intense, and mostly occurring in his back. Without thinking Alice ignored what she usually thought to be almost an invasion of privacy and reached out with her powers to get a better sense of not just the pain but the type of injury that could be causing it. She got a vague notion of the spread of it, of open wounds, and broken skin. Her instincts nagged at her, like a pulling in the gut, to wrap her powers around that pain and injury it a draw it to herself. For all her hard exterior it went against some basic nature of her power, of perhaps some fibre of her own being, to sit and do nothing.

Accepting the injury could be messy but then she could hold the pain in stasis. Holding the injury in stasis would mean accepting the pain; it wouldn't be the worst she'd had. And then there was the matter of consent, some people got spooked or aggressive at the sudden removal of their burdens. Still, she could take some of the pain, share it between them, he might not even notice...

She didn't have a chance to really decide, had only barely begun to allow a taste of the pain to seep into her, when the guy suddenly forced out a breif "Sorry," before walking off quickly. He went to the closest wall, resting against it. Alice just stared after him in dismay, a slight sting in her back.

As she righted her chair and sat down again, she realised that even with her sympathy she'd been looking at the matter clinically. The pain, the decision to transfer, she hadn't really questioned it. How had he been injured? Guys hurt themselves all the time; playing sport, showing off, drunken accidents. Another possibility stirred in her mind. Had this been done to him? Alice's anger flared at the thought, and the desire to find and unleash her powers upon any person responsible burned bright. It was a heady rush of power knowing she could inflict the same damage she accepted.

Alice suddenly realised she was half way out of her seat. She glanced at Riley and Jeremiah, and back at the guy across the room. He was looking at her warily.

What exactly did she intend to do? Sympathy mixed with rage and the constant demanding sense of her power. At her old school she'd made a small living accepting people's injuries for petty cash. A student footy player who wanted to do something about his stuffed knee before the grand-finals, a senior with migraines during final exams... but this was different. Possibly.

Alice turned to Jeremiah, 'Uh, just hold that thought, I'll be back in a moment. Get to know my pal Riley here, or something.' Without waiting for a reply she started across the room. She was vaguely humoured by how it must look to the outside observer, she being knocked over and then determinedly stalking after the person responsible.

As she came up to him she allowed herself to survey the person before her. His hair was cut short, and he wore a dark sweater over broad shoulders and lean frame, and she imagined his face was quite stunning when he smiled; rather than when it was marred by pain and the expression he made upon seeing her approaching. He's rather nice looking, all-in-all, she thought, a thin smirk curling her lips.

"Hey," she said. "I'm Alice Ender." 'And can I transfer your injuries?' she thought about adding.
Or: 'You should really get some bandages and painkillers for that.'
'Who did that to you and can I hurt them?'
'I'm invading your privacy; wanna be friends?' 'Or more?'

Instead she just said, "Are you okay?"

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Kian could tell something was up with Astrid when he put his arm around her, her body stiff and not reacting, not leaning into him as she usually did. He pulled it away a few feet away from the car, making his way to the car in silence. He mood was effecting him, and as the car ride went on his emotion seemed to drain, and he felt uncomfortable. He'd never seen the aura color coming from Astrid before, so he had no idea what it meant, but he didn't like it. When she planted a kiss on his cheek, he hardly reacted, nodding his head in goodbye and exiting the car.

His body blindly led him toward the back of the school building. Kian came here to smoke last year, and though he'd been trying to break the habit, old habits die hard. Walking slowly and silently, he pulled his water bottle out of his bag, taking a few sips, then putting it back. His feet came to a stop when he reached the spot. It was likely the headmaster as well as most if not all of the professors knew he smoked on campus, but no body seemed to care too much. Maybe it was because they didn't know how to help him.

Lighting up a cig, he took a breath, slowly releasing the puff while closing his eyes. What did he do wrong? Being farther away had taken away most of the emotion he'd gotten from being with Astrid, and he was now able to think. What'd made her feel that way? "Damn it," he muttered, punching his hand hard against the wall, then just standing there as he kept puffing. As he finished his cig, now completely recovered from Astrid's emotional surge, he felt relaxed, from the combination of alcohol and nicotine in his body. He made his way back to his room, changing his clothes into a different uniform, applying cologne and brushing his teeth. He then made his way to the cafeteria.

His eyes found Lucy immediately, and after making a quick eye contact with her, he made her way towards her. He had said they were going to get lunch, but he assumed he wouldn't freak her out.

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Quinn's eyes shut for a few seconds, taking a deep breathe to drive away the screaming pain, then opened his eyes again. They were planted on the chair, the now empty chair. Where had the girl gone? His eyes searched the room, sweeping left and right in shock, until they fell back upon her, now making her way toward him. As she arrived next to him, he saw her look him over, taking in his appearance, and he did the same. He cleared his face of the pained expression, and pushed on a bit of a smirk. Why had this girl taken in interest in the stranger who bumped into her chair?

He nodded slowly, taking in her concerned expression. Why was she so concerned? His eyes searched hers for some type of hint, but finding nothing. "I'm Quinn, and I'm fine," he said, but as he said this he could still feel the stinging pain of each mark. He'd have to change soon, or the wet marks on his back would become evident.

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Tiffany let out a sigh as she stared at her notebook. No ideas were coming to her. It was so hard to find a decent prank that won't get her in trouble or killed. This is why she needed Astrid. She was good at coming up with things like that. She could pull a prank on Lucy, Her reaction in the end was always hilarious. But people liked her too much. They would be all over Tiffany. It was a huge mess that she didn't want to deal with at this current time. Annabelle was also fun to prank, but Astrid had a strict no-no on that one as well. Which didn't leave very many choices. When Astrid shows up she could as her.

"What are you planning, Tiff?" Speak of the devil Tiffany thought. She looked up at her friend. There was a devious smirk on her chest that made her very happy. It meant that Astrid was ready to plan a prank. "Nothing! I can't think of anyone decent to prank," Tiffany said shutting the notebook. They have practically pranked everyone and done every prank known to man. Coming up with a new one was going to be hard. Astrid took a spot near the windowsill just as Tiffany has done.

Then a thought came to her head. Freshman. It was always easy to prank the freshman. And they could do small simple things that won't cause too much damage. "Tiff, if you had the choice between someone you really like and someone you have sex with, who would you choose?" Tiffany raised and eyebrow up at Astrid. Where the hell did that question come from? she thought to herself. They didn't really have conversations like this, but Tiffany did have an answer. "Someone I like. The sex would be ten times better." she replied opening the trick not book back up. Now she had an idea of who she wanted to prank.

Some kid came over and gave Astrid a drink and it made her laugh. Astrid practically had the entire school wrapped around her tiny little finger. Except for Tiffany. They always had this mini battle of popularity. Neither of them will follow each other around like little lap dogs. But when they are together, they are force that shouldn't be reckoned with. "So, what's the plan, mi amiga?" her friend asked of her. "We prank all the new freshman. They won't see it coming and it is a great welcoming gift" she said with a smile. "I just don't know what the prank should be."





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Jeremiah's attention was still on the other girls. Lucy wasn't jealous, she just wanted to get out of the cafeteria. Of course not being rude, she was going to let Jeremiah talk to the girls as long as he wants. It was a trait that Lucy wish she didn't have. If she was a rude bitch like most everyone already thinks she is, then Jeremiah and her would have already left the cafeteria. A sigh escaped her lips and she looked down at the ground as they spoke. Just then a guy crashed into one of the girls. It was Quinn. Head of her house. They didn't talk much, but it isn't like they would want to talk to each other. They could barely talk to other people. But now there was one girl left that needed to be gone. Just then her phone vibrated. It was from Kyle. Which is strange since Lucy was just thinking about him.

He was inviting her to dinner with him and his brother, Robert. And where Robert goes, Annabelle follows. So it was a dinner of four. Two people, Lucy cared about and one that Lucy won't even give a second thought too. Nothing could possibly go wrong. Except for everything. She sighed and send a reply back. She wasn't going to reject them. They were the closet thing to a 'family' that she could get. She was going to go to this dinner.

To:Kyle
From:Lucy
Dinner sounds good


The message sent and she pocketed the phone. Her entire day was booked up. Breakfast with Jeremiah. Lunch with Kian. Dinner with Kyle and Robert. Today she was miss popular. Wonder what Tiffany would have to day about that. she thought. She turned her head to look at Tiffany and saw that she was talking to Astrid. Her only friend. They were always plotting something. Many time Tiffany has tried pranking her, but it has ended badly for her. And now Lucy knows what their pranks look like. Turning her head back to Jeremiah she saw that he wasn't moving from his spot. And this other girl was going to continue talking to him. Just then she made eye contact with her other friend. Kian. Finally someone was coming to save her.

She stepped away from Jeremiah and started walking toward him. He was moving toward her as well and they eventually met in the middle. The automaton facade that she put up for the girls had gone away. Her bright green eyes had a bit of happiness and relief filled in it. Her thoughts were coming back in a random fashion and she didn't know how to handle her thoughts moving that fast. But she didn't let that show. She gave her friend a small smile. "Hey" she said simply. "We weren't supposed to meet until lunch," she joked.

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"Hi."


Riley turned her head and looked at the girl who just approached their table. Her 'hi' was more of an uncertain one kind of uncomfortable if you look at her facial features. Though could be just a cover up but Riley doubted it. Most people weren't like that. Oh well she hoped most people weren't like that. "Hey, I'm Riley but you can call me Riles. What's your name." It couldn't get any former than that. Riley even added in her breath taking smile which she prayed eased the tension at the table. The sound of a crash annd a grunt pulled her attention from the girl to the two people residing on the floor.Riley squinted trying to figure out who cashed into Alice. Someone she hasn't seen before. Which is a lot of people since Riley is an incoming Freshman.

Next thing you know he pops up mutters a sorry ad gone he is. "Um okay..? That was something. Are you okay Alice? Riley said concern plastered on her face as she watched her friend right her chair again. They are friend's right? Well Riley thought so so for henceforth Alice is her first Eltz Academy friend. Hooray. Riley moved Caramel off her lap not feeling her thigh anymore. 'Uh, just hold that thought, I'll be back in a moment. Get to know my pal Riley here, or something.' Riley rolled her eyes playful at the word pal. Such an old word. Alice get u and goes back over to the boy who knocked them both down.

Riley turned to Jeremiah and the Newcomer. "Hey do you guys know who that guy was?" Riley asked voicing her thoughts. It's not like she was going to hunt him down or anything but it's nice to know as many names as you can so things don't get awkward.That would be bad if you bumped into someone you saw everyday but never knew their name. Embarrassing. The Newcomer looks at her phone and off she goes. Riley pouted a little. She never got her name. She shrugged it off and gave her full attention t Jeremiah. There was a light pink tint to her cheeks and she breath out. "Well, i had plans to go into town with Alice but she's gone so do you want to go with me?" Riley asked.

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"I'm Quinn, and I'm fine."

Alice smiled her eyes narrowing. Liar. 'Hello Quinn.'

Some people don't like to reveal their pain, for so many reasons. They didn't want to appear weak, or did't want to burden others. And that's their right, Alice tried to remind herself. It's funny how small pain is eloquent. A paper cut will be complained about long and loud, but real pain is harder to express, yet requires fewer words.

If I were to pat him on the back I'm sure he'd be more expressive. Alice thought, a little spiteful in her exasperation, she'd already had a small taste of that pain felt like. For a moment she considered being courteous, respecting his right to privacy. Her power felt like a headstrong dog on a leash, tugging, whining, trying to get at what it desired, and she honestly tried thinking of a scenario in her head where she walked away.

Then she turned and leant against the wall next to him, crossing her arms over her chest. Proximity was heady enough without adding skin-contact to the equation; she kept her hands tucked away. Looking back towards her table where Riley was talking to Jermemiah and the other girl, rather then at Quinn, she said in a low voice, 'Funny, you Americans must have a different definition of 'fine'. I didn't think it tended to involve your level of pain.' Only then did she glance at him, eyebrows raised, to see his reaction.