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Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula"

"I couldn't sleep last night. I tried talking to the moon, but she wasn't very talkative..."

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a character in “The Saint Kleio Academy”, as played by FalloutRomanae

Description

Name: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus "Caligula"

Gender: Male

Age: 16

Description/ Picture: Caligula is a tall boy with pale skin and brown hair. His brown, slightly bulging eyes sit below a broad forehead. His neck is unusually long and his legs unusually thin.

Personality: Caligula, though he hates that name (He goes by Gaius), is an angry, disturbed boy who wants attention. He can be kind of annoying in this way, but when you get to know him he can be an invaluble friend. He is extremely ambitious, and often talks of how he wants to rule the country. He is also afraid that he will be the same as the original Caligula, and so he avoids any romantic relationships that come his way. He has a special fondness for animals, and has an odd habit of talking to the full moon. He wants everyone to be proud they know him, so he is very concerned with what people think of him. He might have some sort of mental disease, but no one really knows what. He suffers from insomnia and only sleeps three hours every night. When he does sleep, he has terrible dreams. He sometimes has these "dreams" in the daytime. And if you really want to hear something funny, ('cause this is just a laugh riot already.) how about the fact that he has epilepsy that is triggered by sleep deprivation. Ha. Ha.

Background: He was raised in the school and educated at length about his original. He has joined drama club and latin club.

Originals past: Right here!

When your original died and how: On 24 January 41, conspirators stabbed Caligula 30 times on the Palatine Hill, assassinating him as he was speaking to a group of actors. His last words were, "Atqui vivo!" or, "I am still alive!"

Fears: romantic relationships, fading into the background, his seizures, people thinking he is stupid

Likes: animals (esp. horses :D ), dancing, acting, attention, singing, being better than everyone else, seashells.

Dislikes: his nick-name, Caligula. being ignored. women/girls. being bored.

Dreams or goal: proving that his original was not actually insane, just cruel.

What is your original famous for: Being the craziest emporer of Rome (beside Nero, of course.)

Orientation: No one really knows...

Crush: None. And will probably never have one.

Theme song: Viva la Vida by Coldplay
Or Sleep by My Chemical Romance

So begins...

Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula"'s Story

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Character Portrait: Margery Lovett Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: Frédéric François Chopin Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny Character Portrait: Zoe Charbonneau Character Portrait: Abraham Lincoln
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#, as written by Zenia
The morning hit the grand windows of the School of Saint Kleios’ academy. Students roll out of their bedrooms in their dorms some more reluctantly than others. To regular outsiders they look like regular high schoolers, to the well informed they know the truth.

They are clones.

Every student roaming these halls are clones of some historical figure, infamous and famous alike, the good and the bad and the in between.

The music halls are filled with songs their originals wrote. Books are being written that people once thought the authors wouldn’t be able to write again. New theories are coming out by scientists. Some clones do not yet know their place. Others know it to well.
The clones are well provided for with exquisite food to suit their taste from vegan, to vegetarian, and everything else. There is even a small salon where they can go to get a shave and a haircut or new hair style.
But there rumors going around about a few non clones, that for the first time since the academy were created, would be allowed in. Fear and excitement mix with the ramble, some happy, some mad, and others unsure.

Though all know one thing.

This year will most certainly be different than the others.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart
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Gaius woke up. This was a good sign, and he tried to remain optimistic. It meant he was alive, and it meant he had gotten some sleep. How much, he did not know. He slowly opened his eyes and became aware of his surroundings. He was sitting in a chair in the library in front of the statuette of two horses. He... couldn't exactly remember how he had gotten here. His head was resting on a book and his arms were sprawled out on the table. He slowly sat up, sore from sleeping in such an odd position. The book flapped closed and Gaius stretched, looking at it. Suetonius: The Twelve Caesars, the cover said. Oh. He had probably been researching his original to see if there was any hope for himself. He slouched back in the chair and picked up the book, flipping to the part where he had left off: the middle of Volume 4: Caligula. Five lines in particular caught his eye:

"Summoning once to the Palatium, in the second watch of the night, three men of consular rank, who feared the words from the message, he placed them on the proscenium of the stage, and then suddenly came bursting out, with a loud noise of flutes and castanets, dressed in a mantle and tunic down to his heels. Having danced out a song, he retired."

Nope. There was no hope for him. He would just go crazy. There was nothing for it. With a sigh, he looked around the library. There was nobody else in there except for the librarian, who was typing furiously. She looked up at him and smiled sweetly. Gaius thought that was weird. He didn't even know her that well. 'Finally awake?' she asked in a voice that could only be described as syrupy. Gaius narrowed his eyes. He hated it when the adults talked down to him.
A terse "Yes." was all she got from him.
'You were acting a little strangely last night.' she continued. Gaius froze. Oh, no... he thought. What could have happened that I don't remember? And why the hell don't I remember it?? 'Going on and on about your original and how...'
Gaius swallowed. "How what?" he urged her on weakly.
'Well, how... different he was...' she finished lamely.
He stared at her for a moment, trying desperately to remember last night. Wait... He raised a finger. "Um, did I happen to be mumbling?"
The librarian blinked. 'Yes, but... I thought you were just tired...' she furrowed her brows. 'Are you okay, Gaius?'
No. No, he was not okay. He was slowly putting the pieces together. The sleep-walking must have started. That was really bad. He must have walked down here in a semi-somnambulant state. He recovered himself, rubbing the back of his neck. "Yeah... yeah, I'm fine." He wouldn't tell the school psychiatrist. They would just call him crazy and diagnose him with yet another mental problem. He would keep it a secret. "What time is it?" he asked.
The librarian looked at her computer and told him the time. He jumped. He would be late if he didn't hurry. "Uh... thanks, bye!" he gathered up his bags and rushed out of the library.
As he came to Sweeney's shop, he saw Ami peeking in and Sweeney humming to himself. There was a new girl he had never seen before trying to get Sweeney's attention. Gaius walked up right behind her. "Hello." he said, trying to sound amiable but ending up sounding creepy. "Who are you?"

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch
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Samuel surveyed the school with a critical eye. Not bad. Not bad at all. It suited him. He had arrived early for the express purpose of wandering around the campus. And that he did. He soon came to what appeared to be a barber shop. Odd. he thought. Why would they have a barber shop? Is this more than a school? He saw some sort of scene happening in front of the shop. There was a weird looking kid inside of it, a spunky looking kid peeking in, and a lost looking kid trying to get the weird looking kid's attention. As Sam watched, a lanky looking kid stepped up behind the lost one and said something to her. He was totally invading her personal space. Great. So the socially handicapped come here, too. He rolled his eyes. This was supposed to be one of the most prestigious schools in the nation. His father had told him so. So why was this ridiculous scene occurring? He pushed his thin, black glasses further up the bridge of his nose and started forward to see who these weird people were, but something held him back. What if they didn't like him? Did he need their approval? Would they see right through him, into the freak he really was? His foot fell back next to the other one after a moment's hesitation.
"What are you doing?" That old familiar voice that no one else could hear drifted across his psyche. "They won't like you."
Sam weakly resisted. "But what if they do? What if I can fit in here?"
"You can't fit anywhere, you pathetic bastard." It shot back, "That's why you were enrolled here in the first place."
Sam closed his eyes and drooped his head, sighing. He knew it wasn't true, what the voice said. But it was enough to hold him back for the moment. He decided to watch and wait, coming in at the most opportune time.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch
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#, as written by Zenia
Sweeney blushed as he turned around to spy Ami looking at him…catching him sing to his own song. Well now…that was highly embarrassing, he rubbed the back of his head causing his wirey hair to stick up even more so.

“Good Morning Amelia. Do you need a trim?” he asked with a soft smile as he brushed his hands on his apron. “Or am I running late…again?” the boy inquired jokingly it was known that Sweeney was an early bird. Though it appeared he had not even changed into his school uniform. “Also have you seen Marge?”

Sweeney tilted his head as he heard the voice of…no one he recognized, why that was odd! He blinked as he saw the girl. “Ummm I do believe I can help you? Miss….?” He glanced at Ami, perhaps she would know, after all Sweeney did not have many friends that were girls…besides his very dear friend Margery Lovett, but that was to be expected after all their originals were very close.

He turned as he heard Gaius, “Ah Gaius! There you are…” he remarked with a smile. “Stay up again?” he inquired as he saw another figure, a male this time, my his shop was crowded! And so early in the morning too…he wasn’t even ready to open it yet…and that would have to wait until after his classes…

He knelt down as he turned off his CD player, cutting it off on the song ‘Have a little Priest.’ “Now then how may I help everyone? Gaius you need a trim soon, Ami, your hair seem fine love the short hair on you…Miss that came for me to help, I will be more than willing to do so…and you as well sir, you both seem a bit lost…tell me…are…” he drifted off. “Are you two…new here? Apologies if that is a rude question, but well… Saint Kleio has not accepted anyone new in…well I haven’t heard of our school accepting anyone new actually!” he proclaimed, were the rumors correct? Were non clones coming here?! He just hoped they were…more open minded than some of the clones here. He cleared his throat, “If it is help finding some place than please allow me to change into my uniform…I would not want to get in trouble with the Headmaster after all.” He explained, “Ah yes I am called Todd by some.” He explained with a smile. Deciding not to take the route where he said his name was Sweeney Todd.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch
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"Hollis," the new student responds promptly, glancing over towards the other person, with whom skunk-boy seems familiar. It is a girl with short hair and a rather cheerful air about her, at least from the smile she wears at the moment and her upright posture. If living with an actress and a slightly reclusive artist have taught her anything, it is how to read body language and faces, though often times Hollis overlooks such things due to a level of indifference. Anyway, the girl appears to be relatively normal, allowing Hollis to take a bit of relief from the knowledge that she will not be alone in her lack of artiness or, at least in her mind, eccentricities. She does have a bit of an obsession with movies, of course, and when she becomes a fan of something can be quite avid, but those are things somewhat typical of this generation, and therefore easily dismissed. Her lack of foresight is worrisome, but also common for someone with such a disposition that leads to ignoring those things which she dislikes.

Unfortunately, having allowed her surroundings to escape her briefly, Hollis is taken somewhat off-guard by a voice that is startlingly close to her ear, and just a tad bit creepy. The young woman spins around immediately, and finds her self face to face with a young man that looks as though his limbs were put on some medieval stretcher, making them thin and long like a giraffe's. More attention grabbing, however, is his apparent lack of respect for personal space, as the young man is mere inches, if even, away from her, and doesn't seem to feel uncomfortable at all. Luckily, this particular person, Hollis that is, is rather relaxed and, as previously stated, accustomed to such situations. She scans his face once, and supposes that the immense creepiness in his voice was not intentional. If it had been, she doubts that he would be looking at her with what she identifies as genuine curiosity. Don't get new kids often here, do they? she muses, before smiling cheerfully once more, her expression surprisingly unfeigned considering that, as of yet, 2/3 of the people she has met here seem slightly odd. Hollis doesn't care much about that, though, as long as they don't bother her. She isn't quite apathetic, of course, just well-seasoned in meeting new people.

"I'm Hollis. Darcy Hollis. The new kid?" the last statement ends up something of a question, as though she is hoping for some sort of recognition of the fact. If there is any, it will certainly confirm her fear that the kids at this exclusive boarding school don't get out often. The trip here had been quite long, actually- Hollis doubts that many of them get out much, considering the thick forest that surrounds the school like a natural barrier against the outside world. Back to the matter at hand, however. Regardless of how high her tolerance for strangelings is, even Hollis feels compelled to take a half-step back, as this tooth-pick of a guy doesn't appear to have any intentions of doing so. She overhears the skunk-boy greeting this giraffe-like young man, and therefore learns that his name his Gaius. It's a bit old-fashioned, and sounds like the kind of name one sees in a latin textbook. Exactly like it, actually, which she is aware of because Latin is the language that she has been taking since 7th grade. The textbook was written via stories, and one of the sons was named Gaius, if she recalls correctly. Hopefully the class here will have a less dry text book.

The skunk-boy begins babbling about haircuts and the fact that this school has never had any new kids before -Whoop, there it is, Darcy sings in her head- before finally introducing himself as Todd. Like the leapfrog, Hollis observes nostalgically. This place seems a whirlwind of actions, but that is perhaps because school is to begin relatively soon. Hollis nods towards Skunk boy, -Todd, she corrects herself- with a thankful smile. "I just need a map or a guide, thank you," she says politely, before glancing towards the other new kid, who wears glasses and a contemplative expression, though not the peaceful sort of thoughtful.

Right. New school, and apparently only one other new kid. Ah, well. As long as they don't expect me to start sprouting troll horns or something, she thinks to herself with a playful smile.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny
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Gaius watched the girl spin around and look at him. He analysed her every move. She was a new person, and that meant new competition. She was also a girl, and that set him on edge. He made a new folder in his brain called 'Darcy Hollis' and logged everything she did or said in it, making a mental note that anything she said could and would be used against her. But then he thought for a moment. He had never heard of anyone named Darcy Hollis in history. This must be a non-clone! he thought. He stared at her. He listened as Sweeney simply introduced himself as 'Todd.' He must have caught on, too. Gaius noted her playful smiles. This new girl was just a bundle of sunshine, wasn't she? Gaius smiled an exaggerated mockery of her smile and kept talking, even though she wasn't paying any attention to him. He started out in a chipper tone. It was hard to tell if he was being sarcastic or not. He wasn't even sure he knew. "Well, you can call me Gaius, Hollis Darcy Hollis. Or, you can call me Julius... or Gus... or Cal... or..." his voice trailed off as he noticed the other kid lurking on the edge of the conversation. He was tall and wore glasses. Interesting... I don't recognize him, either. Maybe we have two non-clones. This would be fun.

He heard footsteps behind him. Turning, he saw Jack and Anne about to collide on the sidewalk. Gaius smiled. He hated both of them, since Anne made a point of making him uncomfortable all the time and Jack made a point of knowing everything there was to know about Caligula to torment him with. He let them crash and fall. They had it coming.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny
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Wow. This must be a really amazing school, if it has its own barber shop. Sam thought. He watched as the kids interacted and then one called another one Gaius. What kind of name is that? Sam narrowed his eyes. A really snobby one, probably. The first kid was going on about everyone's hair, and then he turned to the girl whose space was being invaded and himself. Sam jumped. They're talking to me... He thought to the voice. What do I do? No answer.

He watched as the girl finally noticed Gaius the Creeper Toothpick, and then responded to the barber kid. Sam listened to Gaius as he went on and on about what they could call him. But no one was really paying attention to him. They were all looking at Sam. "Oh, it's nice to meet you, Todd, Darcy." He said as jovially as he could. It was then that Sam realized that Todd had been playing some music from Sweeney Todd. Oh, that's funny. Sam joked to himself. Todd must be a nickname 'cause he's the barber. How cute. I wonder if he has anger management issues... He chuckled slightly. "I just got it. Nice." he laughed a little more, mostly from nervousness. He noticed that the kid named Gaius was staring at him strangely, as if he could see right through him. That might have had something to do with his weird bulging eyes, though. It set Sam on edge. He looked back to the new girl and Sweeney. "I'm Samuel, but some people just call me Sam." he swallowed. He heard footsteps behind him. Grateful for the distraction, he turned around. An average looking kid with long brown hair was walking down the sidewalk, obviously in some sort of intellectual reverie. A girl with flaming red hair - also deep in thought - was about to collide with him. "Um, hey!" he shouted, "Watch out -" but it was too late. They crashed. Sam winced. That looked like it hurt. Golly, was everyone incompetent around here?

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Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny
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"No thanks, Todd I was just in here a couple of weeks ago Im good in the haircut department. Just passing by on my way to..." Ami noticed the girl come up behind her and she smiled.

The girl was obviously new.... but there were no new clones scheduled to come into the high school till next year. There was a rumor being whispered about of non-clones being aloud to come into the school. Now Ami had never been the type to believe in rumors. But when the truth is blatantly standing next to you and asking for directions you cant really shrug it off any more.

"Well I'll be, nice to meet you Darcy Hollis the new kid, I'm Amelia but you can call me Ami", it was then that Gaius walked up along with another unfamiliar face.

"Man this turned into a party at Todd's really quick" Ami said with a huge grin not really worried about the two new people.

She thought it was nice to have some fresh faces, still not as nice as it would be if they would let them even go into town every once in a while. And as much as she wanted this to actually turn out to be a party she knew it would time to go to class soon. As she turned to get away from the crowd in front of the door she came out just in time to see a collision between the Jack and Anne Bonny. The new guy who was now standing next to Ami called out to the pair but it was too late.

"Oh ouch" she groaned, "Jeepers are you two alright?" she called out.

She didn't want to get too close to Anne knowing the red heads temper, a trait from her original as far as Ami new and the flaw kind of grated on Ami's nerves. Never the less she treated everyone in the school as though they might be a member of her family. Because in reality the clones in this school were the closest thing she'll ever get to it. She turned to the new guy that had introduced himself as Sam just moments before. She tugged his sleeve a bit to get his attention.

"That was a heck of a hit wasn't it, but it doesn't surprise me around here. People get all caught up in thinking and in they're own little world" she smiled gently at Sam. "Just, always keep your guard up and you'll do fine here" she then walked over to Anne and Jack to make sure they were alright.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny
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Sweeney smiled at the new girl as he heard Ami introduce herself to her, well then it was a new student! A non-clone by the name, so…the rumors were true. “Pleasure to meet you Darcy…or do you prefer to be called Hollis?” he asked as he leaned on his broom a bit. “A map or a guide? Well I can provide the guide, I am afraid I do not have a map on me…Amelia do you?” he asked. He blinked as he heard the other male say he ‘got it’ he tilted his head to the right a look of confusion…and worry was on his pale face, “G-got it?” he whispered di he guess he was a clone of Sweeney?! Is that what he got.

He was distracted soon as he heard a ruckus.

He turned around to see Anne Bonny collide into Lewis causing him to wince. “Ah…Anne…” he whispered with a shake of his head, “That girl really needs to not run in the halls so…” he whispered as he looked at Gaius, “Gaius are you all right? You seem a bit pale…then again that could just be my old eyes playing tricks on me.” He asked as he heard the other male introduce himself “It is a pleasure to meet you Samuel, I will help you find where you need to go as well as Miss Darcy,” he said with what he assumed was a kind smile…but it could come off as a bit…creepy or malicious. “I think I will be forgiven for helping out new students if I am a tad late.” He explained as he gave them a smile, “But again please let me change first.” He said as he headed back into his salon, going to the back as he changed into his uniform. Leaving two off his razors behind, the other in his school bag…he just didn’t want it to be stolen…and it gave him an odd comfort, not that he would ever dream of using it of course!

He soon came out all ready to go as he looked at the people, “Well than shall we? And as Amelia said, keep your guard up and you shall do fine you two.” he commented to them with a light chuckle. “hopefully I will bump into Marge on the way…” he thought to himself.

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"Nice to meet you as well, Ami," Darcy replies.

When Gaius greets her in response, Hollis can't tell if he is being genuinely amicable, or simply sarcastic and mocking. His previously creepy greeting makes her lean slightly towards the latter, but the young woman chooses to ignore it, smiling quite cheerfully at the group. Lacking in ambition though she may be, Hollis has always been a surprisingly cheerful person, considering that people tend to see her as the average or boring one in her family. Anyway, this stick-like kid with the brown curly hair has calculating eyes, the sort she sees often when going on trips with her father. Hollis is certainly no stranger to calculating eyes, of course, though they no longer make her feel as uncomfortable as they once had. In fact, she is able to keep a sincerely warm expression up in the face of them, something which is by no means a small feat. Gaius continues to talk, and in doing so offers alternative ways to call him. "Julius? Like the emperor? Your parents must have liked Rome, hm? Latin majors or something?" Hollis suggests with a smile. She is about to correct Gaius on how she likes to be addressed, preferring Hollis to Darcy for whatever reason, but is distracted by the greeting coming from the bespectacled boy, who currently lacks his previously conflicted expression.

"Nice to meet you too, Samuel," she responds, thinking briefly on the fact that he had commented on getting something in regards to Todd's name before she broke out into a grin. Hollis loves movies of all sorts, and that does not exclude such things as Sweeney Todd, the Tim Burton rendition. I thought the tune sounded a bit familiar, she thinks with a smile. When it comes to movies, Hollis is quite well-versed. She can fail an English assignment requiring one to write a meaningful sonnet, but turn around and enter heated debates about the finer points of her favorite flicks. She is the sort of person who can mouth all of the lines to those which she has watched over and over.

Hollis might not have noticed the crash, if Samuel had not called out to those involved just before it happened. Curious, she looks over towards the direction he is staring at just in time to watch as a flaming haired girl and a brunette boy smash straight into each other. Her eyes widen immediately, and the young woman instinctively takes a step forward, as though about to spring forward and run towards the scene of the collision to see if those involved are alright. They probably are, of course, but she remains in that position, one foot slightly out, until addressed by Todd.

"Hollis, please. And I think he means the connection? Do you go by Todd because of Sweeney Todd? The Barber? That's kind of cool, actually," she says lightheartedly, though not failing to notice the fact that Todd's smile is just the tiniest bit creepy. Maybe that's just the way people look around here, Hollis tells herself, raising an eyebrow unintentionally at her own thought. Todd is gone and back in a flash, so to speak, and returns dressed in the school uniform, which is basically just the female uniform with pants and a few minor adjustments. The military impression it gives is somewhat offset by his unkempt hair.

"Keep my guard up? Well, I suppose so," the young woman smiles at the reiterated advice, though she doesn't put much weight on it. "Thanks again, though. Ah, my first period is math, though, it says? Well, Calculus, specifically? It has a room number, but not a hint of directions, nor the teacher's name. I suppose there is only one Calculus teacher, eh?" She hands her schedule over to Todd.

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Character Portrait: Darcy Hollis Character Portrait: Gaius J.C.A.G. "Caligula" Character Portrait: C.S. Lewis "Jack" Character Portrait: Sweeney Todd Character Portrait: Ami Hart Character Portrait: Samuel K. Ratch Character Portrait: Anne Bonny
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Gaius smirked as he watched everyone bustle about Anne and Jack. They deserved it. "Smooth moves!" He piped up. "Oh, and by the way, Jack, hatred's not destructive. It builds progress!" He said, calling the boy by his nickname just to irritate him. He knew he didn't like it, and he took every opportunity to use it. Gaius frowned when Sweeney asked him if he was okay. He hated when his friend did that. It made him look weak. "I'm fine." he snapped. But then his voice softened. "Thanks."

Samuel answered Todd. "I'm just off to Latin. I... don't suppose you could help me find it? I know you're busy..."

Gaius perked up. "Hey, I have Latin first, too! That means we'll be in the same class..." He thought about what this could mean. Well, it certainly meant that he could have more time to observe this weird kid, this kid who seemed hesitant to even speak. "And yes, my parents loved ancient Rome!" he said, turning to Hollis. "They loved it so much that they named me all those names. Every single one."

Samuel made a face at Gaius's sarcastic remarks. There was no need to be rude. Hollis had just asked a question. He wasn't sure he wanted to be in the same class as this kid.

Gaius shrugged. "Either that, or I'm Emperor Caligula come back from the dead. Or maybe I tiiiime-traveled." Gaius wiggled his fingers in front of the girl's face mock-mysteriously. He loved messing with people. Yeah, it made him look like a jerk, but he didn't care. At least, he pretended not to...

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Jack looked up, hearing that loathsome voice call out to him.

Smooth moves! Oh, and by the way, Jack, hatred's not destructive. It builds progress!


Jack felt a streak of resentment shot through him at the use of his nickname--a particularly bitter streak, espeically since it was Caligula who was using it. He wasn't sure what he had done to make the boy his enemy. All Jack had done was try to socialize with the boy when he found him one day in the library researching his original. Apparently, though, Caligula had not been thrilled at the fact that Jack had known so much about him, and had been almost hostile when Jack had attempted to talk to him about the old Caligula. Ever since then, he had seemed to get more and more bitter towards Jack.

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact I keep comparing him to his original, Jack thought for about the thousandth time. But he couldn't help it. Of all the clones Jack had met and interracted with, Caligula was the one that was most like his original, and continued to act more and more like his original. Jack understood that he would be upset by the comparison--he would have felt the same way. But, for some reason, whenever he was around Caligula, it just kind of slipped out. It was just so ironic that he had ended up like his original. He really couldn't help it.

But now, since they had become something like adversaries, Jack didn't really feel the need to stop insulting him when he could, especially when Caligula was merciless and tried to started off Jack's acedemic day on a sour note.

Oh? You're up, Caligula? I thought you'd be in bed, or better yet, visiting the school doctor, you know, especially after last night's escapades in the library. I'm sure there's some medication he can give you that can stall insanity.

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'Oh? You're up, Caligula? I thought you'd be in bed, or better yet, visiting the school doctor, you know, especially after last night's escapades in the library. I'm sure there's some medication he can give you that can stall insanity.

Gaius paled, brought up short by the quick response. I should have known not to engage C.S. Lewis in a battle of insults, he berated himself. He opened his mouth to respond, but found that no words came out. He looked nervously back at Hollis and Sam, praying that they hadn't figured it out already. "Um..." was all he got out at that moment. His face turned an angry shade of red. "I..." He swallowed. Why did this always happen to him? "How did you know about the library?" he squeaked.

He couldn't think of anything but that this was unfair. It wasn't fair that Jack had such an amazing original, known throughout time for being a sane, witty genius. And Gaius had Caligula. The wacko, horse-loving, sexually crazed, seashell-loving emperor of Rome. And now he was paying for it. He was also paying for his own idiocy, but he would never acknowledge that. He just thought the whole situation was unfair, not his fault, no question. He glanced again at Hollis and Sam. Oh, God, please don't let them figure it out. Why does this always happen?

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"Somewhat, but don't fret, deary," Margery responds with a strange sort of bluntness, using the term of endearment that she tends to adopt when impatient but trying to be polite. Of course, it hardly balances out the impatience, and has occasionally come across to others as a bit annoying- condescending, if you will. Still, habits die hard, and no one has ever expressed annoyance to the young woman's face. She's no Anne Bonny, but does have something of a reputation when provoked. Add this to her original's claim to infamy, and people tend to stay away from her when Margery is anywhere near a kitchen, or even just a knife. They can think as they wish, though, for as long as they don't say anything behind her back whilst she can hear, Margery refuses to give the satisfaction of reacting. Well, she tries to refuse, anyway. It is often a losing battle of sorts, as fighting one's own nature often is. The young woman with the curly hair nods with some measure of sympathy at Chopin's voiced distaste for coughs, knowing how his original passed.

"Well, a bit of tea or something else warm is usually good for that, right?" she says with a reasonably light demeanor, managing to come off as not malicious as Chopin begins to speak again. "Right, better get going as we-" she is cut off by his mention of Sweeney and, rather amusingly, the comment -or rather the laugh that follows- makes her face turn a scarlet shade. Most people know, or can guess, how she feels for Mr. T -with the exception of the idiot himself- but the young woman does tend to pretend as though she doesn't know this- or try to not know this. "Oi!" she shouts after him, but the musician has already disappeared into the doctor's building, leaving her standing there with a furious type of blush. It soon fades, however, and her skin returns to its ghostly pale hue; the hue that makes her look as though she doesn't go outside. She does, of course, but that only ever results in fairly nasty burns.

Within a few seconds, Margery is back on her way towards Mr. T's barber shop, and notices a couple of people around it as she nears the tidy establishment. I wish they'd let me have a restaurant or canteen or somethin', she thinks wistfully to herself, as is her habit when she visits the barber shop. The group is a fair mix of irritating, tolerable, decent, and unknown. She had heard rumors of new kids, non-clones, and immediately puts two and two together to assume that these two students fit that rather unorthodox bill. Of course, her attention is immediately snagged away from them by Sweeney, who stands before them in his uniform- probably showing them around or something. Margery lifts a hand slightly to get his attention, and then begins to walk over to the motley crew of people. Of course, this school is the very definition of motley. You don't become famous enough to have a clone of yourself made by being exactly like the rest of the world, after all.

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Sweeney Todd heard and Lewis bickering, soon joined by Gaius as he sighed, “Would…everyone please not bicker in front of my shop? It makes me…anxious.” He muttered as he sighed, “And for those of you who are not bickering I thank you kindly.” He commented as he took a small breath. “Now then I believe I was asked some question of why I am called Todd yes? Well the Sweeney Todd comment is clever and I do love the music as you can see…er hear…” he muttered, “My last name is actually Todd…so it is a coincidence my first name is….”

Oh bloody hell should have thought of a fake first name….Wait maybe….” he quickly thought of one. “Benjamin…Benjamin Todd.” He said with a smile. Now then Samuel and Hollis we should go on to the office to get you set up…and calculus is with Einstien I think. No relation to the real Einstien.” He explained quickly as he started to move to lead them when he saw a welcomed face. A smile touched his lips as he walked on over to Margery.

“Marge! There you are, I was going to head on to find you but…” he glanced at the group. “…well they stopped me.” He muttered, “Not that I do not mind the people…but…um I am not used to this many at once…” he explained as he rubbed the back of his head. “How have you been? Cooked up anything new?” he asked with a tilt of his head. He had a surprise for her…but that could wait. “Ah…um do you want to accompany me on…taking the two new people to the Headmaster? And hope we don’t run into Richard?” he asked her nodding at the non-clones.

Ah yes Richard…Richard Blunt to be exact, the clone of one of the men that helped capture his and Marges’ Orginal, it was a well-known fact that Blunt did not like the two…or Anne for that matter, he was all about upholding school rules, and he thought the more… ‘infamous’ clones were always up to no good, in fact he made it a point to try to catch them doing something wrong or provoking them.

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Hollis turns her attention towards Gaius as he shoots a bit of sarcasm towards the scene of the crash, crying out something about the benefits of hatred or some nonsense like that. Even Hollis, nonconfrontational as she is, has to bite back a response to such a grim proclamation. Tell that to those who have died fighting grudge wars, she thinks briefly, but soon the thought is waved away and a smile lights up her face once more, giving no sign of her thoughts on what the strange boy with the twiggy limbs has said. Over all, he doesn't seem the pleasant sort, but Hollis does like to give people the benefit of the doubt and, as previously mentioned, does have experience with various personalities. If movies were to be believed, his sharpness hides some secret soft spot or cowardice, but even a movie-fanatic such as Hollis isn't going to believe such a thing. She does, however, believe that there are things beyond first impressions. Thus, she continues to smile, likely seeming like an idiot for doing so, but apathetic to that fact.

When the bespectacled boy, Sam, speaks once more, it is to inform Todd of his next class. "Latin? I take that, as well. Too bad we won't have the same class together," she comments amicably. Any other things she might have said are cut short as Gaius turns and responds to her previous question, no longer bothering to hide his sharp, mocking tone. She raises an eyebrow at his japes, and notices that Sam is making a face at Gaius as well. Does he have some sort of complex about it? Hollis wonders, looking at Gaius with a spark of slight curiosity. His next remark is outright ridiculous, and doesn't make him look like the most sensible, nor decent, of people. The way he wiggles his fingers in front of his face reminds Hollis vaguely of a child. She merely grins at him, "Once the impossible has been ruled out, what remains, no matter how improbable, must be true. Did you just hop out of the TARDIS, then?"

Her remark is lost as Gaius turns his attention towards the young man, Jack, whom he had called out earlier. The young man shoots back some remark about insanity and a library. Even an idiot could sense the tension between the two, as well as the fact that the other young man probably tends to be the winner in these exchanges, as Gaius pales and glances nervously towards Hollis and Sam before trying, and ultimately failing, to respond cleverly. He opens and closes his mouth like a fish a few times, before squeaking out about how the other boy knows about the library. Luckily for Gaius, Hollis has never been one for history, and therefore has little knowledge on Caligula. She can vaguely recall learning about him being kind of wacko in Latin, the language she took because she doesn't have to speak it, but otherwise is ignorant. Still, that was enough for her to wonder if everyone here has nicknames related to people oft he past. Do the nicknames correlate to behavior, or are they used as insults for some? Well, she hardly knows, having been here no more than an hour.

Hollis is gratefully distracted by Todd, who asks the people to stop their bickering, gives them his first name, and then tells her the name of her teacher. "He must be rather good, to go by Einstein, eh?" she comments lightly, before Todd makes his way through the crowd to a girl in a strange uniform with wild looking pigtails.

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Sam watched what followed with wonder. These people were so weird. He cocked his head to the side when Jack called Gaius "Caligula." That was weird. Sam knew all about Caligula, because he loved history. And the name seemed to fit. I mean, he had the brown hair, brown bulging eyes, lanky arms and legs, creepy personality, and... weird Roman names. In fact, he had said that Hollis could call him Julius or Gus or Cal. Gaius Julius Augustus Caligula. The only names that were missing were Caesar and Germanicus. Sam started to get a little freaked out by the resemblance. But what was even stranger was the kid's response to Jack. He didn't laugh, as one might at a fun nick-name, but he paled. He stammered, and then asked Jack a question. He kept on looking back at Sam and Hollis. What was going on? Then Sam looked back at Todd. That was weird, too. Who were these people, history nuts? Then Todd seemed to blank on what his first name was. He quickly recovered though and called himself Benjamin. Then he greeted a messy looking girl who had walked up behind them. And her name was... Marge, apparently. Marge? Like Margery? This was getting a little too weird.

He was distracted out of his thoughts by Hollis, who said that she also had Latin. But apparently they weren't in the same class. "Yes." Samuel said. "I suspect that would be because I am in a higher level of Latin than you." Then it occurred to him that Gaius, who's nickname was apparently "Caligula," took that same level of Latin. This is too creepy. Something was telling him that something was very wrong here. Then Benjamin mentioned that the math teacher's name was "Einstein." Samuel blinked. That was the last straw. His breath seemed to run short as he looked at all the faces. Amelia, Caligula, Todd, Margery, Jack, Einstein. And Todd was a barber, no less. And "Jack" was writing books and theses about souls. And "Caligula" was acting like some weirdo. And Margery seemed to have some sort of connection with Todd. And Einstein was the math teacher. Amelia wasn't really creeping him out, but her name was. He took a step back, grabbing Hollis's arm. "Hollis..." said, his voice shaky. "I think your comment about the TARDIS was not misplaced." He swallowed. "Now, I am a little bit crazy, I'll grant you that, but I think this school has... time-travel."

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Gaius watched as Sam began to look horrified by something. Oh, God, no...

'Hollis...' Sam said, his voice shaky. 'I think your comment about the TARDIS was not misplaced." He swallowed. "Now, I am a little bit crazy, I'll grant you that, but I think this school has... time-travel.'

Gaius burst out laughing, his high-pitched, strident laugh getting on his own nerves. This caused a chill to run down Sam's spine. "Time-travel??" He laughed again, getting more and more nervous. This couldn't be happening. Whose idea was it to bring non-clones to this school?? Whoever it was, Gaius wanted to murder him slowly. "That is so ridiculous!" Gaius tried to calm down, but found himself becoming hysterical quite quickly. His breathing became accelerated. "I mean, I just can't believe you would think that! Claudius wouldn't even think that, and he's an idiot!" He gasped, choking on his own words. Now you've done it!

Sam looked worried. "Claudius?" he asked, "Is an idiot?"

Gaius's eyes widened. Why did this twerp have to know so much about history??? "Well, that's just what we call him, he's not actually..." He looked at Sweeney, the words 'save me!' written all over his face.

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The smile on Todd's face prompts one on Margery's, as it always tends to do without her even realizing it. The young woman is rather hopeless when it comes to the boy with the shock of white hair through his dark locks, and has been from before he learned about his actual original, lending weight to the idea that she didn't fool herself into it for the sake of mimicking her original. Not that Margery has ever held any desires to be like the first Mrs. Lovett, other than the dream of owning her own restaurant -or at least cafe- in the future. She isn't sure why else they would have cloned her, or Mr. Todd for that matter. There doesn't seem much sense in recreating people for the sake of repeating a legacy of murder, does there? When she was younger, Margery feared that they cloned her for the sake of some sort of experimentation, but as of yet, if it is the case, there haven't been any clear inconveniences for her. Well, with the exception of the existence of Richard Blunt, who hates she, Todd, and all of the other clones with negative initials, with some infuriating passion.

When Sweeney expressed happiness at seeing her, Margery's face seemed to melt immediately, losing her typically sharp expression in favor of one far more agreeable. "Who are 'they', anyway? I heard rumors of. . .unusual students. Are they them?" Instinctively, Margery does not address them as non-clones, immediately assuming that it would be unwise to depart any information on them that they may not already know. Though she would never admit it, the concept of people who don't know about her original thrills Margery quite a bit. Even though the school preaches that the clones with less savory originals are not to be treated poorly on account of it, the prejudice is still quite existent, and the oblivious may have a good deal bigger chance of being decent. She may not realize it, but Margery is similar to Gaius in the fact that, despite the hope that they won't learn about her, she would never admit being unhappy or anything of that sort. Not that this is grounds for her getting along with the string bean, considered insufferable by even the most tolerant of people.

His question about cooking is what gets Margery excited, because it is the thing that she is passionate about. She may not pay attention in class and refuse to take many tests because she finds them meaningless, but the young woman excels in Home Ec because she takes pride in her work, and wouldn't cook poorly even for the sake of spiting the institution. "Yes! I'm working on this dessert, it's kind of like a nut pie, I guess, but I'm experimenting with some seasonings that I nicked from the Home Ec kitchen, and-" the words are rather fast, as she tends to speak quickly when excited, but the young woman skids to a halt, realizing that he probably doesn't really care, or rather won't really understand. He hasn't memorized the tastes and scents of various herbs and seasonings, and can't list the recipes of various dishes by heart. Sweeney is a barber, not a chef.

"Is that even a question?" Margery retorts with a playful smile, "Of course I'll go. If we see Blunt, that self-righteous git, I'll tell him that the lunch ladies let me prepare yesterday's meatloaf or something. He'll be straight to the bathroom to puke out his stomach acids." She is distracted, then, by catching the last bit of Sam's dialogue, the piece containing his theory on the school.

"You've figured us out, love. Our principal is actually Doc Brown, see," she responds sarcastically, though it comes off as more amused than mocking, to be fair. What amuses her more, though, is the look of desperation that Gaius, who really stepped right into that one, sends Todd. She glances towards the other new student, the girl with the auburn hair, who is looking on with smile which is half laughing and half bemused.

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Ami couldn't believe the circus this all turned into, the collision was a catalyst for grudges that had been brewing for sometime. The only one that seemed to not be calling names was Ami herself and the new kids. She sighed as sarcasm and name calling flew around like the ball in tennis game.

"Come on guys we all got classes to get to no reason to sit around in the hallway bickering among ourselves." she said with a sigh.

Ami was glad that Jack and Anne were alright, but when Jack and Gaius started going back and forth she decided she had, had enough. She decided to go ahead and make her way to her calculus class, she remembered the new girl saying something about calculus so she figured she'd show her the way.

She walked up to Darcy "Well miss Darcy I don't know about you but I'm about ready to get away from the mad house that is this situation, I'm heading to Calculus if you'd like some company to class?".

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Jack hadn't really noticed the boy next to Caligula--too focused on Caligula himself--until the boy spoke up.
Jack stared at him, suddenly feeling his stomach drop away. He didn't recognize this boy. That's impossible! I know pretty much everybody worth knowing in history. There's no way I wouldn't know a clone by their looks or at least from rumors of them going by the library. But I don't know this kid. No. This is not happening. Surely I know him, don't I? I just don't remember his name, that's all. Yeah, that has to be it.

Now, the sad thing about spending most of his time in the library and knowing books better than people meant that Jack hardly ever heard about current events until about six months after the fact, or until they were put into hard backs. Sure, he should have heard the rumor about clones coming to school, but, recently, his thesis had been the only thing he had been able to focus on. He hadn't heard or paid attention to anything else. So the idea of this boy being a non-clone didn't even occur to him. No, he felt more embarrassed--no, humiliated was the right word--about not being able to think of who this boy might be.

It was the boy's last comment though that brought him up short, making Jack momentarily forget that he didn't know who the boy was.
...Now, I am a little bit crazy, I'll grant you that, but I think this school has... time-travel.


Jack laughed at the idea. Time travel? That was absurd. Beside him, Gaius spluttered something about Claudius being crazy and not even considering that idea.

Time Travel?
Jack repeated, shaking his head with a grin.
Didn't they ever tell you that you were cloned?
Then he suddenly remembered that he didn't know who the boy's original was, and added casually, hoping the boy wouldn't be offended by his ignorance.
By the way, who was your original again?

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Sweeney saw Ami help him in dismissing the fighting as he heard their guess about the school, he was very relieved that they thought it was time travel. “We call Mr. Enistien that…as I said he has no relation to the real one, his real name is professor William.” He explained, “It is a pet name, you could say.” He explained as he walked on over to Marge, “Yes…they are the new students.” He told her with a slight nod.

Sweeney listened to her talk of food, seeing how she seemed to brighten up as she did so, when she stopped. “what seasoning are you experimenting with?” he asked with a tilt of his head, he may not understand cooking…but he loved how Marge talked about it. “And I am sure it will be great Marge.” He told her warmly. He laughed at her comment, “And I will invite him to my chair at the salon.” He teased.

He could not help but let out a crooked grin at her Doc Brown comment, “Indeed time travelers we are…from the infamous to the famous and everything in between!” he commented, “But in all seriousness…we are just regular school kids…who just happen to go here.” He explained, hoping to dispel the situation. “Now then if you two will please follow us.” He said with a slight bow almost walking away as he heard Lewis comment, “Oh no…” he thought as his face paled, well so much for keeping it a secret. He rubbed the back of his head as he looked perplexed. This…would not end well.

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Sam whipped around when he heard Marge's sarcastic comment. 'You've figured us out, love. Our principal is actually Doc Brown, see,' Sam's brows furrowed. This seemed no time for joking. Something seriously wrong was going on, and he was going to get to the bottom of it.

'But in all seriousness…we are just regular school kids…who just happen to go here.' Todd explained, 'Now then if you two will please follow us-'

'Time Travel?' Jack repeated, shaking his head with a grin. 'Didn't they ever tell you that you were cloned? By the way, who was your original again?'

Sam's eyes widened. "C-cloned?" he asked, his voice faint. "Original? What?"

Gaius watched as this all transpired, his heart's pace accelerating faster and faster. And then Jack just had to open his big mouth. "JAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!!" he screeched. Sam whipped his head around at the screech. The kid who was apparently... the clone of Caligula was very upset. "I mean, um..." Gaius laughed nervously, trying to recover. "Good joke, Jack..." he giggled uncontrollably - it was something he did when he was nervous. "Very funny..."

Sam looked around him at all the faces. Caligula seemed to be going insane on the spot, and Sweeney seemed nervous. Maybe it's true. "No... this has to be a dream." He closed his eyes tight, and then opened them again. But it was all still there. "Stay away!" he hissed. The idea of clones was just revolting for some reason. Dead people brought back to life with science? That was just too creepy. He let go of Hollis's arm, backing up. "Especially you!" He said, pointing to Sweeney, Margery, and Gaius. "You're all insane! Get away from me!"

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'You're all insane! Get away from me!'

Gaius was terrified. So this kid knew. He knew about their originals, and he didn't like it. It was freaking Gaius out. He didn't know if he could take it... He felt a migraine coming on. Pre-ictal migraines, the doctors called them. And he knew from long experience that they came right before a seizure. The light suddenly became too bright for his eyes, and he squinted. The sound of Sam's shouting was pounding in his ears. "Be quiet, please..." He muttered. He covered his ears with both hands. But then, not wanting anyone to see his weakness, he forced himself through strength of will to open his eyes and force his hands down to his sides. The pain was excruciating. "I... have to go..." Gaius mumbled faintly, but to him it sounded louder than a trumpet blare. "I'll be... late to class." It didn't make sense in context, but he was quickly becoming delirious. He felt his legs grow weak, and a jittery feeling crept into his bones. NO! This can't happen, not now! None of his friends knew that he had started having seizures - at least that's what he thought - and he had hidden it successfully from the doctors at school. He just couldn't let this happen to him now. He turned, took a step - and fell. His knees just gave out from under him, and that terrible feeling of losing all control grabbed hold of his brain. His hands curled up uncontrollably, and then his whole body convulsed, shaking and contorting as if some unseen hand was ringing him out like a wet doll. He heard screaming, so much screaming. The thought occurred to him that it was his own screaming. His eyes were wide open, but his sight was gone. He struggled to regain consciousness, but it was like he was underwater, swimming up, up, up... and never reaching the top. He was drowning! He couldn't breathe! Would it never end?

To all the outside observers, it appeared that Gaius was convulsing, sometimes excruciatingly slowly, sometimes disturbingly quickly. Every now and then a cry escaped his lips. He slammed his head into the ground when he fell, and didn't seem to have any control over his movements. There was nothing he could do.

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Darcy's expression of playfulness falters slightly when Sam grabs onto her arm, gripping it just tight enough for her to wince slightly at the squeeze. Her first reaction, when he begins to say that her belief was correct, is happiness that he knows what the TARDIS is- she is nearly about to launch into the fangirling that she is prone to when someone has an apparent mutual liking for something. However, the urgency in the young man's tone makes her stop short of that, and she can only stare at him, bemused, as the young man states his belief that the school is somehow in possession of time travel. Her smile has become smaller at this point, but still remains as a vague, flickering thing. "Erm, are you okay? I think maybe the sun is getting to you? Do you need some water?" Hollis begins to ask, her voice careful as though she is trying to avoid stepping on a landmine.

Of course, the sound of a landmine may as well be replicated when twig-boy releases a sharp burst of laughter, the sound slightly unpleasant to her ears. This, combined with the tight grip on her arm, is beginning to make Hollis just a little bit nervous. Still, she keeps her expression and posture somewhat relaxed, refusing to be taken in by this sudden whirlwind. It's like a weird confrontation scene in some movie that never made it to theaters. All in all, she figures that this seemingly surreal situation is just the product of bad timing and several jumpy people. But Sam doesn't think that this is the case, and latches on to yet another statement from Gaius, something about a person named Claudius. And, once more, Hollis only knows the name because of the occasional culture classes in Latin. Claudius? Like the Emperor? Maybe he and Gaius are related? Too many historical references. This is why maths are better, she thinks watching the chaos unfold before her eyes, still wearing that hesitant smile, as though its presence can keep her from being drawn into the madness. Still, Gaius's nervous reaction to the scenario is making Hollis skeptical as well.

Somehow, the movie reference of a sarcastic girl in the altered uniform does calm her down slightly, giving Hollis some sense of familiarity, at the least. She even grins at the comment, her cautious smile from before widening slightly with amusement at the retort. The sense of normalcy is increased, in fact, as the sane-looking young woman with the bob cut comes over with a smile, offering to go with her to the Calculus class. "Actually, that would be fantas-" her sentence falls short when she hears what Jack has said, and her attention is ripped away from Ami and focused on him. Sweeney's face, she observes in the back of her mind, pales even further at the comment. That hardly helps in making it seem less true. Hollis clears her throat and smiles towards Ami once more.

"Maybe we should get out of here before-" anything she was saying is then drowned out by Gaius's frantic screech before bursting into nervous giggles and calling it all a joke. His reaction hardly makes everything seem like just a joke, though. Hollis feels Sam finally let go of her arm as he backs away and begins to call people insane, not really making himself seem like the most sound-minded of people. The only person who doesn't seem kind of panicked is the girl in the pigtails, who looks one part amused and two parts tired. Hollis isn't sure whether to admire or be confused by this.

There isn't much time to think about it, though, because the next step in this chaotic escalation of this situation is centered around Gaius, who begins to mumble something before suddenly dropping to the ground, the sight of his head crashing against the cement making Hollis flinch. He begins convulsing in what looks like a seizure, crying out and shaking violently. On pure instinct, Hollis jumps forward towards him, her mind going mostly blank as she tries to hold down his limbs to minimize the damage he does to himself by hitting himself against the ground. She pins down his arms with her hands, but then hops off again when she remembers a health class on seizures. Don't pin them down. Putt something soft under their head, she recites, ripping off her jacket and bunching it to make a little padding, which she places under his head at the next opportunity.

"Someone-someone call a doctor!" she shouts out to anyone who will listen, doubting that the ambulance would arrive in time. By this point, her smile has disappeared completely, replaced with a thin line of concentration.