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Discussion in 'ROLEPLAY GRAVEYARD' started by TinyRustyPiglets, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. ((OOC= http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/showthread.php?t=7019))

    Emmett’s
    leg jiggled in a rapid, steady rhythm as he waited, impatiently, for the dismissal bell to ring. He’d given up on taking notes forty minutes ago, right after he politely asked the jerk behind him to stop kicking his chair for the third time that period. He still hadn’t stopped. Emmett wasn’t usually one to get pissed off at dumbass idiots who lived and aimed to piss people off, but his day had ultimately been utter shit, and he was just about ready to punch this dick in the face.<o:p></o:p>


    The kid behind him—Tim he remembered his name was—started up a conversation with the guy next to him, but the extremely irritating “thump, thump, thump,” of his stupid Osirus sneakers tapping the leg of his chair never ceased and Emmett’s knuckles turned white as he gripped the edge of his desk. Tim laughed at something the other kid had said, and Emmett decided the laughing was even more irritating than the kicking. Imagine the sound of a sick donkey and a retarded hyena. <o:p></o:p>

    Tim snickered, “Dude, don’t be such a faggot.” <o:p></o:p>

    God dammit,
    Em seethed,That’s it. He turned around, “Hey, knock it off,alright?!”<o:p></o:p>


    The class fell silent.<o:p></o:p>

    Tim stared. “Chill out, dyke.” He muttered.<o:p></o:p>


    Emmett stood up.<o:p></o:p>

    The teacher interrupted. “Miss Thomas!”<o:p></o:p>


    Miss. She called me
    Miss. <o:p></o:p>


    Until that moment,
    Emmett had never related to the term ‘Saved by the bell,’ but at that moment as the bell rang, he didn’t think he’d ever be more thankful for that sound ever again.<o:p></o:p>


    Emmett
    grabbed his stuff and got out of there as quickly as possible and headed for the spare classroom in the back of the library were GSA was held. The room was chosen mostly for privacy reasons. Last year, when it was held in a normal classroom, jerks and ignorant assholes, like Tim himself, would stand out in the hallway just to laugh and make rude remarks. <o:p></o:p>


    This year, as club president, Emmett Thomas wasn’t going to have that.<o:p></o:p>

    He unlocked the door with his key and took a seat in the swivel chair behind the front desk, enjoying his moment of silence.<o:p></o:p>
     
  2. “Lesson ends when you’ve done twenty, Johnston!” Coach barked.

    A round of groans resounded through the gymnasium, followed by an especially loud one from a boy at the back. The lesson had been laps. So many laps. They’d started off skipping, then jogging, and now running. Mark thundered past his classmates, again. Just two more, he thought, and he glanced up at the clock. His heart pounded in his chest and his breaths were ragged, but he kept running.

    “Come on Johnston,” Mark laughed warmly, as he passed a fat kid taking a stroll.
    “Fuck you,” Johnston grinned, shaking his head. His thighs clapped lazily as he forced himself to jog, groaning again. Mark sped up.

    Coach slapped the football player on the back as he passed, first again. “Good man,” coach called, his old face twisting into a smile. Mark nodded in thanks and started out of the gym to change.

    The changing room was cool and fresh, the air felt nice on his skin. Stretching, Mark opened his locker and got out his clothes. He hurried out of his gym clothes and pulled on some fresh ones as fast as he could. He didn’t want to be late to the first GSA meeting of the year.

    “Hey Mark, you doing anything in a bit?” A tall, sweaty classmate joined Mark in the changing room and took off his own shirt.
    “Why?” Mark asked back, packing up his things.
    “Cathy and I were gon’ go down to Aaron’s, he wanted to know if you wanted to come,”
    “Oh, nah,” Mark shook his head. He didn’t think he knew an Aaron. Weird. Mark fought his way out of the changing room as it started to flood with other seniors, all in a hurry to get changed as fast as they could. He headed across the lot to the main building, glancing behind him occasionally to check he wasn’t being followed.

    Mark opened the door quietly (it was a library after all) and headed to the back.


    [[OOC: and the award for worst opening post goes to...yeah sorry this post sucks it's a monday]]
     
  3. "Comment dites-vous... dyke en francais?" The girls behind me giggled. They had probably high fived. The teacher was prattling on about future tenses and writing an excessive amount of examples on the board. I had stopped paying attention half an hour ago, as had the sunshine squad at my back. I turned my head slightly, just enough that they could hear my whisper, "Wow, your French is excellent. Would you mind helping me out a bit?"

    Maili, queen of the sunshine bastards, was obviously taken aback. "...what?" Her perfectly shaped eyebrows furrowed together. The bitch was actually kind of cute when she was confused.

    "Yeah, could you tell me how to say 'You're a fat cow who can kindly go die in any manner you see fit'?" Her face went red with rage almost instantly. It was poor form to smile, but I couldn't help it. I went back to doodling in my notebook feeling much better about my day and was still smiling when I left French class.

    The hallway was crowded, as usual. It always felt like the student body was just a herd of cattle being ushered along. Except unlike most cattle herds, we were vicious, evil children. Most of us, anyways. I ignored the sneers and small shoves as I exchanged my books for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich I had stashed in my locker this morning. The library seemed like such a long walk away right now... I frowned. Laziness always strikes at the worst moment. I could just sit here, by my crummy locker in the middle of the hallway and eat my sandwich, right? But then I would miss the meeting. Emmett wouldn't be too pleased with me, then. Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuck. Whatever.

    The library was empty, of course. No one ever uses a high school library. It's a waste of money and space, but oh it was lovely. My fingers traced the spines of the books as I made my way to the GSA office. It seemed Mark had just arrived, and Emmett was sitting quietly. Unacceptable behavior. I threw my arms up in the air, "Tyler in the hizzouse!" Every day a party, right?

    I slumped into a chair, suddenly filled with lust for the sandwich in my hand. "How has your day been, dear?" I asked between beautiful bites, covering my mouth with my hand in feigned politeness. I leaned toward my president, even going so far as to scoot my seat closer, making sure that my interest in his day was quite apparent.
     

  4. The noise all around Beallara was a dull roar in her ears, present but the sounds indistinguishable from one another. Such was the boisterous yelling and cheering of the students in her class. Perhaps it had not been in her best interest to think that the senior class would actually be rigorous and she should have just taken the honors science at a junior level instead. It hadn't occurred to her that the seniors would be staunchly unwilling to work and that her good grades depended on her undertaking group projects all by herself. She frowned and fiddled with a pencil, trying to maintain her composure. Their talking in the middle of her presentation was distracting to say the least. After what seemed like an eternity, she had finished and was highlighting the key points of her speech. An eraser whizzed past her ear and she flushed a deep red.

    Heading back to her seat, Bea was at least grateful that the animosity was not genuinely directed at her. She wasn't sure just how long that would last, since today was the first meeting for the GSA club and she had signed up and everything. She had only enough time to gather her folders and pencil before the bell rang, shrill since there was one just outside the classroom door. It was time for the meeting and Bea was nervous, positively quaking in her seat. She was torn between simply chickening out and not going to the meeting, but she chided herself for having such low conviction. She was an ace and she could do anything, she told herself firmly. No one liked her as it was, anyway.

    After the stampede of senior students from the classroom had trickled down to the last few stragglers, Bea finally stood and wove through the desks to the door. The teacher smiled at her apologetically as he turned the knob to leave. "It was a good presentation. Well-researched. You and your... group will get high marks." He frowned a little, his pause audible. They both knew that her group hadn't done anything. She smiled weakly and nodded, exiting the classroom.

    The library was close enough to the classroom Bea had been in that it only took a moment to get there from where she was, but she had to stop by her locker first to stuff her books into it and grab her own lunch, a muffin and a banana. Carrying both these things and her water bottle was ungainly, but she made it to the library door without dropping anything, for which she was glad. The door was not easy to open, but the librarian saw her efforts and opened the door for her. Midway through a scolding about how she couldn't have food in the library, Bea pointedly shyly toward the GSA office. The librarian quieted almost instantly and Bea picked her way around chairs to the door.

    There were already three students inside when she peeked in. The blush from earlier had died down but she could feel the warmth rising again in her cheeks as she slipped in as unobtrusively as possible. She had only met the president before, Emmett was it? The others she recognized vaguely but had never spoken with before.

    "H-hi. This is the GSA club... right?"
     
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Em nodded at him, greeting Mark silently. Emmett liked Mark, he wasn’t absolutely sure why, but he did. He definitely wasn’t the most stereotypical gay guy, and he wasn’t really out or anything, but he still supported the community and came to the club. Emmett admired that about him. He was a cool dude.

    Emmett‘s thoughts were interrupted by Tyler’s loud, sudden arrival. He smirked, looking up at her as she took a seat near him and asked how his day was. “Well, I got called ‘Miss Thomas’ in Chem today.” Emmett studied his shoes and reached in front of himself to tighten a lace. “Oh, and dyke, too. Consecutively.” He leaned back and sighed. “But whatever. Haters gonna hate.”

    Just then a girl walked in, looking a bit nervous and a little shy. He vaguely remembered speaking to her at the Activities Fair (That was before the GSA’s stand was vandalized and then destroyed), but he couldn’t recall her name. She asked if this was the GSA. Emmett smiled a little and stood up, “You’re in the right place.” He held his hand out for her to shake. “I’m Emmett.” He smiled his most charming, boyish smile. Emmett hated this the most about meeting new people. Wondering if they could tell…</m:defjc></m:rmargin></m:lmargin></m:dispdef></m:smallfrac>
     
  6. Mark hoisted himself up on a desk near a window. He picked a banana yoghurt out of his bag and rummaged around for a spoon. Just as he found one at the bottom, his arm caught against one of the spikes on his track shoes, and he winced and cursed. “Goddamnit,” he grumbled. Stupid yoghurt better be worth it, he thought. He peeled back the lid of the yoghurt and stuck the spoon inside. Holding it carefully, he inspected his arm. A thin red line traced down one of his muscles. He shrugged it off and threw his bag onto the floor.

    Tyler was here. Mark looked up and she busied herself with Emmett. He listened to their conversation between noisy spoonfuls of yoghurt. Mark had always found the fact Emmett used to be a girl really weird. He’d look at him and try to imagine big boobs and a skirt, and frown. Does he have a dick? Mark scraped his spoon against the bottom of the container methodically to collect the last drops of yoghurt before sucking the spoon clean.

    His deep meditation was interrupted by the door opening. A shy girl asked about the club, and Mark found himself smirking as Emmett stood up and approached. Forever the gentleman. Mark shook his head slightly.

    “I’m Mark!” He called cheerfully, after Emmett introduced himself. He half-saluted her as he bent forward to drop his yoghurt container and spoon back into his bag.
     
  7. Scowling at Em's story, I couldn't help but think how great it would be to just set this place on fire. I would have voiced that thought, but if an adult were to walk by then, hear me, and take me seriously, they'd blame the club, probably say something about "that gay cult" or some shit. "Bitches gonna bitch." There, that was safer, and still pseudo-comforting, right? I don't care that people call me names, or shove me around in the hallways, but when they do it to someone else, I can't even find the words to accurately describe how angry it makes me. I resisted the urge to hug Em and demand he tell me who said it so I could threaten their x-box's life. He seemed mostly over it, so I let it go.

    A girl walked in. She looked like the painfully shy quiet type. I didn't trust those at all. I surveyed her carefully, chewing the last bite of my sandwich slowly, probably looking like a grade A asshole. Mark introduced himself. He was rather enthusiastic today. I noticed him putting away his yogurt. I wasn't even aware athletes were allowed to eat healthy things. I figured it was all burgers and steroids. But back to the girl and me half-glaring at her. Dad always told me I should be more trusting of people I don't know, but I figured that was a bad idea. I looked away, focusing instead on a notebook I pulled from my bag. I started doodling, only half hoping the girl hadn't noticed me, or at least taken me too harshly.
     

  8. The introductions came on after the other and Bea tried to turn to face them as they spoke, attempting to seem polite since she was clearly the newcomer in the group. First from the one that she had met at the festival - he seemed to vaguely remember her, then from the muscular guy. The girl who was there merely shot her a nasty look, which instantly caused the color of her cheeks to tip towards red. She was use to meeting dislike as soon as she spoke, but the animosity before she'd had a chance to say anything, that was new. Bea turned from the girl and back to the two guys, who seemed warmer. Unfortunately, with her hands full, she couldn't return Emmett's handshake.

    "Nice to see you again, Emmett. I hope that I came at the right time...? And hi, Mark. It's nice to m-meet you. You're on the football team, right?" She wasn't sure what else to say and she bowed her head, letting her hair hide her blush so that the others didn't see it and perhaps make fun of it too. Carrot-tops were always quick to blush, that's what the kids in school had always said. It had seemed to prove true and Bea had never seen any reason to dispute it. She wished now that she was stronger, strong enough to hold her own here, but it felt more like she was just a leaf on the breeze desperately hoping that they would let her weather the storms here. It was strange to seek out these strangers in hope that they might help her feel like she belonged somewhere.

    Lifting her chin, Bea was determined to cope as she had always coped. If she was to be met with ice, she would dole it out in turn. The color in her cheeks receded and she was on the defensive again. She was wondering now what they thought of her, what they assumed her to be. Lesbian, transgender, asexual even? Could they tell when even she wasn't sure? Still bearing her lunch in her hands, she edged around the table to sit between Mike and Emmett, away from the other girl. Thoughts instantly came to mind and she woondered if they would think worse of her for choosing to sit next to the guys? But surely it wouldn't be something others noticed, just her and her paranoia...

    "Are more people coming?"
     
  9. Rein stared up at the clock her dark hazel gaze impatient as she sat in her desk her sketch book sprawled open with her pencil in her left hand, she made short strokes lining the tree where the branches were. She was sketching the tree that was outside of the window in her history class, not paying much attention to what the teacher was trying to "teach" her. All she heard was whispering from the school cheerleaders behind her as she was wearing nothing but black with her chuck taylors tied tightly to her feet. Her hair was in front of her eyes slightly and all she could hear was these girls whispering about her. She bit her lip and gripped her pencil, she heard them calling her an emo freak.

    Rein abruptly turned around looking at them girls, she remembered one of their names not like she cared to know but she grew up with this bitch.
    "Amanda will you just shut your fucking mouth." She spoke loudly as she heard all the chairs in the classroom turn and face her, the teacher immediately stood and shouted,'REIN FALKARIE!' Rein sat back down in her seat and heard the bell rang, as she was trying to make a speedy get away Mr.Locken pulled her arm,"No I am having a talk with you Miss."

    Reins eyes flared as she looked at him and stood at his desk holding her book,
    "Please make this quick, your wasting my time." She spoke with bitterness in her tone as she stared at her teacher. "You were wrong to call Amanda out in class." Rein placed her hands on the desk and glared at the teacher,"You know what Mr.Locken, I mean no Disrespect but that girl is annoying. And I don't like her. Plain and simple. Now I am late meeting Emmett and everyone else, I will see you later." She quickly picked up her booked and rushed out of the door before he tried lecturing her about giving everyone a "Chance" who clearly didn't care what she thought.


    Reins eyes narrowed as she stared down the hallway, she looked at the clock and sighed as she had wasted ten minutes 'having a talk' with her teacher who obviously had no idea that the cheerleaders disliked her opinions and how she dressed. She wasn't far from the library as she soon approached the old library door and a smile spread on her face as lifted her right hand and opened the door stepping inside and heading to the back.
    Rein's gaze sweeped over the back room quickly to see who was already there she saw Baellara,Tyler,Emmett and Mark.She saw everyone in the room and waved to them setting her books down on the desk and pulling a chair up to sit next to Emmett and Tyler, she looked up giving a friendly smile to Mark and Baellara.
    "Hey guys, I'm sorry I am late, Mr.Locken decided to lecture me about calling Amanda out in class." She laughed thinking about the look on the girls face as she had taken her surprise. She crossed her legs and leaned back in the chair looking around at everyone,"Did I miss anything important?" Her gaze shifted looking at Emmett to fill her in on anything she missed.
     
  10. Boring. Boring. Boring, boring, why the heck is this class so boring!? I knew why, because it was geometry. If geometry suddenly became entertaining I'd think it was the apocalypse or something. I looked at the board and scribbled down whatever looked important. Then I drew aliens. Aliens where way more interesting then geometry, although I don't suppose I could get into collage with with doodling aliens (no matter how awesome they were.)

    In the middle of narrating my little green invaders' story in my head, the bell rang. Sweet salvation! I stacked my books on my desk before zipping up my binder. Distracted by the stuck zipper I only heard a crash. I looked up to see all my books and papers scattered around the floor.
    "Whoops! Look at that." It was a greasy haired kid, I remembered his name was Greg. "You better pick that up." A few kids around us snickered. "Yeah, you know, that's been happening a lot lately," I bent down to gather up my things. "I think I have a really ugly ghost fallowing me around." He frowned, muttered something and went off with his group of equally gross-looking friends.

    I grumbled on my way to my locker. This was perfect, today was the first GSA meeting and I was going to be late because some idiot decided to be.... idiotic. I opened my locker and began stuffing my books in. It was rather impressive (or at least I thought so) that I could stack my books so haphazardly and keep them from tumbling out like an avalanche. It was a gift, I didn't dare question it. After the last book was shoved in I pulled a packet of Poptarts out of my bag and started for the library.

    I knew I was already late so I picked up my pace. I occasionally skirted the line between 'fast walk' and a jog, though I'm usually quite careful; I've been told one too many times 'Slow down Lucy, this isn't elementary school!' Teachers are weird, they don't want us to be late for class, yet they don't want us to run to get there, and you're scolded for not running fast enough in PE.

    Once i saw the library door I slowed myself. I took a deep breath before entering; this was so exciting! I opened the door slowly. I think in my mind 'slow' somehow translates to 'quiet' (although it didn't work very well because it let out this long, irritating squeek.) Ignoring the looks I was getting for disturbing the quiet, I made my way to the back of the library with a bounce in my step.
    "Hey! I'm not too late am I?"
     
  11. “Yeah,” Mark replied casually, stretching his back, “top of the league, just you wait.” Mark grinned proudly. They had a match against a local school in a few weeks, and practically everyone knew they were going to win. There were posters up for it, trying to raise funds to get a real life bear in for the match by selling tickets. It was pretty exciting, but the local zoo didn't seem too impressed with the efforts. There was a giant banner for it behind the gym. ‘Eastpointe bear cub, coming soon!’ It read. The few friends Mark had that knew Mark was gay used to laugh at it. ‘”Mark’s the only bear cub this team needs!”’ They’d say.

    Bea seemed nice enough. Mark had never seen her in his life, which was a surprise given how much Mark got around. He assumed she was more of the literary type. “So, what’s your deal?” Mark asked as she sat down, “you like, ace or something?” He put his hands slightly behind him and leant back, relaxing.

    Rein was next in. She was a bit weird. Mark didn’t really understand how someone could wear all that black and listen to music so much. But hey, each to their own. Mark watched her come in and take a seat, nodding when she smiled at him.

    The door squeaked open yet again. It was the other transsexual; the one Mark actually knew had a penis. Mark nodded at her too and sat up. “Hey, poptarts!”
     

  12. Giving her a warm nod, Emmett acknowledged Bea's question as she sat down but turned quickly to greet the newcomers. She didn't recognize the one in all the black but Lucy was fairly well-known around the school and Bea had said hi to her once or twice. Lucy at least was bubbly and pleasant - Bea didn't know her well but liked her in a peripheral sort of way. She wouldn't have been surprised if neither girl recognized her, since she was so often drawn into herself.

    The tension seemed to dissipate with Mark's answer and the arrival of the other students so that Bea could relax back in her chair and take a big bite of muffin. She chewed thoughtfully on her bite while trying to consider what Mark was asking her since she wanted very much to answer his question considering he was being so cordial to her. After a sip from her water bottle later and she couldn't think of what to say still. With her cheeks turning pink again, she finally decided to just admit to it instead of trying to come up with an answer. Who would have thought that the football player would be the one to ask the nerd something she didn't know?

    "I don't... what's an ace?" Bea tugged at the strands of her hair, wondering if this was some important word that she should know the meaning of already. What if they would be insulted by her not knowing, what if it was something absolutely vital? She could feel the stress seemingly reaching up to grab her by the throat when she asked and she took a deep breath to try to quell the panic that was rising. Study anxiety in the GSA club. Life was full of surprises. Trying to act nonchalant despite it all, she waved timidly to the two girls who had just walked into the room.
     
  13. Rein and Lucy's entrance distracted me from doodling. They were both concerned about being late for the meeting. How silly of them. We never start anything on time. I put on my best stern face, "You guys are both late, and I'm sorry to say this, but I'll have to disqualify you as members of this club." My lips disobeyed my intents and turned up in a grin as I spoke, however, so I gave up the fake attitude and laughed. "Whatever. Sit down. GSA loves you, even when tardy for meetings that haven't begun yet. We'll get to introductions soon."

    After waving them to a couple of seats, I turned my attention to Mark. He was speaking in some weird sports lingo I didn't understand. "Yeah, Markie, what is an ace?" I raised an eyebrow, genuinely curious to decipher this code.
     
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<![endif]--> ((SORRY FOR THE LATE POST!!! If you didn’t already read my post in the OOC, maybe you should)


    Emmett shoved his hands in his pockets and smiles as more people began to file in. He pulled a sheet from a folder and counted the heads. There were more people signed up, but he considered the fact that others signed up for the club as a joke. He went to the white board at the front of the room and wrote WELCOME TO THE GSA just like that in all caps with a dumb little smiley face at the end. He admired it for a while before adding a star to the end of GSA and put in little letters under it: (for now).



    “Alright, come on, you guys. Enough chit chat.” Emmett waited for everyone to settle down and motioned for Rein and Tyler to make their way to the front along with him. “Welcome to the GSA, guys and girls. Just to get it out of the way, I’d love to start with questions if any of you guys have any.” He smiled and waited for a second. “Oh, yeah, I’m Emmett—“ He pointed to Tyler and then Rein. “This is Tyler and Rein, and uh we’re your presidents, which means, you answer us and only us at all times, because we are your almighty rulers. You will fall to your knees and pray to us now… Just kidding. Don’t do that. That would make me feel weird.” Emmett cleared his throat. “Uh, yeah, so anyway, questions?”
     
  15. Richard was using this chance to explore. He hadn't really had a chance to yet, because he was the new guy and everyone in his classes wanted a piece of him. Luckily his "new guy" popularity had died down and he could have time to himself. He was just wandering the halls with an earbud in on ear and whatever song his iPod decided to play for him going through it at a pretty light volume. He didn't really know what the song was called, since it was in Japanese and came from one of the anime he had seen. All of the songs on the iPod were from anime. He was only a mild otaku, but one nonetheless.

    He came across the library and paused, looking into the windows of the door. Maybe there were some good books in there that he could read, something that would break up the monotony and surprise the crap out of his foster family. They always saw him watching his anime on his computer, and he'd heard more than a few complaints about it. Coming home and reading a book where they could see it would just be funny. They'd never see it coming.

    Richard opened the door and walked right in. The librarian offered him a smile and he waved at her with a grin before walking around. He saw a group of kids in the back and curiosity made him walk back. Glancing inside, he looked at the board.

    "GSA?" he murmured to himself. "What's that?"

    He stood there for a moment, and then opened the door and poked in his head.

    "Hey, guys! Sorry to interrupt, but, uh... What's GSA stand for?" he asked.
     
  16. I was confident I knew pretty much everyone's name, though there where some i haven't really talked to before, so that was a relief. I exchanged greetings with Beallara. I had a class or two with her, but she was one of those really quiet kids who don't say much, so we hardly got passed 'hello'. Still, she seemed nice.

    I was about to find a seat when Tyler spoke up. She joked that because Rein and I were late, we were kicked out of the club. I probably would have believed her if she didn't break into a smile half way trough talking. "Yeah, yeah. Very funny." I laughed, plopping down in a chair. My stomach had been making ungodly noises since second period so I was anxious to get into my Poptarts. I tore open the foil and ulled one out. I broke it in half, offering a piece to Mark, who almost instantly expressed interest in my snack. It wasn't exactly the best lunch in the world, but it was better than that mystery they called a 'school lunch'.

    I leaned back, taking another look at the current members. I smiled as i took a bite of Poptart. This certainly was an interesting gathering of people; kids with all different interests, from all different groups, united by the GSA. It sounded like the premise to almost every cliche high school movie I've ever seen, but it was kinda nice when it happened in real life. "I take it you don't mean ace as in a deck of cards?"
     
  17. Mark watched the girl casually as she ate and drank before answering. He would have raised an eyebrow if he could. “Oh, obviously not then,” Mark half-laughed when she answered. He was going to shrug it off, just ignore her question and change the topic, when other people started asking. Mark felt clever. “Okay, okay, since I’m obviously king of gay code,” Mark joked, holding his hands up at the questions like a man in court. Before answering, he greedily stretched forward and took a bit of poptart Lucy offered, before shuffling back to sit properly on the table. Mark tossed it into his mouth and took a moment to finish it before continuing.

    Putting on his very best intellectual voice, Mark began, “Ace – not to be confused with the card -” He glanced at Lucy with a joke all-knowing expression, “is short for a-sex-u-al,” he sounded out. Giving up the joke, he shrugged. “I think that’s where they don’t like anyone, you know?”

    He noticed Emmett writing something on the board, and slipped off the back of the table semi-gracefully to find a chair now things were getting official. He took one from the very back quickly and brought it forward to be near where he was before. He sighed contently before listening to Emmett talk. He’d been in the club long enough to know how things were, but it was only polite.

    The door opened yet again. A dude, yes! Mark thought. It wasn’t that Mark didn’t like the girls in the club; it was just exciting to know there were more guys. There was Emmett obviously, but he was…different, Mark thought. It wasn’t the same, to him. Mark’s half-formed dreams were all but crushed however when the boy asked ‘what’s GSA stand for?’ Frowning slightly, Mark pretended he hadn’t noticed his arrival and waited for Emmett to speak again.
     

  18. At Mark's response to her, Bea chuckled and clapped a hand over her mouth, not sure if she was allowed to laugh or not. Emmett seemed intent on starting the meeting now, while everyone appeared to be present. Besides, it was getting full. Even if there were more members, she wasn't sure how many they could expect to fit in here.


    The atmosphere of tenseness between all the members was broken, however, at the arrival of a nonmember who stopped at the door to ask what they were. No one seemed willing to answer him though, just turning their attention back to Emmett in hopes that he would hurry up and get started with whatever they were going to be doing. Bea wished that she were brave enough to answer the boy, but she didn't know what to say and didn't want to call the attention to herself.

    Trying not to feel too bad, Bea assumed that the really loud and outgoing girl would answer him. It seemed more her thing, anyway, and Bea was new here. Excuses, excuses she chided herself gently. Always an excuse to not have to deal with other people. She had even contemplated not coming and pointlessly going over her notes again despite having everything she needed for her test on cellular cycles memorized. Anything to get out of possibly revealing something about her that was vulnerable to others. She was really trying to change, at least a little.

    "I-it stands for..." but her voice petered out and she glanced around. Was she wrong for trying to answer him? The silence was suffocating.
     
  19. Without thinking, Emmett inserted himself into Mark, Bea, and Tyler’s conversation. “I think asexual means that you just aren’t sexually attracted to people. I mean I guess you could like someone, but for their personality… I wouldn’t know, I don’t know much about it.” He shrugged when suddenly the door opened and an unfamiliar kid poked his head in. What's GSA stand for?" he’d asked. <o:p></o:p>

    The room went silent. It was rare for someone to actually ask that question. It was either you were a part of the GSA, you didn’t care about the GSA, or you hated and made fun of the GSA, even if you didn’t know what it was. As far as any of the “normal” kids cared, the GSA was just a bunch of ‘fags’ who got together to talk about gay things and make out. No one ever actually went out of their way to ask what it actually was. Emmett smirked to himself. Curiosity was the first sign of an Ally…
    <o:p></o:p>

    Bea broke the silence. Emmett looked at Bea, with a smile, encouraging her to go on. But when she didn’t continue, he finished for her: “Gay, straight alliance…” He said politely, “Though, hopefully, we will be changing the name soon to include everyone apart of the, um, ‘queer’ spectrum; if you get what I’m saying.”Emmett looked up at their curious newcomer, and offered cautiously, “If you’d like, you could join. We’re just getting started.” He smiled hopefully.
    <o:p></o:p>

     
  20. After catching everyone's attention, Richard started to feel a little silly for asking but he didn't falter. One of the girls started to answer him shyly but stopped, and then the person he figured was in charge answered.

    "Gay straight alliance, huh. Sure, I'd love to join!" he said happily. "What all do you guys do? Do you try to get people here to accept gay people? That's a pretty kickass thing to do, you know?"