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Skeletons and Spaghetti; Open~
Topic Started: Oct 23 2015, 11:44 AM (815 Views)
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((ASTRID TATE: PREGAME START!!!!)))

Much to the misfortune of pretty much anyone who got in her way that day, Astrid was in a sour mood. A whole host of stuff had gone wrong for her today. Each one by themselves would have been fine, but having them stack on top of each other, one by one, was like a flame slowly growing, right next to a stack of dynamite.

First of all, Astrid had a headache, which seemed determined to continue tormenting her, no matter how much paracetamol she took. It had been there, just above and behind her eyes, since she’d woken up that morning, and there it remained, sending jolts of pain coursing through her skull during every lesson. Even during her history class earlier, her favourite lesson, she had found it impossible to concentrate properly.

What didn’t help was the fact that she’d ended up getting into a completely pointless argument with some moron during history. They had made some asinine point about the War of the Roses – Astrid could hardly remember what it even was, that was how pointless it was – and she had simply attempted to politely correct him. The guy had been too far up his own ass to actually listen; he’d even attempted to argue the point when Astrid brought out a textbook proving him wrong, for Christ’s sake. Eventually he’d admitted he was wrong, but the damage had already been done. Astrid had left that lesson pissed off and frustrated. Sure, she’d ‘won’ eventually, but it was like winning an argument against a brick wall; an inevitability that just makes everyone feel stupid and annoyed.

To cap it all off, she’d forgotten to bring her lunch today. It wasn’t anything incredibly exciting, just some tuna pasta salad, but she had made it herself so she knew what went into it, unlike… whatever it was they were serving in the cafeteria today.

Astrid looked down at the tray she was holding and made a noise of disgruntlement. Apparently the meat on the plate in front of her was supposed to be beef. She didn’t like beef, and she especially didn’t like ‘beef’ coated in some mystery sauce. But food was still food, and she wasn’t going to go hungry for the rest of the day.

Astrid surveyed the cafeteria, and made another noise of annoyance. For a place that served not-great lunches, and that gave the option to eat outside, the room always seemed to be packed. There were only a few spaces left that she could see, and even they were in danger of being swallowed up. Astrid quickly made her way over to the nearest one, and parked herself at a table containing three other girls. She vaguely recognised them as Penelope, Fiyori and Rene, and she had no interest in any of them. They weren’t in her friendship group, and none of them shared her interests, as far as she was aware. Still, she gave a curt nod in their direction as way of greeting, before settling down and hoping none of them would be too annoying. Penelope was playing on some sort of games console, and whilst Astrid had absolutely no interest in gaming whatsoever, she had no qualms with those who did.

If Penelope decided to turn the volume up obnoxiously loud, however… well, she was gonna be in for a bad time.
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Well this was just delightful, wasn’t it?

It was lucky for Astrid that Penelope was sitting to her left. It meant she could actively side-eye her without looking like she was going cross-eyed. She’d heard of the game Penelope was playing, somehow, somewhere. Seen a couple videos or gifs of it online too. It didn’t interest her in the slightest, and if she had to be honest – and, given Astrid was Astrid, she did have to be honest – she couldn’t understand why it would interest anyone else.

Astrid leaned herself and her chair back, a sure-fire sign that she was about to start lecturing someone. For a moment though, she reconsidered. She’d just gotten done with a pointless argument that went absolutely nowhere. She didn’t exactly want to get into another one so soon, especially not over a subject she hardly cared about.

On the other hand, she didn’t have much of an alternative. Astrid realised this as she looked down at her tray. Just eating this… mockery of meat was bad enough, but if she was gonna focus on it and nothing else, then she might just scream. So it was either potentially getting into a pointless argument or eating what might as well be pure, unfiltered garbage.

Great. It was only lunchtime and she was already stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Well, one was less unpleasant than the other. Besides, if worst came to the worst, Astrid could always claim she was just stating her opinion. After all, technically that was true. She carved off a piece of ‘beef’, under some sort of impression that doing both things would cancel each other out through sheer awfulness, chewed it for far longer than should have been necessary, before opening her mouth to speak.

“Y’know, I think I’ve heard of that game.”

Astrid swallowed the slice of beef, pulling a face, before continuing. How did it get to be simultaneously tough and slimy?

“Yeah, I think my cousin plays it, or something. Got something to do with animals and collecting fruit, right? And you’re saying there’s no real win conditions?”

Astrid looked down at her plate, wrestling with her piece of beef, feeling like she was trying to chisel Excalibur out of the stone with her knife and fork.

“Seems like a big waste of time, if you ask me.”
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Astrid glanced at Fiyori and raised an eyebrow as high as it would go, as the other girl stood up almost as soon as Astrid had finished talking. Oh come on. That just made the whole thing look worse than it actually was. Astrid was in absolutely no mood to get into even a minor debate right now, let alone a no-holds-barred screaming fest. She watched Fiyori almost perform an incredible faceplant before leaving, then turned back to Penelope, rolling her eyes, shaking her head and taking a deep breath.

Astrid listened to Penelope describe the game in a little more detail, taking another bite of… no, she couldn’t even call it food. Even her earliest experiments at cooking hadn't tasted this bad. She pulled another disgusted face, and shoved the plate to one side. If she was really hungry after all this was done, then maybe she’d go back to it. But not before then, absolutely not.

“So let me get this straight.” Astrid said, furrowing her brow. She wanted to choose her words carefully; Penelope didn’t seem like the sort to lash out in response to an offending sentence, but you really couldn’t tell with people. It was always the quiet ones, and other cliche statements.

“It’s your go to when the only option available to you is just… lounging around on the sofa, doing nothing? Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got nothing against video games. Like, I don’t have any interest in them or anything, but I know they can develop some skills and shit, and some people make a living off of them. That’s fine, but this-“Astrid gestured towards Penelope’s DS.

“-This doesn’t seem to have any of those benefits, other than ‘cuteness’.”

Astrid leaned back in her chair, folding her arms. Now she was interested in what other reasons Penelope had for playing this game, because as far as Astrid could see, it would bore her to tears. She'd read online that many doctors were using video games in order to heighten their skills, or something like that, but surely it couldn't be this game.

“No offense, but surely you could be doing something else with your time? Something more productive? Something more…” Astrid waved her hand in the air, trying to swat down the right phrase.

“Something more interesting, maybe?”
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It was a good few moments into Penelope’s explanation before Astrid realised that she was gripping her fork so hard her knuckles had turned white. That… was not a good sign. A little startled at herself, Astrid loosened her grip, gently placing the fork on the table as quietly as possible. She tried to make sure her face looked as nonchalant as possible, but she was certain her usual anger management technique would give her away.

Clench her knuckles. One, two, three, four, five. Unclench. One, two, three, four, five.

For once, it wasn’t even anything that Penelope was saying that was pissing Astrid off. Hell, everything she said was… actually perfectly logical and understandable. To a point. Even if Astrid didn’t necessarily agree with it. What was provoking her ire was the fact that Penelope seemed to refuse to actually look away from the damn game. The bottle cap rolling under a nearby table was actually a relief, in that it drew attention away from the DS. Astrid waited for Penelope to finish her drink, and her final statement, before speaking.

“Sure, I get what you’re saying. But you’re not trying to avoid boredom at the moment, you’re talking to someone. You understand?”

Astrid casually cracked the joints in her fingers, before rolling her neck from side to side. She placed her right elbow on the table, and her chin on her right hand, looking at Penelope with some intrigue.

“Anyway. Usefulness of the game aside, I’m a little surprised you haven’t figured out… well, from the sounds of it, anything about your life yet. I mean, shouldn’t you have at least some idea of what you wanna do once you leave school? You can’t just sit on your laurels forever, playing that game instead of considering this sort of thing. You keep putting stuff off until tomorrow, then tomorrow’s gonna arrive and you haven’t moved.”
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“Hmm…”

Astrid could feel her eyebrows knitting as she listened to Penelope talk. Mostly this was just a common habit of hers, whenever she was debating or talking with somebody, but there was something that… intrigued her about Penelope in particular. It was hard to get annoyed with someone who actually knew how to rationally talk a point out, which Astrid appreciated. God knows, she’d encountered enough people whose idea of an argument was repeating the same goddamn point without altering it in the slightest, and after today's debacle, she would be happy if she didn't have to encounter it for the rest of her life.

But it seemed that there was some sort of lapse in communication between the two of them. Either that, or their worldviews just happened to be polar opposites. ‘Taking it easy’ was all well and good in theory. It wasn’t as though Astrid didn’t take time out for her own personal interests, either. Neither playing soccer nor cooking for Sophie were activities that would be vital, or even necessary, for her goals in life, but she did them because she enjoyed them a ton. Plus, they were both things that did end up providing useful skills for her to use in life, from general health and fitness, to improving her hand-eye co-ordination, to… well, knowing how to cook.

Just as Astrid was about to open her mouth to reply to Penelope, the other girl sitting at the table, who apparently hadn’t disappeared into the ether after all, spoke up. That, in and of itself, was a generous term. A single word that had literally nothing to do with the conversation, any way you tried to slice it. She might as well have just grunted. Astrid looked over at her, left eyebrow raised as high as it could go, an unmistakable look of disdain on her face.

“Right, well, thank you for your… contribution. You might want to consider actually paying attention to what we’re saying.”

If she was being honest, which she always was, Astrid couldn’t even really remember the girl’s name. A little rude, maybe, but she wasn’t on her radar, and most likely never would be. She rubbed her temple, before speaking again.

“Anyways, I can’t really afford to, err, ‘take it easy’. At least not the way you seem to interpret it. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I make sure I have activities outside of the medical world, but they all have benefits that I can use. Hell, if I hadn’t left it in the fridge, I’d have been able to eat some of the stuff I cooked last night instead of… whatever the hell this is.”

Astrid gestured at the discarded tray, regarding it with a similar expression as she had with Rene.

“I guess I’m just… struggling to see the appeal of something that could easily be replaced by something that does provide greater benefits to you.”
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Well that had been… enlightening.

Astrid watched Penelope go, mind working at its usual million miles per hour pace, face practically unreadable. It was actually quite a shame, really. She had been, dare she say it, enjoying talking with the other girl. It had been quite fascinating, really. Their views on the world couldn’t be less alike, and yet, miraculously, it hadn’t devolved into a screaming match. Maybe this day could still be salvaged.

She didn’t hold a grudge against Penelope for leaving, either. She hadn’t known the girl had a boyfriend; after all, this was pretty much the first time the two of them had talked to any great length. Astrid did know how drastically your schedule had to change when you were in a relationship, though. Fair play to Penelope for keeping it up. To Astrid, it was simply another unappealing facet of dating that drove her away from the whole idea. Still, she wasn’t petty; you could do whatever the fuck you wanted in terms of relationships, so long as it didn’t directly piss her off.

Yeah. Astrid was pretty confident she could say she liked Penelope.

This other girl, however…

Astrid was absolutely certain she wasn’t going to get anything interesting out of her. She probably blindly assumed that Astrid knew her name off by heart, for a start, and any other attempts at conversation had been spectacularly unspectacular. And as for this food, for lack of a better term… well, there really wasn’t anything keeping her here anymore.

Astrid stood up, carefully sliding her chair back under the table, not even sparing a second glance at the other girl. Well, today had certainly perked up a little bit. Hopefully it’d stay that way until it was time to leave.

Odds were, Astrid was going to get into another argument within the hour.

(Astrid Tate continued in The Dynamo of Volition))
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