Chapter 2 - Georgetown Academy
I stare at her for a second, familiarity booming off of her, especially in her eyes.
Lilac nudges my side, clearing her throat to get me to break my gaze.
“Hi,” I smile brightly, trying to make myself seem as friendly as possible, letting my guard down a little. “I’m Sagen.”
Lilac snorts, “If you’re her mother you can call her that, but she goes by Sage. I’m Lilac.”
I roll my eyes, tucking a strand of hair behind my ear.
“Well, you already know who I am, but welcome!” Holly laughs, pulling Rue into an embrace. “Sorry, I’m a hugger.”
“It’s fine.” Rue smiles shyly.
“So, Lilac sleeps above you, and me and Sage have the bunk next to you.” Holly informs, patting the comforter. “Oh, and that bed in the middle of the bunk beds is Éloïse’s, but she’s coming in a few months.”
I check the time on my phone, my stomach rumbling slightly.
“Well, it’s almost lunch time, so do you guys want to head down to the caf? I heard they’re finally serving coffee this year.” I wink, bouncing on my feet as I reply to Clover’s text that we would meet him there.
“Oh god.” Lilac groans, blinking slowly. “It’s too early to have you hyped up on coffee, let alone watch you run around this ******* building like a lunatic.”
Rue laughs, her body visibly relaxing.
“Long time no see,” someone calls from behind us as we turn the corner to the cafeteria, his black hair shining in the sunlight.
“Canyon,” I smile, my eyes crinkling as he envelopes me in a hug, doing the same too Lilac and Holly after. “This is Rue, she’s our new roommate.”
“Hey,” He greets. “Everest should be down here in a cou–”
Everest jumps on Canyons back from behind, making him jump.
“Jesus ******* christ, you scared the **** out of me.” He holds his heart, Everest laughing like the maniac he is.
“Hi, I’m Everest.” He directs towards Rue, bowing sarcastically before we all sit down at a nearby table.
“Irish?” Rue questions, referring to his accent.
“Yes indeed, Miss Canada.” He comments back, tipping an invisible hat. “We can be accent buddies!”
Rue smiles slightly, fiddling with her bracelet. “I don’t know, I don’t really have much of an accent I don’t think.”
“Oh sure you do, it’s just more subtle. You almost sound similar to me! What part of Canada are you from, anyway?”
“Newfoundland.” She says quietly, cocking her head slightly to the side.
“Oo, vikings” Everest comments, flexing his biceps.
I roll my eyes, hoping he won’t scare her off.
“I’ll just grab a bunch of food and drinks,” Holly informs. “I’ll be right back.”
“So, how do you like the states so far?” I ask, resting my chin on my hand.
“Oh, it’s good. Entirely different, though. Everything is just so..big.” Rue laughs. “Do you guys all live close by?”
“Most of the people that go here are from the north east, but there are some that come from the south, so we do get a variety of accents.” Everest jokes.
Holly comes back with a tray full of a variety of processed snacks, Snapple and coffee shaking slightly as she sets them roughly on the table.
“Coffee!” I sing, grabbing it before Amelia can.
“Holly, look what you got us all into.” Lilac deadpans, rolling her eyes as I happily sip my drink.
Canyon stares at my empty plate as he munches on a bag of Doritos with Clover, frowning.
“Not going to eat?” Canyon asks, eyeing me carefully.
I hold out my cup in response, content.
“That’s not food, Sage.” Lilac scolds, clearly not happy about my caffeine addiction
“Says you.” I narrow my eyes, cocking my head slightly.
*********** She responds.
“Technically it is. Just crushed up coffee beans with water. It’s the same as soup, and soup is a food.” I try to convince them, grinning like a child.
“You’re a ******* idiot.” Clover chimes.
Lilac snorts as I spit out my coffee, the saliva mixed liquid landing on Canyon’s plaid t-shirt.
“Are you ******* ******** me.” He yelps, pushing his chair back angrily as he storms to the bathroom.
I double over, trying to catch my breath from laughing so hard.
“This’ll be fun.” Rue comments to herself, grinning as she leans back into her chair.
We walk around the cool grass, ending Rue’s tour around the school with the secluded pond.
“And this,” I smile, walking backwards and spreading my arms out to encompass the land around us, “is my all time favourite place, which we call ‘the garden’. Only a few people know about it, though.”
“Cool, who knows about specifically beside you girls?” She asks, scanning the area.
“Um, the guys you just met, and some other spare people, but they don’t really come here as often as we do.” Holly shrugs, ooing when she see’s Rivers out by the bench, sitting alone.
Lilac and Holly both squeal, leading Rue to wink at me suspiciously.
“Hey,” I smile softly as we walk over, wiping my palms on my shorts.
He looks up from his phone, furrowing his eyebrows in what seems like..disgust?
“Uh, hi.” I say shyly as Lilac pushes me towards him. “How’s your summer been?”
He looks around, his eyebrows furrowed as he stares at me.
“What do you want?” He barks, making me recoil visibly.
“Hey, what the ******* Lilac curses, pulling me back as she takes a stride closer to him.
“Oh look who it is, the ****** anorexic and the depressed girl who can’t even manage to kill herself.”
My eyes glaze over, my heart stopping its rhythm as his words sink in.
And in a second, Lilac’s on top of him.
She swings her fist down, ramming it forcefully on his nose, a sickly noise embodying from it as she hits it again, pinning him down with her waist.
Someone screams from behind, grabbing Rivers by the collar just as he flipped her over, their roles reversed in an instant.
“What the hell is going on?” Dean Carththrow yells, his eyes raging in deep anger.
“Um,” Rue says, shifting uncomfortably as Holly drags her back, putting her behind us.
Lilac growls as he pulls her back by the waist, securing a firm grip on her to keep her from charging back at Rivers.
“My office. Now.” He commands at her, shoving her in the direction of the school.
She opens her mouth to object, but he shuts her down almost immediately, pointing sharply to where his office lays.
She huffs, wiping her clammy hand on her sun kissed leg, frustration practically radiating off of her as she storms away.
“Go back to your dorm before you get in more trouble than you already are.” He snarls at the boy, letting out a breath of what seems like relief when he doesn’t object.
Dean Carthrow pinches the bridge of his nose before turning back to us, catching us in the midst of trying to inch away.
“I’m sorry girls.” He comments, but I’m pretty sure he just said that so that Rue didn’t think of him as a bad guy.
“It’s fine.” Holly answers back quickly, rocking on her feet.
“Just,” he starts, as if he’s not quite sure on how to phrase his words. “watch her, okay? This isn’t normal for her; especially since school hasn’t even started yet.”
“Yeah, okay.” I agree, just wanting to go back to the safety of my room. “Bye.”
We walk in silence for a few minutes, before Holly bursts out laughing.
“Welcome to Georgetown Academy.”