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    camping with the creeps ;; nolan, sage

    Post by Alaska Angelo on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:07 am

    Every fall, the 7th and 8th year students always had the opportunity to go on a four day camping trip on the island of Nadar during their fall break. The students and a handful of teachers had taken a ferry from Martha's Vineyard, all the way to the docks on Nadar. When they made port, the students poured from the ferry, large backpacks full of tents, sleeping bags, and anything else that they would need for this camping trip, were being carried on their backs. From there, they took an hour long hike through the tropical jungle of Nadar, to their campsite. There, the students and teachers began to set up camp.

    Ali had a thin sheet on sweat on the surface of her skin, and her tank top was already sticking to her. Her hair was thrown up in a bun, and little bits of fringe poked out every which way. Ali's hair and humidity never really got along. She was setting up her tent near her best friend Sage and her newly gained friend Nolan. The next four days were going to be amazing, and she was so excited she could spend it with her friends.

    After a few minutes of struggle, Ali had finally got her tent pitched. She threw her backpack inside, zipped the door shut, then wiped the sweat on her forehead off with the back of her hand. She sighed, feeling pleased that she was able to do it by herself, then placed her hands on her hips.

    "Done!" She chirped, checking out both of her friends. "Do you boys need any help?"

    Ali's outfit!:
    She's obviously not wearing the little jacket thing or whatever it is, and also imagine her wearing hiking boots.

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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:04 pm

    Nolan finished setting up his tent right around the time that Ali addressed him and Sage, who he'd had the pleasure of meeting once he and Ali had gotten to the ferry together earlier this morning.

    Alaska had mentioned Sage in passing (and Nolan knew enough about her life to know about her friendship with Sage), but Nolan hadn't realized the extent to which the two clio held a connection. Nolan could practically feel electric sparks among their laughter when they were together. Watching them from afar was much different than being right next to them and among their company.

    He was pleasant enough, even warm and inviting. But he was an active and considerable threat to Nolan's plans, even if the two denied having any romantic or sexual interest in one another. Still, Nolan kept his guard and started brainstorming -- he wasn't about to let this kid get in his way.

    Nolan didn't want to turn this camping trip, which seemed like an amazing opportunity to get closer to Ali, into a competition with Sage. This trip wasn't about him. Nevertheless, he couldn't let Sage outshine him...and more importantly, he couldn't allow for a chance for Sage and Ali to escape away together and solidify whatever it was that was happening between them.

    Fortunately, he had a decent vantage point as the 'new guy,' which meant that he didn't know many of the students and therefore assumed Ali may feel obligated to sort of 'babysit' him, which Nolan would use to his advantage.

    He smiled at her, admiring her positive and excitable energy. He rubbed his hands together, getting any of the dust and dirt from the tent off of his palms, and rolled up the sleeves of his black undershirt. "I'm good to go," he said calmly, looking over to Sage to see where he was in the process.

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    Because these pictures are fun~
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:37 am

    Sage had finished putting his tent together awhile ago, but emerged from within it when he heard Ali come over. He'd been inside, straightening up his sleeping area and fiddling with the patch he and his father had sewn into the canvas last night. It rained a lot on Nadar and obviously Sage didn't want to be stuck in a swampy tent.

    "Heyo," he said as he crawled out. "All done over here." He brushed his hands on his khaki shorts when he stood up and then looked over at Ali. "Wow, Al, I'm surprised you got the tent up in one piece." He eyed her tent, which did look stable...at least from a distance. He winked at her so she'd know he was (mostly) kidding.

    "So, Nolan," he said, turning back to their new friend, "you ready for 'four days of exciting fun and adventure like you have never before experienced?'" He shook his head and laughed. Those had been the words of Mr. Calbert, who had spoken to their group on the ferry over. Nolan was new to Redfern, and Sage wondered if he thought Calbert's speech had been as over the top as Sage had thought. It was possible the teacher's enthusiasm hadn't worn down on Nolan yet. Sage pulled his long hair up into a top knot as he waited for Nolan's response. Nadar was hot as hell, and sticky, too.
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    Post by Alaska Angelo on Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:03 pm

    Ali stuck out her tongue at Sage and his tent comment. She knew he was teasing of course. They teased each other like that all time.

    "Okay mister tent expert," she retorted. "Why don't you double check my work then, be my hero."

    She of course, was only (mostly) teasing Sage back. She actually wouldn't mind Sage's input. He was pretty handy with things like these, and she'd hate to wake up in the middle of the night with her tent collapsed on top of her. She laughed again when Sage mocked their overly enthusiastic teacher. Ali liked Mr. Calbert, but sometimes he could be a little intense. She looked at Nolan, grinning. They both had Mr. Calbert first thing in the morning, so she was sure Nolan knew all about his quirks.
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:26 pm

    Sage had finished pitching his tent well before Nolan had. He was obviously good at these outdoor-based activities, which Nolan had never found much natural talent in, but Nolan had done enough research and practice for the trip to manage at an above-average level for someone of his interests and stature. Nolan didn't plan on falling behind the crowd during the school's planned schedule, but he would most likely fall behind Sage, who seemed capable of 'leading the pack,' per se.

    You can use this to your advantage, Roanoke said, finding a place in the dirt to lay down for the time being. Ali won't leave you behind to run ahead with Sage. She'd stay and help you.

    It's best to be prepared, Nolan said, eyeing the two as they interacted.

    He forced a genuine-looking smile on his face, ready to joke around with them.

    "Well I've never been to Nadar before, so I'm ready for a trip 'like [I] have never before experienced,'" he started with a light laugh, "but I'm not so sure about Mr. Calbert's idea of 'exciting fun and adventure.'" He crossed his arms and chuckled. Mr. Calbert seemed to be a focal point of a lot of students' jokes at Redfern, even though he seemed to really try to connect with the students. Nolan felt no sympathy for him and frankly only saw him as a pawn in his strategic game anyway.
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:08 pm

    Sage laughed aloud at Ali's "check my work" comment. "Not a chance," he told her with a silly grin. "I would love nothing more than to have you come screaming into my tent at 2 am because it collapsed on you."

    He looked around at the other kids who were busy kicking around pinecones or still setting up their tents. "What are we supposed to do now, anyway?" he asked. He hadn't been paying very close attention to the directions for camp set up, and had been too busy fooling around with Ali.
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    Post by Alaska Angelo on Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:39 pm

    "You would, wouldn't you," Ali replied to Sage, sticking her tongue out at him. Then she turned her attention back to Nolan, chuckling at him mocking their teacher. It really was going to be an amazing weekend though. Whether their teacher was an overly enthusiastic nerd or not. Either way, this definitely beat sitting inside an oppressive building all day.

    Sage wrote:"What are we supposed to do now, anyway?"

    Ali pursed her lips, looking thoughtful. In all honesty, she hadn't been paying much attention either. She looked around the campsite, at all of the other students pitching their own tents. Some were still working on theirs, while others were already done. The students who were done seemed to either just be relaxing in or around their tents, or talking with their friends.

    "I think maybe we can just chill," she guessed.
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:42 pm

    Nolan watched the two continue to interact in a way that he interpreted as playful flirting. He wanted to take her away right now, snatch her from Sage's vicinity so he couldn't make moves on her like this. He had heard that many students thought Sage and Ali were dating -- and that they both denied having feelings for one another -- but Nolan wasn't convinced.

    Nolan was a very logical clio, less emotional than most of the other clio he'd met throughout his life...but Ali was his weakness. He felt such a strong heat in his stomach, like his insides were rubbing together and creating an overwhelming friction inside him. He managed to remain calm on the outside, but his insides were turning - less at the simple interactions between Sage and Ali that he'd witnessed on the trip so far, but at the long-term implications that they could have.

    "So how'd you two meet?" he said, not noticing much that he'd abruptly changed the subject. He was trying to gain some information in order to navigate this whole situation a bit better. "You've known each other a while?"

    He reached down to grab his canteen and take a swig of water.
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:16 pm

    "Eh, a few years," Sage said, sitting on a fallen log in the middle of their tent area. "Some teacher saddled us together, thinking I'd be impressed that she's an overloridian's daughter or something." He rolled his eyes in jest and then laughed. "A little like you, really. I was the new kid on the island. I started at Redfern two years back."

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    Post by Alaska Angelo on Thu Nov 16, 2017 10:34 pm

    "Oh whatever," Ali teased, playfully slapping Sage on the shoulder. "You were like a lost puppy dog." She sat down next to Sage on the log then reached down for a fallen leaf to play with while she talked. "He's lucky I took him under my wing."

    "You're pretty lucky too ya know," she joked with Nolan. "Being friends with a semi famous clio."

    She giggled at her own dumb joke, thinking about how sometimes she'd get caught by the paparazzi. A lot of overloridian children attended Redfern, so much so that the campus had banned any paparazzi to step foot on it. Didn't always mean they didn't sneak on there from time to time. Mostly, the children of the overloridians only had to deal with them when they were out and about.

    "Oh by the way," she said suddenly, remembering something. "I managed to sneak some whiskey into my bag." She grinned at both boys mischievously. "I say we get drunk tonight, and then go skinny dipping!"
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:34 am

    "You're pretty lucky too ya know," she joked with Nolan. "Being friends with a semi famous clio."

    Nolan didn't consider it luck at all -- he considered it fate that they had met. He was just acting in the interests of the universe by searching Ali out. He was ensuring that their fate came true as soon as it was logistically possible. None of that was luck. Nonetheless, he smiled back at her.

    "Sure am," he said somewhat sarcastically.

    When Ali suggested skinny dipping, he felt like his body was going to melt. He hadn't imagined that he would be able to see her -- all of her, in her entirety -- so quick, and by her own suggestion. They'd be able to see each other...this could be a huge moment for them. He had imagined that they'd be alone for this moment, either in their home together, or in a romantic getaway in a cabin...not with him.

    "Oh wow," Nolan said with a light laugh. "That's pretty naughty for an overloridian's daughter, eh?" He was so conflicted. Was there any way to get them alone for this? How could he change their plans? How could he push Sage out?
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:29 pm

    Sage lifted an eyebrow. "Skinny dipping?" he asked. He shook his head and laughed. "Not for me, princess." It was harmless enough, but the things that had no effect on Alaska's career at Redfern would definitely have an effect on Sage's. And Nolan's, too, most likely. If they got caught it could mean bad things for Sage's scholarships. Ali didn't mean anything by it, but she tended to forget that she had a little more leniency when it came to being reprimanded by the school.

    "Why don't we get a little tipsy and go on a hike in the woods?" he offered instead.
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    Post by Alaska Angelo on Tue Nov 28, 2017 8:23 pm

    Ali pouted, disappointed that both boys didn't seem to keen on the skinny dipping idea, but at least Sage still wanted to drink a little bit! The three of them continued to relax and chit chat. Eventually Mr. Calbert and the other teachers had called the upperclassmen together and took them all on their first hike. Ali and Sage playfully bickering the whole way, while also trying to include Nolan. Hours passed, and when all of the students and teachers returned to camp, it was already growing dark, so clio all around began building small fires near their campsites. It was the perfect time to bust out the alcohol. Ali had retreated to her tent a moment to grab the bottle of liquid gold, then took a quick swig and grimaced while handing it to whoever took it from her first.

    "No promises," she said while sitting down between both boys. "But I might get more than tipsy...and there isn't a guarantee that I'll keep all my clothes on."
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:45 pm

    Nolan was glad the day was ending, as it had been unbearable watching Ali and Sage interact. He had almost gotten to the point of convincing himself that it was all an act to make Nolan jealous, but he was smart enough to know that this had been going on long before Nolan even came to the school...which frustrated him more.

    Nonetheless, here they were sitting around as Ali started threatening (she probably didn't mean it that way, but that's how Nolan felt) to get naked. He hoped she did, just so he could see her. He imagined how soft her skin was under her clothes now, but was fortunately brought out of that rabbit hole of a thought process as she offered alcohol to him and Sage.

    "Thanks," he said, reaching for the bottle. He didn't plan on getting very intoxicated, as he wanted to stay in control. But he wanted her (and Sage, he guessed) to think he was partaking so they'd continue with their drunken escapades. He did take a large gulp, since the two others were sober enough now to notice if he didn't, but he'd plan on being very intentional throughout the rest of the night.

    He pretended to hate the alcohol more than he actually did (he didn't often react strongly to alcohol) and offered Sage the bottle. "So good," he said, obviously being sarcastic.
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:50 pm

    "Yeah, Ali's not got the best taste when it comes to liquor," Sage said as he took the bottle from Nolan. He took a drink and when he was done he shook his head. "Next time I'm getting the booze."

    He handed the bottle back to Ali, who seemed determined to use the camping trip as an excuse to make poor decisions, and stood up and walked over to the fire. He manipulated the air surrounding the flames, causing them to shoot higher. Blues mixed with the reds and yellows.

    Does it bother you that Ali wants to skinny dip? Crimson asked. She was curled up near the log he'd been sharing with Nolan and Ali.

    Of course it does, Sage answered, creating a little display for his friends as he shot oxygen up and through the wood pyramid the fire was raging on. I don't want to get caught with her naked in the woods and then get kicked out of Redfern.

    Sage looked over his shoulder to Ali and smiled as a big burst of flames glowed blue.

    Crimson wasn't so sure that was the only reason he didn't want her skinny dipping, but she let it drop.
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    Post by Alaska Angelo on Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:32 pm

    Ali took another gulp from the bottle, grimacing against the burn running down her throat, then shuddered. She wished that she had a chaser. She didn't think about bringing anything else, but she probably wouldn't have been able to sneak anymore alcohol in her bags anyway. She decided to take another swig, this one bigger and gagged dramatically while sticking out her tongue and handing the bottle to Nolan.

    Sage wrote:"Yeah, Ali's not got the best taste when it comes to liquor," "Next time I'm getting the booze."

    "Yeah, yeah," she responded, waving her hand dismissively at him. "It's cheap and it'll get ya drunk fast."

    Ali leaned forward, her elbows resting on her knees, her chin propped up in her hand, as she watched Sage perform his little light show. If he was trying to impress her, it was working. While she was good with agility, she wasn't as...creative as Sage. When he turned to smile at her over his shoulder, her heart skipped a beat, and she smiled back shyly. She felt really awkward all of the sudden, and had to look away, turning her attention back to Nolan, who was still holding the bottle of alcohol.

    That was interesting, Abraham remarked.

    But Ali ignored him.
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:01 pm

    Nolan grasped the bottle of alcohol in his hands firmly as he watched Ali and Sage exchange suggestive glances, though he wasn't sure if they even knew that they were pretty much flirting.

    It's like she doesn't even care that I'm here, Nolan thought, taking another sip of the alcohol. I've spent so much time planning for our future, and yet she's over here making eyes at this flashy boy right in front of me.

    She's just ignorant, Roanoke replied, licking her paw casually. She doesn't know what's in store,
    but once she does, she'll toss him to the curb for you.


    Nolan still felt a deep rage inside him, but offered Sage the bottle from where he was sitting.

    "So...any alternatives to skinny dipping?" He said with a light laugh.
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    Post by Sage Emerson on Sat Jan 06, 2018 1:02 pm

    Sage accepted the bottle and took another burning drink. After a bit more conversation and around the fire drinking, the three friends decided it was best if they stayed nearby for the night.

    The boys and Ali explored the jungle, climbing over giant protruding roots and wondering at the leaves that were larger than any of their faces. Eventually Sage got a really nice buzz going, which made the jungle exploring more and more difficult (especially considering Ali was way past "buzzed").

    After a few hours, they stumbled back to their tents, exhausted and happy. Sage made sure that Ali was zipped away comfortably in her tent and then said goodnight to Nolan, who was friendly enough but also sort of...off. The more time Sage spent with him, the more off he seemed.

    Which was why, an hour later, when Sage heard a rustling outside in the area between his own tent and Ali's, Sage stuck his head outside, an uneasy feeling in the pit of his stomach.

    Nolan was there, his silhouette standing in front of Ali's tent.

    "Dude, what the hell?" Sage asked into the night.
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    Post by Anders Byrnes (Nolan) on Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:32 am

    Nolan had given in and left his tent to take a look at his sleeping beauty. He knew it was risky, but Ali was his weakness and his body felt out of his control...he just wanted to look at her, see what her body looked like while she slept. He wanted to imagine himself next to her, and both of them in their bed back in Adhbhar. He was so sick of all of these games and charades and prancing around in front of clio like Sage and their other classmates and instructors. He just wanted to start their lives alone together, and seeing her sleeping peacefully would allow him to feel just a bit closer to those fantasies of the future.

    But, of course -- Sage ruined it all. Before Nolan could even unzip Ali's tent, his voice came from the darkness and caused Nolan to stop. Standing in front of her tent, his tall and lean body silhouetted, he likely resembled an alien. Though Sage couldn't see his eyes, they pierced through the darkness in rage. Nolan's face was still as stone as he thought of hundreds of ways to kill Sage then and there.

    Let it go, Roanoke said as she held her ground. He's not worth it, and you'll have her soon. She'll pick you.

    Nolan's entire chest felt like it were filled with fire. He wanted to tell Sage to back the fuck off. He wanted to walk right over to him, grab his neck, pull his body off the ground, and watch the life leave his eyes.

    Instead he just stood there and stared. Did he come up with an excuse? Did he owe that to Sage?

    He might tell Ali, Roanoke suggested, trying to reason with him. Don't give this boy ammo to use against you.

    "She got pretty drunk," he said softly, looking down at the ground. "I wanted to make sure she wasn't sleeping on her stomach." He turned to go to his own tent, stopping to look back at Sage. "I wouldn't want her to get hurt."

    Nolan meant this as a 'you will hurt her and I will not because we're meant to be so stop getting in the way' comment, but he was incredulously unaware of how off-putting many of his statements could be, and how they could be taken differently by clio who didn't think or talk like him. Regardless, he walked back to his tent and climbed in, no longer engaging with Sage.

    Laying on his back, Nolan stared at the ceiling of his tent and thought about how he'd cut Sage up if given the opportunity. He imagined Ali along with him, the two of them bonding over the moment. He wasn't foolish enough to believe that it would actually happen...Sage obviously meant something to Ali. But she'd be okay without him. Maybe they could keep in touch by writing.

    He's not setting a foot in our home though, he said to Roanoke as he continued staring. The time would soon come where he wouldn't have to worry about clio like Sage.

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