16 years later
01st March 2019, Lyceum International School, Sri Lanka, Earth - 36
Rakdu,at his usual speed, proceeded to destroy all the sums (this was the math period) Sir Sujwa gave while he was still explaining the first one to the class. He then glanced back at Bineth who was sitting behind him, about halfway through the sums while simultaneously maintaining a conversation with Sineth, the boy sitting beside him, who had yet to finish the first one.
Rakdu slid his chair back a bit to talk to them.
"Wow, still only halfway?" he asked Ineth.
"Not all of us are walking calculators."
"I'm not a walking calculator. I just….. Math is my thing you know. I just…yeah. I can't explain it. The answers just come."
"Like I said… walking calculator."
"Baaa….Hmm.. When do you two get officially sworn in as the newest slaves of Lyceum?"
"Not sure." Sineth meanwhile gave Rakdu the evil eye for him referring to prefects as slaves.
Rakdu turned back to his work while Ineth proceeded to argue with Sineth about the best strategies to win Clash Royale.
Then they all joined in the class' collective sigh of relief and enthusiastic "Thaaaaaank yoooooooou, sir," as Sir Sujwa walked out, this time not to return till the next day.
Ms. Gayari, their Physics teacher, walked in..
In the neighboring class, Niketha and her friends were busy grabbing practical books to go to the Physics lab; with their previous period having ended a bit late they had to work fast to make up time. The rest of their class quickly followed them as their Physics Teacher, Sir Daiyanan, had a very short fuse and would erupt very easily like a piece of Sodium in sulfuric acid.
It was too late however, as he began screaming the moment the first person walked in. He started to name the contents of an entire zoo before lecturing them on the benefits of being early to class. 10 minutes of ranting later he barked at them to begin their practicals and the entire class scrambled to get to their practical stations. As they busied themselves with staring at pendulums, the students in 11 Science B were groaning at getting a quiz.
Meanwhile, in 11 Science D, Maran was mentally debating the pros and cons of bunking the impending Dancing period.
The seconds were being counted down to recess which was at ten twenty five. The pleasant 'Diiing Doong Diiing Doong' rang and the classrooms erupted in chaos. The teachers, knowing it was a pointless battle, wrapped up their lessons and fled to the refuge of the staff room.
Ineth, who had already eaten during morning attendance, walked out of the class with his fellow prefects, Sineth and Ruhal. They were headed for their duty points. Maran did a very accurate imitation of a starving lion and inhaled his sandwiches before running off like a fighter jet. Nakitha was walking back from the lab at a sedate pace.
Rakdu, head swimming with their Chemistry Teacher’s latest lecture on how their class was the worst class she'd ever taught, was stuffing books into his cavernous bag. While he was taking out his lunch box, Hasana was fishing something else out of his bag.
Rakdu, discovering he had sandwiches again, punched the wall in displeasure, causing it to shake. (He really hated sandwiches) He muttered a Greek curse before he proceeded to eat it as fast as he could without looking like an animal. Washing the whole thing down with water, he proceeded in the direction of the toilet.
Rakdu came out of the bathroom and was on his way back to his class when he ran into Hasana in the corridor. Hasana thrust something in his face and his brain went into panic mode as it registered a centipede. Then before he could scream, his brain's detailed analysis report found the following things. Hasana was afraid of centipedes. Centipedes could not bend into the shape of such an elaborate S. No one in Hasana's class was screaming. He realized it was a fake rubber one.
"I thought you were afraid of centipedes?" he asked, smiling.
"Not this one," replied a disappointed Hasana.
"You should go scare Lakshik. I'm not going to fall for that thing or that snake thing you have somewhere in your bag."
Hasana smirked," I'll get you someday. I have to go scare people now."
Rakdu nodded and went back to class and had a drink of water from his bag. He then considered his options for the interval. He was about to settle down to read the book stashed in his bag ( Time Riders #6: The City of Shadows ), when his chest got unnaturally warm. That was his instinct telling him something. A thought popped into his head. He should go talk to Dulath, another of his friends. This was a typical occurrence for him by that point so unlike most people he put his book aside and immediately went in the direction of Dulath's class.
Ineth was patrolling the second floor corridor in the A building keeping a sharp eye out for anyone running or starting a fight. Nothing had happened so far. Everyone was behaving for once. He really hoped one of his friends would come by. It was dreadfully boring to be standing here alone. He was going to have to catch Hasana at least after school.
Maran meanwhile had even less to do. He just had to prevent fights. So an extremely bored Maran stared wistfully at a food vendor outside the school, wishing his mother had given him some money to buy extra food. Despite having already eaten, he was still hungry. He glanced at his watch. He had to stand there for at least another fifteen minutes. Not for the first time, he regretted being chosen as prefect. He really wished he hadn't applied or at least made more of an effort to make his friend, Rakdu, apply. Rakdu was all for keeping free time free and now Maran was stuck down here alone, while Rakdu was upstairs probably talking with Dulath about some science nonsense.
Hasana meanwhile was having fun making unsuspecting people scream with his rubber centipede. He wandered towards 11 Science E to find more of his friends (victims). He decided he would save the rubber snake for later. He didn't want people to catch on to his tricks too fast.
Rakdu was on his way to Dulath's class when he spotted his best friend leaning on the railing, looking down at the playground.She was leaning down sticking her head out perhaps a bit more than was advisable, considering the bulls that tended to rampage down the corridors.
"You keep doing that, you're going to fall."
"No, I'm not," was Nakitha's reply still peering down and waving at somebody. Rakdu just shook his head and leaned against the railing next to her, his eyes automatically doing a quick scan of the playground to see who she was waving at. His eyes did not register a likely target. Instead he saw a large amount of crows gathered on a tree and focused on that.
"So did you even look at the Further Maths homework?" asked Rakdu
She shook her head.
"As expected". She laughed in reply.
"I'll try to finish up with that P2 book and give it back by Monday or at least Tuesday," promised Rakdu.
At that point she finally turned away from the playground as Rakdu also turned towards her. They both smiled at each other for a moment as their eyes met. After a couple of seconds she quickly replied.
"Oh! That's fine! You just take your time, I'll be doing it on Wednesday just before the class anyway."
"Hmm.. I can't exactly argue. I do the same thing a lot. It is sometimes nice to do it early though. Anyway, what are you planning to do this weekend?" asked Rakdu.
"I've got some classes on Saturday but Sunday I'll just be sitting around maybe doing homework. Or more like I should be doing homework but I'll just do the Monday stuff then get too lazy to do the rest. What are you going to do?"
"Oh I have way too many classes on Saturday as usual, though luckily I'll get to play a bit with my neighbors. And Sunday's the tournament so I'm gonna be busy this weekend. On the bright side, Monday is a holiday."
"Oh yeah! We still have classes though," said Nakitha, looking glum at the thought.
"Yeah but that's good or I wouldn't be able to see that wonderful smile of yours on that day, would I?" he pointed out, smiling at her.
She smiled in reply.
"Hmm….so where were you going?" she asked after a pause.
"Ohh.. I was going to go find Dulath but I'm definitely staying here now. I could do without a ten minute lecture on Fluid Dynamics or Quantum Tunneling or whatever other thing that encyclopedia has managed to dig up. Talking with you is so much better."
"Really!" she said laughing," I do know Dulath goes overboard sometimes but don't you like science stuff too?"
"I do. But not to that extent. I kinda have to change into this other nerd guy to talk to him. You're like the only friend that I am truly myself with. I don't have to be one of my personalities formed into a fake person."
"Well you're my best friend too. I mean how long has it been now."
"Thirteen years and fifty four days. I keep count," he replied instantly.
"Hmm you really love numbers don't you? Speaking of that, what university were you thinking of going to?"
"I'm not too sure. I'll end up wherever my parents send me, I guess. What about you?"
"Same story probably. I barely know what I'm even going to do." Their talk on universities stretched till the end of the break.
"Well I should probably go now," said Rakdu," the bell already rang. Ms Ama kills anyone who gets late."
"Oh yeah, I should get back too," agreed Nakitha.
"Okay! I'll see you either afterschool or on Monday. I'll do my best with the book."
"Okay! Good luck in your tournament again. Hope you win!"
"Well! Participation works too. Bye!" She laughed and waved as she made her way to her class.