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"Another common thing it says list the angles, and I bet a quarter of every class wrote the length of segments."

Tobias swallowed, glanced to his left. She was nibbling on the end of her pen, long legs crossed. He could feel her foot graze his calf.

"X is greater than A, but less than 32, remember doing that with inequalities back in algebra 2?"

She started doodling on her paper. She looked very bored.

"AD is the perpendicular bisector of BC"

Shiny black hair fell over her shoulders, she absently twirled a few strands around her index finger. Tobias could smell whatever she was wearing, and it made his head buzz. Something light and airy, made him think of mountains and rolling plains and Switzerland.

"BD is congruent to DC, add definition of bisector."

She sighed, turned her head smoothly - too smoothly - and looked straight at Tobias, who was too stunned to move.


The world went silent and melted away. Tobias's heart exploded and he broke his pencil.


There he was, sitting in Geometry. Everything was still silent, but that's because the whole class was staring at him. At that moment Tobias felt like putting the pencil halves in his eyeballs, but that would be messy, and he liked being able to see her everyday, even if he didn't know her name or anything about her.

Class went by quickly after that. A few definitions, a few proofs. 15 minutes of free time at the end. As always, he used the time to write.

She leaned in slightly to get a better look, glossy lips turned up in something like a smile.

"What are you always writing?" she asked.

Tobias's chest tightened and he had to struggle to make any kind of sound. "Nothing."

"That's a lot of nothing..." she winked.

He put his half pencil down and gripped one hand in the other so she couldn't see them shaking. "Yeah."

"Can I read it?"

Oh God, oh God. "I-I guess. " He fumbled with his notebook to get it open, pulled the paper out and gave it to her.

Over the next minute and a half or so, she looked up at him a few times, a questioning look in her eyes. A few little laughs, one "Awww" that made him blush, and by the time she finished Tobias already knew what her first question would be.

"So, is this about me...and you?"

Tobias hated being right. He felt like jumping though a window, but that would hurt in the end, and ruin a perfectly good window. So he simply nodded and waited for her to freak out and run away.

"Why don't you ever use my name? All you write is 'her' and 'she' and 'the girl'."

"I...don't know it..."

"Seriously? We've been partners for 3 weeks and you don't know my name?" glossy smile, amber eyes glowed.

"I'm a little bad with names, I guess."

Another little grin. "I'm..."

And another thing is, no matter how much you think you love someone, you'll step back when a pool of their blood edges too close.

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The following comments are for "Girl"
by direb0y

Good stuff
Nice work; I could feel his anxiety myself. A good story about taking a risk when you aren't given the choice. Nice job bringing in the reader. A suggestion: maybe you could give a more lenthy ending; let him talk with her for a few seconds before the bell. You've let us feel his anxiety very artfully; let us feel his relief when the moment has passed. It will make for a great story.

( Posted by: The Recycled Avatar [Member] On: January 1, 2002 )

Again, you paint a very vivid scene. I could sympathize greatly with Tobias.

Good stuff!


( Posted by: kross [Member] On: January 2, 2002 )

that was cute i liked that. it reminds me of a song i've heard one day while i was fliping radio stations. some song called "teenage dirtbag" or some shit like that. ne-way it was sweet.

( Posted by: archer_05 [Member] On: January 2, 2002 )

I liked it, bring in more sex though
This was cool.

Your characters are distinct.

I would've loved to see a sexual fantasy Tobias has with the girl...."her"....or what he wrote, something that could put me more into his obsession and it would be a good opportunity to give more character description of Tobias and how he sees the girl through his writing.

I don't understand what they are partners of....a class project? Also, if they are partners in something, the way he acts toward her seems like they don't have too much interaction and he's seeing her from afar.

Oh yeah, and I really liked his self destructive thoughts and how he would quickly justify their absurdity.

Good writing!

( Posted by: Tony DuShane [Member] On: January 12, 2002 )

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