"Man, school assemblies always suck,"
Raven began, walking alongside Oliver down the hall. "I mean, I just wanted lunch. But nooo. Gotta go to some stupid mandatory assembly."
As she finished her sentence, the young woman rolled her eyes. It was true - Raven had always hated the assemblies. School activities were pretty much overrated in her opinion, and the assemblies were usually used to talk about such things. Trip had always been the kind of girl to crash the party, and with homecoming, her plans were no different.
Oliver, on the other hand, w asnt planning on attending at all. Sure, he looked great in a suit. Sure, it was senior year and they should all make the most of it. But he didn't have a date, and he didn't have a suit that fit anymore. As usual, his only reason for going - if he were to go - would be for the gossip and if Raven wanted him there. Even if she asked, he would most likely decline. Since Santiagos party, he had felt like more of a burden than anything.
Walking into the auditorium, the two of them took a seat towards the middle of the room, making casual jokes about the Hunger Games. Couldn't Kings Academy just be original for once?
Once the teacher started to speak, the room fell silent. When names started to be called, Oliver's palms began to sweat. What kind of shit was this? You couldn't just force people into an experiment and expect it to go your way. Had none of these people seen the latest Purge movie? Not importantly, didn't they know that not everyone was as heteronormative as them? Then again, why would they care about the sexualities of the student body? This was punishment for their class making them lose their precious endorsements. "This is bullshit,"
he mumbled. "Complete and utter bullshit."
Raven just sat there, legs crossed, giving the woman on stage a murderous look. Now she had to make sure her 'date' was okay with spiking the punch and other such shennanigans. Worse. What if her supposed partner in crime was someone she hated?
Soon enough, both of their names would be called. When Oliver recognized Stellas name, a weight was lifted off his shoulders as a smile appeared upon his face. "Oh, Stella! I've always adored her. She's like a little cotton candy ray of sunshine.""Yeah, yeah,"
Trip responded impatiently with a wave of her hand. "Maybe you'll finally get laid."
At her comment, Oli's mouth went dry, leaving him with nothing much more to say. Sure, he had always adored Stella. Now he was aiming to give her the night of her life. He'd where any for she wanted, take her to whatever restaurant she wanted to go to. But the sex part? Well ladies and gentlemen, there might be a problem there. Besides. Stella wasn't the type to just jump into bed with anyone, right? Surely Oli didn't have to worry about that. "Weber... Weber..."
Trip mumbled. "Sounds familiar.... Oh! Oli. Remember that sort of alt dude that was kinda hot that I pointed out to you from math class a while back?""Er.... yeah." "Well, that's who I got. Pretty chill dude."
Oliver cleared his throat, snapping back into reality. "Mm... yeah. That's good and all, Princess, but I'm going to see if I can catch Stella real quick. Have fun,"
he said distractedly, getting up and kissing her on top of the head before turning to leave.
Before Trip could say anything, Oliver was already out the door. Standing up herself, she spotted JJ through the crowd. Maybe he needed some more guidance. No doubt he didn't have any idea who Aaliyah was. Shouldering her back pack, she made her way through the crowd before tapping him on the shoulder. When he turned to face her, Trip gave JJ her best smile. "So. What do you think of all this mess?"
Once outside the door, Oliver scanned the halls for Stella. Vic and Jun seemed to be having an intense conversation, among some others. As luck would have it, he quickly spotted her, and more or less jogged to catch up to and get in front of her. Walking backwards, he gave her a grin. "Stella, my darling. Any chance we could discuss the news over lunch?"