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LUCY B. BAXTER
 Posted: Nov 25 2015, 02:29 AM
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& if you go chasing rabbits
and you know you're going to fall

Lucy liked it here at Baum. She didn't think she would, of course, not all the way. All the teenagers in the movies never seemed to like high school. But this was better than she could ever imagine! She could leave her room whenever she wanted, there was no constant supervision, she didn't have to ask to be escorted to the bathroom. You could go to other people's rooms whenever you wanted, which Lucy hadn't really taken advantage of except for school-related reasons, but it was nice to have that opportunity. It wasn't technically allowed, but the people who were supposed to be supervising weren't very good at their jobs.

The only thing she couldn't bring herself to like was class. Not that she didn't want to learn, but she could not stay focused to save her life. It didn't help that the classroom had a window that looked out onto the street, and Alice begged her to go investigate every little thing that moved in the corner of her eye. In her head, she did her best to explain that this was class and she had to focus, but Alice didn't listen as usual. Her whole story began with her mind wandering as she was being taught something she wasn't interested in.

She was looking out the window again, daydreaming abbout Wonderland, when a stern voice snapped her back into reality.

"Hines, Baxter, I've given you multiple warnings to pay attention. Take your things and go to the library to work on this alternate assignment."

Lucy blinked a couple times, still having issues adjusting to the change in reality, and she looked around. The teacher and everyone in class was staring at her, and she finally processed what had happened. She gathered her things in a rush. The blonde who sat in front of her was already heading out the door, and she quickly grabbed the paper from the teacher to follow her, not entirely sure how to get to the library from here. "Hey, wait for me!" she called, sprinting to catch up.

Seeing the girl's face for the first time, she seemed awfully familiar. It took a moment to gather that this was the girl from the chatroom the other night. How ironic that they were talking about how they couldn't pay attention in class? Lucy laughed aloud. "I'm Lucy. I didn't realize you sat in front of me," she said, reaching out a hand to shake. "Did she say we were going to the library?" she asked, disdain clear in her voice. "I wish we could go outside. It's so nice out." Lucy wasn't going to suggest anything, that way it wouldn't technically be her fault if they got in trouble, but she'd follow Stella if she wanted to go somewhere else.

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stella r. hines
 Posted: Nov 25 2015, 03:22 AM
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History just wasn't the same without Eddie.

Stella's brows had been furrowed for the last ten minutes as she stared at the board ahead of her in frustration. She could not focus. Stella didn't think she could focus if she tried. She wasn't sure what was wrong with her today. It wasn't like this was anything new for her. Stella had to avoid sitting by the window in all of her classes but that was easy. Eddie was in all of her classes and Eddie never sat by the window so, by default, neither did Stella. For whatever reason this year, Stella had history without Eddie, which made it that more difficult to pay attention. The window overlooked the street which made it perfect for people watching (which she didn't even care for normally) but it was mostly that it gave her that itch to run. And it wasn't an itch she could scratch. As if the tempting window view wasn't bad enough, having a class without Eddie made her eagerness to learn drop by about one hundred percent. She had changed a lot since meeting him in regards to education and it bothered her on some level but usually she didn't think too much of it. History was basically the worst this year for so many reasons.

"Hines, Baxter, I've given you multiple warnings to pay attention. Take your things and go to the library to work on this alternate assignment."

The teacher was definitely one of those reasons. Maybe it was just her but the woman seemed pretty fucking ruthless more often than not. Stella had lost count of said 'multiple warnings' because she hadn't thought anything would come of them. Here she was, though, being fucking sent out of class, and she was so angry all of a sudden. Somehow, she managed to keep it together by packing her bag in a huff and shooting glares at all the students staring at her as she approached the teacher. Some wore smirks as if not surprised that Stella Hines was being kicked out and she thought they deserved some kicking of their own. Stella snatched the paper out of the teacher's hand, barely just realizing that a second name had been called as she left the room. A voice called after her and Stella stopped, not noticing how fast she had been moving. She turned to see who else was apparently just as distracted as she was and was met by colorful hair.

Lucy (Stella assumed this was the same girl she had been chatting the other night with) laughed and Stella found herself smiling for the first time since that stupid class had started. Stella took her hand and shook it, "Stella. I'm kind of embarrassed I didn't recognize you sooner, with the... y'know." Stella gestured to her own head and then paused a moment to admire Lucy's hair in person. "Your picture didn't do it justice, no offense!" Maybe she'd learn some day how not to be tactless and rude. Stella nodded, continuing down the hall, assuming Lucy would follow. She was new and Stella figured she was still learning the campus. "Don't know why she thinks it'll be any easier in there, though," Stella said, rolling her eyes. At least Lucy sounded just as excited as Stella was. It wasn't often Stella got sent out of class to finish the work in the library, but on the rare chance it did happen with another student, it was either some dumb boy that wanted to ditch to hang out with his bros, or a girl that wanted nothing to do with her. Lucy had at least stuck with her this long.

And she was full of brilliant ideas.

"Ohmygod, yes" Stella almost shouted, stuffing whatever assignment the teacher had given her into her backpack. "You are a genius," Stella praised as she turned the opposite direction of the library and towards the doors that led outside, "just as long as we don't get caught by any hall monitors." Also known as students that had nothing better to do than to nark on their classmates. Stella had had plenty of run-ins with them and she was sure she was on some sort of list, to be honest. She was usually too quick to be given the actual reprimand slip but that of course meant they knew it had been Stella which was probably the one case in which her speed was her downfall.

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LUCY B. BAXTER
 Posted: Nov 25 2015, 02:45 PM
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& if you go chasing rabbits
and you know you're going to fall

"It's fine. I sit behind you. I hardly ever notice the people who sit behind me in class." She hardly noticed any people in her classes, but that was beside the point. Blushing a little, she smiled, petting the bow headband on her head. "Thank you." She thought those were all pretty good pictures, but maybe she was wrong? No, it was a compliment. Silly. "I don't understand, either. It's a lot more disruptive of her to yell at us than for us to look out the window." That teacher was the worst, and Lucy's least favorite. That made it a lot harder to pay attention, too.

"Wait, what?" she said, seemingly clueless and innocent, though she smiled as Stella looked away. Her excitement was doubled, as it was both hers and Alice's, and she followed Stella as she turned around, heading towards outside, looking around for hall monitors. She honestly didn't believe those were real things? There wouldn't actually be students that loved the rules so much that they sacrificed friendship and social standing to uphold them? But apparently they were here, so Lucy kept an eye out.

Well, who knew if they were real or not (Lucy sure as hell didn't), because they made it outside without getting caught. She didn't know if they would check outside or not, but Lucy didn't really care much at this point because the dirty city air was filling her nostrils and she was absolutely thrilled. "What now?" she asked, though she had a few ideas, she wanted to see what Stella wanted to do. She considered actually doing the assignment that was still in her hands, but the teacher never really said when to turn it in, so she could just do it tonight, right? Putting it in her bag, she looked around, ignoring Alice going bonkers in her head, wanting to check out everything remotely interesting in the area.

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stella r. hines
 Posted: Dec 2 2015, 06:12 PM
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Lucy had a very good point. Stella not only didn’t notice who sat behind her in class, she hardly noticed who was ever in the class at all. She probably had to have people walk up to her and say β€˜hey Stella, I’m in your class before she would notice they were there. She usually got so caught up in hanging out with what friends she knew, or trying too hard to focus, or being distracted by things other than classmates. There were basically a lot of reasons as to why Stella didn’t notice the students in her class. That was usually fine with her, honestly. The less people she made friends with, the less often she would lose where they were at in the teaching. Stella didn’t care about that, usually, but she was getting scary close to graduating, and she figured now was better than never to actually care about her grades. Oh, plus keeping her B average for track. And, of course, studying with Eddie made things better.

β€œI don’t notice a lot of things that go on in class. It’s bad.” Her being so high strung was probably part of the blame but Stella felt like she could really only blame herself as a person. She just wasn’t the school type. Oh well. β€œYou’re welcome!” Stella said happily, β€œI’m pretty sure I’m dying my tips soon-ish.” She hoped so, anyway. She would have to find a time Pennie wasn’t busy and maybe Eddie or Nahnie could join. Stella just really wanted to get them all together. She wondered if Lucy would be down to hang out to but they had sort of just met and Stella wasn’t sure if Lucy would like them, or even if she liked Stella yet. Stella hoped so, on some level, because people liking her was kind of a thing she needed sometimes. She nodded and then shrugged as Lucy spoke, β€œteachers are dumb.” Well, not all, Stella thought, but enough were that she felt she could safely say so. Even though it was literally their job to be smart and to share that smartness. Gross, why was she thinking about this?? They were going outside to get away from school!

The hall monitors weren’t any good today because she and Lucy made it out without any problems. She would have to rub that in Eddie’s face later. Thank God he wasn’t a hall monitor anymore, even though she definitely still teased him about it any chance she got. What a nerd. Stella took in a deep breath and stretched her arms out, positively living for the sun on her skin. Wow, did she want to go running. She had her backpack still, though, and a class after this one, and she knew if she left now, she wouldn’t come back until the end of the day. Thankfully, Lucy asked for suggestions and Stella said quickly after β€œI dunno, what do you want to do?” so that she wouldn’t be tempted to suggest her own ideas. Besides, for all she knew, Lucy wasn’t a runner. Maybe she was an explorer? Stella was definitely okay with that. This seemed like a very good way to get to know somebody new! By letting them decide how to ditch class!

lucy!!
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LUCY B. BAXTER
 Posted: Dec 7 2015, 11:44 AM
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& if you go chasing rabbits
and you know you're going to fall

Lucy nodded. "Same here." Lucy hardly ever noticed anything, she was so absent-minded. It was hard to pay attention with a voice in your head that you really weren't sure was real or not. Too tangible to be a dream, too outlandish to be real. It was pretty much a constant struggle for Lucy to understand reality versus whatever else there was, but that's just the way it was. "Oh? Will they be rainbow colored?" She found herself jealous of Stella's platinum blonde hair that would likely take color easily. Lucy had to get her roots done so often, it was so annoying! Naturally black hair was fine unless you wanted to dye it, unfortunately.

Shrugging, Lucy didn't necessarily agree with that sentiment. If teachers were dumb, they wouldn't be teaching. "Teachers are boring and don't know how to have fun," she responded, trying not to sound like she was correcting her, but failing miserably. Lucy hoped Stella wouldn't be angry. Who knew, maybe she had a smart, pretentious friend that corrected her all the time so she was used to it.

Only a little frustrated, Lucy wondered what they could do for a few moments, though she knew exactly what she wanted to do. "Do you know your way around here? I'd like to go exploring, but I'd hate to get lost." One of her newer friends had definitely gotten them lost, and though Lucy was pretty much used to feeling lost, it was kind of scary, especially considering the silly girl had been there for four years, and Lucy was the one who had to find their way back home. She was sweet, though, so it wasn't too much trouble.

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stella r. hines
 Posted: Dec 11 2015, 04:41 PM
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Wow, Lucy seriously seemed to get her! Not only was she not into schoolwork (for the most part), she was also easily distracted. And would rather explor than go to the library and work on stupid assignment that probably had nothing to do with the class. She had neat hair and she was new! Which meant she didn't know immediately just how obnoxious Stella was which meant they could maybe be friends for at least a little while before Lucy grew tired of her. It also meant she didn't know about the whole ridiculous Stellar thing which was such a relief! Finally, a friend who wouldn't be casually mentioning that every ten minutes.

Stella nodded excitedly, pulling her hair over one shoulder and playing with the ends. She would probably need a trim beforehand since it had been awhile. She just hated going with her mom because she she was looped into other time-consuming things like highlights and styling. But she found going by herself too boring and it was basically just a cycle that led to split ends and grown out layers. "Yes, I think so! That's what I would like to do, anyway. I guess it'll depend on when I do it and how my friend is feeling." She was still pretty sure Pennie would be doing the dying for her. She didn't really want to spend the money to go elsewhere and it wasn't like she could ask her mom because her mom would tell her no.

Was Lucy disagreeing with her or agreeing? Stella couldn't be sure but she decided it didn't matter either way. Eddie disagreed with her on a lot of things and that sometimes led to arguing but she, for the most part, had grown used to just sighing and rolling her eyes at him. She obviously couldn't do that with Lucy since they were still new-friends so she just nodded along. Besides, she was right about that, too. Teachers were boring and they didn't know how to have fun and those were only two of the many reasons why she didn't like them. Or school in general, basically. "Excellent addition, she said, nodding, thinking maybe there would be no more teacher talk from then on because they were OUTSIDE now and officially ditching and she had much better things to chat about!!

"Yes!! I do!" Stella bounced on her feet a little, looking every which way, trying to decide what they could do. She still wanted to leave it up to Lucy but she wanted to have ideas just in case her new friend didn't have any. "You lead the way! I'll be able to get us back here!" She might get a little distracted on the way back if they wandered by any fun looking shops or cafes, but they were definitely be back at Baum safe and sound!

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LUCY B. BAXTER
 Posted: Feb 12 2016, 10:39 AM
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& if you go chasing rabbits
and you know you're going to fall

Lucy beamed, loving that she wanted rainbow hair. She loved multi-colored hair of all types, but rainbow was her favorite. Currently, her colored side was a sort of a neon green color, which wasn't her favorite, but she enjoyed it at the time. "I think it'll look great on you," she said, but she was also very curious. "Who's your friend, by the way? Just curious." Though Aunt Joy insisted on taking her to see her own hairstylist ("Lucia, you need to see a professional for this kind of hairstyle"), Lucy figured that doing temporary color didn't require a professional.

So, she took it as an addition. Well, Lucy didn't want to lose a friend by arguing about something so trivial, so she kept her mouth shut, nodding in agreement. Besides, she was way too distracted by being outside! It was always exhilaration for Lucy to be outside, considering the long period of her life where she didn't get to enjoy any setting but white walls and bright lights.

"Hmmm," Lucy thought, wondering where they could go. She had been around the city in many different places, some of which she wasn't allowed to go into, but she convinced the doorman that her ID was real or snuck in, which wasn't hard considering her height, or lack thereof. "Do you have a fake I.D.?" she asked, without really realizing the context of that question and how shocking it might be.

Lucy and Alice both really wanted to go down the rabbit hole, but the closest thing that wasn't maladaptive daydreaming was Down The Rabbit Hole, a club which was Wonderland-themed. She had gone there twice before, alone, and wound up having a lot of fun and somehow not getting kidnapped. Might of had something to do with her ferosity whenever someone came close to touching her and the fact that she didn't accept drinks from anyone. Aunt Joy taught her that.

However, she wasn't sure if Stella liked that scene or not, or had been there before. She wasn't going to peer pressure her into it or anything, because that was bad and no way to make friends. They could just go to Central Park or something if she wasn't feeling it, which Lucy also didn't mind seeing.

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stella r. hines
 Posted: Mar 18 2016, 04:11 AM
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Stella smiled back just as brightly. Lucy was already shaping up to be a wondeful friend! Stella could only imagine how this would have gone if they had met during fresmen year, when Stella was still way over the top. Friends had definitely been hard to make and Stella supposed she had Eddie (and Nahnie and Jackson and Aurora and--) to thank for bringing her down to Earth. She'd definitely learned how to mellow out since then and she was pretty sure she freaked people out a lot less now than she used to. "Thank you!" She responded enthusiastically, suddenly all the more excited to get her hair done. She was sure her mom wouldn't be happy about it but it was just the tips! It wasn't like she'd make her get her hair cut or anything...

Oh, more new friends! Pennie was so good at introducing Stella to new people that Stella definitely had to return the favor. "Her name is Pennie! ... Er, Penelope. Wow, that sounds weird." When had Stella last called her by her full first name? Nicknames were just so much better. "Penelope Diggory. Have you heard of or met her yet? She's the sweetest! And she's very crafty so I'm sure she'll do wonderfully with my hair!" Certainly better than Stella would anyway. She'd just buy some koolaid mix and follow the instructions from a WikiHow page. The best choice would be to go and get it done professionally but that required money Stella didn't want to spend and also probably going to the only stylist she knew, who would then snitch on her to her mom and... yeah, Pennie was the best bet!

Lucy seemed to be really enjoying the outdoors and Stella was so happy! While Lucy thought about what she wanted to do, Stella stood still in the sun, basking in the warmth. She loved being outside so much, she might as well have just lived there permanently. Rooms were so stuffy and you could only keep the windows open for so long. She supposed bugs and rain would be issues but.. well, she could figure it out! A... Stella blinked, confused. A fake ID? Shaking her head, Stella frowned slightly but not because she was concerned or anything, just sorry that she would inevitably end up ruining Lucy's first plan. "I don't. But!" She held up a finger, as if solving the issue to their problem, "I am very fast! So I'm sure I could duck into wherever you have in mind without anybody seeing me!"

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