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Relationships that Fail, yet Succeed

Rikki was awoken by the alarm clock that Luuk had set. They got dressed and went down to the cafeteria for the pancake breakfast. Students whose Gifts alongside with excellent culinary skills were in the kitchen preparing the meals. It was during breakfast when Rikki found out that there was only about 150 students in total. He sat down at the table by the window.

"Rikki!" someone said. He turned around and smiled. It was Suzy. She ran up to him and hugged him.

"Hey," he said hugging her back.

"I missed you."

"I missed you too." They sat down at the table.

"I wish we could be together."

"What are you saying? We're closer than ever before. We're staying in the same building rather than across an entire town."

"I know, but…" she sighed, not being able to find the words she was looking for. "Oh, I just can't find the words I'm looking for." A girl walked over.

"Mind if I sit here?" she asked with a British accent.

"Not at all," Rikki said. The girl sat down. She had white hair styled in a strange way, but it went well with her white and black outfit that made her look a bit like a comic book superhero.

"My name is Lotus Elise, what's yours?"

"Rikki," he said.

"Suzy," she said.

"I've never heard of Suzy," Lotus said.

"It's short for Susan."

"Hm. I hope I get to take classes with you."

"Same here," Rikki said.

"What about you?" she asked Suzy.

"Yeah, yeah. Same here," she said a little quickly. Someone else sat down. It was Cassandra. "Hey Cass," she said with a smile.

"Hi," Cassandra said. She looked at Lotus. "Oh, hi." They exchanged a small handshake.

"Hello," Lotus said. "Can I ask what your Gift is?"

"I have the ability to create sound waves from my hands."

"What kind of sound waves?"

"The ones that shatter glass." Lotus gave her a look. "Hey, I know there's a word for them, i just don't remember what it is." Lotus smiled and softly laughed.

A few more students sat down. It was Kilo, Chyanne, Luuk, and Aoi. Lotus looked at them.

"I see you have friends," she said to Rikki. Luuk perked up and he used his cool voice to talk to her.

"Ooh, a Brit," Luuk said. "What's a fine cat like you doing out here?"

"I would ask you the same thing," she said to him.

"What's he saying?" Cassandra whispered to Suzy. "What does that even mean?"

"You'll understand in a few years," she whispered back.

"Oh," she dragged, understanding what she meant. Luuk had moved to sit next to Lotus.

"And anyway, I'm here for the same reason you are. Because we have Gifts."

"Yeah, and my gift is charming the ladies." Lotus blushed.

"I'd appreciate it if you moved back where you were," she said with anger building in her voice.

"Come on, give some credit eh? I tried."

"And you failed! Now if you excuse me," she walked to a table on the other side on the other side of the cafeteria and she sat down alone.

"Someone should go talk to her," Suzy said. Everyone looked at her. "What?"

"Go talk to her," Aoi said.

"Wait, why?"

"It was your idea."

"Fine," she said. She walked over and sat down by her. Rikki couldn't hear what they were saying and his focus was broken by the sound of his brother.

"Good try," he said to Luuk.

"It was my first," Luuk said with a downhearted tone.

"Well, seeing how you just met, what you said means that that was the first time you asked a girl out, right?' Luuk nodded. "Who taught you to do it that way?"

"My brother Bernt," Luuk said.

"Well he was a good teacher, but he left out a few lessons which I, shall now fill in, as I will be your professor in "How to ask a girl out" class."

"You will?"

"Sure," he said with a look of indifference. "For a price."

"Damn!" he swore.

"Language," Ms. McCracken said as she was walking by to go to her classroom.

"Sorry!" Luuk said after her. "How much?" he asked Dan.

"How much you got?" Dan asked as Luuk pulled out his wallet, a black leather wallet that was very, very thick.

"Will this cover the tuition?" He handed Dan a stack of Danish money. Dan stared at the stack and then he glowered at Luuk.

"What the hell is this?"

"That, Professor, is 2,365 Danish kroner. Worth about 375 U.S. dollars." Dan thought for a minute tossing the stack between his hands.

"Well, so long as it's money. Come her," he took Luuk by the shoulder and walked off. "Now the first lesson is that you have to watch out for..." His voice died down as they walked out of earshot.

"That your brother?" Aoi asked Rikki.

"Yep," he said feeling slightly awkward. "That's my bro Dan."


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