foepas: (can't go back)
Alec ([personal profile] foepas) wrote in [community profile] birdwithoutasong2014-12-27 05:33 pm

College AU meme [open]

Pick one of my characters and I'll toss a college au scenario at you! I've got some rough descriptions below.

Alec: prickly as can be, likes to pick verbal fights with people stronger than him to show he's smarter, not really concerned with his own safety. Double major in mathematics and astronomy.
Annabel: cheery but socially awkward, prone to babbling. Kind of the mad scientist type. Major in biomedical engineering.
I-No: the bitchiest mean girl, she's loyal when she considers her loyalty earned but she's capricious and enjoys causing others pain. Major in business.
Ky: incredibly earnest, religious, repressed. Army ROTC participation and major in political science
Nyxnissa: practical and prone to arguing with people in a way to try to get them upset, although she doesn't really enjoy that, just can't help herself. Major in mechanical engineering.
Sol: grouchy, not very talkative, lazy but really smart. Major in physics.
Valentine: much more interested in drinking and partying than college classes, in fact pretends to be less smart than he is. Audacious and outrageous. Major in LGBT studies, as much to piss off his conservative father as anything else. Minor in business, because otherwise his father won't pay for college.
princelydetective: (Naoto [Report])

[personal profile] princelydetective 2014-12-28 04:03 am (UTC)(link)
Naoto is not the most... social of creatures. She has her group of friends, divided as they are among colleges, and that's good for her. It's always been hard for her to reach out to others in a more personal respect- in dealing with work and business, fine. But she's well aware that she's not the most popular, and while she's alright with that, it only made group work more awkward. The assigned partners is almost a relief.

Almost.

At a height of 5'4, Naoto is almost a foot shorter than Alec, but his height nor the way he presents himself bothers her. His tone and the comment, however, does.

"I beg your pardon?" she says, her voice low- she's been presenting as a boy since she was in middle school, and even though the deception is no longer a carefully crafted disguise it's a hard habit to break (and she has no desire to be 'girly'). As irritated as she is by that simple statement, she will remain calm. She's dealt with worse. He's probably just been the one to carry the load in one too many projects... she's been there. "I understand your disdain for group work, but there's no reason to be rude. I assure you, I intend to do my load of the work as well."
princelydetective: (Naoto [Are you serious])

[personal profile] princelydetective 2014-12-29 03:33 am (UTC)(link)
Alright. Naoto is fairly good at reading people, and even though she'd tried to be gracious it was becoming increasingly clear that Alec was just going to assume she was an idiot. Naoto will admit to being many things, not all of them positive, but stupid she is not and her pride will not let her take such an insult sitting down.

"I think perhaps you misunderstand," she said, her voice with a definite cool edge to it now, "Looking around the classroom and judging from previous interactions, it is highly likely that our professor has assigned partners based on similar grade scales to ensure that one partner isn't taking advantage of the other and doing all the work, and that the two people working together should receive a similar, if not slightly higher, than either individual working alone. Furthermore, it is always obvious when a group hasn't worked together for a decent period of time, and even though this does not have anything in it to ensure that everyone must meet up, it will be fairly obvious when we present the end product if we've barely spoken."

Naoto sighs, eyes still set on him. "More succinctly put, I am participating in this project, I will certainly not be the cause of a lowered grade, so may we now resume acting like civilized adults and get this done?"

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poolhall_killer: (mysterious)

Ky!

[personal profile] poolhall_killer 2014-12-28 02:15 am (UTC)(link)
The first year is always the toughest, or so it's said. The boy that only goes by "Venom" has been a generally quiet roommate, only asking if he can borrow a book here and there. Not much is known about him, other than the occasional rumors floating about him. He's fine with the enigmatic persona as he prefers to keep to himself. Though tonight, he's stuck in the dorm with his roommate due to the library being closed for minor renovations.

Well, they've been living together for a couple of months. May as well attempt some kind of conversation, right? Besides, his roomie is kind of cute, all hunched over like that and writing away. Venom puts his book aside and sits up. "How is your paper coming along?"
closedcircuit: (sexy: pretty eyes)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-28 02:35 am (UTC)(link)
Ky generally spends his time in the library as though it's a structured location, and if he needs a book for more than an hour he'll check it out, as long as it's not one of those that can't be. He figures that's better, because that way people won't waste time looking for things on the shelves that are in his possession. Plus, his roommate isn't around a lot, and that means their room is usually pretty quiet.

Even today hadn't been bad, and Ky has made a lot of progress on his paper. Which is part of why he's happy to answer the question. The other parts are that he'd like to get to know his roommate a little better and the neatest thing about college is that he's truly interested in the paper topic. So it's with a cheerful smile that he looks up from his handwritten notes and laptop keyboard.

"Pretty well. I know which overarching comparisons I want to draw between the American revolution and modern international politics. Which is hard, of course, because there are so many directions that could go."
poolhall_killer: (sympathy)

[personal profile] poolhall_killer 2014-12-28 02:52 am (UTC)(link)
"That's true. Something like that sounds like it has numerous possibilities." Venom's enamored with Ky's beaming smile as he really seems to be liking his subject matter. It deals with history, so Venom can definitely understand Ky's enthusiasm. His awkwardness soon kicks in as he realizes he's probably taking away from Ky's writing time. But he finally said something to his roommate, other than book-related stuff!

"How much more do you have to write?"
closedcircuit: (neutral: adorable)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-28 02:59 am (UTC)(link)
"A couple more pages, then I should do final edits. I have another week, though, so that should be fine." Clearly Thursday nights are for getting ahead on next week's assignments. Not that Ky could have waited until the last minute on a paper and had it turn out as well as it should. But that's a pretty good explanation of the fact that he doesn't really mind being interrupted. He's a focused person, to be certain, but he likes talking to people. And his roommate is almost as much of a mystery to him as he is to everyone else.

"How's your book?"

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copesetic: (megane)

Albert the professor; various history classes including military

[personal profile] copesetic 2014-12-28 05:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Being an immigrant is difficult at the best of times, but Albert's luckily been here long enough to speak understandable, if accented, English and history is history regardless. He has few complaints from students and those he does get are usually the lazy ones, the ones who try and blame his accent or his background for their comprehension when it's so clear through the absence of papers turned in that it's an excuse. After having been employed long enough for tenure, he's ceased to be surprised. He gives deserved marks and carries on.

Today, though, he has everyone's attention. World War II history is always a sensitive subject and teaching it to a varied group of students from a plethora of backgrounds when he's clearly from the aggressive country is always tricky. There are always the prying questions, but he'll let them wait until the end, standing with his cane as he goes over the beginnings of the war with clinical efficiency. Only the facts and only the European front for now. The Pacific Theater is an entirely different class and as for propaganda and Axis conditions, he teaches that later in the semester.

Which doesn't stop the questions at the end of the first lecture. Usually prying, every time he teaches this. Every year it's 'sir, were you a Nazi?' 'Did you ever meet Hitler?' and all manner of other stupid questions. As said, he's ceased to be surprised, but he can still be annoyed. How old do they think he is?

After he's done with his lecture on Poland's invasion, he leans on the podium and steels himself for the onslaught of cheekiness or idiocy that's to come. "Any questions?"
closedcircuit: (neutral: adorable)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-28 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Ky can't deny that he's curious about his professor's background, and even in a way which goes beyond how he's been curious about all professors since he realized that they're people who came from somewhere. But his professor's age precludes any direct involvement, in the same way that Ky's own prevents him from having been in any earlier military encounters.

The lecture hasn't been about post-war Germany, and even it had, their professor clearly has a lot more to offer than a simple recitation of his own experiences. There are always better questions to ask, about the content of the lecture. Ky usually has a question or two, and he's found that asking them means he can come back with more thought rather than simply things he doesn't understand when he visits office hours.

So Ky raises his hand, and tries not to sign heavily at the more idiotic of his classmates. So his question is about the specifics of Poland's defense strategy, or what had had to suffice as one. Still, there are other things Ky is curious about, and so he finds himself at his professor's office hours the next day.

"I hope it's not rude of me to ask, but is how you taught the lecture yesterday the way it is taught in Germany?" After all, the audience is different.
copesetic: (major hunk)

[personal profile] copesetic 2014-12-30 04:39 pm (UTC)(link)
"Not at all rude." Albert settles himself in at his desk, having only arrived a few moments before Ky appeared in the doorway to his office. His tea hasn't even had the time to steep. He'd offer his student a cup, but unfortunately it's against university policy to offer food or drink to students when alone, something which Albert takes as a sorry commentary on the state of the world.

"It is taught much the same, though with perhaps an overshadow of guilt. Patriotism is frowned upon in my home country for this reason as it is far too associated with Nazism." He swirls a spoonful of honey into his mug, careful not to knock any of the items on his desk as he reaches for it from the small tea tray set there. There are stacked boxes labeled 'out' and 'in' with his mail piled neatly on the 'in' box, a cup of pens, a bauble or two from travels - a snowglobe of the taj mahal and a tiny nutcracker painted as an alpine skiier. There are photos there too, one old and faded, bunt at the corners of a woman turned half away from the camera and another of a red-haired youth with a large nose who doesn't look much older than a student. He's laughing in a carefree way, his windbreaker flipping up at the bottom edges and the Statue of Liberty is visible out of focus in the background.

"In all my years teaching, I've never had anyone ask that question. I almost want to give you extra credit." He smiles, amused since he knows his reputation for being a harsh, if fair, grader, and sips at his tea.
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closedcircuit: (neutral: and then the night)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-30 07:44 pm (UTC)(link)
"More like you should deduct points from those asking the more stupid questions," Ky says. He's visibly huffy on his professor's behalf, mostly because the content of his lectures has proven that he has much more valuable things to teach than correcting people's outrageously false assumptions. The sort of things that if they just bothered to show a little common sense, or Google, they wouldn't even have to ask.

"Is world war two history something you asked to teach, or is it something that's just part of the curriculum you get assigned?" Ky asks. He knows that more senior professors, those with tenure, usually have a say in what they'll be teaching, but he also knows that some introductory courses just plain need to be taught. He doesn't know what Dr. Heinrich's research speciality is.

There are more questions that Ky would like to ask, particularly about the ways the curriculum Dr. Heinrich learned from demonstrated that guilt, but he's feeling a little self conscious about the positive reaction he'd gotten, and he doesn't want to seem like he's sucking up to the professor. Besides, every question answered brings up at least two new ones.

And if Ky is subtly studying the office that they're sitting in, well, that gives his professor the chance to sip his tea without Ky pressuring him for an answer, so it's okay, right?

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alwaystoolate: (so angels inside is the only way out)

for Ky

[personal profile] alwaystoolate 2014-12-28 10:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Thancred isn't the worst roommate Ky has probably ever had, though he certainly isn't exactly the type of roommate that Ky would prefer. He follows most of the rules Ky has set - he's reasonably tidy, doesn't play music past certain hours, and after the first time, doesn't actually ever bother bringing anyone back to the room (a fortunate thing for Ky, as with how Thancred sleeps around, if he did bring girls back, he wouldn't be spending much time in that room).

His other habits likely leave much to be desired - he comes and goes at odd hours (particularly late) with absolutely no warning, he doesn't sleep much as far as Ky would be able to tell, he's talkative, over-curious and constantly full of sarcasm and sass, but simultaneously evasive as hell. What Ky knows about him could probably fill a thimble - he's an outgoing flirt, a musician, a double-major in psychology and history with a small group of longtime friends (who do come over fairly often to discuss work and projects).

Perhaps it'd be a surprise, when Ky comes back to the room, to find Thancred actually there, muttering to himself as he sorts through a pile of books and red-penning the printed draft of a paper - and then he glances up for a moment, greeting him with a cheery wave.
closedcircuit: (neutral: and then the night)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-28 11:28 pm (UTC)(link)
Since Thancred doesn't bring anyone back to the room, Ky is able and perfectly willing to pay no attention to the fact that his roommate might sleep around a lot. It's better if he pretends he doesn't know. After all, someone really should speak to Thancred about the impropriety of his behavior, but Ky knows it would also be better taken from someone that the boy knows a little better than he knows Ky.

That means that when Ky spots Thancred sitting there, he has to spend a moment reminding himself that this is not an opportunity, as they can be considered. Not for that, anyway. It may be an opportunity for Ky to learn more about his roommate and get to know him a little better, but that's still different. It would be a waste to cut this conversation sort because one or both of them got upset. Probably.

So Ky tries hard not to look quite as startled as he actually is to see Thancred there, and his polite smile soon turns a little more authentic. "If you need some space to think, I can head somewhere else for a bit. You look a little in the middle of things."
alwaystoolate: (if i had faith enough)

[personal profile] alwaystoolate 2014-12-29 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
It wouldn't have been the first time that anyone would have wanted to address Thancred's shameless skirt chasing, far from the first time he's heard that particular lecture, but it's not a lecture he particularly listens to. Ever. Where it would be a problem would be if he either treated his lovers badly (he doesn't, and would never) or if he was too distracted to do his work (which wasn't the case, far from it).

(At least he's not easily upset.)

A slender shoulder raises in an easy shrug, as he meets Ky's smile with one of his own. "I'm not so easily distracted as that, so stay if you wish."
closedcircuit: (neutral: adorable)

[personal profile] closedcircuit 2014-12-29 02:22 pm (UTC)(link)
It's still a problem, of course it is, but Ky will keep those thoughts to himself and limit his attempted intervention to save Thancred's immortal soul with inviting him to church whenever he has the chance. But right now he's a little more interested in keeping the peace, and in reviewing for his history of modern conflict in Ireland exam that's tomorrow.

As soon as he knows he can stay, Ky responds with a "Thanks," and starts to unload his backpack, setting aside his class notes and the book they've been working with.

He isn't sure if Thancred wants to talk or not, but he can always be reluctant to respond to Ky's question. Ky can take a hint, if its necessary. But personally, he'd enjoy a little background conversation. It, oddly enough, will help him focus. "What class are you working on?"

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thehurricane: (11)

for Sol

[personal profile] thehurricane 2014-12-29 04:49 pm (UTC)(link)
Dorm life is thrilling and always changing. When Legault first met Sol, it was as his roommate’s boyfriend. After an argument that resulted from Legault sneaking in and out at odd hours, often letting himself in despite not having a key, Legault had thought it would be humorous to sign Sol up for a subscription of Men’s Fitness as a parting shot. That was the last Sol had seen of him—he stopped showing up after that, and he seemingly vanished from campus altogether. That was far from the truth, their paths just didn’t cross.

Until the next year, when they were assigned to the same two-man dorm. A common room, two bedrooms. He immediately started to act like they hadn’t had an argument at all, choosing to be cheery about the arrangement instead, always quick to attempt conversation whenever Sol was in the room. He kept his strange behaviors—leaving in the middle of the night, somehow getting back inside even when the door was locked and he left his key on the kitchen counter. Nice things also started to happen while he was around. Whenever anything need fixed or an item from the kitchen ran low, it was replaced without question before anyone could complain.

There were two things, though, that were different from when they’d met before. The first was that he didn’t have a boyfriend, and the second was that he’d been victim to some sort of attack over the summer that left his face scarred. He never talked about it, nor did he try to hide it. It was what prompted him to talk to Sol one day. Sol was just minding his own business like usual, and the cheery voice of his roommate interrupted whatever thought he was having. Leaning against the kitchen counter, he looked over at Sol in their common area, and asked only one question.

“You don’t ever ask any questions, do you? It’s almost like you don’t want to know me at all. It makes a man feel boring, you know. Isn't there anything you're curious about?” As far as he knew, Sol didn't care, but it still seemed like a good time to ask.
firesealed: (emotion: unimpressed)

[personal profile] firesealed 2014-12-30 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Sol, on the other hand, isn't someone who changes a lot. Between his sophomore year and now, Sol has gotten a lot more involved in his on-campus research, to the point where he practically lives in the lab. And not in the way that many students do, no, Sol has a coffeemaker and a comfortable enough chair to take a nap in, but he still comes back to his dorm room for more sleep.

Which is why Legault might not see him much, but every once in a while Sol decides that it is worth the effort to do more than order a couple of pizzas and eat leftovers for a couple of days, which is when he can be found in the kitchen, ingredients all around him and some chopped vegetables and ground beef shimmering on the stove.

As far as Sol is concerned, his roommate exists only to be a nuisance to him, but that had been true the year before, and held true for every roommate that Sol had ever had. If he could afford a single he might do that, but they're usually a minor irritation at worst. Legault, in fact, has been better than Sol had expected him to be, and if he's a little chatty, Sol can make a point of not being around.

"I prefer boring," Sol says, because dramatic fights aren't really his thing, and nor is idle chit chat. In fact, he exists in a fairly continual state of silence or Queen music. He's also not someone who considers much if he's being rude, or thinks it matters of the answer to that quandary would be yes.

So Sol focuses on chopping his green peppers, only half his attention on any response Legault may give. The fact that he has a kitchen is a very important part of his college experience, or at least his living experience.
thehurricane: (10)

[personal profile] thehurricane 2014-12-31 04:14 pm (UTC)(link)
Sometimes, Legault likes to think about whether or not Sol read any of the magazines he’d ensured made their way to his old apartment. As it stands now, though, he’s mostly a bit regretful about most of the things that happened—not only because his last boyfriend had been kind of annoying in the end, but also because it’s generally not a good idea to pick locks belonging to people who can be your future roommates. It’s certainly made the air feel a bit thicker than Legault likes, so, here he is again, trying to make conversation.

He doesn’t really expect much in the long run, but he can at least turn off the TV, pick up one of his own magazines (sorry about that, Sol, each week there’s a new copy of Entertainment Weekly floating around). “I see,” he says thoughtfully, flipping a page. He could be studying, but he’s never studying. There are rumors as to why he gets good grades, none of them flattering. “So, if I feel boring, you must be saying that I’ve been your type all along. I’m not sure what to say to that, really. It's an honor.”

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fightthewind: (Dress in black)

For Alec.

[personal profile] fightthewind 2014-12-30 06:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Of course, with prickly Alec, there's always a shadow that follows him. The taller man's tongue gives him a fair share of fights - and they're always, always fielded by the dark-haired man usually lounging nearby.

Richard. He's not a student - rumor has it that he's actually illiterate, but nobody knows for sure, since nobody can actually catch him at anything but being fast, intelligent, and, despite the company he keeps, unfailingly polite - but he's still always around Alec. Another rumor has it that he's done something terrible, before Alec found him, but the details are incredibly vague.

Today, he's come home, a bruise purpling on his cheek but his eyes bright with another victory, and he starts on his practice almost as soon as his winter coat is off. It's in-between fake punches that he asks, almost casually, "do you want me to get you a Christmas present?"
fightthewind: (Alive)

[personal profile] fightthewind 2015-01-03 11:40 am (UTC)(link)
"Thought not," Richard murmurs, and turns to go back to his training. Not that he won't come up with some treat for Alec - spoiling him, in their own way, is exceedingly fun - but a proper present, wrapped in cheery paper and with a bow and everything?

Not exactly an idea that meshes well with both of them.

But then the suggestion comes out of Alec's mouth, and Richard laughs, lavender eyes wide and bright...

... until he realizes Alec did mean it.

And his mouth clamps, the same eyes now watching his man shrewdly.

"You really do love courting disaster, don't you. It'll probably be less fun of one than you anticipate."

Which... is not a no.

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betterthananetdrama: (Iko [Flirty])

[personal profile] betterthananetdrama 2015-01-02 09:03 pm (UTC)(link)
So far, Iko is loving college. The classes are fine, some of her teachers she doesn't care for at all, and the dorms? Ugh, so cramped. It's a good thing she's got Cinder as a roommate, or else there would be probably be some issues there.

But the boys make it so worth it.

There's this one guy in this class she shares with Cinder, and she knows Cinder thinks he's hot too and just won't admit it because she's too Serious and Focused and stuff, but Iko has no such reserves. Which is why today, when Cinder has made the very poor decision of not being in class, Iko will just plop herself down next to said boy when they're made to divide up in groups for discussion. "Hey! I'm Iko. What's your name?"
tothealtar: (charming: charmed)

[personal profile] tothealtar 2015-01-06 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
The girl next to him has very bright blue hair. Kai hadn’t been sure hair comes in that color, and he’s still relatively certainly that it doesn’t, not naturally, but that doesn’t change the effect it has. Of course Kai has noticed her before, but more in that passing ‘I guess there really are all sorts in college’ observation than anything more.

She probably has an interesting personality, but the color of her hair has provided neither a compelling argument towards him speaking with her, nor a good reason he hasn’t.

Her sitting next to him and addressing him, on the other one, does a better job of the former. “Oh, hi. I’m Kaito.” A shrug. “You can call me Kai, if you want.”
betterthananetdrama: (Iko [Squee!])

[personal profile] betterthananetdrama 2015-01-07 04:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Yes! A name. A cute name, too. (Not that Iko isn't probably going to associate most things concerning Kai with cuteness/hotness from now on.)

"Nice to meet you, Kai!" Very nice indeed. She leans forward, twirling a piece of her very, very blue hair and completely ignoring the fact that they're technically supposed to be doing work right now. "So, you're a freshman too, right? What's your major?" That's a good starting point, right? She's scared off a couple people by getting too nosy too fast...

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