And I'm back! I know my dear readers, I took a long time to post, but I've been going through some mental health problems, also I held back this update for other stories ideas that I really wanted to publish. Now back on track, I hope you enjoy your reading!


The trio, who were standing, returned to sit in their respective places. But while Andrew and Lily were embarrassed, Bender just squandered that usual cynical smile.

"Good morning." Lily told the janitor, Carl, that he came in as if he had all the time in the world, collecting the litter from the library. In response, he nodded to the girl.

"Brian, how you doing?"

"Your dad works here?" Bender, missing no opportunity to tease the well-behaved Brian, asked. Receiving from him, a look of 'oh how funny'.

"Uh, Carl?"

"What?"

"Can I ask you a question?"

Now, Bender has Carl's full attention.

"Sure..."

"How does one become a janitor?"

"John!" and "You wanna be a janitor?" were said at the same time, by Lily and Carl, respectively. Lily getting a "it's just a question" from Bender, before he turned his attention back to Carl.

"No, I just wanna know how one becomes a janitor because Andrew here, is very interested in persuing a career in the custodial arts..."

The person said, was totally embarrassed and looked away from Carl, while the janitor got that 'do you think you fool me?' Look.

"Oh, really? You guys think I'm just some untouchable peasant? Peon? Huh?" At that time, everyone in the room except Bender looked away in embarrassment. "Maybe so, but following a broom around after shitheads like you, not you Lily, for the past eight years I've learned a couple of things... I look though your letters, I look through your lockers..." Now Bender was scared. Nobody touched his locker, nobody! "...I listen to your conversations, you don't know that but I do... I am the eyes and ears of this instituition my friends."

"But wouldn't that be an invasion of privacy?" Lily whispered to herself.

"By the way, that clock's twenty minutes fast!" Said Carl, after looking at his wristwatch. Making everyone but Bender groan in denial. Who said that the janitor has no guts? Thought Bender.

At 11:30 am on his office clock, Vernon goes after the messers. Meanwhile in the library, everyone was accompanying Bender on the whistle.

"Alright girls, that's thirty minutes for lunch..."

"Here?" Asked Andrew, who did not believe he could not even at lunch, go out to stretch his legs.

"Here."

"Well I think the cafeteria would be a more suitable place for us to eat lunch in, sir!"

"Well, I don't care what you think, Andrew!" Too much for the school to care about its students.

"Uh, Dick? Excuse me, Rich... will milk be made available to us?"

"We're extremely thirsty sir..." said Andrew, trying to get at least this.

"I have a very low tolerance for dehydration."

"I've seen her dehydrate sir, it's pretty gross."

Bender, wanting this opportunity to leave the library, gets up excited, thinking he would achieve his purpose. Only in Bender dreams.

"Relax, I'll get it!"

"Ah, ah, ah grab some wood there, bub!"

Bender grins.

"What do you think, I was born yesterday? You think I'm gonna have you roaming these halls?"

Then Vernon points at Andrew. "You!" After, he points at Allison. "And you! Hey! What's her name? Wake her! Wake her!"

She's very much awake. From a distance, Lily could tell that the girl felt not out of place, but disconnected from anyone, whether she was a teacher or not.

"Come on, on your feet missy! Let's go! This is no rest home!"

Allison gets up.

"There's a soft drink machine in the teacher's longe. Let's go!"

And the three leave the library, leaving the other four behind. Vernon, relying on the attitude of a sports student, left the two walking freely through the school corridors.

"So, what's your poison?"

Allison doesn't answer. However, she keeps her eye on the athlete as if he could reveal his true intentions.

"What do you drink?"

Or perhaps, due to the lack of human coexistence both at home and at school, the girl lost her touch for how to talk normally without an obligation for the afterwards.

"Okay... forget I asked..."

But perhaps, there is a hope of extending your reach outside your cocoon.

"Vodka..."

"Vodka? When do you drink vodka?"

"Whenever..." you really don't know why...

"A lot?"

Allison smiles.

"Tons..."

"Is that why you're here today?"

It is as if he has said something wrong - and he did - the girl stops talking.

"Why are you here?"

"Why you are here?" Allison snaps back.

They stop walking and Andrew leans against the wall. "Um, I'm here today... because uh, because my coach and my father don't want me to blow my ride. See I get treated differently bcause uh, Coach thinks I'm a winner. So does my old man. I'm not a winner because I wanna be one... I'm a winner because I got strenght and speed. Kinda like a race horse. That's about how involved I am in what's happening to me."

But Allison could see right through him. "Yeah? That's very interesting. Now why don't you tell me why you're really here."

"Forget it!"

Meanwhile in the library, Lily was the only one sitting, while Claire, Bender and Brian were around the place.

"Claire... you wanna see a picture of a guy with elephantitus of the nuts? It's pretty tasty..."

"No thank you..."

"How do you think he rides a bike?"

Claire rolls her eyes and turns away in disgust.

"Oh, Claire... would you ever consider dating a guy like this?"

"Can't you just leave me alone?" did she not realize how much Bender just wants her attention?

"I mean if he had a great personality and was a good dancer and had a cool car... Although you'd probably have to ride in the back seat 'cause his nuts would ride shotgun."

"You know what I wish I was doing?"

And for the first time since Claire set foot in the library, she looked wistful.

"Op, watch what you say, Brian here is a cherry and maybe little Lily here, has sensitive ears." The blonde rolled her eyes at Bender, who just blinked back. Lily knew it was just a joke between them.

"A cherry?"

"I wish I was on a plane to France."

"I'm not a cherry." Someone was sensitive.

"When have you ever gotten laid?"

"I've laid, lots of times!"

"Name one!"

"She lives in Canada, met her at Niagara Falls. You wouldn't know her."

"Ever laid anyone around here."

Brian shushes Bender and points at the both girls in the room, which one was still with her back turned and the other who really wasn't paying much of attention.

"Oh, you and Claire, AND Lily?! Boy, you are a stud. Congratulations!"

At this moment, both girls turned their attentions to the boys.

"What are you talking about?"

"Nothin', nothin! Let's just drop it, we'll talk about it later!" Brian really didn't want to have to humiliate himself like that in front of the girls.

"No! Drop what, what're you talking about?"

"Well, Brian's trying to tell me that in addition to the number of girls in the Niagara Falls area, that presently you and Lily are, riding the hobby horse with him!"

"Really?!" "Little pig!" Both girls said at the same time.

"Really." Answered Bender.

"No I'm not! I'm not! John said I was a cherry and I said I wasn't, that's it, that's all that was said!"

"Well then what were you motioning to them for?"

"You know I don't appreciate this very much, Brian. And I'm pretty sure Lily doesn't either."

"Don't speak up for me!"

"He is lying!"

"Oh you weren't motioning to them?"

"You know both know he's lying, right?"

"I know. Don't worry Brian, I know when it's a joke with John."

The redhead could still quite understand the Lily-Bender relationship.

"Were you or were you not motioning to them?"

"Yeah, but it was only... was only beacuse I didn't want them to know that I was a virgin, okay?"

Bender just stares at him. Meanwhile, both girls just giggles together. Brian could be so cute!

"Excuse me for being a virgin, I'm sorry..."

By that time, Lily has stopped giggling. "Oh Brian, and what's the problem? Do you think you are the only virgin on the planet? Especially as a guy?"

"Well..."

"You're not. Besides, who cares about who did you or did you not sleep with? It's your private business."

"Well, it doesn't sound like Brian is doing any business..."

Lily shot a look to Bender, making him raise his hands in surrender.

"Well, count me on that as well Lily."

Bender looks surprised. Really John? Brian just got happier. Happy and relieved.

"Really?"

"Really."


Exploring more of Lily-Bender relationship, and in regards of Brian-Lily development, only further in the story, sorry. Now, all of them are starting to have more interaction, especially Lily. No more hints about her problems here, but in the next part we will see more of it. Hope you liked it and see you soon!

Ps.: I hope everybody is holding well in this pandemic. I know it has been hard for some, a discovery for others, overall it is a situation that everybody had to learn how to live our new daily lives. God is with you, the angels are taking care of you. You are not alone. We will get through it together! God bless you all!