A/N: hope everyone had a supper happy thanksgiving. Mine was full of awkward family silences, YAY! I went out on black Friday, and I'm disappointed to announce that I saw not one product beat down or fight. It negates people watching if they aren't going to be entertaining.
"What are you doing?"
Eli looked up from his position on the floor with a cheshire grin that made Clare reconsider her attendance at once. He pulled another long strip of duck tape slowly from the roll and used his teeth to free it. Once the piece was securely fastened, he gave his answer. "I am making a statement."
"I don't think I like where this is going," she admitted.
"I don't see why," Eli said, pulling more tape from the roll. "I'm changing at least one life with this," he exclaimed. Clare was uncomfortable with the amount of pride he was emanating. There were a lot of emotions she could associate with this form of protest, but pride was surprisingly not one of them.
"I get the impression that you are not going to explain to the other students exactly what it is you are fighting against," Clare stated. Her tone was slightly bored. "I'm not even a hundred percent sure what your statement is."
"It's about treating people with dignity and respect," Eli explained.
Clare attempted to disguise her laugh as a cough when Eli shot her a look. "I'm sorry, I just don't see it," Clare said. "What does this have to do with dignity?" she waved her arms around his project to emphasize her point.
"It's about doing on to others as you would like done on to you…but phrased better," Eli quickly amended.
"I'm going to go ahead and call shenanigans right here," Clare said as she crouched down to Eli's seated level. "If you really wanted to make this statement, there are better, less harmful ways to do it."
"I can't help it if I'm killing two birds with one stone," Eli said with a shrug as he began to paint the word "Welcome" across the tape.
"Couldn't you have picked a less crowded place then the front doors? Someone is going to get hurt," she said. "Besides, what grudge do you have against this person?"
"It's nothing personal between us," Eli told her as he stood up to admire his work. "And pain is sort of part of the lesson. He should know what it feels like to be walked all over."
The tone of Eli's voice made Clare weary. She hesitantly lifted the black mask from the face of Eli's prisoner and found his mouth to be taped closed. She sent a glare at Eli who shrugged nonchalantly and took a seat on the bench across from them. Clare peeled the tape quickly from the captive's lips.
"Son of a…ow!" he yelled. "Clare, tell your stupid jackass boyfriend to go to hell and get me off the floor!" KC bellowed. "What the hell is your problem you bi…mmmhg!" he was cut off by Clare slapping the tape back onto to his mouth.
"Maybe he does need this lesson," Clare decided as she slipped the mask back on and sat down with Eli. "Oh look! The bell is about to ring!" she said excitedly.
"That's the spirit."
A/N: well there it is. KC gets trampled by the whole school. I hope everyone is satisfied with this punishment. Up until now, Eli has mostly been using intimidation tactics; no one has actually gotten hurt. I didn't want there to be a fight since Eli promised Clare, so this seemed to me like the best way to physically harm KC without fists flying. How Eli ever got KC in that situation even I don't know.
So the next three months are going to be probably the most productive for me since this season started because it's the final stretch which means it will drag and if I spend every waking moment trying to find spoilers I might actually go insane. I will be filling my time with studying and getting my classes all lined up for the spring semester (which I should have already done by this point). And then, I don't know, wallow over the fact that possibly before Degrassi even comes back I'll be 24. What the hell happened to my youth?