Tara and Tracy had went to classes the first week at Horizon. They wanted to see what the classes were about, how they were ran, to meet the teachers, and to learn more about the other students. After that they only went to class sometimes. At first it was a class here or there and then they spent more time skipping classes than going to them. They didn't like the uniformity of the classes and occasionally they disagreed with what was being taught.
When this came to Peter and Sophie's attention they knew they needed to do something about it right away. It was Sophie who seen them first the next time they skipped a class. It was math class they were supposed to be in but instead they were headed towards the woods side by side. Sophie ran after them to catch up.
"Whoa, you two are supposed to be in class right now." Sophie said, her voice accusing. She wasn't sure what class they were supposed to be in exactly, but she knew all the Cliffhangers had classes at that moment. They looked at each other for a split second before continuing on as if they hadn't heard or noticed her. It was subtle but Sophie seen it.
"I know you two heard me." She said authoritatively. They continued walking, not missing a beat, still as if they hadn't. She walked in front of them and stopped, blocking their way. They stopped as there was nothing else they could see to do. They could make a run for it maybe, but it was Horizon and they knew they weren't going anywhere; at least not without a plan. Sophie waited a few moments for them to say something, but they didn't so she broke the silence.
"You are supposed to be in class." She told them. Tracy sighed.
"Because of the rules?" Tracy said sounding something between sad and annoyed. It hadn't really sounded much like a question as she said it.
"Yes." Sophie answered. She knew they knew that, but she couldn't think of what else to say. It seemed she never knew what these two were thinking or what they would say next.
"Why?" Tara asked.
"Because those are the rules." Sophie stated, a moment later wanting to take the sentence back. She knew she would get no where with these two using that sort of logic.
"Uh huh." Tara said. She wanted to walk right past Sophie, but she stayed where she was. Tracy sighed again.
"Look it's just...there doesn't seem to be a point to it." Tracy said truthfully. Sophie gave her a hard stare. Tara tugged a Tracy's hand, wanting them just to ignore Sophie and keep walking.
"We just sit in desks or at tables and it doesn't seem like we are learning anything useful. It just seems like a waste of time. Life is short. It can end any time. For all we know we could die before graduation or maybe even before tomorrow from some unseen event. When you think about it...well I don't want to waste my time. We don't want to waste our time. We want to live. Fully." Tracy tried explaining.
Sophie was dumbstruck at first. It wasn't as if this was the first time she had heard an excuse not to go to class or the first time she had heard life is short as the excuse, but Tracy really seemed to have thought about this a lot. She knew she had to make them go to class regardless, but it was obvious the girl was a deep thinker. If I could just get her to put it to some use, she thought. A twinge in the back of her mind wondered if it already was being put to good use, just not necessarily normal use. She needed to make these two follow the rules. The rest of it could be thought about later, she realized.
"If you two don't go to class right now, you'll have kitchen duty for a week." Sophie threatened. Tara seemed ready to stomp off, but Tracy stopped her with a light hand on her wrist.
"Let's just go for now." She whispered. Tara was annoyed. So what if Sophie gave them kitchen duty, they could just refuse to do it. She knew her sister must know that too though so maybe there was another reason. Fine, she'd go along for now, but she wasn't happy about it.
"Fine." Tara said under her breath, verily audible. Tracy and Tara headed towards class, with Sophie following a little ways away to make sure they got there. After she seen them go through the door, she left. She'd need to deal with them later after she talked to Peter. She had a feeling this was only a temporary solution.