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Life in College
Chapter Two: Tutor
Previously: After Franny had walked away, Cornelius face palmed himself. How could he have said such lame things? Man, she must think he is such a dork... He finished gathering up his stuff and started to head towards his next class.
St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota:
About a week later, Cornelius's favorite class had become his student teaching in quantitative methods for biology. The reason? Well, maybe it had something to do with the crush he had on one of the girls in that class. He tried not to make it obvious, but he was practically falling head over heels every time he laid eyes on Franny. However, he was too afraid to talk to her. He thought that if he did, he would sound like an idiot again and make a fool out of himself.
"It's like elementary and high school all over again," Cornelius thought as he picked at his desk.
Breaking away from his thoughts, Cornelius heard the professor end the class by saying, "If anyone needs help at any time during the semester with the material, Cornelius has informed me that he also privately tutors. Feel free to come and talk to him if you're interested."
While everyone quietly shuffled out, Cornelius quickly gathered his things and shoved them in his bag. He really didn't expect anyone to come up to him; at least not this early in the semester. He was proven wrong of course when he heard a barely audible cough above him. When he looked up he saw Franny standing there with a shy smile.
"Hey Fran. How are you?"
"I'm good. What about you?"
"You know me; I keep moving forward," Cornelius smiled.
There was an awkward pause where both didn't know what to say before Fran asked, "So… about this private tutoring thing..."
Cornelius waited a second before asking, "Do you need any help?"
"Well, it's not that I need any help at the moment really. It's just that I'm really bad at this whole science thing. Anyways, I figured if I start off on the right foot maybe I could you know… do well?"
"Yeah, that makes sense. If you want I can tutor you once a week normally and twice a week during test weeks."
"Sounds great. Are you free on Wednesday afternoons, maybe around four-ish?"
"I believe so."
"Awesome, I'll see you then."
They exchanged goodbyes and Franny left to go to her next class. As soon as she was out of sight and no one was around, Cornelius started doing a happy dance. No day, in the history of days, could be better than this one for him. He finally had an 'in' with the girl of his dreams. Now all he had to do was not screw it up. Hopefully, he could manage that.
Once she was out of the classroom and far enough away from Cornelius, Franny let an excited scream/giggle. She now had Cornelius all to herself for at least one day a week. Nothing and nobody could ruin her mood right now. As if Life just decided to make that a personal challenge, Aubrey Swanson walked past Franny.
After almost "accidentally" knocking her completely over, Aubrey gave Franny a once over and asked, "What's got you so happy?"
"Nothing that concerns you," Franny stated, glaring down Aubrey in the process.
"Oh, really? Does it have anything to do with, oh I don't know, that new tutor boy in our biology class," Aubrey asked, adding a knowing smile for good measure.
"That is none of your business Aubrey," Franny retorted.
"So, it is him," Aubrey smirked towards her two best friends with her, "Did you hear that? Little Franny here has got a little crush on the nerd boy."
Getting more and more frustrated by the second, Franny exasperated, "He's not a nerd and I don't have a crush on him."
"Whatever," Aubrey said while rolling her eyes, "We'll see you in class."
Franny scoffed as the three girls walked away.