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The next morning, Jude woke to the sound of thumping on the other side of the wall.
“What the hell,” he muttered. He swung his legs off the side of the bed, slowly sitting up. The hologram clock flashed 5:15 AM. He debates rolling back over, but slowly rolls out of bed. He walks towards Mariana’s room, where the noise is coming from, and pokes his head in. Mariana is dancing, earbuds in. She has missed dancing with Tia and the other girls since graduating,
Mariana catches sight of him in the mirror, and pulls her earbuds out.
“Sorry Judicorn! I’ll be quieter tomorrow morning,” she says, putting her phone down on the table.
“Its ok Mari. I just wanted to make sure nobody was breaking in. I need to go get ready for school now,”
“You’re a good kid Jude,” Mariana says, ruffling his hair.