“You know, Valentine’s Day was historically celebrated on the fifteenth, and not the fourteenth, as commonly as it is practiced today.” Lute seemed almost… miffed. “There is a myth surrounding the origins of the holiday, which are most likely attributed to the man of the same name, sometimes romanized as Valentine or Valentinus, who attracted the favor of a young woman, the daughter of an Emperor. He was imprisoned for performing marriages for young soldiers, as it was illegal to do so, and eventually put to death.”
…Apparently people preferred a tale of love to a tale of tragedy. Lute couldn’t understand why, but… “Before Valentine’s, a similar holiday called Lupercalia was celebrated as a fertility holiday. Typically men would wear the skins of sacrificed goats, striking people—particularly young women—with a ‘thong’ from the sacrificed animal, called a ‘februa.’ It was believed to ensure fertility, prevent sterility, and ease the pains of childbirth.”
Chapter 3/12 - EXO Planet Recruits A/U: Ice Boy (Kim Minseok) (Ice Manipulation)
“They call him Ice Boy. A prodigy hacker. Helped the military infiltrate systems when he was fifteen. He knows all kinds of dirty secrets, and he knows those with power are waiting for an opportunity to kill him and clean up. But this kid is smart. He hid his strongest asset. The enemy have convinced the military that mutants are a threat and a battlefield against our favour is unfolding. We have no choice but fight, and I want him on our side.”
Vines covered the windows—an artistic aesthetic for the Humanities building, but in fall they looked dead and lifeless, more like a parasite than a sheath. Rows of chairs gained height as they reached the back of the room, which Lute would’ve been more grateful for if she chose to sit in the far back of the room. Instead, she sat Row 2, Seat 5, and though there was a particularly tall person in front of her, the added height from her row allowed her to clearly see the board. Though she hardly had need to, seeing as the only word the professor had written thus far, after twenty minutes of class, was WilliamShakespeare.
The syllabus in front of her had details regarding trivialities such as the Student Learning Outcomes and the professor’s office hours, but Lute doubted she’d need such information. In fact, she doubted she needed much of this schedule at all, considering she would probably be doing the tutoring, rather than getting tutored. She nonetheless paid attention, if only because Literature was interesting. Content to simply listen for the time being, Lute judged the discussion of her classmates typically based on reasoning and factual information, but was hard-pressed to join in the discussion when one of them made a rather grievous error.
She raised her hand politely, and stood up. “Actually, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet wasn’t a romantic tale. Rather, it was the story of two tragic fools who were the catalyst for Shakespeare’s commentary on the double value of love; as Friar Lawrence reminds us in Act II, Scene III, ‘virtue itself turns vice being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified.’” The professor seemed eager to reply to her statement, but clearly Lute was far from finished. “In addition, a large majority of Shakespeare’s tragedies focus on the human condition in some form, which separates the typical idea of ‘love’ from Shakespeare’s: that love is, in actuality, a cause of violence, and that none can escape their fate.”