slum school

Jaylos Week Day 1 - Rivals

I struggled so much with this. It kinda sucks but I hope you enjoy!
Their school was divided.
It wasn’t something I liked, but it was something I couldn’t really fix.
Two years ago, Lost Isle High School shut down from lack of funds. The school board for both Lost Isle and Auradon Prep decided to merge the schools and invited the Lost Isle kids to join the school. Now, let me tell you why that caused problems.
Lost Isle High School is what some people would call a “slum” school, whereas Auradon Prep was….not. In fact, it was the opposite. Before the merge, only the richest went to Auradon. So, when these two very different groups became one…you can imagine there was some friction.
Two years later and it’s still an issue. We each even have titles. The kids from Lost Isle are the “Lost Kids” or if you’re feeling particularly mean “Villain Kids”. The Auradon Prep kids are usually called “Princes” or “Princesses” or occasionally “Snobs”. I come from the latter group.
My mother, Cruella DeVil, runs a high end fashion line featuring mostly furs and animal based products. As a vegan, I do not agree with my mother’s ethical values. Nor does my best friend Evie. Her mom has a popular makeup line that Evie has ensured no longer tests on animals. We make a pretty good team.
Now, you would assume that such a divided school would have a lot of fights. You would be wrong. Most of the students are actually pretty decent human beings, there just isn’t a whole lot of contact between the two groups. Which sucks for me, because I have a HUGE crush on one of the Lost kids.
At this point, I should probably mention that I’m gay. Like, really gay. Also, I don’t think I’ve mentioned my name yet. It’s Carlos. And the guy I’m crushing on? His name name is Jay. He’s one of the hottest guys at this school (and there are a lot). He plays tourney and has dated everyone of the cheer squad, with the exception of myself and Evie (yes I’m a cheerleader, no I’m not a trope….well maybe a little).
Honestly, I don’t even know if he’s into guys or not. I mean, I know he’s “experimented” at the least, but he’s only ever dated girls thus far. So, I’m mostly just holding on to thin hope that I even have a chance. And if you’re wondering why he and Evie haven’t dated, there’s two reasons. One, Evie is a good friend; two, she’s also been kind of unofficially seeing Jay’s best friend Mal for like, three months. Of course, I still try to flirt with him every chance I get, like right now.
I look up from my phone just in time to see Jay and Mal walking over to where Evie and I were sitting on the bleachers after cheer practice. God, Jay looked so hot. He had just finished Tourney practice and was still sweaty with nothing but a tank top and basketball shorts on. Oh how I wanted nothing more than to-
“Carlos!” Evie shouts next to me. I startle and look over at her. I can tell from her amused look that this isn’t the first time she’s called my name. A blush quickly heats my face.
“S-sorry, I kinda zoned out. What’d ya say?” Now she’s smirking, and so is Mal. Shit, they knew what I was thinking.
“Mhm,” Evie says, totally not buying my bullshit, “Mal was just asking if I wanted to hang out tonight. I asking if it was cool with you if I went with her instead of to your place?”
“Yeah, that’s totally fine. Go do…whatever cult shit you two do when you’re alone, doesn’t bother me.” This makes all three of them laugh. Three. Right, Jay is standing right in front of me. I turn to face him and see that he’s laughing at Mal and Evie, giving me a few seconds to stare at him. His laugh is intoxicating, his smooth Baritone voice almost makes my heart melt. And the way his eyes crinkle with his lopsided grin is anyway to bring any guy or girl to their knees.
Evie nudges me and when I look over she smirks and raises an eyebrow. Caught again. My face heats and glare at her before turning my face away.
“So, what are you going to do tonight, Jay?” Evie asks.
“I don’t know. Maybe I can convince Carlos to take me to his house and I can eat all his nasty vegan shit.” He completes his statement with a wink in my direction, making me blush for the third time in the last three minutes.
“Hey, you’re just jealous because my "vegan shit” is amazing. You just don’t have the taste for it.“ I respond quickly.
"Nor do I want to. But, it’s still fun to tease you about it.” With this, he leans in close to my face. I try to make myself look mad instead of flustered, but I’m not quite sure how well it worked. After a moment, I see his face fall a little and he quickly straightens back up. “Well, I better go wash before I leave.” He quickly turns and walks away, leaving me very confused in his wake.
“What’s his problem?” I ask, turning to the two slightly exasperated looking girls.
“Isn’t it obvious?” Mal asks. When I quirk my eyebrow in question, she sighs. “He’s been trying to get in your pants for an entire year, Carlos.”
Well, that’s a little disorienting.
“Wait, what?” I ask, very shocked.
“Yep, and I better go catch up with him.” She turns and leaves, leaving me to watch opened mouthed and she runs up to where he is walking.
“Yeah?” She responds, having been sitting and watching the entirety of what just happened.
“You have Mal’s number right?”
“Uh, yeah?”
“Can I see your phone?” She hands it to me with a confused look and watches as I quickly go to her text chat with Mal.
“What are doing?”
“Something that needs to be done.” I quickly type the message and hand the phone back. “Let’s just hope it works.”
Just as I catch up with Jay, my phone dings with a message from Evie. I opened it and read:
‘Hey, Carlos here. Tell Jay to meet me at my house later. It seems we’ve got a lot to “discuss”’
I feel a small smile tug at the corner of my mouth.
“Hey Jay…”

I wonder how embarrassing it was for Fenris to admit that he couldn’t read. Everyone he knows can read, or are very well educated (even if they weren’t a fan of schooling). Even slum kids and alienage elves must know how to read and write at least a little. I imagine at first he didn’t think much of it as few elves he knew in Tevinter knew how to read and anyone he was permitted to be in contact with was either a magister or an enemy he was about to kill. So, not being able to read is the norm for him. 

But then he gets away and there are words everywhere, and there are no slaves anywhere else in Thedas so people don’t understand why he stares blankly at menus or destination boards- suddenly he’s an anomaly in every way. He’s not young looking either, so he doesn’t even have that excuse. He asks people questions, when is the next ship, do you sell potions, and people look at him incredulously and they’re impatient with him because they think he’s being ignorant. 

“Are you fucking blind?! Read it, it says it right there. Damn, lazy elves.”

So he stops asking, somehow through the odd kind person, he gets to where he needs to be, he learns to keep his hunters alive long enough to beat information out of them because he can’t read the contracts and notes in their pockets. 

And then there’s Hawke and his group of friends, they’re all smart and talk about all the things they’ve read about and discovered. Fenris isn’t stupid, quite the opposite, but he doesn’t want to appear foolish and he knows these Southerners place a lot of stead in a person being able to read. So, he says nothing and instead says, ‘I’ll have whatever you get’ and hopes that he likes it.

And then sweet Hawke comes along with this beast of a book and he’s looking at Fenris with his big, amber eyes telling him he’s got a present for him. Fenris’s heart stops when he’s realises what it is and how can he tell Hawke after all these years that he has to refuse it? And then without skipping a beat Hawke tells him he’ll bloody well teach him how to read, and it’ll be easy as pie. 

Turns out it’s fucking not, but it feels a lot easier with Hawke warm at his side.


September 4 – today Mother Teresa of Calcutta becomes St Teresa of Calcuta 

Mother Teresa of Kolkata, the tiny woman recognized throughout the world for her work among the poorest of the poor, was beatified October 19, 2003. Among those present were hundreds of Missionaries of Charity, the order she founded in 1950 as a diocesan religious community. Today the congregation also includes contemplative sisters and brothers and an order of priests. In 1946, while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as “a call within a call. The message was clear. I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.” She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “follow Christ into the slums to serve him among the poorest of the poor.” After receiving permission to leave Loreto, establish a new religious community and undertake her new work, she took a nursing course for several months. She returned to Kolkata, where she lived in the slums and opened a school for poor children.

US & Canadian fans: JA'MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL- Available August 5, 2014 on DVD & Digital HD!

Could well be [Lilley’s] crowning triumph" - Washington Post

New York, N.Y., May 7, 2014 - Coming this summer from HBO Home Entertainment® is a DVD release that is “so frickin’ quiche” it might just win the Hillford Medal. In Chris Lilley’s hilarious Summer Heights High, Ja'mie King (one of many characters played by Lilley himself) was a private school princess slumming it at a lowly public school. But in Ja'mie: Private School Girl, available to own on DVD ($29.98) and Digital HD August 5, 2014, Lilley zooms in the lens on one of his most beloved and bitchy characters as she plays out her final days as the most popular girl at the prestigious Hillford Girls Grammar school. The irreverently funny and endlessly quotable series set is loaded with “Ja'miezing” bonus content, including a hysterical blooper reel, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series, and hilarious deleted scenes from all six episodes.

From the creator, writer and star of Summer Heights High and HBO’s Angry Boys® comes the continuing story of Ja'mie King, a conniving Year 12 student at Hillford Girls Grammar, a tony private school in Sydney, Australia. Ja'mie, the self-promoting “queen bee” returns from an exchange semester at public school Summer Heights High for her last three months at Hillford, where she’s the unchallenged diva among the school’s most popular girls. Ja'mie turns her attention to conquering the opposite sex, enrolled nearby at Kelton Boys Grammar. She soon finds herself in a love triangle with dreamy jock Mitchell and African exchange student Kwami. Her callous manipulations begin to wear thin, but she’ll stop at nothing to achieve her overriding goal: to win the Hillford Medal, given to the “Best Girl in Year 12." 

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