Taf: Ummm...anyway, joining me today is the one, the only, Pseudo-Merc TM! Say hello, Pseumer.
PM: Hello! Welcome to chapter three of Roseview Saga, brilliantly typed by Tafadhali! It's just chockfull of working ellipses, just like the first episode, which was absolutely perfect!
Taf: Thanks, Pseumer! Would you like to do the disclaimer?
PM: *nods rapidly* DISCLAIMER: Both Roseview Saga and myself our copyrighted to Merc and Taf. Any resemblance between the actual Mercuria and myself is purely accidental.
Taf: And now, let the show begin!
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Chapter 3: Scandalous! The Reactions of the Students
"Well, THAT went well," muttered Jack. He was huddled up in a corner of the Hyacinthus Hall dorm, along with his friends Melissa, Juliet, Mark, and Benny. They were alone, the other occupants of the dorm not having returned from the dance yet.
"It could of been worse," said Melissa, attempting to remain cheerful.
Melissa thought for a moment, before shrugging in defeat.
Benny glared at Juliet. "See, even Melissa thinks it was a bad idea."
"What are you glaring at me for?" asked Juliet, slightly annoyed. "MY idea was working, until Elijah came and completely blew-"
"It doesn't matter whose fault it was," interrupted Mark suddenly, speaking for the first time since the dance. "What matters is that Jack and Benny are out now. And going back into the closet isn't an option."
"Maybe we should just lie low for a while," said Jack.
"HA! Like THAT will happen," laughed Juliet,"Lie low?"
Everyone glares at her.
"I mean, sure, that sounds...like a plan..."
"Don't worry, I'm sure no one will bother you about it," said Melissa reassuringly, though without much conviction.
"And, if all else fails, you can transfer out," Juliet said.
Jack and Benny stared at her as if she was mad. "Leave Roseview?"
"That's worst-case scenario. I think I hear the rest of your dorm coming...we should probably leave."
"Bye guys!" called Jack, as Mark, Melissa, and Juliet walked away.
Out in the hallway, Melissa turned to Mark. "How come you were so quiet in there?"
Mark shrugged. "I didn't want to tell them that I think that they will be ostracized by their peers and that their lives would become living hells."
"Maybe it WAS a good thing you didn't talk much..."
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"Lets go on a walk, Mark," said Juliet.
"Why?" he muttered grumpily.
"Because I want to. And we both have a free now."
"Yes, but I want to SLEEP during this free. It's only 9:00 in the morning."
"Soooo? C'moooon! I don't want to wander the halls aimlessly by myself!" Juliet said, pulling insistently on Mark's arm.
"Alright! I'll go on a walk with you. But I won't like it."
"I'm not asking for you to like it."
Juliet yanked Mark off of his perch on the bench and started pulling him down the stairs.
Mark glared at her. "Why must you always ruin my fun?"
Juliet shrugged. "Wandering aimlessly is fun. Anyway, what do you think we should do about the whole Jack and Benny situation?"
"Aha. So you DO have a method to your madness."
"Mmhmm," said Juliet, proudly. "There's always a reason. But, back to the point. You KNOW people aren't going to just forget what happened last night. Some people are going to have problems with it."
Mark seemed to ponder this for a moment. "Well-"
He stopped mid-sentence.
"What is it?" asked Juliet.
"Just listen, Greene."
Juliet listened carefully, finally hearing strains of a conversation. "Did they just say, what I think they said?"
"Probably," said Mark.
"Lets go eavesdrop!"
"And why did I not foresee that?" asked Mark.
"Cos you're a fool," Juliet said, impishly.
"That was a rhetorical question." He sighed, "Alright, let's go 'eavesdrop'."
The two quietly shuffled over to the nearest door. Looking through the window in it, they saw a few of their classmates, who most just called the Fundies. By most, of course, we mean Juliet. With them was Benny.
"Hey, what is HE doing there?" asked Juliet.
"Shut up and listen."
By listening carefully, Juliet and Mark could hear bits of the conversation inside. It was not very pleasant.
"You're going to go to Hell..."
"WHAT THE HELL DO THEY MEAN, 'FAGGOT'?!" yelled Juliet. "I'M GONNA GO KILL THOSE FREAKS!"
Mark grabbed her arm, stopping her from knocking down the door and beating the Fundies into bloody pulps.
"It might be a better idea to TALK to them, before we bash their heads in."
"Alright, whatever, lets just go in there and wing it."
Juliet shoved the door open, and both she and Mark tumbled in. "Leave him alone or die!" cried Juliet, rather dramatically.
Everyone in the room turned and looked at her in surprise.
"JULIET! MARK! You've come to save me!" called Benny.
"Which, by the way, is rather sad. That you needed saving, that is."
"I'm a pacifist."
"Suuuuure," said Juliet, before turning to face the Fundies. "What the hell do you think your doing to our friend!?"
"How can you still be friends with him?" asked one of the braver Fundies, "Don't you know homosexuality is evil?"
"Yeah, haven't you read the Bible?"
Mark and Juliet blinked.
"It says, 'Thou shalt not lie with another man as thou liest with a woman.' "
Juliet smirked. "Well, for your information, Jack and Benny haven't slept together yet!"
A look of pure horror crossed Benny's face.
"Nice going, Greene."
"That was a little tactless, even by my standards, wasn't it?" asked Juliet sheepishly.
"Just a little."
They turned there attention back to the matter at hand. "Anyway, what makes you think you have the right to do this to our friend?"
"He's evil. He's being punished in the name of the Lord."
"Why does this "Lord" of yours want me TIED TO A BLOODY CHAIR?!" cried Benny.
"Kinky," giggled Juliet.
"Can we please focus?" requested Mark, sighing.
"Oh, yeah. Sure."
Mark put on his most diplomatic expression. It wasn't very diplomatic, but that is beside the point. "Look, we have the power to get you suspended- (stop laughing Juliet, it's not helping)- so, in your own best interest, why don't you just admit defeat and turn the boy over to us?"
Grumbling, the Fundies released their shell-shocked prisoner. As Mark, Juliet, and Benny were leaving the room, something whispered caught their attention: "Fag hags."
Mark swiveled to look at the speaker and began to twitch spasmodically. "Let's kill them now, Jules."
Juliet pounced on the one closest to her. In between punches, she muttered, "This...will...teach...you to...mess...with me and...my friends!"
Mark turned and glared at his victim. The victim ran away in fear.
"Yes, all fear the almighty Mark!" he cried, letting the power get to his head, "Who's next?"
The Fundies backed away, slowly heading towards the door.
"HEY! WAIT!" cried the one that Juliet barraged. "DON'T LEAVE ME HERE!" he yelled, staggering towards the door.
"Boo," said Juliet, grinning and stepping in between him and the door.
"AAAAAAAH!" the boy screamed, pushing past her and nearly falling down a flight of stairs in his rush to escape.
Juliet turned to Mark. "Wow. You can be really scary when you want to."
"I'm just lucky that way, I guess."
"You okay, Benny?"
Benny nodded and got up from the ground, where he had been curled up in a fetal position. "They didn't hurt me, just scared me a bit."
Juliet nodded. "You need to learn to take better care of yourself."
"There was four of them, and one of me," Benny said in defense.
"I guess," Juliet said, shrugging. "Well, at any rate, that's the last we'll see of them."
Mark stared at her. "Are you serious?"
"The last we'll see of them today, anyway."
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Taf: Yay! Newness and betterness! I actually FIXED this chapter. And yes, I toned down one of the insults a little. Writing the old one made me feel bastardized...Anyway:
Was Juliet right in her prophesy? Or will we see future appearances of the Fundies? Did ANYONE have a positive reaction to Jack and Benny coming out? Tune in next week for the answers to these (and countless other) questions!