Who: Connor and Drew
What: Exploring campus
When: Friday Morning
3 hours and 43 minutes. Connor only ever traveled that far if he was moving schools, so it was hard enough to let go of that frame of mind when he and Drew piled in the car with his mother t go visit Dalton Academy. It shouldn’t have been too weird, but there was an awkward feeling settled in Connor’s chest. This was the first time he had gone to a school before attending in order to check it out. He was more used to enrolling last minute to whatever place was closest to his new home. But that wouldn’t work here, would it? If Connor and Drew decided to attend Dalton, it would be all sorts of firsts for them: first boarding school, first time living away from home, first time he’d know for certain that they’d be finishing the year here. For all the money tuition costs, they really couldn’t afford not to. Dalton was a big change from their usual drop-everything-and-go style of moving.
Even while being shown the grand halls of Dalton Academy, his discomfort with the idea trailed behind him. He could hardly see himself fitting in at a place like this anyways: he could just see the halls filled with rich snobs in their uniforms, playing polo on the lawn and burning money out their windows. He wouldn’t fit in with a bunch of pretentious sons of wealthy parents, and he knew Drew wouldn’t like it either. A shame really, because their gym looked kick ass and their football field was to die for. It had real grass even, and not that fake grass lined with ground-up rubber like their old excuse of a high school. But the people were a huge qualifier for Connor. They were all that he would really be associating himself with, outside of the field.
Finally, after an hour of following a teacher who looked way to happy to be here during the summer, Conner and his cousin were let alone while his mother was off to go fill out the paperwork for them to stay at Dalton for the week. His mother had insisted, claiming that there were kids here and they could try and meet friends early. Any kid who’s at school during the summer probably isn’t worth being friends with. But he wasn’t going to stop her from paying for their week-long vacation from home. Now that they were free, Connor could focus on the one thing that was holding his attention. “Remember where the cafeteria, or mess hall or whatever, is? I need food.” He slipped his hands into his pocket and started a casual stride, knowing Drew would follow by his side. He was determined to find it without any help from the map that sat in his back pocket, so he analyzed the path in front of him with a confused face, not entirely certain they were heading the right way. No matter, more time for them to talk. “I’m hoping this place isn’t as douche as it looks.”