Monday, September 19thCatherine was the picture of intense concentration.
The folds of her brow were a tense knot and her lips pressed into a pensive line. A few loose strands of hair had stuck to her face. They were slick from the beads of cold sweat that occasionally dribbled down her face, sliding along her cheeks and collecting in small droplets along her chin. Her downward gaze was solemn like heavy, steel beams.
The Senior paused, wiping her face and brow with a casual backhand before returning her full attention to the multi-paged leaflet. Her hand hovered over a particular question, hesitant to put pen to paper. She loosed an exhausted sigh, opting, in the end, to reread the question once more before she began.
- Prove that following statement is true by Mathematical Induction:
1² + 2² + 3² + ... + n² = n (n + 1)(2n + 1)/ 6
A single groan escaped her throat, expressing the suffering of all mankind. The girl's brain throttled to grasp the mathematical complexities of the problem presented, failing to notice as the sunny-haired girl beside her tried to grab her attention.
"Guh—" Catherine, startled, almost fumbled her pen out the window of their second-story classroom. Thankfully, she'd never been one with butterfingers. After avoiding a potential tragedy, Catherine turned to look questionably at the blonde, who made a pulling gesture and pointed towards her ears.
Catherine removed her earplugs, which, now exposed to the air began to chant in an upbeats tune— "Ahoy~! Ahoy~!..."
"You listen to the weirdest shit..."
"Shut up—I just have varied tastes," Justifying her song selection as such, Catherine swiftly moved on, "what did you need?"
"Oh! Class is over; but, it looked like you didn't notice. Anyway, I'll see you at lunch."
Startled once more, Catherine finally took note of the rapidly emptying room and scrambled to pack her things. Sweeping through the hallways, the girl played little attention to the buzz of conversation around her. She already knew what it was about. Everyone in the entire school knew what it was about! It was about her; the girl that'd gone crazy during 2nd period.
Knowledge of the odd incident had swiftly spread across the school because the girl, hysterical, had made quite a scene and the school had been forced to contact both her parents and, for safe measure, an ambulance.
Catherine imagined the incident would be the talk of the school for at least the next week; but, more importantly, today was Monday and the cafeteria always served burgers on a Monday. Unfortunately, they only had so many burger patties; and, that meant it was first come, first served. Anyone that missed out would have to settle for the leftover mac and cheese they'd served for this morning's breakfast.
Luckily, her math class was just down the hall from the cafe, and Catherine, like a speed-walking demon (running wasn't allowed in the hallways), managed to squeeze her way into the top 10.
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