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WaP - 70. 67% by fictograph WaP - 70. 67% by fictograph
Willow crossed her arms as she watched the boys exchange papers. “You’re not seriously doing this, I hope?”

Rivek laughed as he thumbed through the pages of Bohren’s essay. “Why break tradition?”

“Re-word it a bit more this time,” Bohren said. “I think the professor’s onto us.” He sat down and began erasing the numbers on his homework. Over his shoulder, Willow could see he was now writing them back to match Rivek’s.

“You’re both cheating!”

“It’s only cheating if you copy it directly,” Rivek shrugged. Willow read the first line of his essay. Two words differed from Bohren’s. “And if I were truly cheating, don’t you think I’d pick a better writer to copy?”

Bohren glared at him. “Sixty-seven is still passing.”

“And I’m still very grateful for that sixty-seven.”

“I can’t believe you two are really doing this.” Willow grabbed Bohren’s essay out of Rivek’s hands. He pinched her wrist, causing her to drop the paper to the ground, and picked it up as she rubbed the new sore spot on her forearm.

“Well, believe it. Some of us poor unfortunates simply aren’t as intelligent - or should I say, aren’t as lucky? - as you. Not everyone can afford school - or what was it in your case? Tutors?” Rivek handed her his textbook. “Here, you might want to get started on your reading for next year.”

“Ugh,” she threw the book down in disgust. It landed on the stone floor with an echoing bang. Crossing her arms, she left their room, slamming the door behind her.

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67 par tenti.” 67%. - 070/100 Themes.

I don’t know why ‘67%’ is theme number 70.

Rivek is very good at math, but Bohren is not at English. So even when copying answers, it’s not a very fair trade.

Willow’s father accrued substantial war debts, so she is actually very poor. Therefore, when people even bring up her family’s financial status, she gets rather angry.

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Bohren Tabirian, Rivek Ailinar, Willow Solan belong to Grace Fong, :icofictograph:
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haius Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist
I like the one that says "SEE ME".  Man, I wonder what he wrote to get THAT.  XD

Riv, don't be a jerk.  Willow's just smarter than you, sorry, bud.  Also, this just confirms that Rivek and Bohren is an adorable bromance.  :D
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fictograph Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Filmographer
it was probably along the lines of "fuck this shit."

 Bohr gets his potty mouth from Rivek.
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haius Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist
I lol'd.
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kalkie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
For some reason just reading about the little things like Rivek pinching Willow makes them all the more real as people, I like that a lot. And lawl these two boys.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I mean, the little things are what matter, right? You can't tell someone "he's a thief" - much better to say that he snuck by the stall and pocketed the priciest item in his peripheral vision"
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kalkie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I guess it's not just the visual aspect, it's that in manga or some webcomic, I can't think of a relationship dynamic that had something as small or random as a pinch in the arm. Sure there's slaps or hair tussles or cheek pinches, but again, this small thing just makes them real because not everybody acts the same way.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah. Rivek is very specific in the way he acts. And I try to be very aware of my little things like that. I took a class that made me really aware that speech patterns can show a lot about a chracter. It's not just about dumb accents like "look at dis' here varmint" because that's hard to read, but about the characters word choices.

In particular, I keep a list of things like:

- Rivek has a filthy mouth, but he will never use a racial or sexual slur. When he insults someone, he only insults their looks or intelligence. He will usually reference what the person before him said when making witty comebacks. Rivek's humor is also notably self-deprecating.

- Sorian rarely uses contractions. He will say "I cannot" instead of "I can't." He always says things in terms of himself with unnecessarily large words. Like "I believe we should locate a place for nourishment" instead of "do you want to grab a bite?" He will also openly comment on things which would be considered socially taboo.

- Willow uses the largest vocabulary of the cast. Because she's a nerd. She lacks confidence and thus leans toward using passive voice.

- Bohren uses the most filler words like "yeah" and "uhm". His vocabulary is simple compared to the rest of the cast but is very honest and direct.

- Mirab learned English as a second language, so she has an accent. Her grammar thus isn't totally perfect, and her vocabulary isn't that wide. She tends to state things very formally and matter-of-factly and doesn't talk much about feelings.
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kalkie Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Oh fudge that is glorious and speech pattern writing is where I'm dying atm, just with my own story writing for Necromancer so I have had to ask for a friend's help cause it's victorian period and allwargle-garble.
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fictograph Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:D; I guess it becomes a lot easier if you delineate what the patterns are in like, a separate document. I'm a planner at heart, so it's just kind of something I keep on a post-it.

I found that for speech patterns in particular, that it's really helpful to RP as that character.

Hell, drunk-rivek has a different speech patter than regular rivek.
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DawnSeeker19 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What are the symbols on the ribbons in most of the pictures? Maybe they are words and I just can't read them ha ha
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