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23 June 2011 @ 06:56 pm
"Sod stats!" Kiwi growled as she frowned up at the library monitor; numbers swam before her eyes. She pushed herself back and stood. The assignment was done--she was just checking it--so surely she could free herself when she wished. More than an hour to deadline; she could grab a sandwich to please her stomach, which was also growling.

The door opened to a world of noise. She ventured down the stairs and smiled to recognise some faces she knew. The cost of a sandwich brought her back to wrinkling her nose.

"Mark!" she greeted through a smile as she sat at a table near her personal tutor's. He glanced up and returned the smile, gesturing to the empty seat at his table.

"Kiwi! I'm procrastinating on reading a book for a meeting - come join me!" He pushed the empty chair back; Kiwi slipped into it and grinned over the man's procrastination. "What are you up to?"

"Avoiding statistics."

"As the best of us do. Can I buy you a coffee?"

"I occasionally do hot chocolate--"

"Hot chocolate it is. You sit tight."

Kiwi smiled down at her sandwich. This was comfort, then? She was in an academic library, speaking with an academic (about procrastination) and she was about to eat an academic sandwich--best served with a sprinkling of research and a sprig of stats. This was academia, then, and she wasn't entirely uncomfortable. Especially not with hot chocolate before her and equally warm conversation with her personal tutor and, dare she say it, friend.

"So, since you're in your first term of second year and already stressing over your dissertation - silly woman - what is your goal for university? Are you shooting for a first?" Mark's eyes danced with amusement under raised eyebrows.

Kiwi hid her face behind her cocoa. "No, certainly not! I couldn't do that. I just want a degree...and a little fun, maybe."

Mark laughed and shook his head. "Pressure's off, then?"

Kiwi could tell by his tone that he knew this to be as false as she did. By the time they parted, she couldn't count the times they had smiled and laughed. She tightened her rainbow jumper around her shoulders and unlocked her bicycle from the rack.

The racket of her blasted phone startled her: another text from her phone company--they already had her for a customer, couldn't they leave her alone? She sighed out her frustration. The time stared up at her--

Was that the time? Bollocks. She hadn't electronically submitted her stats assignment, had she, after doing it a week early and double-checking it? No, of course she hadn't; that taught her to do work early. It was time to pedal home top speed and grovel to a teacher--her favourite hobby, of course. Bollocks.

Her legs ached as she pedalled home. How could she possibly get a first when she could hardly keep her head on straight? Or, as her teachers had always said, that without her neck her head would surely float away? A first. As if.

I scraped a first. Can I believe it? No, not at all. The above moment occurred last year.

(It's also when I accidentally came out to my personal tutor. I say 'accidentally' because I rarely come out intentionally, it just bubbles up naturally. He was not at all surprised. We continued our talk of the trend in lesbians cutting off their hair.)

Today, Nick (my dissertation supervisor) was walking outside Harborne (plant building and home of the biological sciences teaching office) when I was walking up. I waved. The first time he didn't recognise me; the second time he walked toward me and admitted that he hadn't known it was me because of the hat.

I told him I was getting my results (then explained why I was getting them late). He agreed to come in with me to get them because he is a sweetheart.

("Alright. Time for me to walk in and finally get my results."
"I already know your results!"
"Well aren't you lucky?!")

He saw my look of shock as I saw 'first' as my classification. He laughed. We chatted a bit and parted ways with him saying, "I'll leave you to your moment..." I'll meet with him soon to give him back many of the Goethe papers.

It was so perfect that he was there just then. I love serendipitous moments like those! I'm so grateful to experience so many of them in my life. (:

I got a first. An A! I did what I thought was impossible for me! I still can't believe it at all. A first-class degree and a first-with-distinction dissertation? Someone clearly took over my life and lived it a whole lot better than I would have!

I'm not telling my uni friends, for the most part, unless pressed. Especially since if Pip finds out, she'll make me eat a sock. (I once swore myself silly first year that I'd never get a first and that I'd eat a sock if I did. Pip vowed to hold me to it.)

Now I'm going to go treat myself to a self-date at Mojo's - a meal and a drink, probably. Or! A meal and some dessert! Yes, I think that's the ticket.

Hope you all are keeping well!
Current Mood: shockedShocked.
lash_laruelash_larue on June 23rd, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well done, woman.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || McMin || Smiles.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And thank you for helping me celebrate in chat! ♥
Nicki: reach your destinyperoxidepirate on June 23rd, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)


Congrats, darlin.'
Kiwi Crocus: Readwrite || Fanfic writer.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:28 pm (UTC)
Eeeeei! :D Thank you, lovely! ♥

(Now my next feat just has to be figuring out my Decathalon character-and-or-pairing... I really have no idea. My ability to decide things has apparently seeped out my toes.)
Kitty Ryankitty_ryan on June 23rd, 2011 07:04 pm (UTC)
So happy for you! *hugs close* You've certainly worked hard enough for it, darling.
Kiwi Crocus: Emotion || Hand of hearts.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you! *Hugs close in return.* I blush to admit that I worked hard, but it seems only right that I should be able to acknowledge that.

It was lovely catching up with you the other day, for the time that we could! I wish my Internet would get itself together - it can hardly keep up with a few tabs, let alone an IM client. It seems I'm permanently at two bars here.

Aaand I still need to pick Decathalon character/couple! No idea. No idea at all. :X Indecision '11.
Megan: Black and White - > Diana Agron - The Agluna_shovegood on June 23rd, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Go you! XD
Kiwi Crocus: H&M || Squee!cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thankies! ♥
katie._untilforever on June 23rd, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
Kiwi Crocus: Zoë Lewis || Tea time!cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you! All that fretting all over twitter and LJ, haha... But I was that worried, so I can't just pretend I wasn't now that I know how I've done! It was certainly a frightening year! How has yours turned out?
therealsnape: SS From Dungeons With Lovetherealsnape on June 23rd, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
BRAVO! Brilliantly done!
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Happy witch hopping.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! If I could have the faith in myself that you seem to have in me, I'm sure I'd be set! Thank you again for all your support! ♥
Delphiatdelphi on June 23rd, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! :-D
Kiwi Crocus: Ani D || Embrace the world.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
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Kiwi Crocus: Dog || Face lick!cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you thank you! Hopefully there will be no exams in my near future to even suffer the potential for panic - I would like that. (: Having done it is certainly a relief! Now I don't have to feel guilty when I research in strange thought-trains all across the Internet. :Þ
perverse_idyll: colorized busterperverse_idyll on June 23rd, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
I just saw the announcement on albalark's journal, so I thought I'd bounce over and throw confetti. That is fantastic! Go you!

And yes, treat yourself. I'm all for celebratory rituals, especially after years of hard work. \o/
Kiwi Crocus: Ani D || Grinning.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for bouncing over and for the confetti! :D *Dances all about in it.*

I'm all for celebratory rituals, especially after years of hard work. \o/
Celebratory rituals certainly are fun when much work has gone into it. I'll enjoy my celebrations tomorrow, I'm sure! (:
gerristgerrist on June 23rd, 2011 09:50 pm (UTC)
Kiwi wrote, "Someone clearly took over my life and lived it a whole lot better than I would have!"

Um, gee, it must have been a very good, very hard working someone. Someone who would write you such a wonderful paper. Someone who would take all those tests for you! I wonder ... who would do such a thing for you?

Amazing Kiwi! Brilliant and Well Done!!

Perhaps you want to make a cake and shape it like a sock ... a rainbow sock maybe? Something fun to eat - CAUSE YOU HAVE SOME SERIOUS SOCK EATING TO DO!!!

Kiwi Crocus: Green || It's a gem.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC)
Um, gee, it must have been a very good, very hard working someone. Someone who would write you such a wonderful paper. Someone who would take all those tests for you! I wonder ... who would do such a thing for you?
Mrs. Claus! :D

Thank you!

And your sock cake sounds perfect. Jacqueline and I have now been discussing making fudge-type brownies, frosting them and cutting out a huge one in the shape of a sock. That sounds nummy... :B
redbeargrlredbeargrl on June 23rd, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
I am not surprised...
I knew you could do it.
Congratulations Dear One!
Kiwi Crocus: Lesbians || Boots.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you! ♥ I'll try to use your lack of surprise to lessen my own. (:
101mutts: Elphaba101mutts on June 23rd, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Yay, yay, yay! Yip! Jumps up and down. You kept us in suspense with the moment from last year. Literarily done. :P Yaaaaay, Kiwi!
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Swirly pencil art.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
You kept us in suspense with the moment from last year.
Hahahaha, I thought I'd given it away right from the start! Thank you. (:
Leelaleela_cat on June 24th, 2011 02:14 am (UTC)
Congratulations. That (and you!) is brilliant.
Kiwi Crocus: Women || Black hair boots cat.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! ♥
shan_3414 on June 24th, 2011 06:36 am (UTC)
Goodness, that is AMAZING. YOU are amazing. Well done.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Handprint on my heart.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 08:52 pm (UTC)
Awwr, thank you! *Hides face.* Thank you very much! ♥
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Kiwi Crocus: Kiwi || Real Kiwi heart.cranky__crocus on June 24th, 2011 09:00 pm (UTC)
Eeeei, thank you! And thank you for that hilarious anecdote. Crazy courageous best friend! D'awr at the cake - that's definitely a better solution. Definitely need some sort of combination with baking and sock-shapes!
Sock It To Ya! - gerrist on June 24th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Sock It To Ya! - gerrist on June 24th, 2011 09:45 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Sock It To Ya! - cranky__crocus on June 27th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Expand)