4.26: For a Change

It’s been about two weeks, but I think I’m finally starting to get used to being back at school. Maybe.

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I’m not sure I have the routine down quite yet – living in an apartment is so much different than being on campus!

I usually get up pretty early anyway, but I have to get up even earlier to catch the bus and make it to my first class on time. I was actually late for my first 8am class of the semester. Can you believe it? It was so embarrassing!

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And I kind of miss being able to eat all my meals in the dining hall… Because when it comes to cooking, well… Clara can tell you all about that. Let’s just say I’m not the greatest cook in the world. She keeps telling me I must be trying to poison her or something. She hasn’t liked one thing I’ve made for her. But do you think she’s actually willing to turn on the stove and try for herself? Of course not.

God, talk about ungrateful!

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Still, I guess living with her really isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I mean, the two of us get along well enough – we’re so much closer now than when we were kids. But we’re just so different. And we still butt heads sometimes. I was expecting it to be so much worse. But we’ve only really had one big blow-up since we moved in – and it was all about where to put the couch. (Yes, really. She’s friggin’ ridiculous).

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This is the first time we’ve ever lived together since we started university. Until now, we both lived in the campus dormitories… But this year, we decided to try something different. Get a little taste of real independence, know what I mean?

So living together was our only option. We’d never be able to afford it otherwise.

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Papa offered to pay, of course. Even offered to let us each stay in our own apartment. And I must admit, it was pretty tempting at first. But in the end, it just didn’t feel right to take the money this time. And believe it or not, Clara actually agreed.

Papa was still insisting though, right until the last minute. I think he’s just kinda worried about us having to “fend for ourselves” for the first time. And I do get that… But he’s gotta know that Clara and I aren’t little kids anymore. We deserve the chance to try and handle things on our own.

It was actually Onkel Stefan who finally convinced him it was a good idea, back when he and grandpa Josh were visiting at the end of the summer. I don’t know what it is, but there’s something really special about my Onkel. No one can get through to Papa the way he can. Not even maman.

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“It must be a twin thing.” Grandpa Josh likes to say. And then he’ll usually go into a story about his half-siblings, Nathan and Theresa.

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But I don’t know. What about me and Luc? Do we have a ‘twin thing’? I’ve been asking myself that for years. And unless that ‘thing’ is liking the same shitty, low-budget horror films or getting on each other’s nerves all the time, probably not.

Anyway, the point is that Papa finally backed off, and then it was up to me and Clara to try and figure out how to pay for this thing.

For her, it was pretty easy. She already makes a little money every month from advertisers on her blog, and she’s even taken a couple of freelance jobs writing articles for other sites too. She’s not raking in any big bucks or anything, but it should be enough to pay for her half of the rent.

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As for me, well, my options were pretty limited, but that just made the choice even easier. I got a job on campus working in the library. I’ve always loved reading and just being around books in general, so I’m actually kind of excited about it. The pay isn’t the best, but every bit helps. I just filled out my paperwork and met with the librarian this afternoon. I am officially employed!

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So I guess overall things are off to a good start this semester. For me and Clara, at least. I’m still worried about Gus being so depressed, but I’m glad he has everyone at home to help him through it. And I guess I’m a little worried about Luc too… But I know Florian’s keeping an eye on him.

Now I feel almost silly. There’s really nothing to worry about. And you know what? This is my last year at school… And for once, instead of spending all my time worrying about my family, I’m gonna try to worry about myself.

Won’t that be nice for a change?

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Thank you so much to both ra3rei and JoieWilder! Joce and Clara’s apartment was a joint-effort build between the two of them 🙂 And the beautiful university library was made by ra3rei as well! (We will be seeing more of both builds in future chapters!)


54 thoughts on “4.26: For a Change

  1. The guy Joce is talking to in the library looks like he might be a handsome guy. Potential love interest, maybe? Hmmm… LOL. I just want Jocelyn to find a nice guy. And I want Gus to not be so depressed anymore. I wonder why he and his girlfriend broke up. It’s so weird that they’ve been friends for so long and she refuses to even talk to him. Makes me wonder if he did something wrong?

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    1. Lol! I love my readers. We see the back of a guy’s head and people are already shipping them LMAO No, but really, I do get it haha everyone wants Joce to be happy!

      We will see in a few chapters more about what’s happening with Gus! There is definitely a story there, that’s all I’ll say 😉

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      1. I do it all the time with your story,! LOL. It’s like, “Ooh! He/She looks pretty good from the back. Citizen must be sending us hidden messages!” 😀

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  2. I was also wondering about the librarian as a possible surprise match up for Jocelyn. But maybe we are jumping the gun. She seems like maybe she is ready to take some risks and step out of her comfort zone now that she doesn’t feel like she needs to worry about everyone else. Clara could possibly help with that! 😛 Good to see Stefan and Josh. Stefan is very handsome and Josh is aging well. Now just waiting for the Big Bang when everything gets turned upside down but I hope Jocelyn finds here soul mate before it gets too bad. Lol.

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    1. Hahaha another over-eager shipper! Lol no but I get it, everyone wants Joce to be happy and not lonely anymore 🙂

      Clara definitely knows a thing or two about risk taking! Lmao. And I’m glad you liked seeing Stefan and Josh! ^_^

      And things turned upside down? Hehe what ever could you mean? *innocent*


  3. I’m glad you loved seeing him! 😀 I still love Stefan!

    And LOL! Clara, Luc, Mari, and Jonas still call him Auggy, actually! Unfortunately all but Clara aren’t POV characters, she she doesn’t talk about him much haha.

    Emma called him Auggy too… :-/ We will see him called it again, don’t worry 😛

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  4. That’s actually a pretty sweet pad for uni digs, considering they’re paying for it themselves I’d imagine the place to be a lot grottier. Thank god for Clara’s adsense revenue 😀

    Love the library! Raerei did a great job on it!

    And good on Joce for trying to focus on herself for a change, lets hope she has a good year *cough*

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    1. Hahaha yes, a lot nicer than what they’d realistically get… But shhh 😛 And yes the library is amazing!!! We will see more of it. Rae did great 😀

      And yes, let’s hope Joce has a good year 😉


  5. If we’re picking out potential spouses, then I’m going to ship Clara with Red Shirt Guy from the same screenshot as Back Of Librarian’s Head Guy. XD

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  6. Yes, Joce. Worry about yourself for a change… Or better yet, don’t worry at all. (Because when the storm hits you will do an awful lot of worrying. And if you give me the innocent act, Citizen, I will make your ears bleed with my singing.)

    And in the 5th picture down of Joce writing, in the photo at the back on the wall, who are the people lying down? Is it Tobi and someone else? Who’s the little girl in pink?

    Ha, Joce is being scarily like my sister. Works in library and meets potential spouse there. Is brunette and favourite colour’s blue. Huh. How bizarre.

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    1. Hahahha the “little girl” is Colette LMAO it’s a family photo! 🙂

      I love that everyone is still assuming Joce is meeting her potential spouse in that library picture! It’s just her boss lmao but those similarities are really interesting!

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      1. I thought it might be… And then I was like, no, she’s too small! Yeah, well, I’m not siding with anyone. May be she’ll literally bump into a bookworm there and fall hopelessly in love. (The library is defiantly the place to meet people! And read, of course.)

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  7. Librarian looks like he might be a little old, plus dating a boss is rarely a good idea. So I’m gonna have to side with #TeamRedShirt (but Mr. Blue&Gray in the background looks cute, no?)

    Also the builds look gorgeous, the library in particular!

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    1. *biggest of eye rolls* I will add that ship to the list along with #TeamGrilledCheeseSandwich 😛 Hehehehe And I’m glad you liked the builds! Rae and Joie did amazing jobs!!!!!!

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  8. Stefan!! Love the hair, miss you so much!

    Finally Joce is going to worry about herself for once. Finally. Sheesh, what an unselfish heir, focusing on everyone else around her. How else is she ever going to make some friends outside her family, find true love, all that jazz?

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  9. I’m glad to see Joce and Clara are starting to become even closer (they really do love and care for each other) 😛 It must get frustrating for them though XD
    Also, I was so happy to see Stafan and Josh again! YAY!!! 😀
    I’m glad Joce is going to focus on herself for a change. She deserves it 🙂

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    1. Yeah, the dynamic between Jocelyne and Clara has changed a bit, but they still have their disagreements hehe. And I loved showing Stefan and Josh, even if it was just for a moment 😀 I’m happy everyone was so glad to see them!


  10. Yeah, I got to see Stefan!! I’ve just read the last three chapters in a row and loved all of them. Clara so happy and in love, good for her. I liked how she always secretly had a crush on Florien even when a girl, that was so sweet. Then there’s Tobi feeling like an old man, awww, poor Tobi. I can totally relate to him 🙂
    I would love to read more about Luc and Gus as we haven’t had that much about them, only by what Tobi, Clara and Jocelyn have said.
    Great chapters!!


    1. Thanks, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed these past few chapters! We will get to hear a bit from both Lucas and Gus eventually! 😀


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