[tab] She couldn't help but notice the way he stared at the floor the whole time he was stood in front of class, looking very much like he was a million miles away - maybe he was, in his mind. As the boy made his way over Frances does a quick, discreet once-over of him; his posture betrayed his nervousness, which she noted right away - first day jitters, or an inhibited personality? Even his appearance was incredibly subdued, all-black and bundled up in a hoodie. [i 'Time will tell I guess.'] She was certain 'Kim' was a Korean surname but he had more mixed features, the blue eyes being the most obvious giveaway of course.
[tab] Seoul hadn't even settled in his seat yet when Mrs. Jones started addressing Fran, "Miss Yang."
[tab] Fran's brows shoot up and she stiffens ever so slightly at being put on the spot so soon, not so much out of embarrassment but surprise, "Yes miss-?"
[tab] "I will..." Mrs. Jones pauses as soon as she starts, momentarily trying to find the right word, "You could say I'd be 'assigning' Seoul to you, I suppose. Only for the first week, just make sure he gets to the right classes, receives support- you know the drill."
[tab] "You mean like that buddy program they do for the kids?" she pipes up, which she almost immediately regrets because that is [i not] what she meant to imply- but the damage is done, Mrs. Jones is already giving her a stern look, and someone directly behind her is snickering. So much for not scaring away the new kid- what if he takes her for a jerk for thinking him helpless? Damn. Fran mutters a quick apology under her breath she's certain no one can hear but she does it anyway.
[tab] "... If that's your only point of reference." Mrs. Jones says finally, with an air of weariness. Frances shrugs sheepishly. Their homeroom teacher shakes her head slightly and Fran knows when she's dismissed. When Mrs. Jones addresses Seoul, though, she noticeably does so with a tad more gentility - and traces of concern, if she's really looking. "Don't hesitate to ask Frances for help, should you need it. But enough of putting my students on the spot, I'll do the register and then it's on to morning announcements."
[tab] After ticking off the present students Mrs. Jones briefly discusses the upcoming pep rally approaching one of the football games with Hearst, mentions the Homecoming committee at one point, opportunities to help fund raise for something or other... Fran listens intently for only one specific announcement... and is a tad disappointed she doesn't hear it.
[tab] She was hoping to hear any news about play auditions, but she supposed she's better off asking one of the theater students for that kind of information. After all it was from one of them that she heard they might do a play off of, either a novel or one of Shakespeare's this year. If it was the latter, she was hoping it's Hamlet - as overdone as it is, but there's a reason why it's often regarded as Shakespeare's greatest. And anyway, it's arguably not as overdone as Romeo and Juliet. She's sure the tech team would up and barf if they so much as hear another 'Wherefore art thou Romeo?'
[tab] Mrs. Jones drops something, and that snaps Frances out of her daydreaming. She continues her somewhat monotonous droning and Fran decides she's heard what she needed to, so, she moves on to other matters. She eyes Mrs. Jones carefully before leaning over to whisper to the new kid. "Hey, the name's Fran, but I guess you already know that." she smiles, a bit sheepishly at her own lame introduction, "Um, yea, ignore my comment about the... the whole kid-y buddy-program thing, didn't mean to imply anything- I promise." She demonstrates her candor by tracing the area over her heart with a finger, "Cross my heart." she jokes, though she was serious about not intending to imply anything condescending. She merely hoped to put him at ease.
[tab] "So, Seoul, right? Nice to officially meet you." she says, and holds out a hand for him to shake.