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#1 Toby Aldebaran

Toby Aldebaran

Posted 10 September 2013 - 05:22 AM

Despite that gossip column slip up over the summer, his fall semester thus far had been nothing short of awesome as fuck. To some extent he'd expected that; with an outlook of a good football season, things were even better than they normally were around campus. Combine that with being a senior, Kappa president, and taking mostly easy credits to round out his degree, he was in for a pretty awesome semester here at CSU.


That isn't to say he was doing nothing; no, football practice took up a good bit of his time, even more so now that they were predicted to do well. The few weeks of August prior to the semester starting had been a hell of its own, considering how fucking hot it was combined with all day physical exertion. While he attended Kappa parties, certainly, he usually refrained from alcohol and passed out upstairs before things got too crazy. In fact, despite being set up to be one of the coolest guys on campus, he didn't have much time to explore that.


Other than during the weekdays, of course, when classes were in session and he wasn't otherwise preoccupied with football practice or downing as much food as possible or sleep. In those cases there were people all around him, patting his back and asking a million questions and otherwise inflating his ego. It was as if everyone on the fucking campus was his friend now, which was actually pretty awesome at the end of the day, even if he wasn't always able to reap the rewards (or sleep with the girls, as he didn't have time for that shit either).


Sometimes it all got a little too overwhelming, though, as he just didn't have many moments to himself. When he got out of practice he went straight to the Kappa house, where a few drunk brothers were usually trying to prod him into joining them. He'd hang out and socialize-- he felt like he had to considering his presidency-- and by the time he had privacy all he wanted to do was sleep. It was pretty cool being a campus celebrity (clearly that got to his head), but occasionally he just wanted to kick it in peace, alright?


So in some attempt at getting back into the "flow" of things like a normal college student, he decided to eat at the cafeteria. For the most part he'd only gotten a few high-fives and greetings and whatever else, so it was looking to be a much better decision than going back to Kappa for lunch or visiting the student center. Honestly during the school year the "cooler" kids didn't really visit the cafeteria unless they were absolutely out of money, so this suited him just fine.


He considered sitting alone, if only because he wanted the privacy, but he knew some irritating Kappa wannabe would join him halfway through. His eyes scanned the cafeteria for someone familiar-- he spotted quite a few, actually, including a Kappa brother or two-- before settling on exactly who he wanted to sit with. A smirk made its way to his features as he settled into the seat in front of her, raising his eyebrows. "Well what do you know. Haven't seen you in a while, old friend."


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Posted 10 September 2013 - 06:03 AM



Unlike Toby, Callie's own semester had been pretty unremarkable. Not much was going on in her life besides what she was already used to and to tell the truth even though school had started again and she was swimming in things like classes and band practice she wasn't terribly affected. Or at least, she didn't think so as she thought she was actually carrying on pretty damn well. That of course was only because of the sheer amount of black coffee she was drinking that somehow managed to keep her energized enough during the week.


It wasn't until the weekends that she realized that she was actually fucking exhausted thank you very much. Between marching drills and everything else it was like she'd been consistently steamrolled and honestly she felt like she needed a month's vacation just to recuperate. It was only the beginning of the year though, so she knew she needed to buckle down and get used to this shit as it was only going to get a lot more difficult from then on out. Mostly she chalked up to the fact that she'd let herself get too comfortable with her little lazy summer.


Other than that though it was fairly uneventful. She didn't have much going on in her life besides those things anyway so aside that she wasn't terribly busy in the first place. The only new thing she did have to worry about was the fact that her little brother who was still seventeen and she was maybe just a little bit overprotective over was actually joining her on campus. Though she hadn't run into Brennan just yet, she hadn't really had much of an opportunity and she didn't know what the hell he was up to. Of course when she found out she was sure to flip her lid.


Either way this one of the few times she actually found herself with a bit of freedom between classes. One of the few times where she didn't need to eat dinner on the go and though she usually avoided the cafeteria at all costs because she was a ridiculously picky eater in the first place, that afternoon she'd found herself eating there out of convenience alone. She wasn't aware of the fact that the cooler kids didn't eat in the cafeteria, nor did she really care despite that, though there was something strange to her about eating alone when she was sitting down.


It was easy to shrug off though as she'd never cared too much what others thought of her and she'd grabbed her food and sat down though all she did was mostly look down it with a disappointing look on her face. Hardly did Callie think she was going to be joined by someone and when she was who that person was surprised the hell out of her as honestly she didn't think she'd talk to Toby Aldebaran again after the camping trip. Her expression might have given her away as she was momentarily shocked, and she just sort of stared at him, eyebrows raised in confusion.


"Uh--hey," she finally said shaking her head and offering the tiniest of smiles. She was wary of what this was to be honest. "Sup? How've you been?"

#3 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 09:42 PM

Truthfully Toby had come into college with the same perspective that he'd had in high school. He had to be cool, avoid being seen with the nerds, so on and so forth with stereotype after stereotype, as he wanted to be accepted. That was how all of that started, wasn't it? The only way for someone to feel accepted was for someone else to feel unaccepted; exclusivity was what made people feel special. And to say the least, Toby had always felt special, considering the fact that he was damn good with football, a likable guy, attractive, and funny to boot.


Though likable was subjective. He was a douchebag through and through, and the only time he bothered to hide that was when he was with authority figures. Even then that personality of his was unmistakable; he thought a lot of himself and was out to make only himself happy at the end of the day. That personality, however, was exactly the thing that made him likable to Kappas, Deltas, and anyone else he wanted to impress. As a freshman he was knocked down a few notches thanks to pledging Kappa and being just a backup quarterback, but by the time he was a sophomore he was insufferably arrogant and rude, even if it was misplaced. The starting quarterback was injured towards the beginning of the season, so it was his time to shine-- even if it wasn't well deserved.


His junior year it was well deserved. As starting quarterback he was just as arrogant as sophomore year, though perhaps he toned down the act just a little; he, at least, wasn't drinking every night and trying to make it through practice the next morning. By that time it was something he took very seriously, and it showed in his talent. They'd done pretty well in their division that year, and he rode that small bit of success all the way to now.


But now he was actually starting to drop that stereotypical "cool" ruse, if only because he was getting older and this was his final year of college. Admittedly he was starting to realize that they all went to the same damn college and got the same degree, and being on ESPN now actually wasn't all that great of an accomplishment in the long run. He'd seen his fair share of washed out former college stars and while he didn't want to be one of them, he knew it could happen. None of this shit really mattered at the end of the day, did it?


So sitting with Callie was something he didn't give a second thought to, while it would have been something he hesitated to do the year before and would have avidly avoided before that. Her surprise was clear to him and he couldn't help but wince internally, as he wondered if he came across as that big of a douchebag. Then again, he'd been that douchebag before, so perhaps her conclusions were accurate. Regardless, he gave her a sloppy half-smile, eyebrows raising. "You afraid to be seen with me?" He joked, looking around the cafeteria. "I don't think the band nerds will lynch you. I can find somewhere else to sit if you want."


His smirk was insufferable, but he continued nonetheless. "I've been great." He almost added that he was tired, but there was a part of him that enjoyed being seen as something like a fucking "gladiator" for being able to practice all week and be normal the rest of it. "How bout yourself? You look--" Fuck, for the first time he noticed how different she was, and it was clear by his expression that he was both surprised and... pleased? As strange as it was, it was obvious that he thought she was hot as hell, thanks to her tan and toned muscles from band practice. "Shit, what have you been up to?"


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 03:14 AM

The first thing she noticed was that he looked good. Not that he hadn't before. Even Callie couldn't deny that. But here in front of her, tanned and muscular with that stupid fucking smirk on his face she couldn't stop thinking about the fact that shit, this asshole was hot. And it was honestly a difficult thing to admit, even to just herself as she was still--even if it had been a few weeks since the camping trip--coming to terms with the fact that he wasn't so bad after all. And here he was, ruining everything by looking ridiculously fucking hot.


Not that Callie was the sort of person to trip herself over a guy or anything. That wasn't something she had trouble with at all, but still, she had to remind herself not to stare at him, because yeah, she could recognize when someone was good looking despite the fact that she necessarily didn't want to. For a moment she had to let her mind catch up with what he was saying, too, as she realized that he was speaking to her. They were having an actual fucking conversation and she had to mentally reprimand herself for her momentary lapse.


It wasn't just the fact that he looked good though. Honestly she was still a little stunned that he was sitting in front of her like that. Again, while she herself didn't give two shits what someone else thought of her, she remembered Toby's words all too well. He thought she was a dork and she was pretty sure that she was the sort of person that he didn't befriend. Even after hanging out with him over the week during that camping trip, even after the fact that he'd done things like try and teach her two swim and...well, punch a guy in the face, she didn't think they'd actually be friends after it all.


So, yeah, her expression might have been an odd mixture of surprised and wary. Though it changed at his words and she let out a dry laugh because she was hardly embarrassed to be seen with him. Even if he still made her roll her eyes on occasion. "Yeah," she said, practically snorting. "That's exactly it. You better get out of here, I've got a reputation to keep up with and I hate to imagine what the band geeks would think of seeing me with the Kappa president." She leaned forward, resting her elbows on the table and raised her eyebrows. "That's social suicide."


It didn't take a smile to give away that she was clearly joking as her tone was dead give away enough for that. Still, she smirked for a moment before her brow furrowed curiously at his cut off words. She didn't ask though, instead shrugged her shoulders as she fiddled with her fork. "Band practice. Classes. Keeping an eye on my little brother. Nothing special." Again, she repeated her earlier gesture. "Did ya need something?"

#5 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 06:04 AM

It was simply true that Callie wasn't normally the type of person that Toby hung out with. Not that there was anything wrong with her-- at least he didn't think that now that he'd gotten to know her-- but he tended to hang out with mindless Deltas and drunken Kappas. They didn't have much in common, at least on the surface; he liked sports and drinking and partying, while she was a band dork who enjoyed playing video games. Underneath, though, he knew they had a lot in common, particularly in their competitive nature and the fact that neither of them took bullshit. Little did he realize that they had a protective instinct in common, too.


As such, her presence was actually refreshing, as she had a damn brain and wasn't afraid to use it. Being comfortable with her was, admittedly, due in part to his family; now that he was a senior he wanted to be around them more if only because he knew their time together wouldn't last that much longer. Eventually they'd all be graduating and moving in separate directions, and while he pretended before to be distanced from them, that wasn't true at all. Now he wasn't nearly as embarrassed to declare them as family, and he was actually making an effort to see them all a little more often. Maybe that had a little bit to do with his protective side, but he was hanging out with them nonetheless.


Being around his family, though, inspired actual conversations and activities he enjoyed without having to be completely fucked up. That week at the camping site was proof of that; while he was glad to see it end, he couldn't deny that he was sort of lonely afterwards. That mindless Kappas couldn't really fit the bill of good company anymore, that he kinda wanted to call up Simon or Chase or someone else to see what they were up to. Hell, even Max worked at this point.


So even if they'd gotten off to a bad start, even if he wouldn't have sat with her a couple of months ago, here he was settling into place across from her. She was his first choice to sit with, actually, as he knew it'd be interesting rather than the same old shit conversation. "You've got your social circles and I've got mine. Guess we're star-crossed lovers, babe." He winked, smug smirk still planted on his features.


Something piqued his interest, though, and his expression turned curious. "Little brother? Is there another Sutters running around this place?" For some reason that last name rang a bell, and he blinked for a second, brow furrowing. It'd take a little more description for him to place it, though, if only because he wasn't around the house all that much thanks to practice. "And yeah, 'course I did. I needed decent conversation while I ate. You mind?"


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:04 AM

Toby wasn't really the sort of person she hung out with either. In fact, she'd looked at him and others like him and thought that she would hardly become friends with people like that. And while she liked to think that she wasn't judgmental--though she had her moments--she'd certainly dismissed him readily the first time they'd met as an asshole. Even the second time they'd run into each other she'd been wary of interaction with him as their first meeting hadn't exactly been the most successful. It was that way with people who were similar to him, too, as she wasn't a big fan of cocky douchebags.


But after spending damn near an entire week around him she had to admit she was wrong. Not aloud, no, as that would have meant saying it to him and she was sure that would go to his head. His ego didn't need any more inflating. But still, she liked having him around. She found their flirting banter enjoyable and she didn't find him as insufferable as she did originally. Callie had enjoyed their time together so damn much that she'd actually wondered whether or not they'd be friends after the whole thing was over and she could legitimately remember feeling sad due to the fact that she was sure they wouldn't.


Which explained her surprise then and there and to be honest she might have been a little glad to find out that he was sitting with her. Though in her mind she figured he was her last option as opposed to the first. Not that she was very self deprecating to begin with, she liked herself enough, but she was still really unsure about this friendship and what it entailed. She'd never admit it but, well, she wanted to be friends with Toby. And not just because he was well known around the school or popular or whatever reasons others might have.


Even then, she still scoffed at his comments completely. She still wanted to reach over the table and smack him in the back of the head, though that was the sort of thing that would never change, no matter what the dynamic between them was. Callie was the sort of person who called people out on their bullshit in the first place and Toby was no exception. So she rolled her eyes and snorted at his words, shaking her head at the same time. "You're so gross, dude. I told you not to call me that." She said, eyes narrowed and lips pressed together. God he really was insufferable.


She was surprised and taken aback by Toby's comment and her eyebrows raised once again. and for a moment her brother was forgotten. "Just decent?" But she shook her head at his question all the while. "Nah, I don't mind." And for a moment she turned to her less than appetizing looking food before remembering his question."Brennan, that's my brother. He's a complete idiot, too, so I feel like I have to put him on a fucking leash or something." Truth be told, her brother was a little exasperating. Though he hadn't been too bad before, this was a whole different playing field and she was already getting frustrated. Poor Callie didn't even realize what the fuck her brother was planning. 

#7 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:23 PM

Toby wanted to be friends with Callie at this point, and that was something he'd openly admit. While usually his pride got in the way, he thought they'd bonded at the campsite, and having always been the type to cling to those few people who really knew him and liked him anyway, he didn't mind being honest about it. He already thought they were friends, really, even if she wasn't as willing to admit it. Despite being geeky, she was cool enough and he thought she was nice to talk to. That in combination with his uncaring senior attitude made it to where it was easy for him. Just like that, they were friends.


In fact, had Callie come into the cafeteria after Toby and not even given so much as a "hi," he would have had his delicate feelings hurt. And his pride, too, don't forget that; the first day he'd met her she acted like he wasn't worth her time, and after actually getting to know her, that sort of thing was bound to piss him off. He liked to think that he was worth her time now, that in the end he did win after all. 


The bet was so far from his mind that he didn't even remember it. The only time he did was when Brandon pulled up in his goddamn truck, mud caked all over the thing as if he'd been driving through it on purpose. Just another ten days and he'd get it back, he reassured himself, but in the end he knew it was better than the alternative. Imagining someone else treating Callie that was was rage-inducing; he couldn't fathom doing it to her himself.


In some ways he acknowledged that Callie was female, certainly, as she was kind of cute when he thought about it, and maybe that tan was sort of hot too. But for the most part it was a passing thought, as he just wasn't the type of person to form quick and strong romantic attachments. For him girls were useful for one of two things-- sex or friendship, as there just wasn't a happy medium in between the two. And considering she was already a friend, he knew it was a bad idea to initiate the other portion without going into dangerous territory. So for him everything was platonic, save for the way he couldn't help but check her out sometimes.


"You wound me, Callie," he said, placing his hand to his chest dramatically. "Really, I thought we had something after that week of camping. Yet I haven't seen you at all around campus and you haven't called me a single time. Now you don't want me to call you babe? Guess I misread a few things." 


Something else she said caught his attention, though, and the gears in his head started to turn, his brow furrowing ever so slightly in the center. That expression alone was probably what betrayed him, as he was never good at covering his emotions. Not that he ever really wanted to, but slowly a smirk came to his features regardless. "Brennan Sutters? Yeah, I know of him," he said, leaning back in his seat and propping his legs up on the chair next to her. "Seen him around a couple of times." It was clear by his grin that he thought this was funny as fuck.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 02:50 AM

The fact that she wanted to be friends with Toby was already cemented in her own mind. This was something that she'd begrudgingly realized back at the campsite and the more and more time she spent around him the more she realized that yeah, this was actually someone she could be genuine friends with. They did have a lot in common even if it didn't seem like it on the surface and there was something about their competitive sides coming out around each other that she liked way more than she wanted to admit aloud.


But the fact remained that even though she knew that she wanted to be friends she was still unsure of what he thought about the whole thing. Especially after their weird little football game where she'd landed square on top of him and she'd acted all awkward about it. Because yeah, he was attractive and as much as she tried to deny that, as much as she tried not to think about it, it was there on her mind. And she'd tried not to be weird about it, either, but that had been difficult enough. Even after the fact, even after the whole thing with the party and the douchebag and Toby punching him, she was still unsure.


It wasn't like her to doubt herself. Callie was perfectly content with the person she'd turned out to be. Even if others thought she was nerdy or whatever else they wanted to label her as. Never had she actually wanted to become friends with someone like Toby though, and this was weird new territory for her. Honestly, she felt a bit silly for thinking it as what the fuck did it matter if he didn't want to be friends. Just a few weeks ago she'd walked away from him annoyed as all hell, so really she shouldn't have even bothered with worrying over it.


But she'd be lying if she denied the fact that now that he was sitting there in front of her, now that he was admitting that her conversation was decent, that she wasn't a little bit pleased. Just...just a little bit.Though that didn't mean she wasn't rolling her eyes at his comments. "Don't be such a fucking drama queen dude," she scrunched her nose up and shook her head, eyebrows raising at him, though there was a small smirk playing at her lips. "I'm sure a lot of people are dying to line up to pick the pieces of your broken heart up. You'll get over it."


His expression did betray him and the small smile that had been working on her face quickly faded. "What do you mean you know of him? What did he do?" Shit, he'd only been on campus a few weeks and already Toby knew him. She didn't like that idea one fucking bit. Knowing just how the kid was, already was exhausting enough, though she hadn't ever thought about the fact that he might actually want to pledge a fucking fraternity. "I don't like that look on your face. How do you know my brother?"

#9 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 06:14 AM

Her confidence, no question, was something that Toby really liked about her. Being a confident person himself (overly so), he admired it when he saw it in others, and in her in particular it was kind of... cute. The fact that she was so unabashedly a nerd and recognized it was something he wasn't quite used to. The nerds in his family-- Cricket, Nick, Max, and Melli in particular-- were usually super self-conscious about their nerddom. Sort of, as Melli was quite proud of her accomplishments, but at the end of the day she usually went quiet when it came time to stick up for herself. Usually. And then there was Avery, who was as confident as they came, but he was also oblivious as to the stereotype placed on him.


Callie here was a completely different ballgame. She was such a cute little geek but a fighter, and she didn't take any of his bullshit. He'd been so mad about that same thing back in the student center, yet here he was figuring out that it was probably the thing he liked most about her. She challenged him-- not only by not taking his bullshit, but by making him think outside the box. Admittedly he was thinking along the right track for once in his life; just because she had specific interests didn't mean there was anything inherently wrong with her. In fact, it just made her a little quirky. A little cute.


And maybe he was starting to take interest in not only her, but what she did in her spare time. Considering her ridiculous tan and sudden toned muscles, he couldn't help but want to stop by band practice and see what the hell the fuss was all about. To judge so harshly he'd never seen a single performance or even practice of the stuff they did; he was always in the field house during halftime and of course he wouldn't bother to come by during practice hours. Why would he?


But now he wanted to. Now he was already resolving himself to ask Melli when and where, exactly, the band practiced. It wasn't something he wanted to openly admit to Callie, nor did he want her to see him there, but his curiosity had to be satiated. He had to know what she was up to, as strange as that was, and his curiosity would only build up from here on out. In every aspect of her life, really; already he was starting to idly wonder if she had a boyfriend, or at least a guy she was interested in. For some reason or another that bothered him.


But he dismissed it easily, as he was hardly the dwelling type anyway unless it concerned his family or his reputation. Besides, what she said was kind of an ego boost, as she did recognize that he was kinda cool after all, hm? Sarcasm or not, it was still an admittance of his reputation around here. "Aw, but none of them are genuine like you," he told her, which was strangely true, even if they were just kidding around.


He was all too amused by her worrying over Brennan, though a siren might have gone off in the back of his mind that he shouldn't have been. He, too, worried like hell about his family, and if he'd been toyed with like this, he would've felt like punching someone in their smug face. Didn't lessen the smirk on his features, though, as part of him really liked teasing Callie like this. "He didn't do anything, breathe," Toby said, waving it off and rolling his eyes. "I mean, not really. You know, he's thinking about pledging Kappa and I gotta say-- he's a pretty cool kid. I like him. Might take him on as my little brother if he gets a bid." His smirk widened, mischievous as hell, and he was feeling mighty pleased with himself.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:14 AM

God. It was stupid to think but she'd actually missed this. There was something about her strange friendship with Toby that she didn't really have in anyone else. Callie was friendly, yes, in that strange way of hers. She didn't take anyone's bullshit, it wasn't just him, and she could come off as off putting to someone. She was open and honest and didn't really hold back on her opinion and as such the number of friends she did have, the ones that she could consider genuine ones, was small. And there were no friendships like the one she had with him. There wasn't anyone else that could really keep up the banter like he could.


Strange that she actually considered this one of her few genuine friendships. Especially when she hadn't even known before he'd sat down in front of her whether or not the two of them could still be considered that in the first place. But it took just a few minutes around him to get back into that mentality. Not just their back and forth but the fact that yeah, she liked having him around a bit too much if she was being honest.


Oddly enough the realization that she missed it didn't strike her as weird. At the very least she'd moved on past that strange awkwardness between them and that was a relief. Maybe that time apart had done them some good as it had actually given her time to realize that yeah, she missed him and his presence. Not that Callie spent any time thinking about Toby during their time when she hadn't spoken to him. No, not at all. It was just something that occurred to he was all. Of course that was the sort of thing that she'd never tell him. Again, no need to inflate his ego. But she was comfortable with admitting it to herself.


Her own mind was curious about him, too. Though she felt like some questions answered themselves and well, she'd seen him on the football field. Even though she'd never admit to it. But of course she had and of course she payed attention to him. Ridiculous really. Again she was okay with this part as well. She wanted to be friends with him after all and part of that was getting to know a person, right? Funny how she would have easily dismissed him as superficial and one dimensional before and now she wanted to know more about him.


Idly, she remembered that he played guitar and his offer to jam together and for a moment she'd brought it up but talked herself out of it rather quickly. Not that she minded his comments for the most part, all they really did was make her roll her eyes, but she didn't think it was right to bring it up then. "Sorry, dude," she said, a small smile on her face that showed she was clearly amused. "It's not you. It's me. We can still be friends, right?"


If she was ever going to bring up the suggestion though, it was definitely gone the moment she heard her news about her brother and instantly the only thing she was feeling was fucking worry. "I am breathing, don't tell me to breathe. Don't do that shit." She said, lips pressed together and as calmly as possible. "Toby, dude, you can't let that kid get a fucking bid. He's not even eighteen yet, don't you have some like age restriction or some shit? He's an idiot. It's a bad idea." For some reason the thought of Toby taking him on as his little brother both relaxed her and worried him, though she suspected it had to do with the shit eating grin on his face. "Stop looking like that. What the fuck, dude." She shook her head, though by now she was mostly talking to herself.

#11 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 04:42 AM

It hadn't even occurred to him that Brennan could possibly be her brother. He'd heard their last name, sure, but it was a common enough name that he hadn't put any thought to it. Besides, the kid wasn't a face that came up when he thought about the freshman; no offense to the guy, but he hadn't made a big impression on him. Kappa wasn't picky with their bids, though, so likely he'd have gotten one without Toby's help, but now he was going to make damn sure this kid got in.


Perhaps it was the wrong way of going about this weird "friendship" with Callie, but admittedly he liked to see her squirm. It was clear she didn't think much of his fraternity, but he didn't let it bother him; it wasn't as if they had a shining reputation for anything past drinking and passing out on the front lawn, after all. He wanted to change that over the course of the school year-- of course people would continue to pass out in the front lawn, as that was Kappa in a nutshell, but he wanted them to be known for a little more than that. For them to be useful past the best parties on Greek Row.


Which he would also retain, mind you, so again, he didn't take offense to her being critical of them. Had one of his younger brothers voiced interest in joining Kappa he might have been the same way, though then again that would've been mostly because they were geeks and he would've been a little embarrassed. Imagining someone like Cricket or Miranda or Melli rushing Delta, though-- now that was a different story. In that sense he related, maybe just a little, but he also saw Kappa as harmless. The kid came to the house on his own, didn't he? Wasn't as if Toby tricked him into anything.


There was something in her biting back about the "breathing" part that reminded him of someone else, though he didn't put much thought to it. Instead he continued his grinning routine, shrugging his shoulders and leaning back. "Pretty sure if you're in college you're eligible to rush, regardless of age." He didn't actually know that, but he knew seventeen year olds had rushed in the past and they hadn't gotten in trouble for it. "Guess I'll have to check the bylaws on that one, hm?"


"If he's an idiot, he'll fit right in. Kappas full of 'em," he said, laughing for a second, as that was most certainly true and he didn't bother denying it. "Why are you so worried about it? C'mon, we're harmless. What's the worst he could do? Be proud he's not rushing Alpha or something, that's complete social suicide." For the most part he was just prodding her; at this point in his college career he admittedly didn't think Alphas were so bad. But Toby was an asshole and now was no exception, so he was looking for buttons to press.


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:03 AM

Her own thoughts about Kappa were towards the negative side to say the least. Though in her mind it wasn't as if anyone had tried to do anything to change her mind about it. She'd generalized them all, sure, and while typically she hated things like grouping people together or stereotyping she couldn't help but do that shit with a group like the Kappas. Of course, the only ones she actually knew she'd just met recently and even she had to begrudgingly admit that they weren't too bad. Even Toby she'd changed her mind about as she was quickly learning that he wasn't a douchebag. At least not a complete one anyway.


But something like this was difficult for her to let go of. Even if she didn't like to think of herself as a dweller, on this occasion she was one hundred percent. In her mind it was nothing but a house of debauchery and nothing could come of it except for her idiot little brother getting into some serious trouble. She knew how he was, desperate to fit in and the sort of person that would do damn near anything in order to do so. He was eager to please in a sense where he'd become someone's bitch if it meant getting recognized by those he thought mattered.


And now that she realized it she figured that Brennan would have definitely tried to impress the Kappas. And Toby. Of course He was practically everything the kid ever wanted to be. Kappa president, football quarterback, well known by fucking everyone. Shit. This was incredibly stressful and the fact that he was sitting across from her looking so fucking smug about it made it even worse. God, she wanted to throw her sandwich at him if she was being honest as he as just that good at riling her up sometimes. Callie didn't realize that he liked to see her squirm, though had she known she might have actually assaulted him with her lunch.


Instead she buried her face in her hands and shook her head, groaning all the while. "Fuck." She hardly thought he was going to check any damn bylaws either especially by the way his tone sounded. She let out a deep sigh and set her lips in a straight line, one eyebrow raising as she looked at him. "That's not funny at all." Though she sounded ridiculously fucking defeated by now. There was no way she was going to talk the kid out of this. "You don't know my brother. He's just--he's going to make an ass out of himself trying to fit in and shit he weighs like two pounds what if he gets drunk at one your parties, jesus christ I can't even--"


Again, she sighed heavily, pushing her tray completely away from her. By now she'd completely lost her appetite. "Shit." For a moment she actually considered asking Toby to look out for him, though it took one brief second of glancing at him to change her mind on that one. Something told her that it would have been way too much to ask that, instead she questioned him on something else she wasn't even sure she anted to know. "You don't don't like haze people do you?"

#13 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 06:40 AM

Shit. With normal people Toby didn't have much of a guilt level; he could spout off all sorts of offhanded, rude comments and he didn't give a shit what they thought about it. They could pull this routine right here that Callie was doing-- defeated voice, face buried in hands, exasperated sigh-- and all he'd do was gain satisfaction from the fact that he'd made an impression. Even if he was a good guy at times, that certainly didn't change the fact that he was an asshole. He liked to get a rise out of people; he liked it when people noticed him in some way or another, whether that was by his reputation or his personality, which could be pleasant and unpleasant from one moment to the next.


But seeing this on Callie did make a difference. Internally he felt himself groaning, and he might have rolled his eyes as he shook his head and leaned forward, pulling his legs back underneath the table. She was actually worried, wasn't she? And perhaps he could see why; he'd seen his fair share of stupid fraternity pledges getting so wasted that they couldn't even remember what happened the night before. He'd been that way, admittedly; never had he landed himself in the hospital, nor had he tried any hard drugs, but he knew plenty a pledge brother that had. The way she spoke about him, combined with what he knew about him already, made him sound like he'd be one of those idiots susceptible to that.


He let out one long breath and shook his head. "Listen, it's fine. Calm down. It's just Kappa, you know?" Usually he talked the organization up like they were big tough guys, like they were the coolest guys around. But now he'd talk it down, if only for her sake. "It's not a big deal. The parties get out of hand sometimes but, you know, there's so many people there, and--" He wasn't sure where he was going with this, so he ran a hand through his hair, realizing that he had to do this. He had to watch after this idiot kid, if only because he'd want someone watching out for one of his own siblings, and he had the feeling that Callie would be the one to do it.


Besides, they'd shared concern over Melli a few times. Now that relationship was confirmed, but that was beside the point; he couldn't exactly laugh in her face and let her worry when she didn't do that to him. Swallowing his pride, he shook his head and held his hands up. "Look, Callie. It's not a big deal. I'll look after him, alright? Swear to god. I'll make sure he doesn't do anything too stupid. If he wants to join there's nothing you can do to stop him."


There was something about this conversation that was somewhat reminiscent to the one they had about his family back at the campsite. "But if he does get a bid, I'll make damn sure nothing happens to him. I swear." His expression was sincere, all traces of that asshat smirk wiped from his face. In fact, he might have looked a little miffed that he had to do this at all, but underneath there might have been a little concern of his own. He... didn't like seeing Callie upset. At all.


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:12 PM

It wasn't even as if she was trying to guilt trip him at all. In fact, Callie hardly expected the sort of reaction from Toby that she ended up getting. He was being insufferable, something that, while she was getting used to, sometimes she couldn't stand. And in the future she wouldn't really put up with that side of him all too well. It was why she so consistently called him out on his bullshit after all, because no matter how close of friends they became, no matter how much she grew to find him tolerable from absolutely disliking just thinking about him, she wouldn't put up with that.


So it was unexpected to say the least and it wasn't as if she were trying to pull that out of him either. This was just her not knowing how to deal with the situation. Worrying over her idiotic little brother who was bound to do something beyond stupid. Something to try and impress these people that would get him in a hell of a lot of trouble. She knew him too well and the thought that he was running around trying to impress the Kappas. Trying to impress Toby worried the everloving fuck out of her.


He was her only sibling after all and despite their differences, despite the fact that her little brother was a ridiculous try hard and that she was wholly unabashed about the person she was, they were close and she always looked out for him. Truth was that she'd been concerned already knowing that he would be here. For some reason the fact that he wasn't even eighteen yet worried her more as he wasn't even a legal adult and knowing that she'd vowed to try her best to keep an eye on him while he was here even if she knew he wouldn't let her too much.


But she was failing already by the looks of it. If he'd found his way into the Kappa house before rush week even started she'd done something wrong. Again, she clearly grouped the Kappas under one stereotype. She herself had never stepped foot in the house but it was difficult for her not to think negatively about them and she really didn't want to think about Brennan in that sort of position. In that house. In those parties. Neither had she expected Toby to try and be so comforting though and admittedly she was a little shocked at his words.


Not that he was helping. Not at first anyway. And she just looked at him incredulously, eyes wide and head shaking as he spoke. "That's not helping." Callie wasn't a nervous person, she wasn't the sort to get overly anxious in a large crowd unless there was something ridiculous going on, but the thought of Brennan in that house where the parties got out of hand made her into a worrisome one. But then Toby was promising to look after him and for a moment she was speechless. She couldn't say a god damn word about it, and her look of incredulity changed into one of genuine surprise, though her lips were set in a straight line.


It was so unexpected that she didn't even know what to say at first. "You--you'll look out for him? You promise?" She was a bit taken aback by the gesture and though it didn't change the fact that she was worried there was something about the whole thing that helped a bit. "I know I can't stop him from pledging, I mean, shit, honestly if I could I would but...look--" she paused momentarily wondering if it was right throwing her brother under the bus like that, though she shrugged it off. Eventually Toby would see it. "He's one of those people that...he likes to make a big impression, you know? And...well...he's not an idiot, not really he's smart just not smart about some of the choices he makes." 


It was difficult to explain without actually calling him a try hard but she wanted him to understand. "You'll really look out for him? You're not fucking with me?"

#15 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 10:15 PM

Toby was certain he'd never seen Callie like this. Back at the campsite, during that crazy party, she'd been more along the lines of overwhelmed rather than worried; now she was absolutely beside herself over her little brother, and he supposed he could understand. The only real reason he'd been such a wreck over that party was because of his family, so maybe they had even more in common than he'd originally anticipated. 


So yeah, he was more than willing to comfort her if only because he knew what that felt like. What it felt like to not be able to see a good outcome from something; he was biased with Kappa, of course, because he felt like they were cool people. But as far as his cousins dating any Kappas-- well, that wasn't something he was alright with in the least, so perhaps that was telling of what he actually thought about them at the end of the day. Hell, he was still worried as hell over Melli being an idiot and dating her professor, who just so happened to be the Kappa sponsor. Who just so happened to be someone he used to look up to, but now he saw him as nothing but a threat.


That, perhaps, was why he didn't take offense to her judging Kappa and not wanting her brother in it. In a way, he could understand that she didn't want her brother to turn out like him; he was keenly aware of the fact that he wasn't quite the nicest guy in the world. He'd always been a dick who liked to get a rise out of people, and at times he could be unrightfully bitter and jealous. He wasn't the next nobel peace prize winner, anyway, and he certainly wasn't what he considered a good person. Despite all of his overconfidence, he didn't think much of himself at the end of the day.


Thinking over a freshman kid who wasn't already like him (as Toby had been Toby from day one, Kappa or not), he knew it was probably a horrible idea to let him get to that state. And he'd definitely seen it happen; a fair share of pledges went through every year who were actually quite sweet, their only problem being how impressionable they were. By the end of the semester they were the love-em-and-leave-em kind of guys, and while normally he was sort of proud for that sort of development, he knew why Callie didn't like it.


"Of course I'll look after him," he said, nodding reassuringly. "I won't let him do anything stupid." She didn't have to say tryhard for Toby to gather than from her description; hell, a good majority of the guys that pledged Kappa were tryhards. They wanted to be cool for once, and he supposed he understood that point of view. Max had tried joining for that very same reason. "Swear to god, I'll look after him. I'm not messing around."


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This was definitely a side of her that rarely came out. It wasn't like her to worry. Not regularly. She was usually quite confident in the way that things would turn out, with a few rare exceptions. Even then, even those exceptions she didn't dwell on too much as hardly anything really was important enough for her to get bothered by it. Out of all of those things though, her little brother definitely was one. 


Honestly as laid back as she was it was difficult not to be an overprotective older sibling. It was a stupid cliche that she didn't think she'd end up finding herself in but she couldn't help it. She was older and it was her responsibility to take care of the kid. And that side of her became a hell of a lot stronger when Brennan started trying to be so damn impressive to everyone that was well known in their school. An embarrassment for him, surely, as his sister was a fucking nerd and no one wanted that sort of person standing up for them but it didn't mean she backed off.


The previous year had been both easy and difficult as she didn't have to worry about him getting himself into trouble every ten minutes but that was because she couldn't see what was going on. In the back of her mind that thought was always there that he was spending his senior year being an absolute fool. Last year of high school after all and the fact that she wasn't there to look out for him had bothered her, too. But it was a lot easier not to fret so much when she knew he was a bit away. Still in the same state but some driving between them.


In a way that space had done her some good as she could go back to being worry free Callie for a long time but now he was back and it wasn't really helping her at all. She'd anticipated it for awhile. She knew her brother was coming to the school in the fall and she had the feeling that he'd do something completely idiotic when arriving. In her mind she pictured him trying out for a team he was clearly not good enough or strong enough or anything enough to be on. The idea that he'd look at a frat, much less Kappa had never occurred to her. 


Now she realized how blind she'd been though and while she was still hesitant, really really hesitant, about the whole thing she was actually incredibly grateful for Toby. In fact, any other moment she would have worried that her thanking him and looking relieved would have done something to inflate his ego in some way but that wasn't a thought that was anywhere near her mind as she let out a sigh of relief, her shoulders visibly relaxing. "Thanks, Toby. Seriously." She gave him a small thankful smile, too. "I really fucking appreciate it. I owe you one." She was so damn relieved at the moment that she didn't really think about the words coming out of her mouth at all.

#17 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 15 September 2013 - 06:01 AM

Toby could very well understand the protective older sibling cliche. As much as he didn't like to be like that, either, he couldn't help it; some of these people just needed looking after, and he'd never been the type of person who could idly sit by and let something happen. He didn't like to feel like things were out of control; which, of course, was why he often tried to dominate the lives of his family. In his mind, Toby knew best-- Toby and Nat collectively, anyway, as honestly he usually needed her right behind him when he was being overly protective.


He hadn't been able to talk to his little sister about the latest developments. He'd been trying for a while to find time for her, but even the times when he did have a few moments to himself, like now, she was busy with something else. What he wanted to tell her wouldn't really fit into a text message-- he wanted to lose his shit, tell her in detail, formulate some sort of plan. Even if it'd been a good two weeks since he found out the truth about his family, he was still aching to fill her in on everything, as he needed her for that sort of thing, as strange as it was.


In any other situation, Toby might have been more than happy to take that "owe you one" and run with it, but he was honestly so damn understanding by that point that he shook his head. "You don't owe me shit, Callie. I know you'd do it for my family, right?" He paused for a second, realizing that she technically was involved with his family in some way. In fact, the person he was most worried about at the moment was Melli, and from what he understood they were actually friends. So maybe this was someone to talk to in the meantime-- to formulate some sort of plan with while he waited for Nat.


He found it hard to breach the subject, though, if only because he wasn't sure how well it would go over after the way she'd dismissed his anger at the campsite. Surely she'd understand a bit better now, right? "I mean, I think I need you to keep an eye on Melli anyway," he said, rubbing the back of his head and looking over her shoulder for a minute. "I don't see her enough, and I guess it's too fucking late, but-- you know, apparently she's dating that asshole professor now."


For a moment he seethed in place, trying his best not to let it overwhelm him. "I guess it's kinda like Kappa. Nothing I can do to stop her from it but, you know, it's just fucked up and it's a bad idea. I want to make sure it doesn't get too out of hand and that there's someone to catch her if she falls, you know what I mean?" He swallowed, closing one eye as he realized he was probably asking way too much with this next bit. "You think you could introduce her to some nice guy in the band? You know, a guy her age. Or something."


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There was a visible sigh of relief from Callie at the thought that her brother wasn't alone in this whole thing. She was still worried, without a doubt, and honestly she would continue to worry knowing that Brennan was doing god knew what around the Kappas just to make an impression, but there was definite security in knowing that Toby was looking out for him in the end. That he wouldn't let him doing anything stupid, because yeah, that was definitely his style and she knew she would spend entirely too much time chasing after the poor kid to make sure he didn't drink himself silly.


At the very least now she could breathe a little easier. As much as she couldn't stand her brother's antics, neither was she the sort of person to actively chase him down and stop him from doing things, either. Not only did she know that wouldn't work, but well, as sad as it was she knew he was somewhat embarrassed by her and she just wasn't the sort of person that wanted to do that to him.  While Callie didn't really understand his overwhelming need to be liked and validated, usually, she was perfectly comfortable in sitting back and letting him do his own thing.


For the most part. Even with the whole Kappa thing she wasn't one to actively step in, which was why she felt relieved at Toby's offer. And honestly, yeah, she would have done him a favor if he'd asked. "Well, just...thanks, seriously. Means a lot." He was definitely right about one thing. She would have done it for his family. Melli and Cricket especially as those were the two girls she knew the best. Though, truth be told, after the week camping with them she would have done it for any of them if she needed to.


She nodded at that, too. "Yeah, I would." Though she never actually imagined him asking her something like that. It hadn't been in Callie's intentions to dismiss his anger, it was true that she cared about her friends a great deal and she didn't want to see them hurt, but she knew as much as the fact that Melli was an adult, fully capable of handling herself. It had been awhile since she'd spoken to her, too, as such the whole dating that professor thing was sort of a surprise to her. "Fuck, is she really?" And in a way, she was worried, but again she knew Melli could handle herself.


"Don't think there's much I can do to tell you the truth, I mean shit, you know she's my friend and if anything happens I'll be there for her, but I don't think I need to keep an eye on her you know?" She bit her lip and watched cautiously. She could tell he looked pissed though she didn't think there was too much she could do about that except try and get him to look at it from a different perspective, though idly she wondered if she sounded like a hypocrite. She laughed dryly at his suggestion, shaking her head with a sympathetic smile. "I really don't think that's a good idea, dude, and I mean--you know her better than I do but I'm pretty sure she's perfectly capable of making her own decisions."

#19 Toby Aldebaran

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Posted 17 September 2013 - 12:58 AM

Truthfully Toby didn't see it as a lot of work. Watching over her brother would be simple, really; he was present for most of the parties, and considering he was removing himself from the partying portion thanks to football season, he wouldn't have many issues dragging Brennan out of harm's way if need be. Then again, in his opinion Kappa parties didn't get too bad; or, at least, they weren't as bad now that Toby had been president for a while. Regardless, he'd do his best to make sure the kid didn't land in the hospital with his stomach pumped, as he could understand why that would be a cause for concern.


But the way Callie was attempting to dismiss his worries was starting to irritate him. He did his best to keep himself composed, as yes he did see it as hypocritical, but he kept himself in check for a minute save for the way his lips set into a thin line. Did she just not get it? It wasn't as if he was asking her to break them up or anything, but in his mind this was a very, very similar matter and it was a little odd of her to turn him down so quickly after he'd offered his own help.


He did have the decency to attempt to collect his words before speaking, however. "She's dating a professor," he said, trying to stress the fact that it was a serious matter. In his opinion, that was way bigger of a deal than just another freshman trying to join Kappa. "So someone like her up and deciding to date some old guy doesn't concern you at all?" He'd never been good at keeping a tab on his irritation, and now was no different, regardless of how carefully he tried to make his voice even.


"I'm keeping an eye on your little brother. I don't know what the difference is if I just ask you to keep tabs on her every now and then," he told her, frowning at his plate for a second. "I mean, you have band with her like every day don't you? You can see what kind of mood she's in, if that asshole swings by or drops her off or picks her up or anything fucking creepy, and then you can let me know." It was clear he wasn't even going to give the guy a chance. "Speaking of Kappa, you realize he's our sponsor, right?"


He wasn't sure where in the hell that was going, but he figured it was worth saying. Whatever. He paused for a second, running his hands through his hair in frustration. "I mean it's not just her I've got to fucking worry about, you realize. I've gotta tell my sister at some point and she's going to react just as badly. So maybe it's a good idea to have someone like you around, who's on my side but you can stay in her good graces. Come on, Callie. Don't fuckin' leave me hanging."


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Shit. This was too conflicting for her own good. On one hand, she could understand Toby's concerns all too well. Melli was twenty one and that Jackson guy had to be at least ten years older than her if not more. Frankly, he kind of looked like a bit of a douche, too, if she was being honest though of course looks could be deceiving as Callie could also remember him clearing out the campsite in a matter of minutes and taking the time out to cheer her friend up when she'd been upset. While he didn't look too stand up, he also looked like he card about Melli a great deal. 


And she didn't really think of her friend as someone who had a bad judge of character either. Callie didn't think that Melli would end up with some asshole who would treat her like shit in the end. She could make good decisions after all. Hell, despite the fact that she was worrisome and a bit of a perfectionist she found the girl pretty damn rational and level headed. A bit emotional at times, maybe overly so, but she didn't really think that sort of thing affected the girl's ability to think logically. 


But again, she understood Toby's concerns all too well and she definitely wasn't trying to dismiss his irritation. And truthfully there was a part of her that was worried, too. "I know, I know but--" she shook her head unsure of what to say. Unsure how to get him to understand that his cousin could make her own informed decisions without trying to come off like she didn't give a shit about his own worries. Fuck, how did she words. "Look, I get it, I do, and yeah I'm worried too but not because of his age or because he's a professor, just because. And it's fucking natural to be concerned but y'know, Melli's a smart girl, she makes good decisions right?"


He did have a point though and she had to nod in agreement at that. He'd just done her a fucking huge favor by keeping an eye on her brother and while they weren't the same person whatsoever it was the least she could do. She sighed, shaking her head as he reminded her that the guy was the Kappa sponsor. "You told me that, yeah." She pressed her lips together and looked up at Toby before she nodded. "Alright, yeah, I'll keep an eye on her, but I'm not getting in her business. I'll just let you know how she's doing and shit alright? Nothing else. And I'm not setting her up with someone on a date either so you can forget about that completely."


Despite the fact that she somewhat, slightly agreed with Toby's point she frowned as he spoke of telling his sister. She didn't know Natalia at all but just from the way he spoke of her reaction and really in general she thought it was a bad idea. "Toby...shit. I'm not gonna leave you hanging alright, I'll keep an eye on her but listen this isn't any of your business you know? It's not your place to tell your sister. What good is that gonna do in the long run? You need to let Melli tell her, tell everyone, on her own terms." She raised her eyebrows at him, expression serious as he hoped that he would end up agreeing with her. "Otherwise this whole thing is gonna be a clusterfuck and do you really want to deal with that?"

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