Chapter 9: "The Sociological Centipede"
Candi did what she could to get herself to relax and mold better into her role. Fighting back against the darkness somehow had to still happen. Even in the middle of her first class - sociology - she felt something was horribly wrong. But when would she be able to do anything about it? After classes were done for the day, she'd plan how to make her double life as student and crimefighter possible.
Prof. Niles Beldon:
"Wow! How come we got such a small class today?"
"You kiddin' me? It's sunny out!"
"Sunny? But we could be learning about the distinctions between Weber and Marx! Wouldn't that be much more fun?"
"Hmm...do you think this class will be interesting?"
? Maybe. I'd much rather be at work!"
"Where do you work?"
"Lots of places...gas stations, bars, etc."
"So...for starters...my name is Niles Beldon, and this is Sociology 111. Anyone who will volunteer to introduce themselves?"
Anything Candi said could give her away! Rumor had it there were Meethlite spies on campus. She decided to go forward with her story and that if she went first, she'd be the least remembered...
"You in the back...let's hear it!"
"I'm Candi...Stevens. I've lost nearly my entirely family in a fire this past summer...and...I'm trying to get into the forensic investigation field."
(fighting back a smirk) "Believe me...you don't know the meaning of creepy!"
"Are you gonna go all emo on us now?"
"Do you want
"Okay then...who's next?"
Candi knew her story was only half-true, and littered with white lies. But it was easy. Those in the class that believed her story were sympathetic.
The rest ignored her, preferring to be nervous about when it was their turn for introductions. It didn't seem to Candi like the semester would be all that bad. On the other hand, she knew that life would not be easy no matter what her decisions.
* This chapter's classroom is modeled after a real classroom at Ferris State University. The dialog is based on actual conversations that were held in that classroom in January of 2007. The teacher, Niles, is modeled after a real-life sociology professor. The girl sitting next to Candi, named Dhalia, is modeled after a real-life gal named Darla. Darla volunteered her likeness for the role.