Title: School work
Word count 633
Disclaimer I did not invent themselves
Morning had been schoolwork. Mr Bracegirdle had presided. Horatio had been correct as usual, and up to date. His workbook was neat, and his hand even and easy to read. He had been quick with his chalk and slate. It was much more pleasant than school had been on Justinian. Mr Bracegirdle was a kindly man, who seemed able to teach without resorting to sarcasm or humiliation. Sitting beside him in the cool sunlight, Archie also seemed to be content. He hummed quietly as he calculated, a buzzing in his chest, which was not quite music. It was something like sitting beside a navigational bee. Horatio finished first, and watched Archie out of the side of his eye. When Archie's calculation came up right, all three of them smiled.
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