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FOTD: Aliquant

Author: Regret
Rating: 15
Story: Radial: Unravel
Challenge: Flavour of the Day: Aliquant
Word Count: 238
Summary: Milos suffers at the hands of his homework and Alex lends a hand. Sort of.

Milos slapped the desk. “Fuck this!”

“What’s wrong?”

“It’s this— This goddamn maths.” He glared down at the printed sheet, pen poised to punch a hole in it.

“Isn’t that homework?” Alex drawled, pushing himself up from his seat and sauntering towards the alfa. “The thing you do at home?”

“So? I can’t do it. That won’t change no matter where I am.”

He rested his palms on Milos’s desk and squinted at the sheet. “Let me look. Well, that doesn’t help, for a start.”

He tried to see whatever it was Alex saw, and failed totally. “What doesn’t?”

“That’s completely wrong. You can’t divide that by that and— What the hell are they teaching you anyway?” He jerked the pen from his hand and started jotting down numbers. “If you try it like this it should be clearer.”

Milos sighed. “Do that again?”

“No.” He pushed the sheet back and smirked at him. “You saw me do it. Now work it out yourself.”

“Oh, thanks.”

Alex waved a hand at him as he headed out the office door. “My pleasure.”

Milos glowered at his retreating back, then back to the sheet, and tried to backtrack through the sum. Maybe he should have asked to be killed, or submitted to experimentation rather than employment. It turned out HEL could offer him something even worse than Alex as a partner. A fate worse than death itself: adult education courses.

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amatalefay
Jul. 8th, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
Poor Milos--does anything ever go right for him? You've created a very sympathetic character, which makes it all the more difficult to read pieces where life seems to be piled up against him. I admire your creativity--I tried and failed miserably at thinking up a story for this FOTD--and am looking forward to a piece where Milos gets a little bit of happiness...
nothingtoregret
Jul. 8th, 2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
It's hard to tell from this, but this is when things start going right for him, poor l'il spud that he is! *lol* I promise I'll explain how he gets here - this is forward a good couple of months from where I am now, so there's still a lot of Bad Stuff to go, but it will get better for him. Hopefully something will inspire something good for him in the meantime though.

Depressingly, this is the only FOTD I've found lately that I could see anything for - probably due to bad memories of GCSE long division and having a teacher that insisted we do the hard method, not the easy one... At least Milos has Alex to help him (even if it's not much actual help!). *grins*
rustydragonfly
Jul. 8th, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
Definitely a fate worse than death! I get the feeling Milos is even more confused at the end.
nothingtoregret
Jul. 8th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
*lol* It's long division he's stuck on, depending on who's teaching it I think it's designed to confuse. :p And I don't think Alex has a career as a teacher ahead of him...
ichthusfish
Jul. 9th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
Haha! Alex, do not take up teaching :-p Not everyone can be a math genius. I'm sure Milos will get though it. Lets face it, not the worst thing that's happened to him. Nicely done :)
nothingtoregret
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:14 pm (UTC)
I'm sure he'll be fine - HEL have a vested interest in getting him up to speed so they'll make sure he understands all that maths we have to learn and then never use in the real world. *lol*

Actually, the more I think about Alex-as-a-teacher, the more terrifying the idea is! :s
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