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06 September 2003 @ 06:24 am
Domestic Affairs: a drama in several acts  
Starring: Illman, Illman-brother (IB), illman-sister (IS), with a guest appreance by illman-mother (IM)

ACT I: OMG, we are leaving tomorrow

The set-up: IS and IB are leaving for boarding school tomorrow. Illman-parents are elusive.

8.50 p.m. Illman is enjoying quality time on the computer.

IS: Iiiiiillman! My suitcase doesn't close! Come sit on it.

illman glances at watch realize how late it it. Gets away from AIM convo. Finds IB engaged in an animated long distance phone convo with room mate from school.

Illman: have you packed everything already?

IB: Nah, didn't find a suitcase. I'm in the middle of something here.

Illman: You're seeing him tomorrow anyways. Now get up and pack.

9.30 p.m.: Illman is back at the computer after having successfully closed IS's suitcase.

IS: How are we going to get to the airport?

illman: for the hundredth time, we're taking a cab.

IS: Why? We can take the subway.

Illman: With you two taking enough for a small family. No way! What is IB doing?

IS: He's on the phone.

Illman decides to forgo further digital entertainment and take charge of the situation.

10.15 p.m.: Going over the checklist.

Illman: One question: what are you going to wear on Monday?

blank stares

Illman: School uniforms? Tie? Skirt? Where are they?

IB (accusingly): You took it to the dry cleaners ages ago.

Illman: And who picked it up?

IB (shrugs): They called a couple of days ago. Don't remember what they wanted.

Illman: Okay, I'll pick it up tomorrow.

11.30 p.m.: IM calls to say good night and remind illman to leave on time.

11.50 p.m. Final luggage check. Dispute over possesive pronouns ensues (...my tennis rackett, your tennis racket...) and ends in IS crying.

1 a.m. IS and IB are in bed. Illman collapses onto the couch. Checks watch and sees that shift starts in an hour. Grabs a diet coke from the frigde.
syperpentroy!entropy84 on September 6th, 2003 01:19 am (UTC)
awww, don't tell me you didn't get any sleep??? poor illman! heh, if this is the case feel free to wander away from AIM convos anytime, your household is quite dependent on you. Yeah, now I need the sleep, liked the way you wrote this btw... ahh, the traumas of your packing
Illmanillman on September 6th, 2003 01:21 am (UTC)
no, not yet, but I'm going to go to bed now. They aren't leaving until this afternoon. Good night to you then!
Synparitysynparity on September 6th, 2003 07:03 pm (UTC)
That's awful... I empathise with you, I do. At least they're going to boarding school, though, so at least you can catch up on sleep later on. I wish that my brother and sister would go to boarding school, sometimes. It's great having them around to talk to and stuff, but sometimes it gets too much.
Illmanillman on September 7th, 2003 02:21 am (UTC)
It's unnaturally quiet here now. I'm not used to that, it's the first year that I'm not going back to boarding school with them.
Synparitysynparity on September 7th, 2003 02:43 am (UTC)
Would you rather be going back to boarding school? And did you get your forms off alright?
Illmanillman on September 7th, 2003 02:50 am (UTC)
Part of me yes. I've been in boarding school since I was ten. The people there (at least some of them) are kinda my second family.
The jury's still out on the forms, I filled it all out, but I've got no idea whether it was right. Are you still in high-school or go to college already?
Synparitysynparity on September 7th, 2003 06:53 am (UTC)
I can't imagine me in boarding school. The closest I've gotten is in reading 'What Katy Did at School' by Susan Coolidge - the idea of it scared me - going away, not seeing my parents for that long, etc., etc.

I'll guess you'll just have to cross your fingers, then, about the forms. And I'm at university. What are you studying? Your course?
Illmanillman on September 7th, 2003 04:46 pm (UTC)
I'm studying Chemistry. You?
Synparitysynparity on September 7th, 2003 09:04 pm (UTC)
Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Science (geosciences).
nutmegnutmeggies on September 6th, 2003 10:15 pm (UTC)
Jeez, I'm tired just after reading this! I hope that you have a little more time to enjoy the peace and quiet once you get home from work!
Illmanillman on September 7th, 2003 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah, now that I have to house to myself, it's going to be quiet :)