Asbel laughed at the idea of Hubert attending his school. Yeah, right. He didn’t need his little brother showing him up in every subject from A to Z.
“No, of course not! It’d be weird going to school with him. He’d steal all my friends.” Which was unlikely, given Hubert’s timid disposition. But hey, Asbel liked to think of his brother as the best thing since sliced bread.
"Aww, that’s too bad. He would have done a great job taking care of his big brother, I’m sure. ♥”
"If he doesn’t go here, then where does he go?” For the time being, she had no intention to track down the boy. Even for her, that would be going too far. They were on an island cut off from the rest of civilization; how would she even find him? This comment was, for once, merely a product of her prying nature.
Asbel grinned. Yes, he did have a brother. The best brother in the world, in fact! (At least, until he found out what living with the Oswells had done to poor Hubert.)
“Yeah! His name’s Hubert and he’s really, really smart. Smarter than me, in fact. He liked to follow me around when we were kids and made sure I stayed out of trouble. Well. That didn’t always work, but it’s the thought that counts,” Asbel gushed.
Oh, there was no need for him to tell her. If he was willing to take the fortune, there was already no doubt that Hubert was smarter than his brother.
"He definitely sounds like a good brother. ♥ Does he go here, too?" Anise inquired. Might as well make sure she can actually make any moves before she gets her hopes up.
In the event that Asbel received the family fortune, he’d most likely hand it off to Hubert.
“Heh, my brother probably could put it to better use. Thanks for the reminder.” Poor Anise. She’d make no leeway with this Lhant boy.
"You have a brother?" Anise had failed with this Lhant, but perhaps something good would come out of this after all.
Asbel’s not quite sure what he wanted to say. Or even anything to say.
“…yeah, well, I’m gonna do things my way and see how that pans out. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll try something else. Nothing before that.” And thus, a show of his infamous stubbornness. It was about time one of Asbel’s crippling flaws came out into the open.
"Boooo. Well, good luck with that. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you."
"…Aaalthough, if you really don’t want it you always know who would be willing to take it off your hands. ♥” An absurd request, but one worth making nonetheless. If he really didn’t want the money, it had to go somewhere after all.
“It’s not really my money. I didn’t earn it. If I’m going to be rich, I want to work hard and make it myself. Getting freebies from my old man doesn’t fly well with me.”
That was but a surface explanation. In reality, Asbel just couldn’t get along with his father and— really couldn’t stand the man. He was walking that fine line between love and hate, and one of these day she’d snap and claim the latter.
"Hard work? To get rich? That’s not gonna work. Sure, you might be able to scrounge up at least a little bit, but there’s no way you’d be able to make up for the ‘freebies’ that you threw out. I say just take what people give you." She’s slowly starting to realize that this one’s likely gonna be a bust.
Asbel let out an anxious laugh. She’d hit the mark and then some. Great, so he was just one big advertisement for the Lhant Company and not, you know, that awesome guy named Asbel. Oh well. He wasn’t going to take out his frustrations on a young girl.
“That’s all true. I dunno if I actually want to inherit it, though. As for Adlibby, I’ve been around for three years. This one’s my fourth!”
"Huh? Why wouldn’t you want to inherit it? There’s gotta be a whole lot of money involved. Why throw it away?"
Having lived in poverty for much of her life, Anise was bewildered by Asbel’s statement. There had to be some reason as to why he would turn down such an excellent opportunity, but she couldn’t begin to imagine what that might be.
Uh, wow. What did a girl her age care about big name companies for? Asbel rubbed the back of his head in confusion, answering with that darn rising intonation once more.
“Yeah… I am. What exactly have you heard about me, Anise?”
Oops, something about that question seemed to bother him. Maybe he was embarrassed by his status, she thought? The Lhants might have a bad reputation or something. Anise didn’t know; all she knew was that his family ran some huge company. So she decided to just tell him what she knew for now and hope for the best.
"Well, I’ve heard that your family runs a big, successful business, and that you’re next in line to inherit your father’s position and fortune. And that you’ve been attending high school here at Ad Libitum for quite a while now."
Asbel was, in fact, simply strolling around, trying to learn new faces if not new names. He’d said ‘hello’ to quite a number of folks now. Everyone seemed so varied in their enthusiasm about school; he’d show them all that Adlibby was super special awesome! and that the experience would be way better with some friends.
He actually noticed Anise bounding towards him. How nice it was to be approached for a change. Asbel turned towards her and smiled.
“Oh, hey! I’m doing good. How’s about you? The name’s Asbel.” Because although the Lhant name was quite well-known, Asbel still liked to introduce himself. Not only was that polite (and the way he was brought up), but it gave folks a glimpse at his character. He wanted to be more than just the Lhant heir to them. He wanted to be Asbel.
"I’m doing well myself~ My name’s Anise. It’s a real pleasure to meet you, Asbel. ♥” She smiled, and then had a thought: Since she had never heard of the Lhant company nor the family who ran it prior to learning of Asbel’s existence, it may be best to confirm the rumors before doing any actual flirting.
"You’re of the Lhant family, correct? I’ve heard about you."
Asbel Lhant. Eldest son of the prestigious Lhant family, heir to his father’s company and presumably a large sum of his fortune as well. The boy certainly didn’t give off the vibe of being a noble, but Anise had found out about his identity and status regardless.
And she had just managed to catch sight of him. He was walking through the school courtyard when she found him, and from the looks of it he was either headed toward the library or back to his dorm. Whatever the case, Anise thought that it would be a good opportunity to try talking to him. She approached him so that she could do precisely that.
He seemed like a friendly enough kid. Maybe he’d be willing to give Anise a chance. Maybe she’d have a shot at him
and his money.
"Hey there! ♥ How are you doing today?”