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Kay’s good at faking work, so when Houchens walks in she just lets him stand there. Especially when he coughs.

“Can I help you, Professor?” she says, finally.

“I wasn’t aware they had students in charge of the IT office,” he says.

She waits.

“Well. Uh.” He holds out a pathetic bag. “I think my… hard drive crashed. On my laptop. Can you fix it?”

“Not school property?”

He looks guilty. “I was hoping you could make an–”

“Yes.” Kay smiles. “Let’s talk about exceptions, shall we?” She stands, goes to the door, and locks it. Houchens is beginning to blush.