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Character and Location Notes for "Uncovering the Complete Truth"
Here are the character and location notes for "Uncovering the Complete Truth."


Prudence Roach -- She has dark gray eyes and short hair streaked in lighter and darker shades of blonde. Her skin is nearly orange from a combination of tanning beds and artificial tanning makeup. Prudence is the principal of Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She's not very good at it, but nobody else wants the awful job, so she's kept it for many years. She does better at manipulating people and stretching budgets, which are useful skills in that context. She is one of the people who abused Shiv when he attended her school. Prudence relies more on caffeine than sleep for energy. She excels at crafts, and could darn near make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. In addition to making things, she thinks up crafty solutions to problems, such as attaching fake flowers to pens to keep people from stealing them.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Crafty, Good (+2) Manipulative, Good (+2) Runs on Caffeine, Good (+2) Stretching a Budget
Poor (-2) Elementary School Principal

Alvie Reid -- She has toffee skin, brown eyes, and loosely nappy hair of dark brown that falls past her shoulders. She wears glasses. She is currently 6 years old, in first grade at the Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Alvie is an enthusiastic bookworm who already reads at the adult level. However, she won't tolerate being ignored in class (or anywhere else) and if nobody talks to her, she just says whatever she wants, which annoys adults. Alvie also does well at jumping games like hopscotch and jumprope.
Qualities: Good (+2) Bookworm, Good (+2) Jumping Games
Poor (-2) Noisy

Manushi Wells -- She has brwno sugar skin, coffee-brown eyes, and loosely nappy hair of dark brown that falls almost to her shoulders. She is married with two young children, a girl (6) and a boy (4). Manushi serves as a social worker in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is also an Emotional First Aide. Energetic and upbeat, she is popular among friends and family. Manushi enjoys dressing in elegant clothes, but prefers comfortable and washable ones due to her lifestyle. She manages to look good despite those challenges. Manushi goes with Dr. G to investigate Elliott Elementary School.
Qualities: Good (+2) Emotional First Aide, Good (+2) Energetic, Good (+2) Fashion Sense, Good (+2) Mother, Good (+2) Social Worker
Poor (-2) Too Much to Do, Not Enough Time

Jezebet Benton -- She has fair skin, brown eyes, and wavy brown hair cut just above her shoulders. She is short and pudgy. She has been married and divorced three times, currently looking for a new boyfriend. Jezebet teaches first grade at Elliott Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska. She does it badly, but there is little competition for the job, so she's kept it for many years. Her stamina and penetrating voice come in handy there. However, she lies routinely to everyone around her, and is good enough that she rarely gets caught. Jezebet is one of the people who abused Shiv when he attended her school, particularly in regard to math.
Qualities: Good (+2) Lies Like a Carpet, Good (+2) Penetrating Voice, Good (+2) Stamina
Poor (-2) Elementary Teacher

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Elliott Elementary School stands in a poor neighborhood of Lincoln, Nebraska. The front entrance of the old building is flanked by ornamental stonework. See the first floor plan. The second floor has a similar layout.

The hallways have cheap coatracks instead of lockers. The school office has a large reception desk. The principal's office is small and cluttered. The padded cell is about the size of a refrigerator.

The library has makeshift bookcases and outdated books. It holds the only computers accessible to students, which are old and often out of order. The small study rooms have a table and chairs for 1-3 people. Several of these are located along the interior wall adjacent to the composition rooms. The large study room has a long table with room for 12 chairs, plus a few more chairs along the walls. A whiteboard provides support for presentations.

Students at the school perform so badly that two composition rooms have been set aside for remedial work in reading and writing. They look nicer thanks to government funding for the program ... until you look at the ceiling and notice that the roof still leaks.

The science room is just a bunch of tables with a few extra tools. The art room has been stripped almost bare. Supplies are piled in cardboard or plastic boxes along the walls. Activities mostly consist of drawing, coloring, or doing worksheets. The music room is down to an ancient piano, a boom box, a few grocery-store instruments, and some music books that almost none of the students can even read.

The stage room has seating for only a fraction of the school's population. It is most often used as combined seating for lectures aimed at 4th or 5th grade students rather than having to present the same topic separately in each classroom. The school no longer has a performance club of its own, but occasionally the drama club comes over from the nearby high school.

The cafeteria dispenses the cheapest food available, which is institutional slop. The gym has plenty of space but little equipment. They do have simple things such as balls, though.

Kindergarten classrooms have a few toys as well as books. First grade classrooms have desks, chairs, and bulletin boards. Most of the lower grades are similar. Fifth grade classrooms have desks and chairs along with bookcases. The sixth grade classrooms are similar.

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KinderMall is a family-focused mall in T-Lincoln, Nebraska. Barely visible in the upper right corner, American Apparel is an affordable clothing store popular with teens and young adults. WELL-C is a family nutrition store for supplements and health foods. Incredible Connection carries equipment for smart homes and other housewares. Langa is a hangout for tween and teen couples who want something like a date but not in private; it serves snacks along with hot and cold drinks. Paper & Paint is a small proprietary craft store that stocks for children and families rather than professionals. Healthy Touch has a variety of rooms for bodyworkers, but also things like pillows and fuzzy mittens for people to use on each other. Chocolate & Rose is a romantic gift shop. NWJ stands for No Wonder Jewelry, which offers everything from baby-safe beads to tween glitz to a display of modestly elegant things for adults. Galaxy is a space-themed store with posters, clothes, books, telescopes, model star systems, and other cool stuff for all ages. Capitec is a bank. The vacant spot above that is the quiet room, which includes areas for children and adults along with physical and emotional first aid. Computicket sells tickets for movies, concerts, sports, travel, and other topics. Toys'Я'Us is the biggest anchor store. Gadget Geeks sells and repairs electronic equipment, games, toys, and tools mainly for tweens and teens. Madaiza carries athletic and leisure wear, mainly to black teens and young adults. Cross Trainer has separate exercise sections for children, teens, and adults. AMA Gents is a clothing store for men and boys. Vodashop sells smartphones, tablet computers, and other personal devices mainly for adults. Stud is a "man cave" store that carries clothes, gaming tables, artwork, decor, furniture, and other items primarily of interest to men; it consists of many individual booths, allowing for small businesses to develop. Bogart Man stocks fashionable menswear. Partly visible to the right of Bogart Man lies Mom & Me, a store with clothing for women and children. Below that, not visible on this map, is Classique, a women's clothing store that sells elegant basics. The Food Court is the big ring partly visible at the lower right of the map, and it includes a carousel. Nearby is the playground. Next is Play Lab, an arcade with games for all ages. The yellow bit on the lower left corner of the map is the entrance to Regal Cinemas 12. In the mornings it shows mostly Golden Screen movies for seniors, then switches more to animated movies and family films during the day and early evening. In the later evening hours, it shows tween and teen flicks such as romance or spooky movies.

From Old Norse langa (“to long for; desire”), from Proto-Germanic *langōną (“to desire; long for”), related to English long, German verlangen. More at long.
-- Wiktionary

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