We all carried what was necessary for the battle ahead: pens, pencils, rubbers, sharpeners, and rulers. We held them all in clear cases, or in our hands. Jordan carried a plastic spoon with her; she said it calmed her down. Keiren carried a passport photo in his sock. He wasn't carrying it the day he threw up in our English exam. Both the Callums carried with them an air of nonchalance, and the knowledge that they didn't actually have to pass these tests. They had better places to be and they knew it. Tom carried the weight of the world, the pressures of his parents and the pressure he put upon himself. I carried the necklace my friend Theo had bought me - "All was well." it proclaimed. And it was well.
I had read somewhere that students are the most superstitious group of people in the world. Looking at the things we carried, I believed that.