No, brain, you pointless and squishy grey waste of space, I don't need to know how Alex got scouted for the investigative section. I already know he's moral, albeit skewed heavily along his own lines; I don't need demonstration of it in his teenagerhood.
On that note, brain, why the actual fuck do you like splitting his Academy term into groups of two years? You don't even like groups of two, they unnerve you without any good reason. Stop it. It's midnight, this is all entirely unnecessary.
And how did that dewy field at night thing get upgraded? And when did the swan guy become a yearly occurrence? How the actual hell is this still developing a timeline of its own?