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...Y'know, I get the impression you like dueling.
Wed May 24, 2017 22:53

Joe had realized there were going to be a lot of headaches until the teachers got themselves sorted out and replaced and whatnot, but the logistics of extracurricular activities were not things he had considered before. After Jozua’s question, he looked between Pye’s replacement and Professor Carter, looking for something that might help him compare their relative virtues and weaknesses for the role Jozua needed one of them to play.

Their appearances proved unhelpful, leaving him with only regular reasoning. “Well, this Nash guy...he’s a substitute, too,” said Joe reasonably. “And he probably has more - well, there’s a good chance he knows more about it, if he’s teaching the Advanced classes.” Of course, Professor Carter taught Advanced classes sometimes at need, Joe was pretty sure. Hopefully Jozua was not Aladrenish enough to point this out to Joe now that Joe had noticed it himself. “Plus it might make him feel welcome,” he added.

Joe finished that sentence in his head with so he doesn’t bail as soon as he meets the Advanced classes, deeming this the kind of thought one did not express in Teppenpaw. He had also had to edit the words ‘trait’ and ‘specialization’ from his reasoning for approaching Nash over Professor Carter for the job, at least temporarily. What Julian had said when he first came home - that Joe, besides whatever it was with Joanie, was starting to talk like John, dressing himself in borrowed robes now that John himself wasn’t around for Joe to contrast himself to - had struck a nerve, and struck it hard.

“It can’t hurt to ask anyway,” he concluded. “If he says no, then ask Professor Carter.” It wasn’t as though Professor Carter, anyway, seemed inclined to leave. She had been here for years, taking on something different all the time. She seemed unlikely to be too offended that Jozua offered another job to someone else first. “How was your midterm?” he asked.

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    • ...Y'know, I get the impression you like dueling. — Joe, Wed May 24 22:53
      • You picked up on that, did you?Jozua Sparks, Thu May 25 21:21
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        • I am a master of observation.Joe Umland, Fri May 26 14:46
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          • It is an excellent trait to possessJozua, Fri May 26 20:37
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            • Thank you, I quite agree.Joe Umland , Sun May 28 11:47
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              • Continuing to overshareJozua Sparks, Wed May 31 14:27
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                • Continuing to ask questions.Joe Umland, Wed May 31 16:03
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                  • Continuing to answerJozua, Thu Jun 1 10:07
                    Jozua nodded in understanding as Joe explained the dangers of hysterical people who didn't slow down to think about things before jumping to wrong conclusions. He might not know any muggle mothers... more
                    • Contemplating the future.Joe, Thu Jun 1 18:04
                      “I see your dad’s point,” said Joe, amused, as Jozua continued into his family’s insurance woes. “I’d be mad if my bills went up because John set something on fire.” Not quite the same thing, of... more
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