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Can't allow that to happen.
Fri Jun 2, 2017 14:10

Joe was not as touchy about money and politics as some of his siblings were, but he still wasn’t quite sure what he thought of Jozua’s blunt statement that his mother was rich and that high insurance rates were therefore Not Actually A Problem. On one hand, he supposed, it was good that Jozua was honest – fake-modest rich people really were annoying – but on the other…Mom was dreadfully old-fashioned, and intellectually Joe knew this, but he had still been raised to consider it distasteful to actually talk about money when it wasn’t absolutely necessary.

He decided to focus on the bit where Jozua was honest, and where his father had some pride. That made him like Julian; his sister had come by a windfall, but she hadn’t stopped trying to support herself as a result. It still, though, had to be nice, just having loads of money to fall back on….

“Cool,” said Joe, ignoring all this in favor of the fact that Jozua’s grandfather was apparently actually the appropriate level of good at some neat-sounding stuff.

Jozua’s future plans made Joe smile more than the comment about being Most Likely To Cause An Explosion. He shrugged when asked about his own glorious future plans. “My mom’s a royalist by politics and a medievalist by training, so I didn’t actually realize until I was about ten that John and I probably weren’t really going to have an opportunity to be knights or two of the Great Explorers,” he said. “We had plans, though. Did you ever hear about that charms facility incident that happened here a few years ago, before our time? My sister was here then, and John honestly believed we were going to find enchanted swords just lying around a motel in Arizona and go rescue her, like in a book.” Joe took a swallow of his milk. “Of course, I believed it, too, but I was…several years younger than he was.” Obviously. Joe was, now that he thought about it, a little embarrassed that he hadn’t been more skeptical a month after his eighth birthday, so he chose not to divulge that he had passed that milestone before gaining an iota of brains. “I haven’t really come up with a good replacement plan, honestly. I need to work on that. I think I'd still like something that lets me travel, though. Might as well use all that atlas-reading I did back then for something, right?”

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    • Can't allow that to happen. — Joe, Fri Jun 2 14:10
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        • Looks like it. Go us!Joe, Mon Jun 12 10:43
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