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No kidding.
Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:39

Joe did not know Georgia Kirkly personally, but the facts he did know about her – singer, the new House prefect – did make him somewhat doubt she’d have any particular reason to try to block his access to the rest of the table with porridge and yeast rolls. Of course, he has also had no particular reason to think she wouldn’t just find this amusing for…whatever reason. He had no idea what to think now.

“Uh, yeah, no worries there,” said Joe when she requested that he not set anything on fire. “I didn’t do this either,” he added, feeling fairly confident of this and gingerly pushing the dishes back away from himself, not sure which ones were hot to the touch and which ones were not.

He failed in his quest not to burn himself, though, when his teacup abruptly began laughing. Joe’s hand slipped off the handle of a tureen and onto the metal, but this was the least part of his motivation for saying “what – “ before the cup continued.

“No it is not!” he barked, mortified, when the cup began addressing him directly, and then he realized he was having a discussion of sorts with his teacup. He looked back at Georgia in open bewilderment and a little fear. “I did not do that,” he said emphatically. “I swear I did not do that – did you hear that, or am I – am I losing my mind?”

At the moment, this was not an entirely facetious question. Sam had explicitly said that John’s biological father had been mentally ill – well, she had put it a bit less…clinically than that, and the focus had all been on how she'd figured that John was just like him after John had freaked out and sent half the kitchen haywire and nearly set a chair on fire at once upon seeing her for the first time in ten years, but that had definitely been the gist of it – but Joe and John almost certainly did not have the same one. Genetically speaking they were half-brothers. Plus Joe, unlike John, had no previous history of behavior he would regard as disordered – but how would he know if it was his own behavior?

However, other people had always treated his brother a bit gingerly, whereas he had always been the Good One, the respectable one – the one who didn’t haul off losing his temper and doing magic in public and tilting at windmills and disregarding the rules based primarily on his own sense of right and wrong. He was not some kind of would-be superman living outside of society in the woods and did not ever plan to be. The rest of the family expected him to help keep John in line, not to need keeping in line himself. Whatever it was John didn’t have enough of, Joe had plenty of, despite being about four years younger. He. Was. The. Good. One. And going crazy did not happen this abruptly.

He stood up and glared around them. “Whoever’s doing this, it’s not funny,” he announced, assuming someone was just messing with Teppenpaw prefects today.

  • Yup. I feel that. Georgia Kirkly, Tue Feb 20 08:39
    It wasn’t like they really needed her. With only three names on the Teppenpaw sign up sheet, that was a lie it was getting harder and harder to tell herself. She’d sort of been technically made... more
    • No kidding. — Joe, Tue Feb 20 11:39
      • Wish I wasGeorgia, Thu Feb 22 05:19
        “O-ok,” Georgia nodded, when Joe assured her he hadn’t made the teacup do that. “I don’t think you did,” she assured him. To be fair, it had been her first thought, and had nearly made her just run... more
        • Is everything under control here?Professor Xavier, Thu Feb 22 10:53
          Nathan had first noticed the trouble brewing at the Teppenpaw table when a small fort of plates and dishes and cutlery and food formed around Joe Umland. Then Georgia Kirkly walked over, and he... more
          • I have cause for doubt, sir.Joe, Thu Feb 22 13:32
            Joe thought, he really did, but he honestly could not think of anything he had done recently which would make another person consider him an enemy. “No,” he said. “Unless you count the Headmaster,... more
            • Joe’s main enemy was the headmaster? Wow. That was hardcore. She did recall hearing a rumour that Joe had punched the man once, but had dismissed that as being completely wild and crazy. But perhaps... more
              • Keep calm and carry onNathan Xavier, Wed Feb 28 10:01
                Nathan listened to first Joe then Georgia explain the situation with varying degrees of clarity. The take away seemed to be that someone had charmed Joe’s teacup to say mean things about Georgia, but ... more
                • Joe tried not show any particular reaction after hearing all the things Georgia had to add to his description of what had happened this morning and what they didn’t know about what had caused it, but ... more
                  • Georgia nodded her assurances that she would keep an eye out, whilst definitely resolving to keep her head down and avoid noticing as much as possible. They were being pranked without having done... more
                    • Try tea glasses?Joe, Fri Mar 2 12:34
                      “Not really options for me,” joked Joe. “Dad drinks coffee, but I think my mom would disown any of us kids who gave up tea.” Especially if they then took up coffee. Tea stimulated and soothed all at... more
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