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Tarquin Fox-Reynolds
That's probably the most important part
Fri May 25, 2018 21:41

It was Grayson who had joined him. He wasn’t entirely sure how they felt about each other, given their last encounter… He worried that Grayson felt awkward around him, which made him feel a bit awkward in return. But both being somewhat awkward ex-Aladrens was, at least, something in common. Grayson, at best, seemed sort of harmless and non-threatening, which Tarq generally did like in people, and he suspected their conversations could become quite interesting if either of them could succeed in drawing the other out.

“I don’t know,” he replied, when Grayson suggested that they may as well have just continued lessons, “When literal explosions are a risk - well, even more than usual - I think giving everyone a break’s probably a good idea.” Of course, when the students weren’t in class, that meant that there was usually more traffic in the library. His schedule tended to work the opposite way to most people’s, and thus he was glad of the relief brought by everyone going back to class, and the fact that he wasn’t having to keep an eye out for accidental magic wreaking havoc within his domain.

“It goes,” he echoed Grayson’s words, poking slightly moodily at his food. “I want to go home. I’m gutted about missing Christmas with my family. But who isn’t? Or at least, missing out on whatever they usually do,” he shrugged. Professor Philpott had seemed more annoyed at having to cancel skiing plans than anything else, and not everyone had families, or liked them if they did, he supposed.

“Been reading lots,” he added. This was perhaps not exactly surprising Aladren behaviour, although it was of a different quality than his usual reading habits. In some senses, he wasn’t reading, so much as researching… Of course, he had plenty of time now he was alone, to read his own books. And he was doing that too. But a large portion of his time was spent combing the shelves of the Sonora library for things Danny might enjoy. It was something they had done at the start of their relationship - Tarq’s knowledge of literature ran far deeper than his husband’s, but it didn’t mean that Danny didn’t appreciate it. He had always been recommending him poems, or other interesting material. They still shared books, but… not like they had done. They would read the same book and talk about it, but he wouldn’t go out of his way to find pieces just for Danny. He couldn’t remember when they’d stopped. When they moved in together? When they got married? Had that made them lazy and complacent in their relationship. Maybe, more likely, it was the children’s fault. Children were time consuming. But now that they were grown up, it was sort of nice to rediscover his and Danny’s relationship... His husband was sending back music. He had to admit that, much as he teased him about it, and much as a lot of Danny’s taste was just terrible mainstream pop music, he did also like some fairly decent stuff. “You?” he asked in return.

  • a non-stabby human?Grayson Wright, Thu May 24 16:48
    In his first year at Sonora, Gray had done as much writing as his teaching duties would possibly allow. No small part of it had been letters – attempts to make his life sound more interesting than it ... more
    • That's probably the most important part — Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Fri May 25 21:41
      • Are there many reasonable stabby humans?Grayson Wright, Sun May 27 21:41
        Gray considered the argument for discontinuing lessons for the break. “Hm, fair – though if they’re going to explode things anyway, it might be better to have them where you can watch them instead of ... more
        • We have been forcibly incarcerated with teenagers...Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Mon May 28 07:57
          “Indeed. I am quite glad that they’re back to being your responsibility,” he nodded, when Grayson mentioned the possibility of explosions in the library. “I do hope anyone who was feeling… that way... more
          • Gray sympathized with the librarian’s position – he truly did – but he had to work to suppress a smile at the indignation roused on the part of the innocent books nevertheless. Could books, then, be... more
            • Which might make our stabbiness seem more reasonableTarquin Fox-Reynolds, Wed May 30 07:47
              “Drawing the line at learning a new alphabet seems a reasonable choice,” he acknowledged, when Grayson commented on Tatiana - it seemed ‘Tatya’ was for her friends, which made sense, but one could... more
              • To us or to the judge?Grayson Wright, Sun Jun 3 12:11
                Gray preferred not to admit it, but he was secretly glad to hear someone else agree that learning a new alphabet was a reasonable place to draw the line. “I have figured out one thing about it, just... more
                • I plead reasonable stabbiness on the grounds of diminished..Tarquin Fox-Reynolds, Tue Jun 5 08:28
                  “That’s interesting… Although very confusing,” he commented, as Grayson mentioned the not-quite-crossovers of the two alphabets, If one was going to have a different alphabet, he would have thought... more
                  • Diminished time to ourselves away from teenagers?Grayson Wright, Wed Jun 6 15:20
                    Gray thought about the issue of the connections between alphabets. “My guess would be that they’re related,” he said. “If - sorry, I’m tripping over myself here - if we look at alphabets as... more
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