Jeremy Mordue
Making connections
Thu Jan 17, 2019 06:40
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Jeremy had, he thought, made a pretty decent job of orientation. He had already made A Connection. Felipe De Matteo. Who was an heir. And gracious and polite, and just the sort of person Nathaniel probably thought he wasn’t capable of impressing but thought he ought to. So. That was great. Felipe was… great.

It was only, just ever so slightly, unfair. It was the story of his life, so far, that everyone else got to be special. Simon was special because he was the air, Sylvia was special because she was the girl, Nathaniel was special because he was the oldest boy in their family (and he was mother's favourite, however much she claimed not to have one). Now Jeremy had to deal with a friend who people were naturally going to think was important. He didn't want to end up just being "Felipe De Matteo's friend." He wanted to be noticed too. He deserved to be.

They arrived into the Cascade Hall. He had had it described, and even seen a couple of pictures in Nathaniel's photograph albums. It was different, seeing it for real. It was strange, seeing the water flow down the walls but not hearing it - you didn't think about that when you saw a photograph of it because, whilst you expected photographs to move, you expected them to be silent. The lack of noise had not been strange in a picture but was in real life. He watched Felipe dip his badge. Crotalus. Right. Jeremy was pretty confident of the way his own sorting would go, and that meant they were going to be roommates.Well. That was... excellent. That was really, really excellent.

When it was Jeremy's turn, he dipped his badge which turned, as he had predicted, turned red. With a rather self-satisfied smile, as if he had just made some great personal achievement, he set off for Crotalus table. He noticed there was another boy in his year. He hoped he wasn’t an heir too… In Simon’s room, they were all heirs. He could not be the only one in his dorm who wasn’t an heir. That would be so humiliating. There was also a girl. She was… probably fine. He didn’t really care. He just wanted to be not the only one who wasn’t an heir.

He opted not to sit with either of his cousins, because he did not want to look clannish, insteading taking a seat next to someone he knew to be respectable company. His brother had been able to tell him who all the decent sorts were, and who to avoid. The yearbook was very handy like that. There weren’t many undesirables in Crotalus, but there were a few, and it would pay to know who they were. Glancing around the table, he found that Felipe had not been so fortunate. He was talking to the half-veela. Oh, that was good. That was really, really good. Because it gave Jeremy something that Felipe De Matteo, heir and multilingual show-off, did not have. Jeremy had knowledge, and knowledge was power. If Felipe wanted to know who was who and avoid making that kind of mistake again, he would need Jeremy. The playing field had just levelled substantially. Deciding to further widen his advantage of already being connected, Jeremy turned to the person next to him.


“Good evening. I am Jeremy Mordue of the Oregon Mordues,” he introduced himself. Anyone who had ever noticed Nathaniel would be able to make a pretty decent guess as to which of the school’s resident Mordues Jeremy was most closely related to. They had the same lightly curling brown hair, the same greenish eyes (though often carrying starkly different expressions) and identical noses. Jeremy's face was a little thinner, but the structures were similar enough to achieve the effect that a miniature Nathaniel Mordue had just joined Crotalus. Something that Jeremy hoped was not about to be pointed out to him.

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