Sun Jun 2, 2019 19:31

"None of that makes sense," Ness protested, as Evelyn went further into her mother's reasoning. Being a parent meant putting your kids first. It meant loving them unconditionally. They had a poster about how if you weren't able to accept that your kid might turn out gay or trans then you weren't ready to have a kid. Wasn't this the same? Evelyn's mom was supposed to love them both, and Ness had really thought she did, and it was just her dad that was the problem. The Aladren could understand her decision to leave - that was smart - but to abandon her kids? That sucked. That meant Evelyn had got stuck with two crappy parents instead of one, and that wasn't fair. "She shouldn't say stuff like that to you," Ness assured Evelyn. "And she shouldn't be doing this.

"O..k," Ness said hesitantly, when Evelyn essentially told her off for the remark about it getting sorted out. "Sorry?" It came out more as a question than a real apology. Because whilst Ness valued honesty, and should have recognised it as a good thing that Evelyn was saying what she felt, Ness was also the Aladren - the one who knew all the answers, who got it all right, and it hurt to be told that that wasn't the right answer, especially when it had been a problem that really mattered. "I just wanted to make you feel better." Because when in doubt, show your working. Sometimes there were points available for that.

"I... I don't think it works like that?" Ness hedged, when Evelyn seemed to imply that she was responsible for CJ. Ness was also pretty pissed to hear Evelyn's dad's feelings taken into consideration, because that was not necessary. Everything he had lost had been his own fault for being a crappy human being and Evelyn definitely didn't owe him anything. Ness was pretty sure those were all the right answers anyway, but apparently the Aladren no longer had a hundred percent record on that. Ness also kind of wanted to say that Evelyn's dad and CJ didn't matter, but that was a pretty horrible thing to think given that CJ was just a baby. And it wasn't like Ness wanted anything bad to happen or wouldn't feel horrible if it did, but it was just that Evelyn mattered more. Ness wasn't willing to sacrifice her for a stranger.

"Maybe we should talk to my mom?" Ness suggested.

  • You're welcome to try. Evelyn Stones, Sat Jun 1 01:32
    Evelyn accepted Ness' hug with a huff, partly out of resignation to the mess that was her life, and partly because she didn't expect the ferocity and kindness of that hug. It was comforting, and... more
    • Reparo! — Ness, Sun Jun 2 19:31
      • Hey, not too bad. Evelyn Stones, Sun Jun 2 19:45
        Evelyn nodded, agreeing. It hurt to agree. Everything hurt. She hated it, but it did feel a little better to hear that she wasn't crazy for being sad. She felt like she should probably be happy for... more
        • "Oh. Okay," Ness nodded, as Evelyn explained what she was doing. And that it was something Ness had taught her. That did make the Aladren feel better. "And yeah. That makes sense..." Ness agreed,... more
          • Spellotape would do it I think. Evelyn Stones, Tue Jun 4 00:20
            "Thank you," Evelyn said, sincerely relieved at having made herself clear, or clear enough. Still, she hated to see Ness look so down, especially when she knew it was her own fault. Why couldn't she... more
            • Sticking togetherNess, Wed Jun 5 20:11
              "That's fair," Ness nodded, as Evelyn explained how mad she was about everything, all the time (but not Ness). Ness had just said more or less the same thing, after all. Still, it was a little bit... more
              • Glue then?Evelyn Stones, Thu Jun 6 16:07
                Evelyn thought that Ness was one of the best humans in the whole world. If she had her way there would be statues and paintings made of the Aladren, all pointing to the obvious commitment to love and ... more
                • And special adult powersMarijke and Ness, Sat Jun 15 22:12
                  Marijke was planning to check in quickly with Ness, give some congratulations on Aladrenís performance, and then go and join Kir in order to meet The Girlfriend and her parents. However, Ness... more
                  • And mom hugs? Evelyn Stones, Mon Jun 17 15:58
                    Ness said "we." Ness wasn't sure what "we" were going to do. Evelyn wasn't sure either, but where there was a "we" there was a way, and she was suddenly more confident that everything would work out. ... more
                    • AbsolutelyMarijke, Wed Jun 19 20:19
                      "That's fine, it's your choice," Marijke reiterated gently, when Evelyn expressed a firm desire for Ness to stay. On the inside, she smiled, fairly confident they could say that was a genuine choice... more
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