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Tue Jun 5, 2018 07:11

Joe snapped out of it on getting her note and Georgia pretended to return to her Charms essay, because she didn’t want to get caught staring right back. And because, now that she wasn’t being stared at, there were no more distractions. Except for surreptitiously watching Joe to see how he reacted, which was definitely far more interesting than her work. He seemed to just be looking a bit awkward and then returning to his work though, and Georgia actually made an effort to read the sentence she had read about three times already, only with a vow to concentrate enough this time to actually notice what it said. She was trying to work on Professor Wright’s essay about mood charms vs mood potions, and which was more effective. These were to be argumentative essays with sources. The trouble was, the source material just seemed to waffle on without reaching any real conclusions, and the Potions textbooks only gave passing mention to the Charms, and vice versa. Did she need like… a medical textbook or something to find the answer to this? She wondered if it was cheating to ask the Healer. Did the healer even do this sort of thing, or were there like… Mind Wizards? She had never known much about the Muggle equivalents, only the stereotype of being stretched out on a couch, telling someone about your father and how he had caused all of your issues, and that they went around diagnosing ‘too many’ kids with ADHD and handing out Ritalin like it was candy. She wondered whether she had ADHD. She definitely couldn’t concentrate. What was the difference, she wondered, between ADHD and just… disliking homework?

She was pondering this when her piece of parchment returned, with the words ’Copy that, Earth, on it. She looked up, amused and relieved that Joe had got the reference, expecting to exchange a smile or something and then both go back to being tormented by their essays. Joe though, after a moment, made his way over to her instead.

She was a bit surprised by his apology, both because it sounded literally kinda odd the first time he said the word, but also because an apology didn’t really seem necessary to her. They all spaced out sometimes, and she knew he hadn’t meant anything by it. But she supposed that was part of being the house of friendly co-operation. And, she remembered, Joe was Canadian. Which explained both the odd pronunciation and the over apologising. Wow - Canadian and Teppenpaw. He was probably doomed to perpetual overpoliteness. Although, she wondered, did Canadians just always end up in Tepp? Was there any such thing as a non-Teppenpawish Canadian?

“It’s ok,” she assured him, “I guessed that, more or less. And trust me, Professor Wright’s demands for sources are bothering me a lot more than you did,” she smiled. “I’m not even going to ask what sixth year homework entails. Though it surely can’t be anything too important, because we’ve been roundly assured that the CATS are the absolute defining moment of our lives. They’re not lying to us, are they?” she asked in a tone of mock scandal.

  • Joe did not even realize precisely how out of touch with his surroundings he was until a piece of paper flew into his lap and bounced off his hand. He jumped, blinked repeatedly, and then realized it ... more
    • That works too — Georgia, Tue Jun 5 07:11
      • Excellent.Joe, Tue Jun 5 14:31
        Joe bit his lip and looked back and forth, as though checking for listeners. “Don’t quote me on this - and maybe they don’t even know it - “ he began in a lowered voice - “but I’ve seen a few cases... more
        • “Darn…. That somehow doesn’t give me the liberating feeling I thought it might that I can screw up without it mattering too much. It just feels like I have to do well on this and then keep not... more
          • That, and possibly a bit more.Joe, Thu Jun 7 12:55
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            • “Ooh, how about screwing up but then bluffing your way through it? I guess there’s also ‘trying to pass the blame’ but that doesn’t work so well when you’re an only child so I’ve never had much... more
              • “Siblings do help,” agreed Joe when Georgia explained why passing the blame didn’t often work for her. “Of course, with mine, it usually was John’s fault, or Paul’s, so I didn’t so much have to pass... more
                • Worst case scenario...Georgia, Tue Jun 12 06:01
                  He wasn’t going with Raine. She supposed that should technically count as good news. But clearly he had wanted to. This hadn’t exactly been a scenario Georgia had pictured herself dealing with. She... more
                  • Joe honestly didn’t know if he’d really wanted to go to the Ball with Raine – it was all complicated, as were most things involving non-familial female people these days, the one curious exception... more
                    • There is still a plague thoughGeorgia, Fri Jun 29 07:11
                      She wasn’t sure whether he really meant his first remark. Well, ok, she was pretty sure he would survive. But he seemed to brush the thing off so casually, and she wasn’t sure if that was real.... more
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