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Tue Jun 5, 2018 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 where it really wasn’t.”

Julian, after all, could have as easily quit school for all the good it had done her, that Joe could see - most of the stuff she actually needed to know involved maths - but she was doing pretty well for herself. John, the sibling everyone had always clucked over about how he could do anything he wanted with his life, did use his education - one of his financial aid jobs involved the tutoring center, about which he wrote surprisingly hilarious letters which Joe was nevertheless sometimes wary about keeping, as he was afraid some of the more animated passages might look really bad if John ever ended up on trial for...anything - but it was impossible to claim that he was the best off of them at this point. Only their eldest brother, Stephen, followed the normal progression; Paul, as a Squib, hadn’t had a magical education and therefore was not very useful for purposes of comparison.

He straightened up from how he had leaned slightly forward to impart this bombshell to Georgia and relaxed into a more normal posture and tone of voice. “Sixth year’s not really that much worse, though,” he assured. “And you’re not the bottom of the prefect heap anymore, either, so you don’t have the rest of us passing off stuff we’d rather not to do to you all the time,” he joked. “What’s Wright got you working on?”

  • That works tooGeorgia, Tue Jun 5 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... more
    • Excellent. — Joe, Tue Jun 5 14:31
      • “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
          “Actually I think it can be either that or a lot of screwing things up and then hoping nobody notices, but your way is probably better if you can pull it off,” observed Joe after Georgia hypothesized ... more
          • “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
                    • I’ll take my chances.Joe, Fri Jun 29 19:15
                      Georgia was, it had to be said, not his type physically – at least to the extent he was aware of having one. If he was quite honest, the things that popped to mind when he thought of specifics were... more
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