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You can only expect so much of mere mortals.
Mon Jun 11, 2018 16:54

“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 the blame as decide whether or not I would take one for the team.”

The approval and gratitude of one’s older siblings was a heady thing, after all, when one was seven or eight - and, besides, the youngest, able to charm his way out of most punishment. What would have been disrespect in one of the older ones was sometimes indulgently passed off as precociousness in him. Not much - his parents weren’t like that - but sometimes, just as John sometimes got away with things on the implicit understanding (somewhat incorrect - but even Joe and the others couldn’t say for sure when it was the case and when not, so how should Mom and Dad do so?) that he couldn’t help it - that the undesired behavior had been the result of some defect of nature, not deliberate willfulness.

“Yeah, something like that,” said Joe. “Though on the bright side, that makes it really easy to ignore the Pecaris.”

Joe tipped an imaginary hat to Georgia when she thanked him for outlining her essay for her. “Any time,” he said. He and John typically disagreed sharply on matters related to school, but Joe did agree with his brother on the subject of class essays - after someone mastered the basics of rhetorical writing, they were basically useless, their function equally well but more quickly filled by taking notes. Extra effort was needed for theory essays, but ethics just required a little flowery wording. He nodded to the comment about his mother. “She’s the best,” he agreed.

”I guess I should let you get back to your homework,” said Georgia, and Joe took that as a hint that he had overstayed his welcome. Rising, he was therefore surprised to hear her suddenly babbling about his (nonexistent) girlfriend.

“No,” he said when this rounded off in a question. “Raine - well, I thought of it, but she doesn’t like the whole prefect dance idea, so - “ Joe shrugged, realizing it had been a long time since he had even thought about the prefect dance, or the Ball at all. In all the hubbub of everyone being ill and keeping up with his studies and writing back and forth home and obsessing over his family’s ability to function without him at Christmas, the event had simply fallen off his internal radar. “How about you?” he asked.

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    • You can only expect so much of mere mortals. — Joe, Mon Jun 11 16:54
      • Worst case scenario...Georgia, Tue Jun 12 06:01
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