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There is still a plague though
Fri Jun 29, 2018 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. Hadn’t he wanted to go with Raine? He seemed kinda ambivalent. Or he was just putting on a brave face because discussing his tragic love life with a fat fifth year he barely knew was probably not high on his list of social goals for the year. It was surprisingly difficult to say which it was. Maybe it was the accent? Canadians did manage to make everything sound just slightly off.

Joe’s second comment amused her though. He sounded so serious and earnest. Almost like some fancy Pureblood boy. As he asked her to basically be his convenience date, because the girl he really liked (maybe) had turned him down. And the thing was, even though she knew she was a back up, even though she knew he was being deliberately silly because the whole situation was kinda ridiculous… it was still kinda nice. To hear someone talk about her doing the honour of accompanying them. Even if it was pretend fancy, it still felt fancy to her. Like when you put on a cheap ass tiara full of rhinestones - she’d never had, and probably never would have the real thing, and the cheap fake could still make you feel good because heck, you still looked more fabulous than when you had nothing at all.

“How flattering of your to ask, Mr. Umland,” she replied, a smile playing about her lips. A small part of her nagged, saying that he was using such a jokey style because it was her, not because of the situation, and that that made her the butt of his joke rather than a collaborator. But she tried to ignore it. And, even if it held a grain of truth, maybe playing along, being a good sport, was enough to get her through without being humiliated. “I would curtsey, but I appear to be wearing jeans. However, I would be most pleased to accompany you. I mean…” she shrugged, breaking character, “we do both have to do the prefect dance, after all,” she reasoned, wanting to… justify herself somehow.

  • 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 though — Georgia, Fri Jun 29 07:11
      • 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
        • Ooh, did you know....Georgia, Fri Jun 29 21:30
          (OOC - CW: Georgia’s views are deliberately a little bit blinkered and heteronormative, along with the language she uses, cos she’s a straight, sheltered teenage girl). This definitely could be... more
          • I did not, thanks for saying Joe, Fri Jun 29 22:15
            People coupling up. People did that, didn’t they? Joe had never really thought about it, but of course people would do that – the fact that the Ball was seared into his memory as a source of... more
            • Is this information.... useful to you?Georgia, Fri Jun 29 23:02
              “Right, sounds good,” she nodded. She really should not have said anything about Kir, because Joe was rambling and she’d clearly made him uncomfortable, although she wasn’t sure why. Maybe he wasn’t... more
              • “That’s good of you,” said Joe when Georgia defended herself against an accusation of homophobia which he hadn’t actually made. “It’s usually best just to leave people’s private lives to them.” God... more
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