And a scary topic of conversation
Wed Aug 8, 2018 06:02

“That sounds great,” Ness agreed with enthusiasm, when Evelyn talked about them all sitting together in class. Malakhi was probably okay, If Evelyn thought he was, but more than that, Ness just felt reassured by having people to sit with. The thought of walking into class and no one wanting you was not a pleasant one, and – having never exactly been popular – was one that had definitely occurred. “I can’t wait for our first classes!” And it was nice to have a friend it felt safe admitting that to. One who wanted to study just as much, and didn’t think good grades were ‘lame’ or ‘uncool.’

“Wow! That’s so great! What changed your mind?” Ness asked, when Evelyn talked about signing up for Quidditch. They already had a bunch in common but if they both made the team, that would be even better. Between that and pulling secrets out of a hat, it seemed they would get to spend all their time together. Ness laughed at the image of the big hat, wondering what shocking revelations it could come out with.

“Right! Exactly!” Ness agreed emphatically, when Evelyn was one hundred percent behind all the reasons why Topaz was a terrible person. For all the confidence on the surface, there was really a lot of relief, deep down inside. “Thanks for being on my side,” Ness added, in a much more serious and sincere tone, “I mean, I thought that her behaviour was pretty out there but like… it still means a lot. It’s nice… not being on your own when you have a problem. Or like, in general.”

Speaking of problems... Ness nodded, and gave Evelyn full and serious attention when she asked if she could share a problem. Ness listened, torn between confusion and concern. She knew exactly what the answer was to not nice adults. But she was surprised at Evelyn’s suggestion that her parents fitted into that category. How bad was ‘not nice’?

“You should tell a grown up who is nice to you,” Ness answered, “And… you shouldn’t worry about other people finding out, because if someone’s not being nice to you, it’s not you that’s at fault, so you have nothing to be ashamed of.” It felt a little bit weird and scary to be saying all of this out loud. The responses were good and they were right – that much was certain. And Ness had often imagined bringing rescue cases to the foundation, saving people from terrible fates. It was a bit different though, when it seemed to be really happening. Or not. Maybe Evelyn wasn’t talking about anything that serious. Just… parents getting mad about grades and stuff. Nagging and grounding. That kind of thing. “Not nice in what way?” Ness asked with concern.

  • In a big awesome libraryEvelyn Stones, Pecari, Tue Aug 7 19:54
    "I'd love cake! And breakfast! That sounds wonderful," Evelyn laughed. It was so easy to laugh with Ness, and she hoped this wasn't just a week one thing. "I did try to coordinate a bit, it's true,"... more
    • And a scary topic of conversation — Ness, Wed Aug 8 06:02
      • The scariest.Evelyn Stones, Wed Aug 8 10:32
        Sitting as close as she was with Ness, everything that had been bothering Evelyn suddenly seemed so much less important. She felt silly for worrying about her parents when she was at Sonora and not... more
        • We rescue professionally Ness, Fri Aug 10 08:39
          “Yeah, I bet she’s nice,” Ness nodded, when Evelyn suggested talking to Professor Carter, “I mean, that’s what they always tell us - if you have a problem, go to a teacher. I bet they’ve heard... more
          • I probably need it.Evelyn Stones, Fri Aug 10 17:09
            Evelyn was surprised by the wave of feelings that came with Ness' offer, and she blinked to hold it all back. She wasn't actually sure if she'd be welcome home. She'd probably be allowed home, but... more
            • And then we party with drag queensNess, Sun Aug 12 02:58
              It made Ness really sad to know that Evelyn missed the area around her home more than home itself. Ness knew, from what the McLeod family did, that there were some people with really, really crappy... more
              • Well in that case!Evelyn Stones, Sun Aug 12 03:14
                Evelyn wasn't sure how much she could get into lip synching herself, but watching drag queens at a disco something or other do it sounded amazing. And rooming with Ness for two weeks? She wondered a... more
                • Consensual cuddle?Ness, Sun Aug 12 05:57
                  “I’ve never had a friend like you before,” Ness smiled, “Someone who likes that I’m odd and just… well, that really. Likes me for being me.” Evelyn seemed settled on coming to stay with them for the... more
                  • I should've asked!Evelyn Stones, Mon Aug 13 01:50
                    Evelyn frowned and tried not to tremble. She hated to think that her life was so different or unacceptable, and she hated to think what would happen to her little family if she told an adult. But she ... more
                    • It's ok. It's all ok or better. Ness, Wed Aug 15 08:26
                      “That’s ok,” Ness assured Evelyn, when she retreated and apologised. Evelyn came from a house where people hit other people. Ness was going to go out on a limb and guess that bodily autonomy was not... more
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