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Professor Wright
Well, you may notice a tendency to make scenes for a bit....
Mon Feb 5, 2018 23:23

Gray was rather glad Jozua appeared to be attempting to sink into the floor (thankfully in non-literal fashion – Gray suspected Selina and housekeeping would be equally displeased in that case) when the fifth year answered the question. Ask an honest question and get an honest answer – Gray should have learned that one from just watching his cousin and her toddler, and he had to suppress a smile at the response.

The follow-up was something that did not amuse much at all, though. It was, in fact, very concerning, given the current situation. ”I don’t know what’s going on.” Those were not good words. They made it sound a lot less like Jozua and Lily had gotten into some minor argument which had gotten out of hand.

“Could be,” he agreed non-committally when Jozua asked if it was a ‘puberty thing.’ Gray really couldn’t speak on the subject with any authority; his own adolescence had been curiously uneventful in that way. This was one of the things which had first clued him in to the fact that it wasn’t going quite the way he had gathered it was supposed to, though at the time he’d just been glad of the fact, as the whole thing everyone else had been doing had just seemed unpleasant. He hadn’t realized then that with those conveniences came eventually realizing that classmates at university thought it was exceedingly strange when he was uncomfortable with the very idea of hooking up with strangers at parties – later, that colleagues thought it was more and more strange, as they all got to know each other and form basic friendships, that he never mentioned conquests on Mondays – that eventually he’d happen to overhear his father awkwardly asking his mother if she thought there was something wrong with him – And, of course, the really good one, realizing that once his parents died, which in the course of nature they were almost sure to do, he was going to then spend the vast majority of the rest of his life alone aside from increasingly-more-and-more-distant-as-they-became-convinced-he-was-gay relationships with colleagues.

As he highly doubted Jozua was going to experience the same problem, however – Gray was not sure he had met anyone else with the same trait, unless that was the real origin of why Jera kept a traveling job and they’d written back and forth on a fairly regular basis for years – it wasn’t really a problem with any particular relevance to the current situation. Particularly when Jozua started babbling about the ball.

“I think Lily’s fine,” said Gray, beginning at the end because that was a simple point. “Though you might want to pick a different seat for the rest of class, and your next class,” he added just to be safe. He did not want Lily seeking revenge or Jozua, as he put it, ‘sparking out’ again at all, but if they had to, he’d rather one of his colleagues have the joy of dealing with it while praying the inmates weren’t trashing the asylum on the other side of the door. “About your other questions – were both of these accidents, both in class, or both with Lily, or anything in common like that?” he asked, as mildly as possible in the hopes of provoking an honest, non-panicked response. If it was class, it was possible there was a problem and Jozua didn’t even know it – and couldn’t be informed, circumstances being what they were – but if it was Lily, it was just one of those puberty and hormones and all things and he’d just hope they went to Rory and Daniel with their problem next time, as he thought those two seemed like fellows who’d be far more capable of answering this kind of question than he was.

  • Yeah, I got elected Patient Zero. Tell me about it.Jozua Sparks, Mon Feb 5 21:24
    Jozua, corridor. The command was simple and straightforward and utterly humiliating. But Jozua followed it because, well, he was a font of static charge that was snapping at everyone within five feet ... more
    • Well, you may notice a tendency to make scenes for a bit.... — Professor Wright, Mon Feb 5 23:23
      • Lily was fine. That was good. She'd backed off pretty quickly in surprise and looked more than a little horrified when she called him 'a bloody firework' but she hadn't been hurt, and that was the... more
        • Me, too, but you asked.Professor Wright, Tue Feb 6 21:53
          Gray thought he might have liked Jozua’s idea better than his own anyway, but the sparks which went off around the boy again, though less of a dramatic show than the first time, would have done a... more
    • I don't remember class ever being this interesting.Lily Spencer, Pecari, Mon Feb 5 23:18
      There was no euphemism Lily could think of for the way she'd been acting towards Jozua lately; just avoidance. It wasn't purposeful ; she just happened to be physically compelled to sit with other... more
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