Really? What's not to like?
Sat Aug 11, 2018 22:50

“Oh. Ok,” Ness nodded, with a slight curious hesitation as Evelyn revealed that the nickname was something only Malikhi used. The hesitation was because, like with most things, a bunch of follow up questions had suggested themselves (How come? And did Evelyn like being called that by him? And did she call him something different too?) and Ness was trying to decide whether to voice any of them, but they were in class and it was less important than what they were supposed to be doing, so with a shrug the subject was dropped and Ness returned to the paper in front of her.

Ness wasn’t sure why Evelyn had giggled over the answer to the triangular buttons question, but everyone seemed to just be getting their heads down and working quietly, and Ness felt reassured. Evelyn was kind of insecure, and had maybe just needed a little encouragement to confirm that she was on the right lines. And even Malikhi was putting pen to parchment, which definitely earnt him a tick in favour of using his real name and not ‘Pecari Slime Boy.’ Ness smiled, turning back to the task at hand, and feeling very happy with the whole thing. Quiet companionable working was definitely how the Aladren had pictured a good class going.

After a couple of minutes scribbling, and when everyone seemed to have more or less stopped, Ness broke the silence.

“So… I guess we can all say what we’re aiming for and how it’s similar and different than our pebbles?” Talking it through hadn’t been a mandatory part of the assignment, but Evelyn had seemed to want to, and Ness supposed that talking through their plans would help with their visualising, so it was probably a good idea. “My pebble is broadly round, which is the same basic shape as a button - well, most buttons, buttons are kinda like people and can be however they want to be,” Ness added, with a smile at both Malikhi, because his button was determined to go against the grain and at Evelyn because she would appreciate the thoroughly gay subtext of that remark, “though the button will be thinner - have less overall depth - than the pebble, and also flatter, in that it won’t curve as prominently. I will aim for a slightly convex button rather than type that has an indent in the centre so that it more closely mirrors the shape of the pebble. I will also need to create holes. I will aim for four holes - some buttons do have only two which would be less energy in terms of the transformation, but I find it harder to picture, my brain defaults to four, so I think the ease of visualisation will balance it out. For now, I will aim to keep the same colour. The main thing that will have to change is the material, as my button will be plastic. So, if I rank the main features in order, colour is the easiest as it’s the same, shape is in the middle as there are some similarities and differences, and material is the biggest change because it has to change entirely. One is natural, and one is man-made so that doesn’t help me, and I am going to try to keep that difference out of my mind, as it’s not something I need to consciously change, but as it’s a difference rather than a similarity, it will hinder rather than help me if I think about it too much. It’s good to say it all out loud,” Ness confirmed to Evelyn, as Ness regarded it as the Pecari’s idea to have done so, and waited expectantly for Evelyn and Malikhi to share their thoughts before they all began the practical.

  • I am not enjoying myselfMalikhi Hill, Pecari, Sat Aug 11 16:04
    Malikhi kept his eyes firmly fixed on his paper, his hair falling round his face as he scowled. If he'd have stared hard enough at his paper, there was possibly a chance that it would catch fire. He... more
    • Really? What's not to like? — Ness, Sat Aug 11 22:50
      • I've done it all wrong!Evelyn Stones, Sun Aug 12 01:38
        Upon hearing Ness' thoughts on their task, Evelyn was convinced she'd done it all wrong. She really did care about her relationship with these two, though, so there was no room for lying about it. "I ... more
        • Everybody thinks differently. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Aug 12 15:33
          Malikhi couldn't help but smile as Evelyn rattled through her thoughts and explanations. Somehow, it was just so Evelyn . She was somehow seeing beyond just the button and delved deeper, into the... more
          • And some are buttholesNess, Mon Aug 13 07:10
            “Different strokes for different folks,” Ness agreed with a cheery smile at Malikhi, “Unless the person’s “perspective” involves denying other people their basic human rights. Then it’s not really a... more
            • GroooossEvelyn Stones, Tue Aug 14 22:39
              Evelyn breathed a sigh of relief and managed to stay relaxed as Ness spoke. Seeing Ness and Malikhi get along fairly well and each be friendly to the other made Evelyn's heart swell, and Ness'... more
              • Uh, Professor? It's a bit wet over here (tag Prof. Skies)Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Tue Aug 14 22:52
                Malikhi had been eagerly awaiting his turn to try the spell, so much so that he'd hardly paid attention to Evelyn's casting until it was too late. He just caught a glimpse of her pebble changing... more
                • Right... It's wet, not hilariousNess McLeod, DH Skies, Sat Aug 18 06:32
                  Ness did not think the lesson was going quite so well any more. It had been a lot better when they were all just writing things down because that part was easy. The theory made complete sense... more
                  • It's awful!Evelyn Stones, Sat Aug 18 14:49
                    In that moment, Evelyn might have died. She wished she could, although she wasn't sure that sounded much better. Maybe she just wished to vanish into a poof of smoke that everyone thought was totally ... more
                    • I was just... forget it. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sat Aug 18 15:24
                      Malikhi was torn between being embarrassed because of being told off by Professor Skies, angry at Ness because he hadn't been speaking to her nor asked for her stupid stuck-up opinions and Evelyn... more
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