Gee, it’s good to be together again
Sun Jun 1, 2014 19:11

Logan had gotten the same impression from everyone at home. Celeste, Lia, Hyana, all nine of the Mattingly brothers, even his parents… the message was unequivocal. You need to take care of Grace. Because she’d failed a year and they didn’t want her kicked out of school forever—and Logan got that, he knew it was important Grace graduate at least, even though she seemed hell-bent on flunking again—and he was the only one there, so everything was up to him in terms of making sure she passed.

For a sixteen-year-old, that was a lot.

And Logan was genuinely trying. He offered to help her study, but Grace didn’t want to study. (Logan didn’t want to study either, but he wanted good grades badly enough to force himself to study sometimes.) When she was in the Common Room, he couldn’t do anything to get her out, so she could always dodge him. He’d left some of his own study guides on her desk, but they didn’t seem to be helping. Short of actually signing his answers across the room to her—which he had considered, but dismissed as too conspicuous—Logan had done everything in his power to help.

The only person who didn’t seem to think he needed to help Grace was John. “She’ll do work if she wants to do work,” he said with a shrug. “If she doesn’t, you can’t make her. You don’t have to make sure she does well.”

Logan thought this was big talk coming from someone who was trying to do for Lia what everyone wanted Logan to do for Grace, but he didn’t tell John that. Lia seemed to be feeling better. Logan wasn’t making much progress with Grace.

He nodded to answer her question, still playing. Once he had finished the song, the Lyra leaned the harp away from his shoulder, freeing both hands to reply. “I couldn’t tell it was gross when I left,” he signed, glad at least to have someone who didn’t need everything spelled out for them. “Not my fault you can’t see weather from the Common Room. When your instrument weighs twenty-one pounds you want to make the most of bringing it all the way here.” Logan leaned forward on his stool to check the upturned hat. “Looks like I made something, so it’s not a total wash.”

  • Looks Like I'm Back (?)Grace Sanford-Kamiya, Sun Jun 1 12:25
    So it wasn’t that Grace expected something different after she was held back for a year. She didn’t even know that that was something RMI did. No one mentioned it happening before, but apparently her ... more
    • Gee, it’s good to be together again — Logan, Sun Jun 1 19:11
      • Grace flipped through the pages, as though she could read sheet music, like it really fascinated her. She didn’t recognize much, except a few titles here and there. It had to be a book of Celtic... more
        • Best news I’ve had all dayLogan, Tue Jun 3 16:35
          Logan pulled the harp onto its back legs again and started to play Danny Boy , adding occasional ornamentation with his left hand. People liked the song—sometimes they cried, and when people felt all ... more
          • It's the simple things in lifeGrace, Tue Jun 3 20:20
            Grace hummed along with the familiar Danny Boy as Logan played. Her humming was less off key than her actual singing. It was sad, really. If Grace was anywhere close to decent, she and Logan could be ... more
            • Tis a gift to be simpleLogan, Fri Jun 6 19:37
              Logan spent most of his life being steered by women. When it wasn’t Celeste and Lia and Savannah in Boston and New York, it was Charline and Grace at RMI. Almost surprisingly, his mother was the... more
              • Tis a gift to be free?Grace, Sat Jun 7 22:59
                Grace patiently waited for the answer to her question. Sometimes, due to the sign language thing and the need for a free hand, their conversations had a slowness to them. It didn’t bother her, which... more
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