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The more the...merrier?
Tue Feb 27, 2018 13:06

“That’s a good point,” said Joe when Raine pointed out that it might not be the Pritcher’s Porritch’s own fault it was not very good at being alive, at least in the wild. John was always ranting about how some birds were getting rarer and rarer because of this and that, so it made sense that the same would apply to plants.

“I guess we’ll see with these,” he concluded.

He was momentarily distracted from the awkwardness by Raine putting the words ‘quite good’ and ‘exam results’ in the same sentence, enough that this news was met with a genuine smile. “Mine? Oh, pretty good - went on vacation with the family.” He felt extremely awkward mentioning that he had traveled around two countries with his sister and what, to a casual observer who didn’t realize they were her family, had probably looked like a retinue - at least to Raine. With Jozua, it was okay to chat about that, because Jozua was richer than Joe and also traveled abroad and whatnot. With Raine, Joe was afraid it would make him sound like some kind of, well, rich snob, like he was pretending to be something he wasn’t.

“I’m really glad yours was good,” he said. “Especially with the exams, like you said - I know you were worried about it a lot last year.” Which brought to mind the time she had suggested they ‘relax’ together and he had sort of panicked...nope, nope, nope, he did not want to think about that -

His planter shot up in the air, then came down and upended itself over his front. He jumped back from the table with a startled exclamation, trying to get the soil off as quickly as possible to both avoid stains and to ensure that the seeds which had been in the planter didn’t make contact with him - supposedly it was just minor skin irritation which would come from contact with the seeds, but he did not have enough robes to take chances with dangerous plants damaging them.

“O - okay, then,” he said unsteadily. “That was...I don’t know what that was. I didn’t know we were planting jumping beans today,” he tried to joke as he took out his wand, mouthed ‘sorry’ in Professor Xavier’s general direction, and began sweeping the potting soil into a mound. Should he just Vanish it, or were the seeds valuable enough that he should make a go at returning it to the planter? He started to run a hand through his hair but caught himself in time, remembering his gloves. “If these things do that when you try to plant them, though, I think it makes a little more sense that they’re rare - but I don’t think it was supposed to do that, do you?”

  • Make that two - Raine, Tue Feb 27 06:24
    Raine’s spirits dropped slightly as Joe pointed out how likely to die all their plants were. She supposed it made sense… If something was rare… Perhaps? But there were lots of things that were... more
    • The more the...merrier? - Joe, Tue Feb 27 13:06
      • Yay - Raine, Fri Mar 2 08:42
        Good point. Joe had just told her that she had made a good point. Raine smiled into her plant pots. “Sounds nice,” she commented cheerily, when he talked about having vacation. She spent most of her... more
        • And now I look foolish. - Joe, Mon Mar 5 21:26
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          • Been there, done that - Raine, Tue Mar 6 06:42
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                    • What about putting both feet in it? - Joe, Wed Mar 21 21:58
                      Well, that was clear enough. I’d die of embarrassment if that was me. No room for ambiguity, anyway. Joe supposed that was a good thing. Ambiguity had been the source of some of the awkwardness last... more
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