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And now I look foolish.
Mon Mar 5, 2018 21:26

Oh, dear. Now he had to either sound like a jetsetter or lie. Lying was bad when unnecessary. “My sister’s husband decided to take her to France for their anniversary, and Julian decided to invite me and Mom and Dad and John to come along,” he said, trying to make it sound as casual as possible. “It was really cool, I enjoyed it - but I had no idea what anyone was saying.” That was true. Mom had tried to teach them French, but Paul was the only one, staying at home, who’d had the opportunity to gain any real skill in it. Joe could probably not die on his own in Quebec, could acquire food and lodging, but it would be a challenge, especially if there was more talking or listening than puzzling out signs.

Raine sounded very sure in her assessment of Professor Xavier’s character, and Joe had to admit that he had no real reason to suspect she was wrong. Plus, nobody else had a plant exploding all over them. Just him. And teachers, being adults, didn't pull pranks on individuals, and how could someone else have set it up? Raine's explanation made much more sense. Raine, for someone who had nearly had a breakdown last year over academics, was being remarkably good at sounding smarter than him this class....

“Maybe you’re right,” said Joe, glumly brushing more dirt off his robes - how did the stuff spread so widely so quickly? “Again,” he added with a smile that wasn’t entirely forced. “If I’m ever in charge of something, remind me to ask you to come on staff to say reasonable stuff when I think everything’s a conspiracy,” he joked.

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    • And now I look foolish. - Joe, Mon Mar 5 21:26
      • Been there, done that - Raine, Tue Mar 6 06:42
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        • It's not a club I wanted to join. - Joe, Wed Mar 7 14:34
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                • What about putting both feet in it? - Joe, Wed Mar 21 21:58
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