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Been there, done that
Tue Mar 6, 2018 06:42

“Wow, your sister’s husband sounds fancy,” Raine commented, entirely neutrally. She had never thought much about whether Joe’s family had money. She suspected they had more than hers because most people’s did, and that was just something she was used to. Her family technically wasn’t poor, in that they owned a fairly decent business, in some senses, but all their money was tied up in it. They didn’t have assets or disposal income in heaps. But she hadn’t ever really thought about how much more money Joe might have than her because ultimately it didn’t really matter. First and foremost, it didn’t matter because other things mattered more. Joe was nice. If he was rich, it hadn’t made him into a snob, so why resent him having money? It wouldn’t make her any richer, and anyway jealousy was an ugly emotion that was bad for the soul. And her family had enough to live on, whilst others didn’t, so what right did she have to complain? Maybe if she had coveted holidays in France she would have been jealous now, but she didn’t really care whether she ever got to go there or not. “How was it?” she asked, polite and curious, because Joe was her friend and she hoped he had had a good holiday, not because she was dying to hear tales of the wonders of some far flung land. She was sure France was fine, if you were into it, but she was fairly sure she wasn’t.

“Ok, sure,” she laughed and nodded, when Joe offered to put her in charge of being reasonable if there was ever a conspiracy. She wasn’t entirely sure what that meant, but she had long ago learnt how to hide her ignorance, and when it was safe to just smile, laugh and agree. Joe was saying something broadly nice, he was laughing, she should just laugh along.

She planted a further seed without incident, strengthening her assumption that Joe had just got unlucky somehow.

  • And now I look foolish. - Joe, Mon Mar 5 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 ... more
    • Been there, done that - Raine, Tue Mar 6 06:42
      • It's not a club I wanted to join. - Joe, Wed Mar 7 14:34
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          • Oh? Well, that was helpful. In that vein, he also had some oceanfront property here in Arizona…. “With this ball thing coming up,” he elaborated. “I thought for sure they would cancel the prefect’s... more
            • “Oh. Right. I’d forgotten about that from last time,” Raine smiled sympathetically when Joe mentioned having to do the prefect dance. “It doesn’t seem like a lot of fun,” she added. She couldn’t... more
              • 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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