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It's not a club I wanted to join.
Wed Mar 7, 2018 14:34

Joe shrugged at the assessment of William, glad that he had apparently successfully been able to deflect blame from his family and onto his brother-in-law. “Yeah,” said Joe. “He works for the government and has no problems with self-esteem whatsoever that I can tell.” He had concluded that this, ultimately, was what made John and to a lesser extent Joe himself want to punch William in the face so often: every time he smiled, the expression seemed to suggest not so much friendliness as amusement with everyone around him, as though they were all not-particularly-bright children. Joe supposed it was fair enough - William was twelve years Joe’s senior, which meant that William had been of age when Joe had still been proud of himself for recognizing his ABCs, a time period during which John had routinely spent evenings whacking Joe about the head with plastic swords - but it was not welcome or appreciated behavior.

“France was...French. Paris wasn’t too bad, there was interesting stuff to look at there even if I didn’t understand any of the words, but then we ended up at the beach and there wasn’t much to do - for me, anyway.” he amended. “I went swimming a lot.”

This was not untrue at all. He’d done that. A lot. He’d also spent more than his fair share of time thinking about girls - both the ones immediately in front of him and in general - but one didn’t just say that, did one? Of course, her brother was remarkably matter-of-fact about the whole matter, which he was now reminded of, but - damn it, he was not going to think about Raine in a crop top again, they had just started having a conversation like people again.

“Now I kind of regret it - apparently I should have looked for dance lessons instead,” he said, tentatively floating a current problem instead of dwelling on old ones.

He examined his next seed carefully before doing anything with it, but it did not explode, so he cautiously put it in dirt, waited a moment before covering it over, and then eyed it cautiously for a moment later before saying, “whew. I guess this is one of the correct seeds for today, or else it’s someone else’s turn to have bad luck.” He worked quietly for a moment without further incident.

  • 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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          • “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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