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Choice in the matter would be a nice luxury
Fri Mar 9, 2018 20:52

Raine wasn’t quite sure what to make of Joe’s assessment of William. Firstly, she wasn’t sure that working for the government and having no self-esteem issues led automatically to being rich enough to holiday in France. Or, if it did, it was the ‘working for the government’ part that did it. She knew plenty of people who seemed to experience a zero on the self-doubt scale - Kyte and Dallas both sprang to mind - but she could hardly imagine either of them pushing off to far flung destinations over the summer. Still, as neither subject was anything she knew much about, she just sort of nodded and made ‘mm’ noises to indicate that she was listening. She wasn’t quite sure why Joe had mentioned William’s lack of self-esteem issues as such a defining factor either. Joe, with his easy good grades and shiny school badges, his easy way of talking to people and making friends, struck her as someone who couldn’t possibly have them either.

He seemed to have had a nice-ish time, though he didn’t make France sound very much more exciting than it had previously been in her head. She thought she would have liked the beach part the best, and enjoyed filling her time with swimming, though to Joe that seemed to just be a way of filling up the time than something he’d particularly liked, so she didn’t venture that opinion, and just made further “I’m still acknowledging what you’re saying” sounds. Although Raine had gradually become more talkative, especially with familiar people, she was still someone who tended towards the quiet. Her lack of many remarks in return to Joe were not unusual, and were simply indicative of her being unsure what more to say.

She turned her attention to her next seed. She was fumbling for the right page in the book about them when Joe made his comment about dancing. She had no idea why he’d have wanted to spend his summer dancing, and Raine wasn’t someone who liked to showcase her ignorance or lack of understanding when it was avoidable. After all, it was unavoidable often enough that she had to take advantage of not looking like an idiot when she could. It worked better in group conversations, where she could just keep quiet and hope the conversation wound back round to something she could join in with, but one to one she still tried as best she could to gloss past such moments.

“Oh?” was all the comment she gave his dancing comment, figuring he could explain further if he wanted to, still flicking through pages in her book.

  • It's not a club I wanted to join. - Joe, Wed Mar 7 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... more
    • Choice in the matter would be a nice luxury - Raine, Fri Mar 9 20:52
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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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