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It took me far too long to figure that one out.
Wed Sep 27, 2017 13:04

Joe was not - altogether - unfamiliar with being yelled at. When Stephen and Paul had been teenagers, they had bellowed at him to leave them alone often enough, and John's immaturity had always been such that he and Joe had generally always dealt with each other as equals. Even Julian had lost her patience with him in noisy fashion a few times - it was an occupational hazard of being one of five kids in a house built for a family with, at most, two kids and a cat. Being the youngest by a fair margin meant he was not as accustomed to being yelled at as maybe the older ones were, but it was not something to utterly startle him under most circumstances.

Raine Collindale snapping at him was not exactly most circumstances. Joe supposed he must have had a really stupid look on his face in response, because Raines next word was an apology.

Its okay, said Joe cautiously. I just meant - this one here barely looks like grass, so I guessed it would be easy to pick out its picture in the book.

Instinct said to promptly flee because Raine was clearly Not Happy today and he - as close to a polar opposite to her as he thought someone could be when they had both been Sorted into the same House - was probably not the person in the room best equipped to help her with that. Manners, however, and the traits he supposed had put him in Teppenpaw, dictated otherwise. He began to wonder for a moment of his suddenly improved fortunes had somehow brought a curse on everyone else in the House, but then realized this was kind of stupid.

Im sorry if I sounded obnoxious, he said. I know how that is - every time John tries to convince us he didnt even study for his CATS, I kind of want to jinx him, and one time our sister did. He paused, trying to figure out if asking if she was okay would make him a jerk or if not asking if she was okay would make him a jerk. Not that Im suggesting you follow her example, he joked instead, unable to reach a timely conclusion.

  • Pretty sure one of them is a very famous type of straw... - Raine Collindale, Teppenpaw, Wed Sep 27 00:42
    Raine took her quiz back from Professor Xavier, trying to tune out the positive feedback that the preceding two students received. They got excellent and very good. She merely got And heres yours.... more
    • It took me far too long to figure that one out. - Joe, Wed Sep 27 13:04
      • Raine actually took a glance over the grass in front of them. Part of her sort of saw Joes point but it was still hard to let that filter through the blind fog of panic that said she was too stupid... more
        • Looks like it, yeah. - Joe, Sun Oct 8 14:49
          Well, Raine was clearly not okay, but knowing this proved less helpful than Joe could have hoped. He still, for instance, had no idea what to do to fix the problem. The last time hed been party to a ... more
          • No. I mean, sort of. But its not just the test, Raine tried to explain. It wasnt the test, or Joe or Professor Xavier or anyone or anything elses fault that she was thick. Its me I cant do... more
            • Whatever works, I guess? - Joe, Sun Oct 22 10:16
              That it wasnt just the test sparking a near-breakdown was, Joe thought, a simple enough concept to grasp it rarely was, he thought, ever really just one thing, even if one thing was the thing that ... more
              • I just need some way to unwind... - Raine, Sun Oct 22 11:57
                Raine watched Joes little note wing its way to the Professor. It was not met immediately with rage at their sheer presumption and the barring of the greenhouse door. Again, this was difficult to... more
                • Professor Xavier was a concern, but not a large one, really. The Head of Teppenpaw was mild-mannered - the sort of person Joe tended to assume would not strongly oppose anything remotely reasonable... more
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