Some would say To Hell with you
Mon Oct 1, 2018 05:12

Georgina would confess that Fell docking House points was a surprise - she’d assumed he was all talk and pompous moustache - but the far more delightful discovery was that he used his hand to air quote. Gigi had to discreetly bite her lip to prevent her glee making itself apparent on her face. She was going to air quote everything from now on in his honour. Just one handed, when quoting a person’s own words back to them, just like Fell had done. This was fantastic! The first year could get days, if not weeks, of entertainment out of this.

The matter of the lost House points didn’t phase her at all. It was, in her opinion, a very strange way to try and enforce desirable behaviour in students, as it assumed that the students would give a shit about over whose bonfire an enormous dreamcatcher would hover during feasts. Gigi was definitely not going to be kept awake at night by the knowledge that her own House might lose out on that pointless accolade. Besides, in around an hour she would relay this whole episode to Rob during beginner’s potions class, and might even earn the points back again. Ten points awarded for sassing Fell and ten further points for sending paper frogs hopping to Rob’s sproglets didn’t stretch Gigi’s imagination too far.

Fell suggested that should Gigi be wearing a suit, rather than skinny jeans and a crop top, he might consider her lack of robes to be more acceptable. The first year doubted the sincerity of this assertion, and was very tempted to acquire a suit to test this theory. However, as she began to extract her robes from her bag at his demand, lamenting that Lady Godiva was still in Aquila and therefore unavailable to run up Fell’s trousers leg, a different idea occurred to Gigi. “Forgive my frankness, Sir, but it’s difficult for me to believe ‘business attire’,” she used the one-handed air quote, elated that an opportunity had presented itself so soon, “would make a difference.” Gigi slid her arms into the robes that, despite being crushed in her bag, were as free of creases as if they had just been pressed, thanks to the never-crease charm her Dad had applied to her uniform.

“You see, you look smart as a pin, and of course the Headmaster is always very presentable, but I’m a first year girl,” she said, wide eyed, as if the point were already obvious. But as she suspected he was missing it entirely, Georgina continued to explain. “All the Heads of Houses are men, my Headmasters are both men, and it hasn’t escaped my attention that the supporting staff - librarian, groundskeeper - are all women.” She added a hint of blame into her voice at the end of the last sentence, as if Fell was personally responsible for all these staffing decisions she knew had been made before his employment at RMI had begun. “So what I’m saying is, if I’m just going to end up a groundskeeper or librarian, what the crap does it matter what I wear?”

  • Some would say otherwise - Deputy Headmaster Fell, Sun Sep 30 19:11
    As always when forced to acknowledge the existence of poorly behaved children (an unfortunately frequent occurrence since his arrival at RMI, though hopefully his efforts not to simply ignore them... more
    • Some would say To Hell with you - Gigi, Mon Oct 1 05:12
      • Fortunately, I do not have to listen - Deputy Headmaster Fell, Thu Oct 4 21:13
        Had he been asked he would have denied, if untruthfully so, a moment of surprise mingled with disappointment when the girl began to agreeably pull on her robes. Both emotions were short-lived: the... more
        • Fortunately, neither do I - Gigi, Mon Oct 15 16:43
          Of course Fell would bring up the Aussie and the medic, and totally gloss over her point about all six senior staff roles being held by men. She only refrained from rolling her eyes because grown ups ... more
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