I tried, and therefore no one should criticize me
Sun Oct 15, 2017 14:02

Nolan had been prepared to saunter off down the corridor when the other student apologized to him. He didn’t get it. What was she apologizing for, dropping her stuff? Not like gravity was her fault.

He opened his mouth to wave off the apology, but she kept talking. Oh. Well, he could understand wanting to do things for yourself. He was like that at home; he'd rather muck out Quint’s stable himself than have someone else do it. It was his job to take care of Quint, and someone else would probably do it wrong anyway. Nolan wouldn’t say he was an especially hard worker—not when it came to school, at least—he’d always done all right at home, although the teachers at RMI were stricter in a lot of ways—but he could work hard for stuff that really mattered to him. His horse was at the top of that list.

Also he was pretty sure that doing something nice for someone else didn’t equal a debt. Favors, sure—if you did someone a favor, you could call in a favor from them later. That was how it worked. But Nolan was just offering to help with the bag out if niceness. He was being, like, neighborly. What kind of jerk did a nice thing and then immediately turned around and told the helpee that they owed him something? Still, if she didn’t want help then she didn’t want help.

“Nolan Ramsey. Fourth year. Pleasure to meet you.” He would’ve offered to shake her hand—that was polite—but her hands were busy with the unfixed bag, so Nolan gave her a shallow bow instead. Not a full one, because that would’ve been weirdly formal for the hallway, but deep enough to be recognizable as a courteous bow. The importance of first impressions and appropriate introductions had been pretty well drilled into him by his mother and Mrs. Bonney.

“I was just heading up to Pearl Street, if you’d like to join.” Having a guide had worked out pretty well the last time, and he wanted to meet more students. Plus Claudia’d said she was a third year, so she had probably been to Pearl Street in the last half year. “Though I reckon you might wanna have an intact bag for that,” he acknowledged with a smile. “The offer still stands to help fix it if you changed your mind in the last minute, but it’s not gonna ruffle my feathers any if you say no.”

  • No thanks to you - Claudia, Fri Oct 13 05:37
    Claudia stifled a small, frustrated sigh. She was barely over the mortification of having the contents of her stachel spilled out across the corridor, which had sufficiently flustered her that she... more
    • I tried, and therefore no one should criticize me - Nolan, Sun Oct 15 14:02
      • Then likewise - Claudia, Tue Oct 17 12:26
        The older student stayed longer enough to hear her apology and her introduction. Claudia breathed a sigh of relief as she convinced herself she would have been equality determined to extend good... more
        • As the lady insists - Nolan, Sun Oct 22 03:12
          Nolan blinked. Why wouldn’t it be proper? Going to Pearl Street in the middle of the day was a far cry from anything indecent. He was new to the school and part of getting to know his classmates was... more
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