Life is for the living
Sat Nov 4, 2017 16:03

In general, Rose was used to spending a lot of time being right. Some things came very naturally to her and some things she spent a lot of time learning, but in general, Rose tended to be right an awful lot. Even when she had still been taking Potions, it had been relatively easy for her to jump into the more advanced concepts and talk about theory, but when it came to the application of newt eyes or bat wings or murtlap whatever, she found herself struggling. Runes was a lot like Potions, in that way, and Rose didn’t like the feeling of struggling very much. She especially didn’t like it when one of her yearmates was telling her that she wasn’t quite right with something she was trying to put together.

Still, Holland wasn’t presenting bad ideas. Rose nodded at their suggestion and wrote a kenaz, for hearth, down on her paper. Okay, that was two things. She frowned at the paper, then turned the page over to reveal the blank one underneath. On that page, she drew a backwards ansuz again, then drew kenaz four times around it, one on the top, one on the bottom, one on the left, and one on the right. Then Rose frowned again and flipped to another page, reversing the design and putting kenaz in the middle with ansuz backwards, four times, around it.

“Sorry,” she realized she had spaced entirely on Holland’s question. Rose backtracked as she drew an algiz over what she had so far, following Holland’s suggestion. It didn’t look terrible but she wondered if the runes would keep their power if she broke it up a little bit to allow spaces for other runes, so the algiz wasn’t actually overlapping everything. “Dade’s been weird. He’s been ducking me ever since we got back to school,” well, ever since Holland had talked to him, Rose presumed. “We usually eat lunch together once or twice a week but we haven’t been. I think he’s uncomfortable,” the sixth-year added, putting her quill down to run both hands through her curly blonde hair. Her brothers were such a pain.

Rose hadn’t asked Holland about specifics of their talk with Dade, but she was kind of tempted to. Except she knew Holland wouldn’t tell her. Even if they weren’t all about the paranoia, they were still pretty good at keeping personal confidences. Or so Rose had heard. “Has he talked to you at all?” It was unlikely, but maybe Dade just didn’t feel like his older sister was the one to talk to on this point.

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