Mon Mar 27, 2017 05:30

For a split-second, it seemed to Claudia as though she had rendered Marley speechless; her partner was opening and closing her mouth but no sound was coming out. Claudia couldn't think of anything that she had uttered that would have had such an effect on such a talkative person, and was just starting to consider whether Marley was maybe having an episode of something alarming when her partner returned to her usual self. She claimed she wanted to ask Claudia everything, which was perplexing, but first would give her own perspective. Claudia readied her quill to add to her notes.

All she accomplished, however, was to drop a little ink on her parchment as her quill hovered over it. Now it was Claudia’s turn to be silent, listening, lips slightly parted, as Marley told her that her father was a Muggle, and casually declared that marriage didn't mean anything. Just when Claudia thought things couldn't get worse, Marley then said that her parents had never even be married. Claudia decided it was lucky that she was already sitting down.

A lot of Marley’s following ramblings passed Claudia by, but she registered words like ‘family’ and ‘happy.’ And then ‘blood.’ Claudia knew she was staring at her classmate but she couldn't help it. It wasn't that Claudia had never encountered people who didn't seem to fit into her understanding of ‘normal’, (her mother was friends with a witch Claudia didn't like very much who had married a Muggle) but Marley was casually disregarding each and every aspect of Claudia's interpretation of the topic at hand. As had her parents before her, apparently.

“Like, would you never even consider marrying a Muggle, no matter who they were or how much you loved them?” Marley asked.

“I…” Claudia managed to utter one syllable before indignation, confusion and disbelief cut her reply short. She recovered quickly. “No,” she said this time, vehemently and as firmly as she could manage with such a short reply. “Absolutely not. Whatever would be the point of marrying a Muggle?” Marley would have to concede that: even her mother didn't marry a Muggle, although she did bear his child. Good Merlin, Claudia was going to need to lie down after this conversation. “Where would I even meet a Muggle to fall in love with one?” She asked Marley a question that she wasn't even sure was rhetorical or not, although her slightly scathing tone suggested no answer was required.

“When I get married,” she said calmly as she desperately tried to instil some sense back into the discussion, “it will be for these reasons.” Claudia pointed resolutely at her notes: Financial security; blood purity; affection?

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    • Likewise - Claudia, Mon Mar 27 05:30
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