Or a mediator
Thu Mar 30, 2017 05:29

For just a moment, Claudia optimistically believed they were beginning to get back on track, but then Marley had to take offense at her use of the word ‘fine’ and they were back to square one. Claudia was starting to feel frustrated; she had tried to be nice about Marley’s parentage, but if Marley didn’t see that being a witch changed who she was then Claudia wasn’t about to waste time trying to make her see that she was obviously wrong. They were already going in circles about something as simple as the continued existence of wizarding kind. Although perhaps circles wasn’t an adequate description, because Marley kept throwing in apparently unrelated tangents. What in Merlin’s name did it matter if a person was black, white, or blue with pink polka dots? Claudia grit her teeth.

“The International Statute of Secrecy was put in place to protect wizardkind because Muggles kept trying to kill us,” she said quietly, to her quill, because she couldn’t look at Marley any more. Yes, wizardkind may well learn something from Muggles, and yes, halfbloods did have a cultural advantage in being able to experience both worlds, and Claudia would readily agree to these points if they were being raised sensibly and not in a hostile discussion that ridiculed and belittled her family’s way of life. She didn’t want to argue - she didn’t even like confrontational scenarios - but neither was she going to sit and listen to someone telling her that generations of magical descendants were being racist, just because Marley’s own mother had no sense of propriety whatsoever.

“Look, if a witch wants to marry a Muggle, or not marry a Muggle,” as in Marley’s mother’s case, “that’s really up to her,” Claudia said, her voice still quiet, her words clipped and pointed. This was her very last attempt to make Marley see sense and then she was giving up. Certainly on the conversation, possibly even on the class. “But if there are no more wizards, then who will look after the dragons, or keep the giants away, or any other number of things that Muggles have no idea about? It’s not awful, Marley, and it is your responsibility, and if you disagree then I think that’s very selfish.” Maybe they could just pick a new piece of paper and start over.

  • I'm gonna need a translation - Marley, Wed Mar 29 01:26
    Claudia was obviously trying to make her feel better, except it wasn’t actually very obvious, because she hadn’t answered her question about if she thought a Muggle could be a good marriage partner.... more
    • Or a mediator - Claudia, Thu Mar 30 05:29
      • Or a distraction - Marley, Fri Mar 31 22:32
        Marley had heard about the witch-hunts and stuff like that, but she didn't think it was really relevant. Obviously not all Muggles would be quick to get on with wizards, and vice-versa too (as was... more
        • Or a brief break - Claudia, Sat Apr 1 16:31
          Claudia wasn’t sure exactly what she was feeling. She was disappointed with Marley for not being able to sway in her point of view, and she was frustrated that she couldn’t accurately convey her own... more
          • And a small loop back to the beginning - Marley, Sat Apr 1 23:23
            As she waited for Claudia to say something, Marley attempted to put their argument to the side of her brain and focus on this new topic. Knitting. Okay. Obviously there was Muggle knitting and... more
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