And a small loop back to the beginning
Sat Apr 1, 2017 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 knitting with charmed needles. But that reminded her a little too much of the marriage debacle, so she decided to brainstorm ideas for the other culture categories first. Like... She glanced back to the board at the front and played a quick mental round of eeny-meeny-miny-moe. Giants. Giants wore clothes, or at least they did in the pictures she’d seen in a textbook. So they must have a way of making clothes. And some giants lived in the mountains, right, and knit clothes would keep them warm--

All of these thoughts had crossed her mind in a very short span of time (she was a distractible type, but a quick thinker). They had also proved to her that she would be unable to focus on anything outside of marriage for very long, because it had only been a very short span of time and yet Marley was already wondering if giants got married. And were giants racist like Purebloods? Would they only marry other giants, or would they consider marrying humans, too, if they fell in love with a human and could find a way to live together without eating them? And if giants were racist, was that more or less acceptable than Purebloods being racist? Would she still feel this weird and tight in her chest if Claudia was a racist giant?

It was with relief, though some surprise, that she watched Claudia uncover the marriage slip again. Claudia looked at her as if seeking approval, and she grinned back. Oh, phew. Marley still doubted that they would actually be able to solve this right now, but Claudia taking initiative to return the conversation to the problematic topic was a good sign, she assumed. Maybe it meant that she would be able to persuade her friend to see things properly. Whatever exactly it meant, she was feeling optimistic again.

“That’s much better,” she agreed, nodding enthusiastically, her hair bouncing. Claudia hadn’t mentioned love at all in her first definition, and even her use of the word affection had been, like, really hesitant, so this was a big improvement. “And I guess also something about how marriage isn’t... a length of time?” Marley wrinkled her nose. “That was badly worded. Ummm, I mean like, if the person you’re married to dies, or you decide to get divorced, it doesn’t mean that your marriage isn’t valid, no matter how long it was. ‘Cause it still meant something while you were married.” Again thinking back to her parents, she felt this was an important distinction to make. True, they’d never been married, and their dating relationship had apparently been pretty short, but it didn’t invalidate their relationship or anything.

She smiled back at Claudia, more easily now that she knew her friend was possibly open to changing her opinion. “That’s alright! Let’s try to think of something for one of the other groups?”

  • 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
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