No, you're the worst
Thu Jul 26, 2018 17:24

Great, now Marley was laughing at him. Connor let out his breath sharply in exasperation and stuck his wand in the pocket of his now grass-stained khakis. Because of course Marley was laughing at him. Here they went again, with Marley pretending she knew absolutely everything and pretending she was so much better than Connor when in reality her family was entirely inconsequential and she wasn’t even that smart. Connor wasn’t an idiot, he had realized that there weren’t any house-elves around Agricultural Club. In fact, he had realized that pretty quickly. The first time he had been expected to touch dirt. House-elves were typically used for tasks involving dirty things, such as dirt, because they were naturally dirty creatures and were good at cleaning up after things. Obviously the point of Agricultural Club was to do a little bit of that as a hobby, but it was completely unsustainable for any large-scale agricultural production.

“Obviously the planting things is for fun,” Connor explained patiently, “But that doesn’t mean there can’t be house-elves around to cook for us. It could be like at the opening feast, but with a more limited menu. There’s no need to make us do all the work ourselves.”

Marley was looking over at something now and the fifth-year followed her gaze, which seemed to be resting on Leo, Nolan, and Myffi. They were all close to each other and looking like they were doing something, but he couldn’t quite see what. Maybe he could make an excuse to go over there and join them. Myfanwy was not quite the company he would have liked to keep, but keeping company with Marley was quite like sitting in the midst of a baboon cage at the zoo, with the baboons screeching and throwing their poo at you.

“Yes, I was planning on sitting,” he said stiffly, taking a seat next to Marley on the bench and making sure there was a decent amount of space between the two of them. He didn’t want to appear rude by sitting at the other bench, but at the same time the idea of touching Marley was horrifying. “And cooties aren’t real, you know,” he added. “It’s a Muggle child’s game, probably because Muggles are - “ Connor cut himself off and quickly changed what he was going to say. “Prone to exaggeration about that sort of thing.” It would probably be offensive to Marley if he said that all Muggles were dirty, even though it was objectively true because they couldn’t clean things as thoroughly because they didn’t use magic. Professor Blair had been very clear on the sort of things that you oughtn’t say to people, which Connor found to be a bit silly because some of the things on her list were objectively true and some of them were just true for many people in that group. Stereotypes didn’t exist without a reason, after all.

  • Honestly you're the worst - Marley, Thu Jul 26 16:06
    “This is such a nonsensical way of cooking things…” Marley giggled, which may have made it seem like she was laughing at Connor’s oh-so-very entitled complaint about the lack of house-elves present... more
    • No, you're the worst - Connor, Thu Jul 26 17:24
      • Now you're just copying - Marley, Fri Jul 27 23:02
        There was so much that was backwards in what Connor was saying that for a moment she wasn’t even sure where to start. There was also so much that was baffling that she didn’t know whether to react... more
        • Now you're just copying - Connor, Sat Jul 28 12:38
          It wasn’t unusual for Connor to be confused when talking to Marley because she often said things that didn’t make sense. Usually they could be tied back to the conversation as a whole, though, which... more
          • When she tuned back in, it was a nice change of pace to note that Connor actually wasn’t being all Muggle-phobic or Eurocentric Magick-centric or whatever (he was technically European so... more
            • All right, the potato was apparently supposed to do that, according to Marley. Although Marley didn’t seem as though she were particularly sure, as she scampered off to see Myffi and check, leaving... more
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