In great distress, maybe
Sun Oct 29, 2017 14:56

She was touching him.

Every single alarm bell in Connor’s entire body was going off because oh Merlin Marley was touching him she was touching his head why was she touching his head oh Merlin why. It was so inappropriate. Even though he expected inappropriate things from Marley, this was a new level of terrible. What was she trying to do? This was the sort of behavior that an adult should take action about, but this was Professor McKindy’s class and Connor never trusted him to make decisions that would prevent his students from being terrorized.

Feeling a tightness in his chest, Connor realized that he hadn’t breathed since Marley had touched him. His hazel eyes were very wide as they darted around the room and he tried to take a breath. He succeeded. He tried to calm his mind enough to deal with the situation at hand but he had no idea what to say. On the one hand, he didn’t want to be rude. On the other hand, Marley had clearly crossed the line into rude so definitively that there wasn’t much Connor could do to escalate it.

“Why,” Connor’s voice was strained and vaguely panicky, “are you petting my head?”

Honestly, there were a few answers that he would find acceptable. If there were some sort of magical creature on his ear - or even a regular bug, maybe - and Marley was just preventing it from biting him or something, that would be a reasonable explanation for why her hand was on his head. No, wait - that would mean she was squishing some sort of creature or bug into his hair and that was disgusting. That was not a good answer to the question. And since Connor was not currently bleeding out of his head, which was the only other thing he could come up with, there was no reason for him to give Marley any benefit of the doubt at all.

He was still frozen from the shock of it all and not knowing how to handle the situation, unable to move an inch. Quite frankly, Connor was impressed (and a little relieved) that he had been able to even ask Marley the question. Maybe once she failed to come up with an adequate explanation she would remove his hand and he could fake some sort of injury and scuttle off to the Medic Rocamboli instead of having to continue to face Marley.

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