I don't like surprises
Fri Jul 20, 2018 16:45

Oh. Drew was presenting a point that Dade hadn’t thought of. It made much more sense for Remington to be pretending to be Claudia’s friend to spy on her for Dade, if only because Claudia was slimy and kind of evil, and Remington was really nice. Remington was probably nice enough to be nice to someone who was kind of evil, but she probably wouldn’t be nice to someone who was trying to hurt Dade for no reason. Drew was so smart. Dade wouldn’t have ever thought of that because he kept getting wrapped up in how terrifying it was that someone who had been so close to him was now getting close to the person who was trying to attack him. But if Remington was only getting close to Claudia to spy on her - that made a lot more sense. There was a part of him that was still suspicious of Remington, but Drew’s explanation made Dade less inclined toward suspicion.

There was still the part where he’d failed his STOATs though, which he didn’t want to tell her about. Remington was really smart and she studied a lot. Dade was pretty bright himself, but with everything that had happened last year now he was going to be behind and Remington was going to want to try and help. He wasn’t sure if he could take Remington helping him like that. Not because she was a girl or whatever (growing up with Rose meant that Dade had no preconceived notions about girls not being capable, mostly because Rose would have hexed it out of him if he had) but because Dade didn’t want to feel like the friend everyone else had to drag along the way. It was bad enough that he couldn’t be around the school without someone with him; it didn’t need to be classes too.

Anyway, Dade was about to tell Drew that he was right and maybe even to say thank-you for explaining what was probably happening when Drew decided to have a problem with Dade saying he wasn’t gay. Dade scowled.

“Because I’m not!” he said, defensively. “If someone said you were a girl or something you’d be mad too,” Dade paused. Well, maybe not mad. He wasn’t sure if Drew ever really got mad. On the one hand, everyone got mad sometimes. On the other hand, Kit. “Well I mean maybe not mad but you wouldn’t like it, because you only want to wear girl clothes and stuff sometimes. That’s different from being a girl. It’s the same thing, I’m not gay so I don’t want people so say I am.”

  • That would ruin the surprise! - Drew, Fri Jul 20 11:08
    Because he had grown up being simultaneously the hero to Kit’s sidekick and the sidekick to Kit’s hero, Drew had what one of their elementary school teachers had once called “inhuman patience.” Drew... more
    • I don't like surprises - Dade, Fri Jul 20 16:45
      • I’ll warn you next time - Drew, Fri Jul 20 17:34
        You had to understand how people normally reacted to things so that you understood how important them not reacting to something was. For example, if Dade had had an argument against what Drew was... more
        • So what about this time? - Dade, Fri Jul 20 18:14
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          • It’s a little late - Drew, Fri Jul 20 19:07
            Drew was honestly so relieved that Dade wasn’t actively arguing with him anymore that he almost missed the question. It was a question literally no one had ever asked him before, and Drew didn’t know ... more
            • Never too late - Dade, Fri Jul 20 22:50
              The words Drew was saying made sense but also the words Drew was saying made no sense. Dade just didn’t understand it. Why would you prefer to wear guy clothes all the time? Sure, Dade didn’t - no,... more
              • Never say never - Drew, Fri Jul 20 23:57
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                • Hypocrite - Dade, Sat Jul 21 08:03
                  More than anything, Dade was annoyed. He was annoyed at himself for saying things that were confusing, he was annoyed at Drew for being nice and for saying things that made Dade say confusing things, ... more
                  • Grump - Drew, Sat Jul 21 12:11
                    Drew couldn’t help it: he jumped a bit when Dade smacked the table the first time. He wasn’t as startled when Dade did it again, but he was expecting a third hit and felt a little lacking when there... more
                    • You're not wrong - Dade, Sun Jul 22 09:10
                      The last time Dade had been uncomfortable in Defense Against the Dark Arts, he had walked out of class because what was the professor going to do, stop him? And what had actually happened was Claudia ... more
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