Forget forgiveness
Sun Jul 22, 2018 11:39

The fifth year had genuinely not expected Remington to be so affected by her memory, and she might be close to regretting her decision, except for the relief flooding through her that she had not imagined Dade’s sudden turn on her, and that she was not over-reacting to an insignificant experience. Furthermore, she was pleased, for Remington’s sake, that she now had an account of what had occurred, because it transpired that Dade really hadn’t entrusted his friends with his version of events, after all. “He didn’t really want to talk about it,” Remy said. “I didn’t know details.”

On the one hand, Claudia felt yet more inclined to trust Remy than she had previously. She had assumed that Remy, and Drew, had continued to be friends with Dade even knowing what he had done to her. Yet apparently that wasn’t the case: Dade had lied to his friends (or at least concealed truth, which some would argue was tantamount to lying), treating them abysmally. He had probably lied to Rose and to Connor, too. Although it was clear that Connor had not been taken in by his younger brother, the oldest Farnon had not given Claudia any indication that her kin had acted in any way that might be considered inappropriate. Claudia had liked Rose, right up until her argument with Holland, and then the older girl had begun to seem almost threatening in her demeanor. It was hopelessly unfair for her to side with Holland when Claudia had cast a spell against them in defense of her values, and then to side with Dade when he had attacked Claudia with no provocation. She hadn’t even done anything to upset Rose, not ever in her life!. What lies had Dade told his sister about Claudia?

“You don’t have to be sorry,” Claudia told Remington quietly, her hand still resting on the younger girl, who was clearly in need of comfort, which Claudia felt ill equipped to offer. “I can tell you really didn’t know. I - I honestly thought Dade had told you what happened. I thought you had stayed friends with him anyway, and I didn’t understand why you would.” Admittedly Claudia’s friends had stayed by her side after the way she’d treated Holland, but that was different; it was an argument that had gotten out of hand. It wasn’t like what had occurred in the corridor.

“I assumed that you must know something about what happened that I don’t, something that would explain why he turned on me like that.” Her statement was not phrased as a question, but there was a curious tone in Claudia’s voice; Remy’s reaction to the memory and her repeated assertions that she didn’t know were, in Claudia’s opinion, trustworthy, but maybe there was some detail that she had overlooked, some clue that could help Claudia to understand why a person who had been amicable enough with her one moment, would try to set her alight the next. “Why else would you still be friends with him when I… when he…” she trailed off because her throat was tight again, her heart racing all of a sudden. It was easier when she didn’t think about what Dade had done, what he might do again, but talking about it for so long was causing her intense discomfort. “I can’t even use the Floo,” she whispered to Remy, the hand that had been resting on her for comfort now tightening for stability. “I have to share a commonroom with Dade, and with Drew, and -” she stopped, took some deep breaths, and calmed a little. She let go of Remington. “Sorry,” Claudia took her turn to apologize. “This was probably a terrible idea.

  • Forget regret - Remington, Sat Jul 21 17:13
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    • Forget forgiveness - Claudia, Sun Jul 22 11:39
      • Can you imagine? - Remington, Sun Jul 22 18:24
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        • I have an exceptional imagination - Claudia, Mon Jul 23 14:28
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            • There are so many problems right now - Claudia, Wed Jul 25 15:03
              Remy didn’t comment on the information about Dade living away from home for the duration of the summer, so Claudia elected to let the matter slide; it was of no further consequence to her, and she... more
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