I have an exceptional imagination
Mon Jul 23, 2018 14:28

When Remington confessed that she didn’t know whether she was still friends with Dade, Claudia found herself feeling something akin to sympathy for the other girl. She knew what it was like to have a friendship tugged apart by things beyond her control, and she would predict that’s what had been occurring amongst the younger students. Luckily for Claudia, she and Connor had managed reconciliation - she didn’t know what she would have done without him these past few months - but her friendship with Marley had ultimately terminated. As much as she would not wish unhappiness on Remy, Claudia found herself hoping that the younger girl was truly no longer friends with Dade, as she didn’t see how she and Dade could share a friend in common, and Claudia liked Remington more every time she spoke to her. She was incredibly lucky to have wonderful friends like Connor, Nolan and Caleb in her life, but sometimes a female friend would be very welcome; Darlene was still adamantly maintaining her interest in Drew, so Claudia had been forced to practically give up on that connection. In fact her avoidance tactics with Darlene were not dissimilar from the situations Remington was describing.

There was a difference, however, wherein Remy had not received a letter back from Dade, yet Claudia had responded to Darlene’s missives, with eloquently veiled encouragements for the younger girl to see sense and look among those more suited to her station for companionship, all the while emphasizing the benefits of society and how Darlene would be so popular with its young heirs, were she to allow herself that opportunity. She had been careful to explain that she had been invited to stay with the Farnons… oh. It suddenly occurred to Claudia that perhaps the reason Dade had not replied to Remy’s letters was that he had not received them. She lightly bit down on her lower lip as she contemplated whether she should say anything, but ultimately decided that should she wish to pursue a friendship with Remy, she must be as truthful with her as possible, so said, “Dade wasn’t home all summer. I stayed there for three weeks, with Connor,” she verified that her information was not idle gossip. There had been a small stack of unopened mail in their home, but of course Claudia had never ventured to ascertain the intended recipient; she could not conceive of being so assuming. Perhaps Dade had told Remy his location, but then why do that and not respond to her letters? That didn’t make sense. “Dade stayed with his sister,” Claudia said gently. “If he didn’t tell you that, I…,” she halted, unwilling to draw the conclusion on Remy’s behalf, but it certainly didn’t sound as though they were friends anymore.

Claudia took a brief moment to wonder whether she and Remy would ever be in a state of friendship that did not necessitate one of them constantly reassuring the other, but now was evidently not this moment. Remington was trying to present Drew as someone Claudia need not fear, but Claudia wasn’t the least receptive to this notion. “Drew hit Connor a lot of times,” she soberly reminded Remington. Then, recalling the reasoning, she hastily added, “I understand why he felt pressed to retaliate, and I don’t blame him for taking action, but he’s not harmless.” Claudia obviously wasn’t going to approach Drew and utter racist slurs, nor was she likely to voice opinions regarding non-heterosexual relationships in his presence, but perhaps she didn’t need to be so explicit to draw his bad opinion. “I know what some people say about me,” she said in a small voice. With the things Connor had said about Drew’s parents, and her friendship with Connor, and her quarrel with Marley occurring just as she started dating Teal, and the whole everything with Holland and Danny, Claudia knew what people thought about her. It wasn’t all true… but some of it was. If Andrew decided to act on a vendetta against anyone who had homophobic prejudices then Claudia was a viable target.

“I know he researches Dark magic with Dade,” she told Remy, further supporting her argument against Drew being non-threatening. “I’ve seen spells written in his notebook in the commons,” she said. Again, Claudia had presumed that Dade or Drew had mentioned this already, but Remy’s friendship with Dade certainly was not as tight as she had imagined, so it was reasonable to assume this was new information for the Draco, too. “So no, I don’t believe you. It’s commendable to stand up for your friends,” Claudia allowed, while wondering what in Merlin’s name would be causing Dade to fall apart to the extent that Drew needed to prevent him from doing so. To her knowledge, nobody had attacked him in a corridor. “But perhaps you need better friends,” she suggested.

  • Can you imagine? - Remington, Sun Jul 22 18:24
    Remington hoped that this would have made things more clear, but instead things were more confused. Why hadn’t Dade told her about this? Like, why hadn’t he told her anything? He was her first friend ... more
    • I have an exceptional imagination - Claudia, Mon Jul 23 14:28
      • Remington didn’t realize just how hurt she’d been at Dade’s lack of responses over the summer until Claudia provided her with new information. Apparently, Dade hadn’t even been home to receive her... more
        • 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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