What would you consider productive?
Sun Jul 29, 2018 12:07

Okay, this was not going well. Marley was using the determinedly calm voice that Mom and Dad sometimes used on Violet. It meant you were starting to get pissed off but you didn’t want the other person to get more upset. It was more upset because Marley had just called her selfish.

“Selfish??” Teal sputtered. Marley clarified that it wasn’t what she wanted, but Teal was already on the defensive. If Marley didn’t want Teal to be not doing anything, then she should have said. “How is it selfish to not meet my family? You don’t want to meet Violet. She’s a total brat. She’s in Aquila, for Merlin’s sake, and she’ll raise a whole big fuss and probably try to mess with you. I was protecting you,” she said evasively. She felt like Marley’s eyes were boring into her (Marley wasn’t a Legilimens, was she? She would have said… but maybe she didn’t know?) and realized she’d never actually told Marley why she didn’t think there was anything to be gained by meeting her sister. Marley didn’t know she had to be protected. Maybe she had a point about parents, though, and Teal couldn’t keep holding the eye contact. She didn’t have an answer to that. She looked guiltily away, wanting to reach out for the other girl’s hand. But Marley probably didn’t go for that right now.

Despite their efforts to move to the end of the line, there weren’t that many students between them and the Pensieve anymore. Wanting to keep the topic on Violet and not on meeting parents or on how she, Teal, was somehow selfish for not asking Marley about these things (how was that fair?), Teal seized an idea for their classwork. “What if I showed you a memory of my family? Then you’ll understand about Violet.” She’d thought she’d show Marley about hiking with Dad this past summer, but now that they were arguing, maybe a memory could help.

“Would that work as something you want?” Teal asked with a touch of annoyance in her voice. “Cuz, I don’t see how I’m supposed to know what you want if you don’t tell me.”

  • Well that's just unproductive - Marley, Sat Jul 21 22:35
    Now that she’d suggested it, it occurred to her that using their memory assignment to help with this conversation might actually be helpful, or at least more efficient. Like, talking about difficult... more
    • What would you consider productive? - Teal, Sun Jul 29 12:07
      • Actually hearing me would be a start - Marley, Tue Jul 31 16:05
        She’d tried to explain what she meant, but Teal seemed to have caught onto the word instead and not paid attention to her explanation. Oops, again. This was probably her own fault. ‘Selfish’ was one... more
        • But that’s so difficult - Teal , Sat Aug 4 13:28
          Teal felt like Marley was misinterpreting everything she was saying and that she must have misinterpreted everything Marley was saying. First it had gone from “we need to talk” to parents and selfish ... more
          • What's right isn't always easy - Marley, Sat Aug 4 23:37
            She had been hoping that Teal would agree to just letting her go first, but instead the other girl was… apologizing? Okay, that was a start. They weren’t at the very front of the line yet, so they... more
            • That’s not great motivation - Teal, Sun Aug 5 10:33
              There weren’t many times Teal got exactly what she asked for. Surprisingly, her plea had gotten through to Marley. Unsurprisingly, Teal didn’t want to hear what the other girl had to say. Marley... more
              • Too bad this wasn't motivation enough - Marley, Sun Aug 5 21:00
                Marley felt an immediate wave of guilt at the look on the other girl’s face. She’d never seen Teal look so sad before, and it made her feel even worse, and she had to hastily wipe an extra set of... more
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