Actually hearing me would be a start
Tue Jul 31, 2018 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 of those strong sorta-accusatory words, even though she hadn’t meant it to sound that way and all that she really wanted to get across was that what Teal was doing (or not doing) was making her seem selfish, not that she actually was, but of course Teal had taken it all the wrong way. And like, she was reaaally going far down the wrong way. “That’s not--” what I meant, she wanted to say, or maybe not the point, but the other girl was ranting about how her sister was a brat, as if either Marley didn’t know that already (wrong because Teal had definitely ranted about Violet before) or as if that somehow meant Marley shouldn’t be interested in meeting her family at all (even wronger) (and also totally off the point).

“Protecting me?” she echoed, genuinely astounded that that was what Teal thought she’d been doing. Like, okay, she got it, girls dating girls was still contentious enough in some places that sometimes secrecy was the best way to be safe, and on top of that Marley was blackish and Teal was whiteish and that added a whole ‘nother level of complication, because apparently a black dating a non-black was already a Problem in some people’s opinion regardless of their genders - but those were society issues. Not family issues. Her own parents weren’t racist or homophobic, and while obviously she didn’t actually know Teal’s parents, there was nothing the Draco had said that suggested her parents were prejudiced either, so they didn’t need ‘protection’ against them. “If you thought I needed protection you should’ve told me that way earlier, ‘cause then I could’ve told you I don’t. They’re your family, they’re not gonna beat us up for dating, right? Also her House is a dumb reason,” she added defensively, thinking about her Aquila friends Nolan and Camilla in the year above, both of whom she got on great with. “You don’t have to stereotype.”

Stereotypes were literally the worst thing ever. (Yes, even more literally-the-worst than Connor. But he was still literally the worst person, in her opinion, although she had some difficulty adding the ‘worst ever’ part because, like, Hitler. Although Hitler had done a lot of truly awful things, at least he was dead and couldn’t keep hurting people with his opinions. But that felt wrong just to think, so Connor could just be literally the worst person, without comparison to historical murderbot fascists.) She had half a mind to show Teal her memories from when she overheard the argument between her parents and grandparents that led to her dad’s boyfriend Mr. Jaime being gone forever. Except that would just reinforce that they had to protect themselves from homophobes or else bad stuff would happen. And also, she’d been pretty young, and hadn’t entirely paid attention to what she overheard, and the memory was probably all staticy and didn’t make a lot of sense.

“I don’t care about your problems with Violet, that’s not relevant.” Marley sighed, feeling increasingly frustrated-slash-upset. Why couldn’t she and Teal just have a normal calm conversation without Teal getting all weird and not listening to her and not even trying to understand? “I’ll just go first. Maybe then you’ll get it.” Having looked away while they kept shuffling forward in line, she glanced back at Teal for confirmation. Or possibly just more argument. Hopefully not, though. She could feel her wand, sitting upright in the inside pocket of her robes (because yes of course she was wearing robes over her leggings and tee, she was a Prefect), and there were a couple smaller memories from Mr. Jaime that she thought would help. Hopefully. Though it was kinda already feeling like not.

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    • Actually hearing me would be a start - Marley, Tue Jul 31 16:05
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        • What's right isn't always easy - Marley, Sat Aug 4 23:37
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            • Too bad this wasn't motivation enough - Marley, Sun Aug 5 21:00
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