But that’s so difficult
Sat Aug 4, 2018 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 and protection and stereotypes. Somehow Violet wasn’t relevant anymore. Part of Teal conceded this point. Vi was annoying, but probably not homophobic, and she was so much younger than Teal and Marley. Teal was a prefect. What could her sister really do? But most of the Draco’s mind was geared up to argue, because Teal didn’t like to be at fault for anything.

And apparently showing a memory of her family wasn’t good enough now, because Marley turned back toward the Pensieve herself. Teal didn’t want to look at Marley’s memory yet because then she’d be distracted thinking about the memory, not about the conversation (argument. Fight. Was it a fight? She hoped it wasn’t serious enough to be a fight). Teal didn’t want Marley to be mad at her, and Marley had taken the time to plan out what she was gonna say, so clearly Marley didn’t want to be mad at Teal, because you only practiced what you said when you didn’t want to get it wrong.

Marley’d said she didn’t need to be protected from Teal’s family. Teal also mentally conceded that point. Mom and Dad wouldn’t be chill about it. They’d probably want to immediately meet Marley’s parents and go on triple dates and hang up rainbow flags everywhere, and Teal would just die. But she wouldn’t actually die. She’d just be embarrassed, and that wasn’t a good reason to avoid doing something.

Like apologizing.

“Look, Marley, I’m sorry I haven’t introduced you to my parents,” Teal said, with the intonation of an actor stumbling over unfamiliar lines. “But you’re right. I don’t get it,” she continued firmly, because this was the part that was frustrating. “I don’t get why you care about meeting them. So could you just tell me?”

She reached out a hand hesitantly toward Marley’s arm but pulled it back. Clearly, she wasn’t as good at predicting Marley as she’d thought. At this rate, if she had to figure it out from the other girl’s memory, she’d probably get it wrong. If Marley would just tell her exactly what she wanted, Teal could do that. As long as it wasn’t to somehow anticipate all of Marley’s deep emotional desires like a mind reader. “I don’t need to meet your parents, so I don’t get why you need to meet mine.”

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    • But that’s so difficult - Teal , Sat Aug 4 13:28
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