Well, maybe just one
Tue Aug 28, 2018 02:23

Drew was willing to admit it when he was wrong. It was a good trait to have, according to his dad. It had come in handy with the whole Dade and Remington situation—Drew had tried his hardest, and he had completely believed that Dade could get over that weird paranoia that their friends were actually spies for Dade’s mortal enemy, and he had been Wrong because Dade was still avoiding Remington. Drew didn’t have a solution for that one, so he’d just apologized to Remy on Dade’s behalf (not that Dade was sorry, but Drew was pretty darn sorry about the whole mess, and he didn’t know what else to do except tell Remington that he didn’t expect her to try with Dade anymore if Dade was going to be like that) and tried not to keep poking the dragon. When you realized you were wrong, the best thing to do was to admit it and apologize.

Drew wasn’t going to apologize right now, but he was willing to admit—at least to himself—that dueling a girl two years older than him who had a known interest in Dark magic had not been one of his better decisions.

I seem to be managing more than adequately,” Claudia said. If Drew wasn’t as nice a person as he was, he would have pointed out that he’d intended his comment as a jab about how she had no friends to research magic with, not as a critique on study habits. (Working with other people had definitely helped him way more than any amount of solo research would have, though. Drew learned more by doing than by reading.) And if Drew was interested in baiting her more, he would’ve pointed out that he’d scored a few good hits on her and given her a run for her money despite her being older and post-STOATs, which he could really only attribute to self-defense club. And if Drew wasn’t as nauseous as he currently was, he would’ve come up with some kind of comeback, but he felt like he might throw up again if he opened his mouth, so he kept his trap shut.

The third year was exhausted from the constant movement, vomiting, and mentally correcting what his eyes were showing him, but Drew wasn’t yielding to Claudia Dubois until he absolutely had to. He was a little disappointed the gross holly mess hadn’t hit Claudia, because it would’ve served her right for making him throw up in the first place, but oh well, no time to cry over spilled pumpkin juice. Drew raised his wand to her. (From his perspective, it looked like he was lowering it, but Drew know what he was doing. This was correct.) He opened his mouth to cast a spell that would make her shoes start shrinking—

—and then his vision spun right-side-up again, which would be a good thing except that there had also been a sharp tug on his ankle and now his feet weren’t touching anything and he could feel the blood going to his head, so he must be hanging upside down. Drew moved to finite that spell (maybe it would also work on the Hanging Mirror, but he didn’t think so) but then his wand flew out of his hand and he was definitely one hundred percent done in this duel.

Well, at least it was a pretty good run. And Darlene wasn’t in Dueling Club so at least his girlfriend hadn’t seen him puke in the middle of the classroom. “Okay, you got me,” Drew said, and spat on the ground so he didn't throw up again. He tried to aim it for the quicksand, but his vision was all screwy, so who knew where it ended up? “You’re pretty good. That was fun,” he told his adversary. Dueling with someone besides the usual suspects was a cool change of pace. “Now put me down before I barf again.” If she didn’t, he was totally gonna aim for her.

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