Not to say that I'm not trying
Fri Mar 24, 2017 04:33

To his utter lack of surprise, Marley hopped right in after his comment about cheese. To his surprise - although it shouldn’t have been, really - she proceeded to utterly baffle him within seconds. Connor had genuinely thought cheese would be a safe topic, even for this conversation, but she was very clearly demonstrating that he was incorrect in that thought. Grilled cheese was okay, in his opinion. It was best with a soup on a rainy day, which his home admittedly saw a lot of. Connor consequently did not eat many cheese toasties at school, since the Finer Diner didn’t do weather and he spent very little time either on the Pitch or in the Outdoor Classroom. But regardless of his personal stance on cheese toasties, he had absolutely never seen one made out of a Cheese Whiz. He had, in fact, never seen a Cheese Whiz and was entirely unsure what it was, except that Marley seemed to think it was cheese. But if it was cheese, why wasn’t it just called cheese? Or Whiz Cheese? And why was it goopy and in a jar?

“What,” the British boy said delicately, “is a Cheese Whiz?”

It was probably a mistake and Connor knew it, but he couldn’t manage to not. Was this some sort of bizarre Muggle thing they hadn’t learnt about in Cultural Studies yet? It wasn’t his best class, but Connor was pretty sure he’d remember if Professor Blair had given a lesson on how Muggles made cheese in a manner that seemed completely inedible. What were you even supposed to do with cheese in a jar? Did you eat it with a spoon? He supposed you could spread it on bread for cheese on toast, like jam but wrong, but then didn’t it defeat the point of making it into cheese on toast, if it was already essentially melted? And cold cheese on toast was, in Connor’s opinion, disgusting.

By this point they had reached the table with the food on it, and Connor was relieved to see that there were, indeed, some healthy options. He did opt for cheese and several crackers that looked as though they might be whole wheat. He also did, skeptically, examine the cheese just to make sure that it was normal cheese instead of whatever Marley was talking about. RMI was unpleasant at times, but he was unprepared to fear for his cheese.

And on that note, why had he spent the last several minutes focused on the fate of cheese, of all things? Marley’s conversational rabbit holes were apparently both deep and ready to ensnare the unsuspecting suspect. Desperate for some sanity, he looked around for Rose but she seemed to have moved from the table to somewhere else. Ugh. Why was nothing going his way tonight?

  • You're not getting away easily - Marley, Wed Mar 22 12:20
    “You don’t?” she interjected with more than a little shock. Not that it was a problem that Connor apparently didn’t enjoy eating sweets or - crisps, whatever those were - clearly not important - but... more
    • Not to say that I'm not trying - Connor, Fri Mar 24 04:33
      • It's really not your best effort - Marley, Fri Mar 24 14:13
        Caught by surprise, she blinked at Connor a few times before bursting into giggles. He didn't have a very obvious sense of humour, but she had learned over the past twoish years that he could be... more
        • Well I wouldn't want to be rude - Connor, Sun Mar 26 09:15
          Great, now Marley was acting like he was stupid for not knowing what cheese in a jar was. Connor bristled a little bit. Well maybe she was the stupid one for eating cheese that came in a jar . There... more
          • You've been anything but! - Marley, Sun Mar 26 13:09
            "That's one way to put it," she agreed brightly, or as brightly as she could manage through her mouthful of brownie. Innovative was too fancy of a word for something as boring as Cheese Whiz, but it... more
            • I do try my best - Connor, Mon Mar 27 04:28
              Well he shouldn’t have been surprised that Marley was prone to outbursts but Connor couldn’t say that he wasn’t surprised by the comment that had triggered this one. He was confused. Muggle food was... more
              • Let me help you with that - Marley, Tue Mar 28 00:48
                “Well, yeah,” Marley returned, not picking up on his patronizing tone. “But that’s proof, isn’t it? A lot of Muggle food and wizard food aren’t very different at all, since they have the same food... more
                • I wouldn't call any of this 'helping' - Connor, Mon Apr 10 04:45
                  Apparently he had offended Marley by explaining the nature of the world to her, which was somehow unsurprising. In Connor’s experience (largely at RMI), people who weren’t purebloods could get awful... more
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