Connor & Dade Farnon
A brotherly disagreement
Mon Feb 27, 2017 20:15

“I just don’t understand why Rose can’t have more respectable friends,” Connor complained, twirling spaghetti around a fork before lifting it to his mouth to take a bite, somehow managing to avoid getting spaghetti sauce on him. It was something that Dade wasn’t very good at - eating pasta, that was. Regardless of how careful he was, there always ended up being sauce on something and he hadn’t yet managed to figure out a proper charm to clean up that sort of thing. He could have asked Rose - either to teach him or do it for him - but Dade was stubborn and disinclined to ask for help under the best of circumstances, never mind with something embarrassing like that. So instead of pasta, Dade had just opted for the garlic bread, doing his best to keeps the crumbs on the plate instead of on his robes. He was, more or less, succeeding.

“I don’t understand why you care,” Dade responded to his brother, somewhat rudely. Connor stared at him and bit back a sigh. It had been an entire half-term at RMI and Dade had yet to make more than one friend. And the one friend he had made - well, needless to say Connor was fairly certain that his status as the only one in the family who actually cared about being proper purebloods was safe. “Besides,” Dade continued. “Her roommate’s okay and that guy Holland she hangs out with is a little weird but he’s not the most obnoxious person here.” From what Dade had peripherally experienced, he wasn’t the biggest fan of Danny, but he figured who Rose wanted to hang out with was her business.

“Wait, who?” Connor’s fork had stopped midway to his mouth, full of spaghetti.

Dade started at his brother as though he were an idiot. “Holland? The one who wears all the makeup all the time?”

“Dade, boys don’t wear makeup. Holland is a girl.”

The response the darker Farnon brother gave was not a set of words that he strictly should have been aware of at his age, and Connor, a superior year older, was sure that his knowledge of those words was Rose’s fault. “Don’t talk like that, Dade,” he said, somewhat patronizingly. “You’re not a Quidditch player.”

“Don’t tell me what to do,” snapped Dade, more irritated than he would normally be for no apparent reason.

Connor considered telling Dade that, as his older brother, it was his job to tell Dade what to do and what not to do, but decided against it. “Fine,” the brown-haired Cetus said instead, picking up the fork that he’d put down while disagreeing with Dade. “But stop saying stupid things, like that boys can wear make-up.”

“They CAN.”

“No they CAN’T Dade, Holland is a girl. She’s just very...masculine. It’s rude to judge people based on their sexual preference.” ‘Sexual preference’ was a term that Connor had learned recently in his Cultural Studies class, and he was pleased to have an appropriate use for it. He had known what lesbians were since he was nine and Rose had a shouting match with their father about lesbians and what they didn’t have to do with her playing Quidditch, but Connor had never been able to use the Official Words for it before. He thought they made him sound like a grown-up.

Dade’s cheeks had turned pink under his darker complexion and his garlic bread was ignored on his plate as he gripped his hands into fists. He was about to start yelling in earnest when the sound of the chair next to him scraping backwards caught his attention, and he turned to see who it was.

    • Maybe I can settle it - Holland Keene, Tue Feb 28 17:37
      Occasionally, Holland had a day where they didn’t have Quidditch practice or Defense or anything that would require them to stand up or do a lot of physical activity, and they could wear whatever... more
      • Settle isn't the word I'd use - Connor & Dade, Sat Mar 4 13:48
        Connor was absolutely mortified and Dade was suddenly very still. How much had Holland heard? She had appeared out of nowhere and was suddenly talking about octopi in Dade’s direction. The older girl ... more
        • What would you call it? - Holland, Sat Mar 4 22:06
          The boys looked very awkward all of a sudden. Holland took that to mean they’d interrupted a private underclassmen-only conversation. Dade and probably-Connor should have chosen a more private venue... more
          • 'Instigate' perhaps - Connor & Dade, Sun Mar 5 09:35
            “In passing,” Connor acknowledged that he’d heard of Holland before, in response to her question. Rose didn’t exactly talk about her friends incessantly (and when she did, it was usually about what... more
            • I can do both - Holland, Sun Mar 5 12:35
              They took a bite of their dinner while the boys talked. Bryony Keene cut her spaghetti with a knife when she ate it, like some kind of displaced Neanderthal who was unaccustomed to pasta, but Monty... more
              • I'm not sure you can - Connor & Dade, Sat Mar 11 15:53
                Because Holland was there and Dade didn’t want to look like a little kid, he resisted the urge to laugh and stick his tongue out at his older brother as Holland confirmed that he wasn’t a lesbian. In ... more
                • Give me a shot - Holland, Sun Apr 16 22:47
                  Holland had plenty of experience correcting people who thought they were female. Occasionally they were mistaken for being a binary male, but because their clothes tended toward the femme, it was... more
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