Carefully considered conclusions
Wed Jul 19, 2017 19:36

After he gave her a proper answer, Danny felt momentarily deflated that she didn't even have the good grace to acknowledge it. He hadn't expected a well rounded critique with helpful feedback, but some response - anything at all - would have been appreciated. Talking to Kaye was infuriating; now she had him lamenting her lack of interest, when prior to this conversation he had usually considered it a good day when Kaye showed no interest in him. This was an excellent example of why.

When Kaye mentioned her old school, Danny realised that he had never thought of anyone's life before RMI - they just showed up as a student here and he got to know them (or not, as the case may be) from that point onwards. In some ways that was ideal, because he would hate for people to judge him on things that had happened in the past. In other ways it allowed him to ignore aspects of history that might be paramount to the other person. Danny would guess that all the transfers had come to RMI for different reasons, yet he had no idea what they might be. Initially he wouldn't ask because it was none of his business, but Russell and Ruben had both factored in his regular friendship group last term, and Danny still had no idea why they had transferred, and that seemed remiss.

However, he still felt that asking Kaye about it would be impolite (their interactions were based upon firm foundations of Kaye causing Danny to feel wrong-footed, and didn't qualify as friendship), so he said nothing about her school in Chicago. Besides, she was sharing other personal information, about her family, which was so unfamiliar in terms of what Danny expected from her that he might have stated a little. She also claimed to have a Papa and a Dad, which was interesting, but not as awe inspiring as the fact that she'd shared this with Danny.

The sixth year managed to stop staring as he thought about Kaye’s advocacy of Muggle culture. His instinct was to protect the right of a magic school to teach magic, but he allowed that nonsensical reaction to be overruled by a less insidious train of thought. Perhaps Kaye had a point, which, until now, Dardanius had not considered. While he was personally unfamiliar with Muggles and their world, he knew several of his peers were able to cross thresholds of both realities with frequency and comparative ease. It followed logic that while students of magic were informed in respectively, Muggle teenagers were instructed in other subjects, therefore disadvantage for any student of Magic who wished to (re-)enter the Muggle world. It was not a concern for him in the current time, as he did not expect to have to get by in a Muggle environment for longer than he ever visited a friend with Muggle relatives, but Danny could easily appreciate how Kaye’s observations could affect others.

“Hmm,” he replied thoughtfully. He didn't even really know what Muggles studied, and if some classes were offered he probably wouldn't find any need to take them. He’d learned a little in cultural studies and from his peers about Muggles’ lives, but he had not much of an idea what they might do for a living, and what sort of education might be normal. It was not ideal to be so ignorant about the majority of the world's population, he would admit that, but the school only had a limited capacity. Dann bfound RMI catered to his needs exceptionally well. It was only fair for other students to be extended the same courtesy where at all possible. “Interesting.”

  • I needed to think about it first - Kaye, Wed Jul 19 13:32
    Kaye rolled her eyes and placed the food next to him anyway. She only wanted the eggroll. “Suit yourself,” she shrugged before taking another bite. Her dads had always been impressed by the fact that ... more
    • Carefully considered conclusions - Danny, Wed Jul 19 19:36
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