Today can be frabjous, too
Sun Jan 21, 2018 00:08

Holland frowned and ate their salad while Marley rambled out her reasoning for the school’s leadership positions. Marley’s point would be valid if the role of the Head Students was different. Holland, at least, had never seen the Head Students function as a source of advice. They were supposed to ensure that school rules were being followed and set an example of good social and academic behavior. Gender had nothing to do with the ability to do that.

If students needed someone to go to with personal problems, there were other options within the school. Prefectship was awarded based on behavior with no gender quota, although empathy and advice quality weren’t part of the criteria either. The counselor and the medic seemed like good options, and were a man and a woman, if gender mattered. The school had an even balance of male and female staff members, although all of the current Heads of House were male. The only woman who was in an additional leadership position was the Deputy Headmistress, which had never seemed like a real job to Holland. A school shouldn’t need a principal and a vice principal to do miscellaneous paperwork. So what did the Deputy Headmistress really do?

“Well, hopefully between me and Rose, everyone can talk to one of us,” Holland told Marley. Not that they could recall ever wanting to talk to either of the Head Students about something personal. Of course, one of the previous Head Students was Lucien Dubois, who Holland would not ask for a spare quill if they needed one.

They nodded at Marley’s description of her clothes and at her concerns about Mr. Sprockets. Holland sent most of their mail through the mixed wizarding-Muggle post office on Pearl Street, and the Keenes didn’t own an owl, so Holland had limited experience with the birds. From what they’d seen of the school owls, most of them were smart enough not to fly into windows or literal fire. “If you let him out, he’ll probably just take the ducts to the owlery like the rest of the owls,” Holland suggested. Then again, this was Marley’s owl. Coordination didn’t seem like her strong suit and apparently Mr. Sprockets took after his owner.

“How are things going with Teal? Did you see each other over the summer?” Marley had mentioned the date going well in one of her letters over the summer, but Holland hadn’t pursued the topic in their reply. That just seemed like a way to get too much information out of Marley.

Speaking of someone who didn’t want a lot of information from Marley, Holland also hadn’t mentioned the conversation they had with Claudia before term ended to the younger Lyra. Holland didn’t feel like they had successfully convinced Claudia that Marley’s relationship wasn’t wrong, but they weren’t sure whether Claudia had actually followed through on her decision to stop being friends with Marley. “And how’s Claudia?” they added carefully. “Did you write to her at all?”

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