I was thinking like a bouncy castle
Tue Jan 23, 2018 00:36

“It’s not that weird,” Drew said, shrugging. His dad was the Head of Lyra, plus the counselor and the director. And his aunt (sort-of aunt—out of all his aunts, Cindra was the least close to being his aunt, because she had never been around until the middle of last year) taught Defense Against the Dark Arts. Drew was aware that that was a lot of family on staff, but except for some parts of the Connor thing he didn’t think there was a nepotism issue. If anything, Drew was under more scrutiny because his parents worked at RMI and all of the staff knew him personally. And all the house elves. RMI had always been home for Drew. He couldn’t imagine going to school anywhere else.

Drew considered telling Leon that his biomom was actually his stepdad’s daughter, and that that was how they had met, but that wasn’t the kind of first impression Drew liked to make. He’d have to explain the whole thing, then, and that took too long. It was a lot easier to explain his family relationships now that Dad and Aaron were married, because he could just say ‘stepdad’ and not, like, ‘Dad’s partner who is also technically my granddad,’ and people understood that.

After Huburt had made him draw a chart last year, Drew had also decided not to mention that Jessie was Aaron’s daughter. He didn’t like drawing charts.

“I don’t have a mom,” Drew said, because it was true. He had a birth mother but not a mom. “Aaron is married to my dad,” Drew said, totally even, like he was waiting for Leon to challenge him on it. Drew had learned his lesson about punching people and he was pretty sure that even if Leon started hollering slurs of any kind right now, Drew wouldn’t punch him. It was forgivable if you punched one person one time for a good reason, but Drew had still gotten in trouble for that, and even with the same reason, twice was really pushing it.

He only paused a little before he answered the question. He’d heard the story a few times; Dad and Aaron had met at one of RMI’s opening feasts, like, a million years ago, before either of them was the head of a house, and they’d left early to go hang out on the Quidditch Pitch. “They met when they were both teaching here a long time ago. My dad is the school counselor,” Drew said, pointing to the staff bonfire, where Dad was talking to Toby. To redirect the conversation—Drew didn’t especially want to spend the whole rest of the feast explaining his family tree, and it could literally take the whole rest of the feast if he really got into it—he asked, “What’s your family like?” Drew had yet to hear about any family more complicated than his, but maybe Leon would surprise him.

  • Like a prison or a kennel? - Leon, Mon Jan 22 22:03
    Leon's mind raced with so many questions. Though one thing Drew said stuck in the first years mind, “your step dad is our head of house?” Though the boy didn't know much about magic schools he did... more
    • I was thinking like a bouncy castle - Drew, Tue Jan 23 00:36
      • Bouncy castles are dangerous - Leon, Fri Jan 26 00:33
        “Oh, How…” Leon started to ask does that work but decided better of it. Instead the boy thought he would just nod and smile in response to him almost making a big mistake. Sure he was told that... more
        • They’re like fun padded rooms! - Drew, Fri Jan 26 12:09
          Leon started to ask a question and Drew mentally braced himself for whatever inappropriate question he was about to be asked by the first year. Honestly why couldn’t people just mind their own... more
          • Like the loony bin? - Leon, Tue Feb 6 12:07
            Leon turned slightly to Drew, “It’s just that… I don’t know… I think I’m in too deep or something. Like, you know how things work and have a normal magical family. Meanwhile, I just have an... more
            • But fun! - Drew, Tue Feb 6 23:26
              Deep in thought, Drew took a cupcake from the house elf’s tray. Leon had said a lot of really intense stuff. Drew was not really up to dealing with that for a few reasons: 1) because it was the... more
              • I wouldn't call a padded room fun. - Leon, Fri Mar 9 02:48
                Leon thought a moment, then he sighed, "yeah, I guess you are right about that." The first year moved into a more comfortable position and just stared at the older boy. He seemed to know everything,... more
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