Joseph Blair
This is gonna be fun!
Wed Jun 27, 2018 19:58
108.181.110.27

So far the worst thing about RMI, in Joey’s opinion, was that there was no ocean. There was a room with a swimming pool, however they’d barely gotten to poke around during the school tour. That wasn’t just in Joey’s opinion but his dad’s, too. Dad was a surfer and he’d been tossing Joey on a boogie board since he was real small, and he’d started teaching him more on proper boards but then they decided to send him to school cooee ‘round the world where there were mountains and no beachfront housing and he wouldn’t be able to keep up. (Not that they lived beachfront at home either, but it was close enough to the Sydney Coat Hanger that all you had to do was jump a bus and you were there like split.) So Dad wanted to stay in the pool room to check out if it at least had a magic wave generator or something like that, and Joey wanted to stay with him for the same reason, and Mum didn’t care At All and had to literally drag them both out before they got left behind.

Now they were way far along the tour group queue staring at everyone else’s backs and that brought him to the weirdest thing about RMI so far, which was that most of the people didn’t look like they were wizards and witches. It was three whole years that Joey had known he was a wizard too, so he knew enough not to expect all the wizards in starry blue Mickey Mouse hats and all the witches to have curly green noses like that ancient Snow White movie his little sister liked to watch. Like, Asian wizards didn’t even exist in any movies, and half-Asians existed even less in movies, and he was a half-Asian wizard with a bowlcut. So duh, they would all look different because the telly was made of white people and animated white people. But still he was one of the only students wearing robes today and Joey couldn’t imagine why. Dad had taken him shopping for robes pretty recent. They were comfier than pyjamas and he didn’t even need to wear pants under as long as he did the fastenings firmly enough. If all these people were wizards and witches, why would most of them wear normal clothes? (To be fair, Dad was a wizard and he’d gone for normal clothes with flip-flops instead of robes. But Joey was wearing flip-flops too and it was still heaps better paired with swooshy robes than shorts.)

And now the tour was over, apparently. Mum gave him another hug and ducked to kiss his cheek, which he pulled a cross-eyed face at, c’mon, Mum, gross, and then she and Dad went off with the tour guide to talk about boring adult stuff. That left Joey with all the kids plus the old troppo who acted like he was supposed to be a tour guide but the type of guide that was doing the tour for the first time himself and really only there for the fairy-spotting. Spotting not fairies himself but the table full of snacks, the small boy did a fistpump. “Yessss!” Clearly this was the best thing about RMI so far except nope wait now the oldie had whipped off the tablecloth and this was the new best thing. Not the tablecloth part, although that had been real top and he was already putting it on his mental list of ‘magic things to learn how to do ASAP’ because removing a tablecloth without spilling a drop of juice or knocking off a biccy from the plate was probably super useful, at least sometimes. Nope, the new best thing about RMI was the under-table crafting.

Staring at the pile of ping-pong balls (he’d never seen so many in one place before and definitely not in an under-table place), Joey poked the person nearest him in the shoulder. “We should make a ball pit,” he announced with a big grin. He had no idea what a man-- man-- Well he knew what a mandible was ‘cause his aunt did bone stuff, but that wasn’t an animal, and he knew what a macaroni penguin was ‘cause it had an awesome name, and that was an animal but it didn’t start with man. But whatever the man thingo was, it couldn’t be harder to trap than a penguin, right? And humans could get stuck in ball pits easy, so an animal would too. “The man thingo would fall in and after we could smack it with… Actually no smacks,” he changed his mind, “it’s better to catch-n-release. That’s what we do with spiders at home. Mostly ‘cause you can’t kark ‘em.” It was a lucky thing that none of the Blairs as far as he knew were scared of spiders. Australia was full of spiders that couldn’t be killed. “So whaddaya think?”

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