It only took you one post
Mon Jul 16, 2018 13:08

Sadie was supposed to be at the Cetus bonfire and not sitting with Elliot and the other Aquilas, but he wasn’t complaining about having one of his best friends around. Now that Uncle Hayden had married Sadie’s mom, Elliot guessed that his friend was now his step-cousin. Unless it didn’t count because Hayden wasn’t related to them anymore after he and Aunt Chris got divorced. But Elliot was still going to count it because Sadie was his cousin’s stepsister, and because it was cool to have someone in the family who was his age, especially because they were friends. Elliot’s cousin Bobbie was the same age as Ari, and his only other cousin, Maxi, was like, college age. (Actually if he was counting Sadie as a kind of cousin because she was Bobbie’s stepsister, he should count Ava because she was Bobbie’s half-sister. But again, not even close to his age.) Not that Hayden’s new family would come to things with the Phippens, but if they did it would be cool to have Sadie there.

Elliot grinned on seeing Sadie plop down beside him and put food on his plate. It didn’t really solve the problem, because the poppers wouldn’t make his nachos spicier, and he already had sliced jalapeños on his nachos anyway. He just wanted more heat. But there was no sriracha in sight and fried cheese and peppers were never a bad thing, so Elliot popped a popper in his mouth. Mmmm.

“Pretty good,” he said around a mouthful of deep-fried deliciousness. He chewed and swallowed and then looked at Sadie as she kept talking. He knew there were passageways at RMI, because Mama had mentioned them a few times, but he didn’t know where they might be or how they connected. “There’s gotta be back doors to the common rooms,” he agreed, because that’s what he would do if he was planning a building like this—fill it with sneaky, hidden corridors that went everywhere—so it seemed reasonable. “So we just have to find them, since you’re not in the fun House with me,” Elliot teased, nudging her with his shoulder. He would have expected to be in the same House as Sadie, because he thought they were pretty similar, personality-wise. Neither of them was as silly as Tycho, for instance.

A few of Elliot’s family members had told him about the Houses once, but he didn’t remember what they were all about. At the time he’d thought Aquila sounded like fun, but why he’d had an immediate affinity for it was beyond him today. It was cool that he’d been right, though.

Now that he was here, Elliot could see that he did not have an affinity for the Aquila colors, which were two of the most boring colors in the entire world. Grey was all right—Elliot had silver-grey eyes and he thought they looked good—but cream had to be the least interesting color in existence. It was like awkward white (another uninteresting color). Give him something bright or patterned any day.

Elliot scooped another every-topping-in-one-bite nacho. He moved the plate between them so Sadie could help herself if she wanted to. “Did Uncle Hayden or Cosette tell you where any of the passages are?” he asked, before cramming the chip in his mouth.

  • And already bending the rules - Sadie Embers, Wed Jul 11 20:57
    “Ma!” Sadie’s impatient shriek startled the currently blonde haired infant into tears. Cosette Embers groaned and tried not to look annoyed at her older kid. “Could you just be patient for ten... more
    • It only took you one post - Elliot, Mon Jul 16 13:08
      • Are we surprised? - Sadie, Mon Jul 16 20:08
        “No,” Sadie answered with the biggest roll of her eyes that she could muster, just to let Elliot know how much she hated that nonsense. She wanted to know where the passageways were, and her parents... more
        • Not in the slightest - Elliot, Tue Jul 17 22:54
          Sadie rolled her eyes so hard that they could’ve fallen out of her head, and Elliot laughed at her tone. “Probably pretty fast,” he answered her question, although he wasn’t sure. He’d packed all of... more
          • We know each other well - Sadie, Sat Jul 21 20:08
            Sadie couldn’t wait to start exploring Rocky Mountain International. Pretty much everyone she’d ever known in her life had worked there, gone to school there, or both. There were lots of fun stories... more
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