This is a one-way street
Sun Feb 11, 2018 06:06

Marley was frowning still, and the expression looked so out of place on her usually cheerful friend that Claudia felt bad for causing it. Yet she also felt - much as she had in previous conversations with Marley about different topics, and her conversation on the same top with Lia - that she was making very obvious points that were somehow being missed. Of course it was harder to be unconventional. Marriage was traditionally between a man and a woman; biology dictated that a heterosexual couple was the normal way for humans to survive. If a person was just, well, different, then that wasn’t their fault, but it couldn’t be easy, having people make assumptions that weren’t substantiated, and having other people make judgments. Claudia gritted her teeth. Obviously it was harder for two girls to date, and Marley could just accept that Claudia was right about this, instead of getting worked up about it.

Then she hit the table - literally she hit her hand on the wooden table top - and the movement caused Claudia to flinch. The more frustrated Marley because, the less inclined Claudia was to bother with their friendship. If she and Marley were just going to argue and get upset every time they had a disagreement - and that was often - then maybe their friendship wasn’t worth maintaining, anyway. Furthermore, Marley was putting words into her mouth, and Claudia found that infuriating. “I didn’t say there was anything wrong with liking boys and girls,” she countered waspishly. She thought it, but she hadn’t said it. As for Marley not liking her like that, well thank Merlin! Claudia hadn’t even considered that possibility until Marley just brought it up, and now everything was so much worse.

Claudia stood and pushed her chair back, knowing that her cheeks were ruddy with mortification but unable to do anything about it. “I’m just trying to be honest with you,” she snapped as loudly as she dared in the library. She leaned in over the table a little, to speak more quietly and still be heard. “Maybe it’s normal for you for girls to date girls and Muggles to date witches but this is not what I’m used to. Marley, I’m trying,” she beseeched her, and - Merlin curse her tear ducts, what was the point of them, anyway? - willed herself not to cry. It was so unfair that she was trying hard to maintain the ideals with which she’d been raised, and Marley was trying hard to break every one of them.

Marley had said that it wasn’t Claudia’s problem who she dated. Well Claudia had thought there was more to being best friends than just being told what she should think and feel, and watching silently while Marley did things she disagreed with, but that’s all this friendship seemed to be about. Well if Marley was too busy thinking about Teal to come with Claudia to dueling club, then it was clear where her priorities stood, anyway. “Date who you want,” Claudia said straightening up, pulling her satchel onto her shoulder and lifting her books from the table into her arms. “You’re right, it’s not my problem. Not any more.”

  • Oh no. Claudia’s answer was actually a non-answer, and she didn’t want to assume that a non-answer meant a no but it definitely wasn’t a yes either and that made it seem like Marley was gonna have to ... more
    • This is a one-way street - Claudia, Sun Feb 11 06:06
      • With a dead end - Marley, Sun Feb 11 12:01
        “Marley, I’m trying.” She wanted to say something - anything - in response to that, but there were too many options. She could retort with a ‘not very well’, to point out how Claudia was disrupting... more
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