Elliot Phippen
Anyone know the wifi password?
Mon Jul 23, 2018 14:27

Elliot never had his own cell phone, but the eleven-year-old had a tablet at home, and his 3DS. Because Dad worked in the gaming industry, the Phippens had accumulated way more technology than they couldn’t’ve afforded otherwise. Elliot didn’t have his own console, but he could pretty much always use one of Dad’s (it wasn’t uncommon for one of them to be Xboxing in the living room while the other was on the PS4 in Dad’s office), and he and Ari shared a gaming laptop that Dad didn’t use anymore now that he had a really nice PC rig.

RMI didn’t have anything like that, and Elliot Phippen was in technology withdrawal.

Professor Embers had let him keep the fidget spinner from the first day of class, which helped him with the constantly-feeling-like-I-should-check-something-in-my-off-time sensation. And he had Tycho and Sadie, and he liked his roommate Grayson and new friend Leah, so that was nice, but he still missed his friends from home and he couldn’t even message them. (He’d considered doing the owl-to-Muggle-mail thing but he didn’t think his friends would write a whole paper letter back so it seemed like a waste of time. It took so long to arrive and you couldn’t even put a GIF in a letter if you were Muggle. Like, what was even the point?)

He made it a few weeks before it really hit a critical I-might-go-insane-if-I-don’t-see-a-screen point. Elliot wasn’t old enough to go to Pearl Street (apparently there was an arcade and an internet cafe there), but he’d heard rumors of a computer lab in the library. Libraries weren’t always Elliot-friendly zones. You always had to be still and quiet in libraries, and both of those things made Elliot feel all twitchy.

But he braved the library to get to the computer lab. You had to leave your wand in a thing outside, which Elliot didn’t mind doing. Some of the computers were ancient. Like, the full-on giant-box-monitor-with-a-convex-screen that he’d only seen in pictures. Elliot snagged a seat at the most promising-looking flatscreen. It still wasn’t exactly top-of-the-line, but if he could log into any of his online accounts, some of the games with less advanced graphics should be able to run on this machine… also he probably had a ton of messages to check…

Elliot ran into a problem with that a few minutes after starting the computer up. “What’s the point of having computers if you can’t even go on the internet?” he complained out loud to anyone who was listening.

    • Alosersayswhat - Georgina Philpott , Tue Jul 24 16:53
      So far RMI had been better than Gigi had expected. She’d ended up with a roommate but Vi was pretty cool, if kind of annoying. The Aquilas’ main point of contention so far had been Georgina’s pet... more
      • Huh? - Elliot, Tue Jul 24 18:36
        Elliot laughed at the answer, which came from one of his fellow Aquila first years—the one who never wore robes. G-something. “Right? Like I know that wizards have the whole old-timey medieval... more
        • Are you always this articulate? - Georgina, Wed Jul 25 15:41
          The nerd laughed, which was a good sign, because sometimes people could get tiresomely uptight when Gigi swore in front of them, and she swore a lot. The nerd went on to wax lyrical about the lack of ... more
          • Only on days that end in y - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 05:22
            Elliot was confused. He was pretty sure that he had complained about the lack of internet, and then his Housemate had said that not having the internet sucks, and Elliot had agreed with her , and... more
            • I’ll use short words from now on - Gigi, Thu Jul 26 07:13
              Ugh, she was right, the nerd had taken her comment as an invitation for discussion and Gigi was so uninterested. Yes, it would help her right now to be able to send an e-mail, but she was just fine... more
              • My overworked brain thanks you - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 11:06
                Elliot shrugged. “So do I. Doesn’t mean they’re the best at what they’re for.” Again, wizards had the whole magical aesthetic thing down . They definitely went for form over function. Quills might be ... more
                • You are now indebted to me - Gigi, Sat Jul 28 16:01
                  Gigi grinned. Maybe the nerd was only swearing so openly because she already had, but Elliot didn’t sound like the foul language spewing from his mouth was unpractised. Her own mother used swear... more
                  • How can I repay you? - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 14:23
                    Elliot nodded. It wasn’t hard to imagine spending that much time with his parents. His mother being nocturnal-ish meant that she was home during the day, so before Elliot had started school, it was... more
                    • I'm saving it for a rainy day - Gigi, Tue Jul 31 15:11
                      Aunt, right, that made sense. Same last name, lots of hugging. Georgina mentally filed away that tidbit for future reference. Tycho was now the sticky kid, and sorry, sweetheart, but there’s nothing... more
                      • Guess I’ll just stay in the red - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 16:06
                        Elliot could not keep the grin off his face as Gigi gaped at him. He always liked telling people what his parents did. The fact that his dad made video games for a living probably wouldn’t be as... more
                        • Suits me - Gigi, Thu Aug 2 15:20
                          Peregrine . That was a sort of bird, right? Georgina was mentally storing and cataloguing much of what Elliot was telling her. He liked flying and video games, which his Dad literally played with for ... more
                          • But not me! - Elliot, Wed Aug 8 22:29
                            Gaming was the only time Elliot could stand to sit still for hours and hours and hours (besides sleeping, but even then, he didn’t sleep a lot, usually going to bed late and getting up early) Elliot... more
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