Are you always this articulate?
Wed Jul 25, 2018 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 dependence on electricity of the magical world - he literally used the word ‘aesthetic’; what and wherefore? - and mourn the very same. Georgina’s scoff was half snort. “Magic is modernising and evolving all the time,” she disagreed. “Your precious digital age depends on electrical fields unobstructed by magic.” Oh shit, now she was going to sound like a nerd. Best stop talking like she had any idea about why RMI might have given up on joining the Muggles’ communication revolution before she got sucked into some lethargy-inducing debate.

“I guess they probably can’t get a wifi signal down here,” the nerd speculated, demonstrating he wasn’t gonna let this shit go quietly into the night.

“Here or rural Herefordshire,” she returned, sounding almost as bored by this as she felt. It wasn’t strictly true, but there would be no streaming of anything where she came from. ‘Broadband’ was synonymous with ‘unicorn’ with the Muggles. Georgina tugged her satchel back onto her shoulder, reversing the progress it had made towards slipping down her arm, ready to leave the nerd to his pointless rants and fruitless click-clicking. She had already crossed towards rejoining the main library when Elliot-or-Grayson called out, “They have games!” only to be defeated moments later when he discovered they were just the same two lame time-killers than infected practically all computers of the last millennium. “If I wanted to play solitaire I would just get a deck of cards.”

Gigi stopped and bit back her parting remark about solitaire being the only card game he knew as a matter of necessity, not coincidence. She was missing her friends, maybe this nerd was missing his friends too, especially if his friends were digitally-created characters voiced by other nerds all sitting at home in their sad little bedrooms, oblivious to the smell of feet and stale pizza as they gave themselves repetitive strain injuries. Being a tech nerd would suck at a magic school, and they were both having some trouble, or whatever, adapting. Unable to let the opportunity of making a joke at his expense go to waste (anyone who brought up solitaire really brought their fate on themself), she said, “With a good enough imagination you don’t need a deck of cards to play solitaire.” Nerd might not get it, joke might be wasted, she’d get over it in time with counseling or the opportunity to make a better joke, again at his expense, whichever came first. She grinned.

“Come on, tech nerd, there’s a permanent power cut but we could maybe find some candles. Or a pack of cards. Or whatever metaphor is going to get you out of this hole and come keep me company.” She gestured wildly at the ancient screens, risking upsetting her satchel strap again. “Can’t e-mail my friends, might as well make some new ones.”

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    • Are you always this articulate? - Georgina, Wed Jul 25 15:41
      • Only on days that end in y - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 05:22
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        • I’ll use short words from now on - Gigi, Thu Jul 26 07:13
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          • My overworked brain thanks you - Elliot, Thu Jul 26 11:06
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            • You are now indebted to me - Gigi, Sat Jul 28 16:01
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              • How can I repay you? - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 14:23
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                • I'm saving it for a rainy day - Gigi, Tue Jul 31 15:11
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                  • Guess I’ll just stay in the red - Elliot, Tue Jul 31 16:06
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                    • Suits me - Gigi, Thu Aug 2 15:20
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                      • But not me! - Elliot, Wed Aug 8 22:29
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                        • Sucks to be you - Gigi, Tue Aug 14 08:31
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                          • Actually, it rocks - Elliot, Fri Aug 17 18:27
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