Only on days that end in y
Thu Jul 26, 2018 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 then—out of NOWHERE—she was lecturing him about how magic did change, it just didn’t do technology. That was stupid. Most of the world ran on technology, so magic should keep up with the times. Elliot didn’t know enough about the way magic worked to dispute what she said (he was pretty sure it hadn’t come out of one of Professor McKindy’s or Blair’s or Boot’s lectures, because Elliot actually paid attention in class now that his classes were all about magic) but he wasn’t just gonna take being condescended to lying down.

“Well, if wizards and witches want magic to be modern, then they should evolve it to be compatible with the electrical fields that, like, ninety percent of the rest of the world uses,” he shot back. He didn’t actually know how many Muggles versus magical people there were, but a nine to one ratio sounded about right. Also he’d said “like” so his statistics didn’t have to be a hundred percent accurate. Those were the rules, and his point was right anyway. Muggles couldn’t adjust their electrical fields to be compatible with magic because most of them didn’t know about magic, so the onus was on wizardkind to stop being Amish and fix it. “Otherwise we’re stuck writing with quills for no good reason instead of typing,” God damn all that smudgy wet ink, “and using owls instead of sending emails and texts.” There was a reason Muggles didn’t send messages by bird anymore, and it wasn’t because the passenger pigeon had gone extinct. Communication via satellite was faster and therefore better.

With a good enough imagination you don’t need a deck of cards to play solitaire.” Elliot made a face. An imaginary game of solitaire sounded even worse than the real version, which wasn’t fun to begin with. The only redeeming thing about the computerized version was how the cards bounced around the screen when you won. Also if you weren’t using a deck of cards couldn’t you just imagine that the next card in the pile was the exact one you needed? That’s what he would do. Pointless.

He didn’t object to being called a tech nerd; he’d been called a nerd before, usually by classmates who meant it as an insult, but Elliot didn’t think it was insulting. What, he was a nerd because he got excited about his interests and knew a lot about them? So sue him. Caring about stuff you liked wasn’t a bad thing. Plus Dad was an even bigger nerd than Elliot was so he really wasn’t bothered by the label. He didn’t think he’d done anything especially nerdy around this girl yet—Elliot had quickly realized that most of his classmates wouldn’t get his pop culture references so had dialed that back—but apparently wanting computers to not be lame was enough to qualify as a tech nerd in her book.

“Okay,” he answered. The RMI computers had let him down but there was definitely other fun to be had in the school. He got up from the chair and spun it so he was seated backwards on it, facing the other Aquila. “I’m Elliot,” he said, because he and G-whatever hadn’t worked in a class together yet, and if he wasn’t sure he knew her name then she probably didn’t know his either. “You know what the internet is and have friends who use email,” he speculated, “but you’re also snarky about how magic works so… halfblood? Me too.”

  • 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
      • 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
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            • 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
                      • Sucks to be you - Gigi, Tue Aug 14 08:31
                        Cool, the tech nerd wanted to play Seeker. Not strictly within the stereotype of sitting every day for hours in front of a screen, but as they had already established, that wasn’t really so much of... more
                        • Actually, it rocks - Elliot, Fri Aug 17 18:27
                          “I don’t think my parents would give a shit if I did magic at home,” as long as he didn’t use it in a bad way, “but I only got my wand a couple weeks before school started and we were super busy so I ... more
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