My overworked brain thanks you
Thu Jul 26, 2018 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 fine for right-handed people, and owls might be fine for people who only needed to send a letter a few dozen miles instead of like seventeen hundred, but neither of those things applied to Elliot. Plus there were better options out there. When you could level up your equipment, you should.

Also, magic and electricity could work together, because it did in the Phippen house. Dad would be shit out of luck career-wise if Lia, Elliot, and Ari all having magic stopped his technology from working. Besides, Mama had definitely enchanted the coffeemaker and some of their other appliances to work better. There had to be a way to do it with smartphones and wifi and other digital age tech.

Anyway he’d gotten the G right (even if Gigi was definitely the kind of name you gave a poodle, not a person), but not the family breakdown. “Oh, okay. I went to Muggle elementary school too, ‘cause Dad wanted us to, and there aren’t really magical elementaries in NYC, and if someone suggested my mom homeschool us she’d probably hex the shit out of them.” Elliot literally could not imagine his mother teaching anything beyond telling her bartenders how to mix the signature cocktail of the day. Also she said that homeschoolers were all crazy religious fundamentalists who were scared that their children would pick up a book that wasn’t at least eighty percent Christian allegories and have an independent thought if they talked to people outside their weird little sect. Elliot didn’t know anyone who was homeschooled (because how did homeschool kids even meet other people?) but he believed it.

“So a lot of my friends from home are Muggles.” He was friends with Adam and Tina Mattingly (their younger siblings didn’t really count as friends) too—they also had a Muggle father and a witch mother, and were magical—but they lived in Boston so he didn’t really see them as much. “And most of my family.” There wasn’t much family on Lia’s side, and everyone except Aunt Chris and Maxi were Muggles on Dad’s side (and, he guessed, Bobbie and Uncle Hayden counted). But Uncle Logan’s dad (being Lia’s birth mother’s husband, Martin was no relation to Elliot, but they saw him sometimes when they saw Blanche so he counted as family) was a Muggle, and so were Elliot’s godparents Uncle John and Aunt Cel.

Gigi reminded him a little of Aunt Cel, except that she wasn’t blonde or wearing a bunch of rings or vibrant lipstick. “Oh, but Tycho Leppit and Sadie Embers went to the same school,” Elliot said, figuring that by now Gigi might know their yearmates’ names even if he hadn’t known hers, “so I guess it kind of was a school for magical people. The teachers just didn’t know it was.” And they hadn’t learned anything magical, except for the time they’d had the science museum people come and they’d brought a Tesla coil. It wasn’t actual magic but it was pretty damn cool.

  • 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
      • 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
                  • 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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