It's... interesting.
Sat Mar 18, 2017 16:14

It would definitely be awful if Jaws got eaten. The boy seemed excessively concerned about grades, though, which Russell was confused by. Yeah, there was a possibility that if Jaws got eaten, he would flunk his paper on account of taking a necessary mourning period. But he was also really enjoying school at RMI. There was a not quite equal, but close (he liked to think) possibility that the heartbreak of losing his mouse would help encourage him to actually work even harder so that the innocent death hadn’t been in vain.

So the boy’s assumption that he would ‘probably’ fail his paper as a result was a little... not offensive, there were extremely few things (read: none) that Russell considered himself worthy of being offended over, but a little of something negative. Maybe disheartening was the right word. Like, did he really look like the type of person who would absolutely fall apart completely at the death of his pet mouse? Regardless of whether or not that was the reality of the situation, it was a somewhat unfair judgement, he thought.

The boy’s next series of questions appeared to him as pretty much unrelated to each other. Russell had to take a moment to think about it, absently tickling Jaws’ head with one finger. “Nah, it’s my Spellwork essay. Erm, I think people don’t like mice in general because, well, they’re like small rats, and rats are supposed to carry disease and stuff? People are biased against practically all rodents because of rats.” There were few topics Russell had firm opinions on, but the treatment of mice was one of them. He had had two mice before Jaws, and while his dad had been easily swayed from the beginning, it had taken a ton of convincing every time for his mum to re-agree. But she was a chef, so he supposed she had more reason to hold a bias against mice.

“Jaws isn’t magical. At least, um, I don’t think so.” Granted, at two years old, Jaws was already close to outliving both of his predecessors. Maybe being around while he was practicing magic actually had an effect on the mouse? He’d have to ask Bennett about that. “And why do you think people would be prejudiced against magical animals?” he added, pushing up his sunglasses as they slowly slid down his nose and glancing back at the boy with genuine curiousity. “Like, since we use magical animals for a lot, like potions and that kind of thing, wouldn’t it make sense if people liked them more than plain animals?”

  • Is it a Tasty Conversation? - Hunter Ioma, Sat Mar 18 14:22
    ”Actually, I was feeding Jaws.” The boy moved a paper and there was a little black mouse eating a nut or something with a super cute twitchy nose thing that mice did going on. A light clicked on in... more
    • It's... interesting. - Russell, Sat Mar 18 16:14
      • As Long as We Don't Have to Eat Our Words - Hunter Ioma, Sat Mar 18 19:15
        ”Nah, it’s my Spellwork essay." Ohhhhh, yeah that made even more sense than mice being magical. No one had explicitly told Hunter that magical animals were kept secret from non-magical people, but he ... more
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