Thanks for the warm reception
Thu Aug 24, 2017 14:54

Oh, perfect, Wyatt had his doll, so he totally wouldn’t mind Holland having theirs in the library too. The sixth-year drew their wand, nonverbally transfigured the stroller into a baby bouncer, and set it beside Wyatt’s. Diana fussed and waved her balled-up fists near her scrunched-shut eyes, but then she settled down. There. She could be friends with Wyatt’s doll.

It was kind of a relief that Wyatt just called his project “the doll” and not “the baby.” Holland was also following that line of thinking—it wasn’t a real baby!—but Emmett was taking this project way too seriously. They could put that down to the fact that Emmett was doing most of the childcare for Synnöve, so he was getting the full force of the traumatic bonding from sleep deprivation, sound torture. and stress positions, but they could also just chalk it up to his innate Emmettness. He wasn’t the Xest Y in the Z, but he’d probably be a good dad someday. Holland could see a lot of dad jokes in their friend’s hypothetical children’s future.

Holland didn’t know Kateri Lemont very well, except that she was one of Heather Bartel’s most frequent sources for gossip. They didn’t know any of the fourth-years well, really; they seemed like a quiet, isolated group compared to some of the more outgoing years. Holland knew Rhiya a little better than the others, because their rooms had been next to each other until Myffi transferred in, but Holland definitely wouldn’t call the underclasswoman a friend. “I’m working with Camilla—Baird, not Reynolds. I’m pretty sure she could care less if our doll was kidnapped and held for ransom, but she’s doing everything we’re supposed to do and she hasn’t complained too much, so whatever.”

All this class was teaching Holland was that they didn’t want a baby. They weren’t even sure they wanted kids at all, but right now they were feeling certain that below five years old was too young. Maybe adopting an older kid would be all right, if they decided they wanted to be a parent. Raising the doll was not rewarding so far, although Holland enjoyed personalizing the little outfits the professors had given them for Diana. But you could give cute tiny clothing as a gift as a godparent or friend of the family (Holland was an only child so they wouldn’t have niblings, and there wasn’t a gender-neutral term for aunt/uncle anyway), so Holland didn’t need a small human of their own to do that.

Holland grinned and sat in the chair Wyatt offered. “Thanks.” They hadn’t been planning to stay long, but they weren’t in a rush to get back to the dorm. Holland wandlessly summoned an astronomy book off one of the shelves and caught it, then paused. “Why come all the way to the library? I thought Cetus had its own study room.” Lyra just had the art rooms, which weren’t really useful for studying, and it was hard to get anything done in the Common Room. They imagined it was easier to focus in the Cetus commons.

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