Dade Farnon
Why should I tell you?
Sun Jul 22, 2018 17:57

The pet store was more crowded than it probably should have been, and Dade wasn’t really enjoying being there. But after his letter to Rose, his sister had demanded he come to Pearl Street immediately. Dade had resisted, but she had informed him that she would personally take the elevator down to RMI and hex the living daylights out of anyone who tried to mess with him on the way, which made Dade feel much more secure. He was pretty sure that wasn’t something Rose was supposed to do anymore, but he was also pretty sure that sort of thing never stopped Rose. His sister had been waiting for him just outside of Lighthouse Books, and had all but dragged him down Pearl Street Mall to the pet store.

There were all sorts of animals. Several kittens, adolescent rats, puffskeins, multiple types of owl, some very small diricawls that kept popping in and out of sight in a large, glass tank, and other animals, both magical and mundane. And Rose had told him to pick one out.

Dade had never really wanted a pet. He didn’t dislike animals like Connor did, but he’d never spent a lot of energy in the direction of looking into acquiring an animal, or even what sort of animal he wanted to acquire. But while in the process of dragging him to the pet store, Rose said that if he was going to complain about missing Sami so much he was going to have to get a pet of his own because she wasn’t sending Sami back to RMI. Sami was her cat and Dade didn’t want Rose to send her cat with him, but he liked how Sami sat on him sometimes and kept him company when he just wanted to be in bed, not moving or doing anything. That hadn’t added up to Dade wanting to get an animal, but Rose was insisting (and Rose was paying) so he resigned himself to the fact that he was going to go home with a pet.

He spent awhile looking at the diricawls, but then someone from the store wandered over and mentioned that they did best in groups, so Dade moved on. He looked at some fish until Rose told him that fish didn’t count as pets, much to the annoyance of the employee rearranging the cans of fish food on the shelves next to Dade. Then he moved on to cats, but Dade didn’t really like the look of any of the cats. Plus some cats were loud and they wanted a lot of attention sometimes, and there wasn’t really a way of telling which ones were going to be a pain and which ones were going to be fine. In what Dade considered to be an expressly stupid arrangement, there was a tank full of rats with big, circle ears next to the enclosure with the cats in it. He was only going to pass by the rats, when one of them stopped cleaning itself and stared directly at him. Dade blinked. The rat blinked back.

Might as well, he thought, and that was how Dade ended up walking down Pearl Street, Rose at his side, carefully holding a clear container with an adolescent dumbo rat inside.

“Oh Merlin,” Rose groaned as they passed the courthouse. “Look at what it is.”

Dade looked over at his sister, then looked where she was looking. On the grass next to the courthouse was Russell, the Head Boy, reading a book. Dade looked back at Rose, whose hazel eyes had narrowed in the way they often did when she was planning something.

“Dade,” she said, calmly. “I have a solution to both of our problems.”


“Go over there and tell Russell about Claudia.”


“Go over there and tell Russell about Claudia. Tell him that I said it’s his job to make sure nothing happens to you.”

“Rose, he’s not going to be able to - “

“Go do it!” she exclaimed, turning on one booted heel to stalk over to a bench facing the courthouse. She sat and leveled her gaze at Russell. “Go on. I’ll wait.”

Anxious, Dade wrinkled his nose and scuffed one shoe along the sidewalk, then glanced at Rose again. She hadn’t moved, and he knew she wasn’t going to until he did what she said, no matter how long it took. He sighed, then shifted the hand he was carrying the rat in. He hadn’t named it yet. The pet store person had said it was a boy rat, but Dade had no idea how to tell the difference between boy rats and girl rats. Walking slowly up to Russell, Dade tried to rehearse what he was going to say and realized that there wasn’t a good way to say it. As he got closer to Russell, he realized that the older boy was saying something - so Dade walked closer to hear it. Then Russell looked up.

“Rose said to tell you that Claudia is bothering me,” Dade said, gesturing over his shoulder at his sister with his free hand. “She says it’s your job to make sure nothing happens. Because you’re Head Boy I guess.” the third-year wasn’t stupid; he knew how Rose (and Emmett) felt about Russell. He just couldn’t connect it to what was going on here. Awkwardly, Dade shifted the rat to his right hand again. What was he supposed to say next?

  • You weren't listening, right? - Russell Drew, Sun Jul 22 17:07
    To say that the dominant emotion for the start of Russell’s final year at RMI was “bewildered” would be an understatement. First he had been made Head Boy, an obvious oversight by the school... more
    • Why should I tell you? - Dade Farnon, Sun Jul 22 17:57
      • The first thing Russell noticed was that the person to interrupt him this time was the youngest Farnon. However, far from this bringing relief that he hadn’t inadvertently shared spell theory with a... more
        • Well that was easy - Dade, Wed Jul 25 15:52
          It seemed like Russell was distracted by the rat in Dade’s carrying cage. It was a pretty cute rat, Dade wasn’t denying that, but Russell was a seventh-year and Dade would have figured a seventh-year ... more
          • I made something easier? Wow that's new - Russell, Wed Jul 25 22:37
            Looking away from the rodent again, he listened with increasing concern as Dade described how exactly Claudia was bothering him. He couldn’t say he was surprised, but he also couldn’t say he wasn’t.... more
            • There's a first time for everything - Dade, Thu Jul 26 11:06
              Okay, maybe Russell wasn’t a complete idiot. Unlike some people (Marley) he seemed to be taking Dade seriously. Considering his position at the school, Russell was a good person to be taking Dade... more
              • And what a surprise it is! - Russell, Sun Aug 5 00:18
                To his great and clear surprise, thin eyebrows having both jumped up his forehead with the approximate speed at which he preferred to jump out of the way of Marissa’s uncomfortably talkative sister... more
                • Well, what kind of surprise is it? - Dade, Wed Aug 8 12:44
                  It seemed like Russell was super into holding the rat, so Dade opened the carrying cage and waited for the older boy to scoop up the little critter inside. First, Russell let the rat sniff him and... more
                  • A warm'n'fuzzy one - Russell, Tue Aug 14 21:58
                    Russell nodded understandingly. Names were tricky and he certainly hadn’t expected Dade to have already picked one out. Even asking the younger boy if he had any name ideas when he had presumably... more
                    • That seems like a nice surprise - Dade, Thu Aug 16 19:55
                      The idea of a rat rescue had never occurred to Dade. He supposed it kind of made sense. There were rescues for dogs and cats, so it stood to reason that people would want to give up a rat or... more
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