That sounds like a bad idea
Fri Dec 29, 2017 15:55

Holland was very tempted to tell Marissa that they didn’t want to talk about this either. This wasn’t true, strictly speaking; they very much wanted to talk to someone about it, but there was no one to whom they could talk. For obvious reasons, they couldn’t tell anyone in their group. Kaye disliked Danny so much that giving her any information that could be considered leverage over him felt like a bad idea. They didn’t trust Myffi not to say anything to Heather or Russell to provide any useful input on the situation.

If there was anyone at RMI who might be both safe to tell and capable of helping Holland feel better, it was probably Maverick, but there were problems with that option too. He was an introvert, and occasionally hard to pin down for a long conversation. Another problem was that there were very few truly private places at RMI. The soundproofed booths in Lyra might be the only place in which one could avoid the threat of eavesdroppers. There were often unoccupied classrooms around the school, and the secret passageways were technically an option. But between Heather, the poltergeist, and the strangely high volume of people who stumbled upon supposedly secret areas, there was no guarantee of privacy. Besides, Holland agreed with Benjamin Franklin’s opinion about the difficulty of keeping secrets. Given that his recommended solution was not an option, the best Holland could do was avoid expanding the number of people who needed to keep the secret. The fewer people who knew—even people they trusted—the fewer people could tell someone who they didn’t want to know.

Regardless, telling Marissa that they didn’t want to talk about it any more than Danny had would make things worse. It would make Holland more suspicious of whomever said it to them, so it would probably make Marissa suspicious too. Holland was slightly irritated with Danny for giving Marissa such an ineffective explanation, which did nothing to help their preexisting irritation with their fellow Lyra sixth-year. At least they didn’t have to worry about being consistent with Danny’s story.

Stalling, Holland wordlessly stupefied the billywig that had just zoomed past Marissa’s head. They managed to hit the insect without getting Marissa with the spell. Most of Holland’s nonverbal magic practice was centered around charms, so they were pleased to see that their defensive magic was coming along in that regard. Holland had always thought it was never a good idea to call out your attacks and blocks; it gave your enemy too much information. They Summoned the stunned billywig to them and tried not to squish it.

“We had a fight after the beach party,” Holland began, accurately. So far, so good. “He basically came over to chaperone me talking to Ruben. Emmett did the same thing at the sleepover party in September and I’m getting really sick of it. So we argued.” They’d turned in essays with less editing than they were applying to this conversation. Holland shrugged. Their explanation hadn’t covered why things were still so awkward with Danny, but maybe Marissa would think it was enough of a reason.

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