No sore losers
Sun Dec 16, 2018 15:31

The girl said ‘Okay’ which Jesse understood as an acknowledgment in this instance, rather than a quantifier or descriptor. In another context, for example, it was plausible for someone to say ‘Okay’ to give their permission for him to be flying laps then practicing Beating, but Jesse did not need the permission of this first year student. Another time someone might say ‘Okay’ is if they were agreeing to an activity, or offering their opinion on the pastime he had suggested, or to make it clear that they held no objection to his proposal. On further consideration, Jesse supposed that the latter could apply to Miss Embers in this scenario, but he still believed his original conclusion that she was simply using ‘Okay’ to confirm she’d heard and understood him, the same way another might do with a nod of the head, or making the comment ‘I see’ (which was another can of flobberworms, because it was almost always uttered in a response to vocally administered explanation, so ‘I hear’ would arguably be far more accurate, but nobody seemed to agree with Jesse whenever he voiced this particular observation). Therefore he did not expect her to suddenly turn proverbial tables on him, declare ‘Nope’ and deny him the opportunity to do as he had suggested after all.

People named Embers were unpredictable. Jesse didn’t like that.

First year Embers then went on to summarize Jesse’s plans as boring. He did not know whether he should be affronted. It was an adjective that was quite often applied to him, and Jesse supposed he was powerless to deny popular opinion - by its very definition it made the minority the exception - but personally, subjectively, he did not consider that to be accurate. He was not so chatty as other people, and maybe he did not always understand nuance or implication, which made it quite difficult for him to follow jokes a lot of the time, and apparently people didn’t like it if you didn’t laugh at their jokes, but that didn’t make him boring. Difficult to converse with, he would accept, but not boring. Jesse had many hobbies. He loved to read, about anything, about everything, comics and textbooks, fantasy and history. He liked astronomy, he liked painting models with Keith, he played Quidditch, he could do some Muggle magic tricks - including juggling - and he knew lots and lots of really interesting a fascinating facts. That wasn’t boring. In comparison to lion taming, or deep sea diving, maybe Beating practice wasn’t the most original activity, but it was still hitting metal balls around while flying on a broomstick in an underground school. Jesse thought his interpretation of boring probably differed from his companion’s.

Although then the girl suggested making up their own game, and Jesse became interested. He liked making up his own games and puzzles. He didn’t usually get to play them with anyone else because Felix only wanted to play board games that came in colorful boxes with printed instructions, and Lola was too young to do much of anything, but maybe if he created some in school he could persuade some of the other Draco students to play them? Jesse liked Draco students. They were not all the same, of course, but they seemed to understand Jesse better than anyone else he’d ever met in his life before. Being in Draco as one of the many good things about RMI, including the food, and learning magic, and not having to share a room with Felix.

“We could see who can fly the longest upside down while holding a Quaffle! Or something else, if you have an idea.”

“I like your challenge,” Jesse said. “I’ve never tried that.” He didn’t always like to try new things, but things that sounded fun were often worth trying. “I might have an idea,” he said hesitantly, his mind filling itself with flying through hoops, skimming the top of the spectators stands with their toes, and carrying Quaffles without using hands, but nothing solidified into a plan to be implemented, “but it hasn’t formed yet. Can we try your thing first? Then if I think of something we could do that next,” Jesse suggested, forgetting that he might need to abandon all attempts at flying because his attire might prove to be unsuitable. “I’m Jesse Keller, by the way.”

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