You go first
Wed Dec 19, 2018 20:08

My parents are insane,” said DJ, and then described something that did in fact sound insane to Drew. Aaron talked about the spells he worked on, sure, but he didn’t usually have Drew or Madeleine attempt them, and he didn’t even do hexes. Usually just complicated charms. If Aaron invented hexes, Dad probably wouldn’t even let him work on stuff in the McTennant suite.

DJ didn’t ask about all the Cetus detentionees, which was probably good: if he didn’t have to then Drew didn’t really want to explain the whole arson fire thing that had happened with Claudia and Dade Dakota (or should he say Dade? Was Drew supposed to use the old name for things that had happened before Dakota switched? It was so confusing), because Dakota seemed like she really liked DJ and Drew didn’t want to screw that up for his friend. Any friendship with someone outside the core Self-Defense Club group was something Drew wanted to encourage for Dakota. The short list of likely new friends included Huburt (who was extremely disapproving of Dade’s use of magic against Claudia, but who Dade had never had a problem with personally and who shared a deep dislike of Connor that they could maybe bond over) and Teal (who wasn’t straight but, unlike Marley, seemed to have no interest in being friends with Claudia), although at this point anyone would be an improvement. Dakota needed more friends.

Although even if Drew didn’t talk about all of the detentions, maybe he should mention the whole situation with Connor. Drew felt compelled to warn DJ, who he was pretty sure was biracial too and therefore at risk of Connor spewing racist nonsense at him. Also, if Connor asked another guy about the turnip thing, Drew would want his story corroborated.

He was opening his mouth to bring that up when DJ spoke instead. Oh. Yikes. Why did he have to talk about Dakota and Remington again? “They’re not,” Drew said, rolling his shoulders back. Sometimes when Drew got really stressed, it took him a while to notice that he’d tensed his shoulders up so high they were practically touching his ears. Right now it wasn’t so bad, but Drew wanted to figure out how to explain why Dakota and Remy weren’t friends without making DJ want to stop being friends with either of them. Drew took a shot and missed so badly that he scratched, the cue ball bouncing into the side pocket. He corrected himself: “They used to be best friends, but they kind of had a falling out.”

That was how Dad would say it. They had a falling out was the gentle way of saying they were fighting. Although, actually, there hadn’t even been a fight. Just Dade freaking out and suddenly avoiding Remington.

How would he put it if he was writing a Rocky Voices article about it? Not like Heather’s gossip column, but an actual facts-based, well-researched report. “Last year there was some drama with Dakota and this other girl, Claudia. Claudia hexed this other trans person—or, no, they’re non-binary—last year, because she didn’t like that a non-binary person was dating her brother. At least, everyone thinks that’s why, and neither of them ever tried to change peoples’ minds about that.” He hadn’t talked about that with Holland or Claudia so he didn’t have a primary source. You had to be objective when you were reporting the news.

Drew checked to make sure no one else was in the Rec Center before he continued. “Dakota was scared Claudia had found out she was trans somehow and was going to attack her too because of what she did to Holland. So Dakota hexed Claudia preemptively, to make sure she wouldn’t mess with her, only she wasn’t out to anyone then so she refused to explain why she did that.” That had been the most damning thing: Drew was pretty sure that if Dakota had just told his dad everything then, things would be a lot better now. “And then someone told Dakota that Remington was hanging out with Claudia at a party, so Dakota stopped being friends with Remy ‘cause she thought Remington was friends with her enemy. But Remy didn’t know about the trans stuff so it’s just, like, a crappy misunderstanding,” he summarized. Okay, maybe this was an opinion column now. “Sorry, I don’t like to gossip, but you’re new and Dakota trusts you so I figured maybe you should know about that.”

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