But I stand by it
Mon Feb 27, 2017 23:36

Marley’s story about her mom using her middle name baffled Holland, whose middle name was used to refer to them about as frequently as gendered pronouns. They didn’t even get “Holland Skylar Keene”d even when they were in trouble, although part of that might have been because Holland didn’t break many rules at home. Monty and Bryony Keene had loose rules, many of which Holland would have followed anyway (don’t do drugs, don’t smoke, don’t drink—Holland was wary enough of consciousness-altering substances on their own without them being banned) or were just common sense (ask before going to a friend’s house, only use the credit card for emergencies). There just wasn’t a lot Holland and their parents conflicted on, although the teen did have slightly different political views.

Also, Holland had never really gotten the point of middle names. If you wanted to give a person two names, why not use both of them? And if you didn’t want to use both of them, why bother with the second one? Middle names did give a person another easy data point for identification, they supposed, but that wasn’t really a good thing.

“Well, happy birthday, then.” Apparently birthdays meant Marley had decided attendance policies didn’t apply to her. Some professors, Holland knew, would be more accepting of that than others. From what Holland had heard of him, Professor Hier probably wouldn’t care if she missed, and Boot might not notice she was gone. But if Marley was skipping Spellwork or Magizoobotany or Cultural Studies, she’d probably hear something from one of the teachers. What she’d hear ranged from a concerned talk to an irritated talking-to, depending on which professor it was.

Anyway, Marley would figure out how to skip class on her own. That was part of initiation for new RMI students. Granted, Marley wasn’t new, but as a second-year she was still new-ish.

New-ish enough that Holland apparently hadn’t had The Gender Talk with her yet. Holland thought they’d talked about it with everyone on the Quidditch team—they changed separately from the rest of the team before and after matches, so it came up sometimes—but apparently Marley had never asked, or maybe Holland had only given a partial introduction to gender theory. It was hard to keep track of how in-depth they had discussed their identity with different people, because they’d talked about it an exhausting amount of times. Not that they minded when people were genuinely curious and open to learning, but they didn’t think they were quite educated enough about the non-cis community to answer some of the questions they got during the Gender Talk. Marley was awkward about it, but she seemed well-meaning and she was only twelve thirteen, and teaching people was more fun than berating them for not knowing things.

“Technically I’m just non-binary all the time,” Holland said. They decided to ignore the strange comment, because they weren’t entirely sure how to address it and Marley didn’t seem to have meant it in a bad way. “Sometimes I present more masculine and sometimes I present more feminine, but I don’t actually change. Today is a more in-between kind of day.”

If there was a pattern that could predict Holland’s day-to-day gender feelings, the fifth-year hadn’t discovered it yet, and Holland was generally good at finding patterns. It was what made them so good at arithmancy and conspiracies. “I think this is an in-between kind of suit, don’t you?”

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    • But I stand by it - Holland, Mon Feb 27 23:36
      • Oh, good! I like firm opinions! - Marley , Sat Mar 4 19:55
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