Play a different tuna
Sun Jan 7, 2018 13:38

Risk was a very personal concept. Claudia was taking a risk today with her statement dress and make up, but the risk was low: most people probably wouldn’t notice the change in her look, and of the people who did notice, most of them wouldn’t care. If the few people who both noticed and cared, a positive reaction had the potential to be beneficial to Claudia, whereas a negative reaction would probably leave her no worse off than being casually overlooked by most of the student population, and at odds with her two best friends. It was a low risk scenario. Marley and Teal dating was much higher risk, with more potential to get hurt, and probably a very low chance of happiness for either of them. Claudia would not have taken it, even if she were free of logic and morals, as Marley apparently was. Happiness could so easily be achieved by doing everything one was supposed to do and being praised for adherence; why would anyone need to deviate to obtain joy?

“Being friends with your brother wasn’t easy at first either.” Claudia watched Holland intently while they contemplated lipstick shades. It seemed like the sixth year was about to compare their friendship with Danny to Claudia’s friendship with Marley. She supposed there were some parallels, as she had shared a very similar upbringing with her brother, the differences allowing for her being the youngest, female and not an heir, and Holland had some association with Muggles, but Claudia didn’t know specifically if they had a Muggle parent, like Marley did.

Regardless, Holland seemed to be implying it had been harder for them than for Danny. That was illogical: Danny was normal, why would it be hard to be friends with him?

Holland was right about never finding someone who agreed on everything. She had thought she and Connor had most things in common, except for Marley, but then he’d turned out to be prejudiced against race, and prone to shouting insults at other students. So she’d been wrong. Holland was probably also right about talking to Marley, but what was she supposed to say? ‘Marley it’s wrong for you to date Teal, why are you doing that?’ Even with her new resolution to be more confident and assertive, Claudia didn’t think she could actually speak those words aloud.

“I suppose if Dardanius managed to overcome the differences in your friendship it is possible I could find a way to accommodate Marley’s eccentricities,” Claudia considered, although she did not sound persuaded. “Is that how you and Danny stayed friends?” Claudia sought clarification. “It was probably hard for him with you being so… I mean, did he talk to you about the things you did that he didn’t agree with?”

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