Try a harder question
Tue May 15, 2018 12:54

Yeah we can play.” Madeleine bounced up and down on the balls of her feet in joy. Today was already going so much better than she had expected! He was even letting her pick what they played. Sorry, her room would just have to stay pink for another day. She could pick paint any time. Dade was here now.

“Let’s play dress-up,” she said, because it was her most favorite game, and because Dade had said he didn’t mind. Some people would say that they didn’t have an opinion on something when actually they did care but didn’t want to tell you for whatever reason—Madeleine thought that was really dumb, because then no one would end up with what they wanted—but Daisy wasn’t like that. As far as she could tell, he usually said what he meant.

Madeleine noticed Dade sounded a little tired, and kind of happy-but-in-a-sad-way, and she remembered what Drew had told her about him having a rough time lately. (Actually Drew had said Dade was having a “crappy” time, but Madeleine wasn’t supposed to say that word, and also she was pretty sure that Drew wasn’t supposed to say that word either, but she wasn’t going to tell on him or anything, because that would be really crappy mean of her.) When Madeleine felt bad it was usually because she was lonely or bored or got a bad grade on her spelling test, but she usually didn’t have bad moods that lasted longer than a couple of hours. Drew had made it sound like Dade had been feeling bad for days. The only time that had ever happened to Madeleine was when Godric died, but then they had gotten Circe and things had been all better.

She wondered what had made Daisy feel like that. Maybe it was something she could help with! Dad had said she would be a good counselor because part of the job was listening to people’s problems and helping them feel better, and she was good at that. She wasn’t sure whether it would help more to bring it up or to wait until Dade brought it up. Of course if she waited he might not ever bring it up, but she could always ask later, probably.

So Madeleine took Dade’s hand and led the way back to the costume room. “We can play princesses,” she suggested, thinking specifically of a pirate princesses game for today. “Are you still going with Daisy Ophelia or do you have a different name now?” Daisy liked to swap around different middle names when they played princesses. Madeleine’s favorite so far had been Daisy Aurora. It sounded the most princessy.

  • Well that was straightforward - Dade, Tue May 15 10:22
    Madeleine was right there all of a sudden, and she was saying his name princess name and hugging him. Generally Dade wasn’t the biggest fan of hugs, but when they were hugs from Madeleine or one of... more
    • Try a harder question - Madeleine, Tue May 15 12:54
      • The nice thing about Madeleine was that she didn’t seem to spend too much time differentiating between real life and playing dress-up. She called Dade ‘Daisy’ sometimes and ‘Dade’ other times, and... more
        • *silly walks* - Madeleine Tennant, Mon May 21 17:10
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          • Something about a swallow - Dade, Tue May 22 11:44
            It made sense that Madeleine played on her own sometimes, now that Dade thought about it. He had only been alone for one year, since Connor was only a year older than him, but it had been a very... more
            • African or European? - Madeleine, Tue May 22 13:00
              Madeleine pulled the feathery yellow dress on and then went and looked for shoes. The costume room mostly had character shoes, which were black with little heels. She didn’t know how to walk in high... more
              • Australia - Dade, Tue May 22 15:12
                Madeleine proposed the concept with such ease that Dade was almost sure he misheard her. Why didn’t he just be a girl? He blinked. “That’s not how that works,” Dade said. “You don’t just be a girl,... more
                • Do they fly upside down? - Madeleine, Tue May 22 16:05
                  “Nuh-uh,” Madeleine retorted instantly, because Dade was wrong. But then she remembered that that wasn’t quite how Marissa and Dad had explained it (they had said that it wasn’t a choice to have your ... more
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