Well, all of this is strange to me
Sat Dec 9, 2017 11:31

It was clear that the person standing in the doorway was a staff kid, mostly because she looked about six and Dade was pretty sure if there had been some six-year-old mega-genius in the first-year class, he would have known about it by now. Admittedly, he wasn’t sure about which staff kid, in part because Dade wasn’t sure which of his professors had kids and which ones didn’t. He knew for sure that Rob had at least one kid, because his wife walked around with a baby sometimes and it was probably illegal and a little creepy to just randomly borrow somebody’s baby to walk around with. And he knew that Kit’s cousin, Drew, was Professor McKindy’s son, kind of. But this little girl was not one of the staff kids that had been on his radar before.

She was dressed very neatly, but with a tiara on her head, shiny red shoes on her feet, and a puffskein in her arms. Or, as she put it, playing dress-up. She then suggested that they play dress-up together and Dade froze for a second before she introduced herself as Madeleine Tennant, and then things clicked together a little bit for Dade.

If Rose had gone through a dress-up phase, it was before Dade was old enough to know anything about it. Connor certainly hadn’t, and they weren’t very close with the cousins on either side of the family. They sometimes got together around the holidays, but not every year. Dade wasn’t entirely sure he could recognize all of his cousins on his own; of course he’d never played dress-up with them. And it seemed weird for a little girl to ask him, a thirteen-year-old boy - a thirteen year old person - to play dress-up with her. On the other hand, Dade knew that Madeleine’s understanding of things like what boys and girls should do differently was messed up because she had two dads rather than a mom and a dad like in a normal family. Unlike Connor, Dade didn’t particularly hold that against Professor McKindy and Mr. Tennant, but it still made him a little uncomfortable sometimes.

Dade didn’t have a whole lot of experience with younger kids, but despite his usual misanthropy, he found himself not wanting to make Madeleine sad that she didn’t have anyone to play with. That was why. It had nothing to do with what she was proposing.

“I don’t know,” the second-year shrugged. “What do you think I should be?”

  • This doesn’t seem strange to me - Madeleine Tennant, Fri Dec 1 10:49
    Luckily, Madeleine Tennant had the very best costume box. She could use all of the RMI theater department costumes, and a lot of them had spells on to make them magically fit the person who put them... more
    • Well, all of this is strange to me - Dade, Sat Dec 9 11:31
      • Stranger things have happened - Madeleine Tennant, Sun Dec 10 11:50
        The older boy stopped trying to leave so that was good. He did want to play after all! “Okay um let me think,” Madeleine said, bouncing on the balls of her feet again. She had wanted to let him come... more
        • I'm not sure I buy that - Dade, Sat Dec 23 18:38
          When Madeleine put the puffskein down, it made a noise and Dade looked at it. The thing was a little ball of fluff. It looked like one of the puff balls that Sami played with sometimes, except with... more
          • Would you at least browse it? - Madeleine, Sat Dec 23 19:31
            Her playmate was not very good at dress-up, Madeleine decided. Or maybe he had only ever played with someone who picked the costumes for both of them so he had never gotten to choose before. Drew... more
            • Okay well the thing that Dade had been kind of hoping wouldn’t happen had gone ahead and happened. Madeleine wanted him to be a ‘detective princess’ like she was, and she clearly had missed any memos ... more
              • Then you can window shop - Madeleine, Sun Dec 24 12:46
                He was going to play along! Madeleine bounced on the balls of her feet. “Daisy is a really good princess name,” she said encouragingly. Daisy must just be his princess name, because who ever heard of ... more
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