Still a lot of effort
Fri May 4, 2018 16:04

In general, Drew made Dade feel very comfortable. He didn’t make Dade feel like he had to talk a lot and when Dade indicated he needed space, Drew gave him space. When it was clear that Dade had more than enough of Kit for one session, Drew made sure that Kit was otherwise occupied. It wasn’t difficult to make sure that Kit was otherwise occupied, but Dade often lacked the patience that Drew had in seemingly endless amounts.

So when Drew asked about what had happened, Dade only stiffened a little bit, but it was mostly reflexive. He didn’t actually think that Drew was asking because he was going to be judgy or say that he shouldn’t have hexed Claudia, but it was a hard thing for him to explain. He couldn’t tell Drew the reason Claudia had been following him. He couldn’t. If there was anyone who might get it, it was probably Drew because his family situation was different, but Dade was was afraid that if he told Drew about why Claudia was following him, Drew would think he was too weird or start treating him differently. Or worse, that he would ask a bunch of questions that Dade didn’t know the answer to. He didn’t really know what was going on. Sometimes he just wanted to do things that he didn’t understand, and he usually felt really gross and uncomfortable about it afterwards. He didn’t want Drew to know there was something wrong with him.

“Claudia keeps hexing people,” Dade said instead of explaining why she was going after him in particular. “She hexed her older brother over break because he started dating Holland, and then she hexed Holland when they got back. I left class,” he had left class because he didn’t want anyone to know what his worst fear was, but he didn’t want to say that either “because Professor Cindra is stupid,” that was believable; everyone who knew Dade knew that he had minimal tolerance for stupidity. “And then Claudia followed me out of the classroom and, I don’t know,” Dade shrugged. “I knew she was going to try and hex me too so I hexed her first. But I just knocked her back, and then I was going to do the fireants spell, but fireants turned into fire…” Dade trailed off, a little sheepish that he’d messed up the spell so badly.

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