Well do you have a solution?
Fri May 4, 2018 16:55

Drew nodded and listened to Dade explain it. Drew was a good listener. When Kit was your best friend, you got used to listening, because Kit never stopped talking. Also because of Kit, Drew was really good at kind of tuning out a conversation but still listening enough to reply. But he didn’t tune out any part of what Dade said.

Drew didn’t argue with Dade saying that Cindra was stupid. He knew he was probably supposed to argue for her because she was one of his aunts, but she wasn’t an amazing Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. Even Dad admitted it. Also, Dade called a lot of people stupid. If Drew objected every time his friend called someone stupid, they probably wouldn’t be able to be friends.

He hadn’t known that about Claudia. Well he knew about the Holland thing because everyone knew about that now, but he hadn’t known about her hexing Danny, let alone why. He guessed that Rose would’ve known about that and so Dade had found out from her. Marissa probably would’ve known too and she hadn’t said anything. But whatever was going on with Claudia and Danny and Holland wasn’t any of Drew’s business, so it made sense that Marissa wouldn’t have brought it up. Gossiping didn’t seem like a Rose thing from what Drew knew about his cousin’s best friend, so it was a little odd that she would’ve told Dade. She must have had a reason.

It sounded like—hmm. Drew tried to make the two versions of the story make sense in his head. When you did journalism, sometimes you had two primary sources saying different things, and the truth was usually somewhere in between because everyone was biased. Dad had been right about Dade starting it, because it sounded like Claudia hadn’t done anything except exist near him. But Drew had been right that Dade had had a reason to do that: because he thought she was going to hex him.

Only… why? Claudia had only hexed her brother and her brother’s date-person, and it seemed pretty clear that that was only about the fact that they were dating, so there was no reason for her to hex Dade. Right?

“The fireants spell is hard,” Drew said encouragingly, since Dade had just sort of trailed off. Drew almost never got that spell to work during self-defense club. Dade and Remington were a year older than him, Kit, and Anssi, so they usually did better at magic. He took a second to figure out how to say what he wanted to ask next. With Dade, if you said things the wrong way, it didn’t go so well. “So. Um. Why would Claudia follow you and hex you? Like, I get that she did it to Holland and Danny, but why you?” Drew completely believed Dade when he said she’d done that thing with that intention—and it showed when he asked the question—but he didn’t understand why she would.

  • Still a lot of effort - Dade, Fri May 4 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 ... more
    • Well do you have a solution? - Drew, Fri May 4 16:55
      • Problems are more my speed - Dade , Sat May 5 07:11
        Journalism was kind of Drew’s thing, aside from music, and Dade couldn’t really say he understood. He and Remington were much more interested in doing research about spells and practising the spells... more
        • “Okay,” Drew said simply, like that was all he needed to know, because it was. He could tell Dade was starting to get upset and he didn’t want that. In fact Drew was surprised by how many questions... more
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