With a capital T, and that rhymes with P
Mon Aug 28, 2017 14:42

Alright, well, Drew got the starting advantage, so that was… something. He wasn’t especially good at chess. He and Josh used to play sometimes when Josh had been at RMI and visited them, but Josh wasn’t that good either. Most of the time the boys had just tried to take as many pieces total as they could, because it was fun when they smashed each other up. Usually they tried to take all the non-pawns except the king, and then raced pawns to the other side of the board to upgrade them so they would be cooler at smashing.

Anyway that hadn’t led to super educational chess matches so Drew was still not great at chess for someone who had spent a lot of time messing around with a chessboard. He knew how to castle. He liked castling. He knew you got some kind of strategic advantage from castling—because otherwise it wouldn’t be a thing—but he wasn’t sure what it was. He was also not totally sure he remembered the notation. Well, whatever, the pieces would just correct him if he was wrong. “Pawn to B4,” he guessed. It wasn’t the piece that he’d meant to move, but one of the pieces moved, so whatever, he’d take it.

Dade told him that he didn’t look like Kit, like Drew had never noticed that. “What, you can’t see the family resemblance?” he asked, grinning. “Nah, I’m adopted. Also we’re not really related even if I wasn’t. Her mom is like…” He hadn’t really had to explain this before. What was the least complicated way? “Kinda like my dad’s mentee and kinda like an adopted daughter? They’re really close. So I guess actually I’m, like, Kit’s uncle, but we’re the same age and we grew up together so that’d be weird. And Marissa is older than me so it’d be even weirder if I was her uncle. So we just use ‘cousin.’” And that wasn’t even the most complicated thing about his family. There was also Josh, another non-cousin who had lived with them for a while in New York; Drew’s stepdad, who was also his grandfather; and Aaron’s brother Bennet, who as far as Drew could tell was Aaron’s evil twin. He actually wasn’t that evil, but, like, comparatively.

Based on Dade’s personality it was probably a compliment that Drew didn’t act like Kit, but Drew didn’t know how to respond to that. “Kit can be,” he decided to use Dad’s phrasing, “a bit much. But she’s a lot of fun to hang out with.” He felt a little obligated to tell a story about how much fun Kit was, because she was fun, but the only thing he could think of was the time she wanted to pet Aaron’s frogs and she let them all out on accident and then there were frogs everywhere for hours. Which had been kinda funny but probably would not prove his point here.

  • Otherwise there might be trouble - Dade, Mon Aug 28 11:31
    Wait, Kit was related to Mr. Tennant too? Dade blinked in genuine surprise. And Marissa? Well obviously if Kit was then Marissa was too, but still. But how how someone as dumb as Kit related to a... more
    • With a capital T, and that rhymes with P - Drew, Mon Aug 28 14:42
      • Here in River City? - Dade, Sat Sep 2 11:08
        “I like Kit,” Dade said, somewhat defensively, before blinking in surprise at his own statement. “I mean. She’s good to practise spells with.” the second year corrected himself, before Drew got any... more
        • I thought we were in Boulder - Drew, Fri Sep 8 18:05
          “I like Kit too,” Drew agreed, laughing. “She’s my best friend.” That didn’t mean she wasn’t ‘a bit much.’ She could be annoying, too, but it was the kind of annoying that you just let happen because ... more
          • Drew moved a knight and Dade moved another pawn. Moving a knight seemed to Dade to be kind of a weird move, but whatever. Maybe Drew wasn’t very good at chess and he’d just wanted to do something... more
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