I believe that is part of the problem
Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:59

Connor’s first words were to confirm what Claudia had believed until her recent class: that dating Marley was simply not something he would do. He then went on to outline why he would never date Marley, in a short tirade that Claudia objected to in the abstract, but she couldn’t argue with its content: Marley was indeed rude, although in a passive, inconsiderate way, not to be intentionally unpleasant, and she was indeed impulsive, which was an acceptable trait to some people, but Connor shared Claudia’s preference for predictability and routine, so it stood to reason that he would list this characteristic against her. She could argue that Marley did have respect for boundaries when she understood them, and that it was ignorance, not mischief, that drove her to appear inconsiderate, but as Connor was her best chance to stop feeling like she was perpetually missing a step as she descended this metaphorical staircase into misery, Claudia decided to let the comments pass uninterrupted.

As soon as Connor recalled the limitations of their arrangement to her, Claudia felt it was a poor reaction to not only have considered Connor was culpable, but to have been so ready to blame him. She absolutely should have known he would never go back on any understanding he had entered into, especially not one that would cause any injury to a friend, such as herself. Realising that she had treated Connor as badly as she had treated Marley did little to improve Claudia’s current low opinion of herself. Greater than her remorse, however, was her relief that Connor remained who she had bought he was: trustworthy, loyal, and not inclined to date Marley.

What, then, was occurring that she couldn’t perceive, to have given Marley the impression that Connor wanted to date her? He evidently had no clue himself, and her emotional approach to the matter had probably startled him. She should probably apologise for that. “Please forgive me for speaking harshly just now,” she requested, unfurling her fingers and taking a breath to recenter. “I am upset,” she owned, although she was feeling calmer by the moment, “and Marley was very upset,” she didn’t need to tell Connor that the other girl had been crying all over the place, “and the whole experience was entirely horrible,” Claudia confided. Her eyes seemed to be reducing their moisture in an acceptable manner, such that she was no longer in danger of weeping, but her voice was not yet entirely steady. “I was really hoping you might be able to explain why she would say those things.”

She looked to her friend, imploring him to help. Her knowledge that he didn’t like Marley had been reaffirmed, but there had to be something - some misinterpretation or misunderstanding - that had prompted Marley to believe that he did. She also wondered why he hadn’t been in class, but that was a secondary concern right now - she could see that he was physically able to attend class and that would suffice to ease her mind for the moment.

  • I was unaware we had to straighten anything out - Connor Farnon, Tue Nov 14 09:34
    Ever since the incident with Marley in Spellwork, Connor had been increasingly anxious. He’d managed to mostly dodge the little savage, but there had been some close calls and he had spent a lot less ... more
    • I believe that is part of the problem - Claudia, Tue Nov 14 10:59
      • Fortunately, it seemed as though Claudia hadn’t taken Connor’s attacks on Marley poorly. Connor felt slightly embarrassed about his outburst, but he felt that it was justified given the... more
        • That's a defeatist attitude - Claudia, Tue Nov 21 15:45
          Although she was keen to understand what had happened to so fully disrupt her previously functioning and very agreeable friendship equilibrium, Claudia couldn’t help but be intrigued by the... more
          • I've never been one for optimism - Connor, Mon Nov 27 09:17
            Although Connor had been concerned that Claudia would take his comments about Marley badly, it seemed as though his friend understood, at least partially, the things Marley was capable of. It did not ... more
            • You should be prepared for this, then - Claudia, Tue Nov 28 16:05
              Connor’s affirmation that Marley had asked him on a date was such a relief to hear that Claudia almost laughed. Such a reaction, however, despite the comedic value inherent in her friends’ respective ... more
              • Oh no . There were, to be quite frank, not very many scenarios in life that Connor was particularly well-prepared for. The whole situation with Marley had definitely demonstrated that, if nothing... more
                • I was not prepared for This - Claudia, Wed Nov 29 16:46
                  Claudia was mortified. It felt like barely any time ago at all that she was inwardly judging Marley for making such a scene with her unrestrained, emotional hysteria, and yet here Claudia was,... more
                  • At least we're on the same page - Connor, Wed Nov 29 18:46
                    All-in-all, Connor was still very confused but Claudia seemed to be less upset so at least something was going correctly. Or, rather, more correctly, as this conversation could not have been said to... more
                    • Best bookmark it - Claudia, Sat Dec 2 16:54
                      When Connor agreed to pretend as those this whole nightmare had never occurred, Claudia sighed again in relief, and finally managed to compose herself to as close to normality as she could muster.... more
                      • Done and done - Connor, Sat Dec 9 12:26
                        It wasn’t that Connor particularly minded Claudia having her own plans for that evening - their relationship had an implicit understanding of their differences as well as their similarities. It was... more
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