That's a defeatist attitude
Tue Nov 21, 2017 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 revelation that Marley had been tormenting Connor. That she had been following him around was not such a surprise, considering she had admitted her crush to Claudia before midterm, and so had probably been developing it in the weeks, or even months prior, but she supposed it might be hard for Connor to understand, as he had probably not been aware of Marley’s attraction to him.

Wait, that didn’t make sense. Marley said she had flirted, and that she had asked Connor out on a date, so he absolutely must have known (unless Marley really had been imagining everything, which was peculiarly concerning but currently was the most logical explanation for this catastrophe). Claudia was perplexed. Her expression probably conveyed this feeling, although Connor’s apology indicated that he believed she was bothered by him concealing Marley’s behaviour. It was gallant of him to suffer in silence to protect her friendship, and the irony of his feelings - or Marley’s perception of them - coming between them, anyway.

“Of course you were nothing but polite,” Claudia sought to reassure him, and underline that she would not doubt him being anything else, even if…. Oh. Oh wait. It surely couldn’t be that simple, could it? If Marley had been following Connor around without explanation then he would feel bothered by her, but he would be far too polite to ask her to stop. If Marley had then tried flirting, Claudia had no reason at all to believe Connor would behave any differently than usual. In fact he probably hadn’t even realised that’s what had been going on. Oh Merlin. Her two closest friends were so entirely opposite in their approaches to just about anything, and their understandings of the world (indeed, Claudia frequently had no clue what Marley was doing or saying) that they were certainly capable of misinterpreting each other to an almost comical level.

“Connor,” she started, strongly suspecting that her hunch was accurate, but having no idea at all how to tactfully prove it, “you know I consider you to be a model of acceptable manners and behaviour,” Claudia was merely being truthful, the concept of flattery not having occurred to her as a method of placating Connor, “but I suspect in this you may have been too lenient. I predict,” She continued quickly before he could interrupt, “that anything other than a direct request for cessation would be interpreted by Marley as an invitation to continue as before.” Claudia leaned a little closer to Connor. “She doesn’t think like you and I do,” she tried to defend Marley, because she was sure her friend hadn’t intentionally tormented Connor. Probably.

“Forgive me, Connor, but I need to ask quite candidly: Did Marley ask you on a date?” Perhaps that left too much room for interpretation. “Or suggest you go out together? Or make any other indication to you that this is something she wanted to do?” She strongly suspected the answer was affirmative - Marley had more or less already told her so much. That being the case, Claudia knew that Connor would not have been so callous as to reject her outright and explicitly. He would have done it politely, chivalrously, and subtly. Unfortunately, they were not dialects Marley understood.

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