At least we're on the same page
Wed Nov 29, 2017 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 be going correctly in and of itself, even in the slightest. Part of the fourteen-year-old wanted to know what, precisely, was going on but the rest of him - which altogether made up quite a more significant aspect of his psyche - was inclined to absolutely not pry any further into the situation than he strictly had to. And he had, Connor assured himself nervously, done his best. He had apologized, and he had asked how to help. Without being able to go back in time and do (or un-do, he wasn’t sure) something that he had done (or not done, he wasn’t sure), Connor was fairly certain that he had taken the steps he could take to make things better.

And as it seemed, all Claudia really wanted to do was to forget that the entire experience had happened, which was more than all right by Connor. It seemed like Marley had caused Claudia quite a bit of distress in addition to the distress she had caused him, and he found himself actually quite agitated by that fact. Marley, however heinous, was supposed to be friends with Claudia. Connor himself had little experience with being friends with his peers - he had always gotten on better with adults, and aside from Claudia, his closest companion was probably his younger brother, when Dade wasn’t abandoning him for what was probably inappropriate shenanigans with Remington Burnham and Kit Kendrick. But regardless of any personal experience he lacked, the third-year was fairly certain that one did not do what Marley had done to a friend. Moreover, Connor could certainly imagine more appropriate places to talk to one’s friend about such a thing than in the middle of or immediately after a class.

“Absolutely,” Connor said, in a tone that he hoped was consoling, both in response to Claudia’s ask of forgiveness and in response to her wish that they would both forget what had happened. Although, to be honest, Connor was unlikely to forget what had happened. It was one thing that Marley had tormented him for as long as she had, but the thing with Claudia was, surprisingly, crossing a line he had not previously known existed. He suddenly understood, at least momentarily, Rose’s inclination for hexing people she disagreed with. Usually not her brothers, although Connor had been on the receiving end of a couple nasty hexes over the years, but often in the direction of Charlene and, from what Connor had heard from the school’s own gossip-owl Heather Bartel, some upperclassmen.

But it was likely that taking a stance against Marley at this particular moment would only upset Claudia more, so Connor opted to not. Instead, he wracked his brain for something that would make Claudia feel better. Aside from the tissue, of course, which seemed to have helped much more than Connor thought it would have. The Transfiguration had been imperfect, as Connor had been aiming for a white tissue that was slightly thicker than what had resulted, but it had been workable. It was possibly, the boy realized with a start, the first time that he had used magic to do something genuinely useful in a situation that required it. It was perhaps not the ideal time to feel pleased with himself, but Connor allowed himself a moment before returning to the problem at hand.

“Could we, perhaps, go up to Pearl Street for dinner this evening?” Connor smiled hopefully at his friend. “A brief departure from school would be welcome.” For him, at least, and he suspected that it would do Claudia even more good, considering.

  • 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
      • 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
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