But your rudenessology is spot on
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:09

Connor had decided to be condescending to Drew, which the first-year decided he really didn’t like at all. The older student was just making things up! That was really dumb and rude. “You don’t even know what you’re talking about,” Drew said, matter-of-factly, ‘cause it was true. “Like, first of all, you don’t even know what Aaron’s like. And you don’t know why he moved schools, you’re just making assumptions that there was trouble. Maybe he just wanted to go somewhere else, or teach a different subject.”

Admittedly, Drew also did not know why Aaron had moved schools, but that was beside the point. People switched jobs sometimes. That seemed totally normal. It was like when you were doing homework for one subject and got bored, you could switch to doing homework for another class because you weren’t bored of that one yet. Although usually if Drew got bored doing homework he would just take a break and do something else like listen to music. But the point was that he could see how that would happen at a job too.

There was a word for what Connor was being but Drew couldn’t remember it. It was like… hetero-something-bad. Like heterosexist or something like that. Drew decided not to use it because he didn’t remember it for sure, but then again he was pretty sure Connor wouldn’t know the difference.

And what did that even mean, family-friendly? Drew didn’t know, but Connor was saying Aaron wasn’t that, so Drew was gonna argue with it. “And Aaron is part of my family, and he’s an awesome step-dad.” Aaron had taught Drew and Madeleine charms even before they were in school. Madeleine didn’t have a wand yet but sometimes she practiced with a toy or a spoon or something anyway. Nothing happened when she did that, but Aaron would still help her with her wand motion and pronunciation until she had it right. Aaron also made Halloween costumes and enchanted clothes for them, and he baked with them. Drew was not very interested in baking itself but he was very interested in eating cookies and things, and Madeleine liked to decorate things with icing (not necessarily limited to baked goods). They had fun and usually didn’t make the kitchen too much of a mess. And sometimes they all went to the park on Pearl Street and Aaron would go into his Animagus form and they would play fetch. That was really fun.

“He teaches us cool spells and we play games and bake together and stuff. So as far as I’m concerned he’s pretty family-friendly. Just because a family isn’t the same as yours doesn’t mean that it’s bad or not a family.” Except that Drew knew that their families were actually a little similar in one way, because Dade had said that he and his siblings had a stepmother. He’d also said that none of them liked her very much, which Drew thought was weird. If you had kids and you weren’t married, why would you get married to someone who didn’t get along with your kids? It was just asking for there to be fights and problems and stuff. Whereas Aaron had been part of the family even before he and Dad started dating, and Dad knew Aaron got along with Drew and Madeleine before Aaron had moved in with them. “At least we all get along with each other.”

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    • But your rudenessology is spot on - Drew, Sun Dec 17 11:09
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        • I wouldn’t count on that - Drew, Sat Dec 30 19:53
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          • Count me out - Connor, Tue Jan 2 21:22
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            • Down and out? - Drew, Tue Jan 2 22:04
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              • Not down for the count - Connor, Tue Jan 2 22:27
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                • I think I can change that - Drew, Tue Jan 2 22:50
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                    • I don't think I like change - Connor, Wed Jan 3 08:08
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                      • It’s not that bad - Drew, Wed Jan 3 09:50
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                        • Only if it's change for the better - Professor McKindy, Wed Jan 3 11:31
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                          • This was definitely not for the better - Connor, Wed Jan 3 11:58
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                            • “Better” is subjective - Drew, Wed Jan 3 12:31
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