I think I can change that
Tue Jan 2, 2018 22:50

Drew was almost at the stairs. He was hoping that the stairs wouldn’t screw up today and mess up his exit. They had messed up a few times for Dade lately. The older boy would go up the stairs to the boys’ dorms, just like he normally would, and then sometimes the stairs would just randomly turn into a trapdoor like they did when you went up the wrong stairs. Drew couldn’t figure out why that was happening—maybe the magic just felt especially pranky sometimes? Maybe Shifty was doing it somehow?—but he had made sure to tell Headmaster Bonilla that it wasn’t Dade’s fault. It wasn’t fair for Dade to get in trouble when he hadn’t been doing anything wrong. Anyway the staircase errors seemed random except that they only happened to Dade, but there was no reason they couldn’t happen to Drew as far as he could tell.

But as it turned out, Drew didn’t get to find out if the stairs were working today or not, because Connor started talking again. Drew was going to ignore him, because he was pretty sure it was just going to be the same elitist crap that Connor had been saying before. And it mostly was. He was just whining about being hit with the guitar even though Drew hadn’t even hit him very hard. It was just, like, a bump. A hard bump. On the back of the head. And Connor looked like he was going to cry. What a big baby.

But then Connor called Drew a word that no one had ever called him.

White people were not supposed to say that word. It was the worst word that someone could say if they weren’t black, because it meant something really bad in that context. (Drew was half black but he didn’t say it either because the idea of that felt weird. His family and most of his friends were all white, and the friends who weren’t white didn’t use that word either, so it would just seem weird.) It was such a bad word that other people couldn’t even say it under any circumstances ever.

Drew whirled around. Okay never mind about all that “hitting is bad” stuff and all that “turn the other cheek” stuff, Drew couldn’t not do something about this. In one movement, he slung the guitar off his shoulder and put it down (not too hard, it had already been a slight casualty in this encounter) and nearly sprinted across the room so that he was back at the couch and then started hitting Connor.

  • Not down for the count - Connor, Tue Jan 2 22:27
    Drew decided, apparently, that it was a good idea to fully demonstrate just how awful he was because not only did Drew choose to use an absolutely rude word towards Connor, but he also bludgeoned... more
    • I think I can change that - Drew, Tue Jan 2 22:50
      • Nobody is changing anything - Professor Aaron McKindy, Wed Jan 3 07:45
        Over the years, Aaron McKindy had stopped assigning much homework. He had been teaching for - well, he had been teaching for long enough that he didn’t want to think about how long he had been... more
        • I don't think I like change - Connor, Wed Jan 3 08:08
          It was about three seconds between the words leaving Connor’s mouth and Drew practically running toward him to hit him. At first, Connor was shocked. He had never actually been hit before, not like... more
          • It’s not that bad - Drew, Wed Jan 3 09:50
            On the upside, Drew was able to punch Connor for longer than he thought he was going to be able to. He had only meant to hit him once, but then he had realized that Connor might hit back if he had... more
            • Only if it's change for the better - Professor McKindy, Wed Jan 3 11:31
              Aaron wasn’t exactly sure what he had been expecting when he asked the boys what had happened, but he was pretty sure that it was on the level of what Connor had said. Well, not directly - Drew... more
              • This was definitely not for the better - Connor, Wed Jan 3 11:58
                Connor was still crying a little bit but he was no longer actively being punched, so his tears were starting to subside, although his sniffling wasn’t. He was embarrassed to be crying in front of the ... more
                • “Better” is subjective - Drew, Wed Jan 3 12:31
                  Drew did not land super gracefully when Aaron let the spell down, but after a stumble he regained his footing and obediently went to Aaron’s office. Okay so this wasn’t going great , but things could ... more
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