Andrew Tennant
Are you complaining?
Fri Feb 23, 2018 15:03

Drew had decided that he was going to be a journalist. His thought about asking the house-elves about whether they really liked working had turned into an interview series where he did spotlights on different house elves. Some of them didn’t want attention like that (in fact, some of them had told him off because “young masters should nots be prying!”), but others were okay with talking to Drew about a few things. It helped that house-elves really liked staff kids. Popular topics included favorite places at RMI, favorite chores, and who their friends were (although this usually ended with the elves listing nearly every other elf at RMI). The house-elves mostly didn’t like talking about the controversial kind of things that Drew wanted to ask about, but it was cool to get to know them better.

He had learned that a lot of house-elves liked the kitchens. He had also learned that he liked conducting interviews. He wasn’t great at spelling and grammar and punctuation, but he was pretty sure that some of his problems were because house-elves didn’t use correct grammar. That was what editors were for, anyway. As long as Drew got his ideas across, other people could fix the finicky language stuff. Also presumably he would get better at it the longer he did it.

After turning in his second draft of his interview with Pip (her favorite place was the owlery and her favorite chore was giving treats to the owls, which didn’t really sound like a chore to Drew) to Jacob Early, Drew went back to the Cetus Common Room. He was about to head up to his and Huburt’s room when Dade, who had paused higher up on the staircase, called down to him.

Drew stopped just in time, with his foot hovering over the bottom stair, and backed up. “They messed up for Huburt but not you?” he asked, confused. He was very aware that Dade had had some trouble with the stairs about since Drew had been a student, but Drew hadn’t heard about it happening to anyone else. “Isn’t it usually the other way ‘round?”

  • This isn't how this usually goes - Dade, Thu Feb 22 06:48
    “So logically that’s not how the spell progression would go, obviously, but you shouldn’t be doing that to begin with because - AH!” Dade turned around. Huburt had been trailing him since dinner,... more
    • Are you complaining? - Andrew Tennant, Fri Feb 23 15:03
      • Absolutely not - Dade, Sat Feb 24 10:54
        Overall, Dade was much more likely to warn Drew about something than he was to warn anyone else in Cetus about something, including his own brother. Since the incident last year Dade had eventually... more
        • Then don’t worry, be happy - Drew, Sat Feb 24 11:23
          Drew shook his head. “No, it’s never happened to me. Or,” and then he didn’t keep talking for a second, because the thing that came after ‘or’ was ‘or anyone else as far as I know,’ and he didn’t... more
          • Now I'm just thinking of singing fish - Dade, Sat Feb 24 12:39
            “I’m not a girl,” Dade said defensively and automatically as soon as Drew voiced the thought. He felt uncomfortable and for a moment his mind flashed back to the gift Holland had given him, pushed to ... more
            • The fluke is the duke of soul - Drew, Sat Feb 24 13:27
              “Dude, I know you’re not a girl,” Drew said, reassuringly and not like they were disagreeing, because they weren’t. He felt like Dade was kind of missing the point, and getting upset about it, which... more
              • Crabs aren't fish - Dade, Sun Feb 25 19:46
                Once Drew started laughing, Dade couldn’t conceal his own laughter. This was hilarious . Dade never could have thought of doing something like this to Connor. He had thought about hexing his brother... more
                • Fish are friends, not food - Drew, Tue Feb 27 11:40
                  Drew was three hundred percent sure that he had never seen Dade laugh this hard. Actually he was pretty sure that he had never seen Dade express any emotion beside annoyance this hard before. It made ... more
                  • When Drew mentioned Maverick, Dade wrinkled his nose. He didn’t know how to feel about Maverick, because he was technically like Holland in that he could go up both sides of the stairs and in that he ... more
                    • Are crustaceans friends too? - Drew, Sat Mar 3 13:31
                      “Yeah, it’s weird.” Drew didn’t think the school could do anything, like, mean to the students. That was way too much power for the building to have, especially if it could just decide that it wasn’t ... more
                      • Only if we can eat our friends - Dade, Sat Mar 3 15:54
                        Huh. Dade hadn’t known that the staff quarters just made new rooms when they were needed. There was technically an Age Line around the elevator, which was a spell, but if Drew said the elevator... more
                        • Cannibalism is frowned upon - Drew, Sat Mar 3 17:04
                          Okay well now Dade sounded kind of mad and that wasn’t what Drew had wanted, like, at all. He felt like Dade had maybe proved the opposite of the point he was trying to make, though. Playing dress-up ... more
                          • Only in most societies - Dade, Sun Mar 4 10:35
                            Dade felt several different kinds of weird and he didn’t know what to do about any of them. He was uncomfortable because of the thing with the stairs. Drew was right - he was the one who had been... more
                            • It definitely is in ours - Drew, Wed Mar 21 14:44
                              Dade didn’t say anything about else about the gender stuff. He also didn’t apologize for getting mad at Drew, but Drew was used to Dade not really apologizing. Sometimes they would get in unimportant ... more
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