The fluke is the duke of soul
Sat Feb 24, 2018 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 was weird. It wasn’t his fault that the magic was messing up. It was just something that was happening.

Maybe Shifty Eyes had somehow done this. Shifty was the only person thing entity Drew could think of who was good enough at magic and who would think it was funny. (Rob would probably think it was funny too, but Drew was pretty sure the Aquila Head of House wasn’t as good at wandwork as he was at potions.) He had suspected Shifty of doing it before, when it was just Dade who the stairs were messing up for. Drew couldn’t think of a reason why Shifty would be messing with Dade in particular, though. Dade wasn’t super friendly, but he was nice when you got to know him, and Drew was pretty sure he had never done anything to the poltergeist. Plus Dade was friends with Madeleine (that made absolutely no sense to Drew, but apparently it was true) and Drew was pretty sure that Madeleine was Shifty’s favorite person, because she always called him “Mr. Shifty” and was super polite to him. Not that Shifty would listen to Madeleine if she told him not to do something to someone else, but he might not specifically target one of her friends when there were a lot of other people to choose from.

Drew was going to suggest this when Connor showed up, heading right for the stairs. Drew looked at Connor, and then he looked at Dade, and he knew for certain in that moment that neither of them was gonna say anything to warn Connor about the stairs. And neither of them did. Connor made it so far up that Drew thought the stairs were all better now, but then a hole opened up and Connor fell through it.

Drew cracked up. He couldn’t help it. “Oh, Merlin, that was hilarious!” Drew laughed, not even trying to get ahold of himself. Connor hadn’t been expecting it at all, and they had both gotten to watch it happen! It was so funny. Drew was still chuckling when he said, “Okay so if the guys’ stairs ate Connor and Huburt, I wonder if the other stairs are messed up too.” He walked over to the girls’ side, and then looked at his friend. “If I fall through, you gotta have my back about why I was on the girls’ stairs, okay?” he said seriously to Dade. He squeezed his eyes tightly shut and stepped, bracing himself for the fall into Headmaster Morgan’s office.

Only he didn’t fall. He opened his eyes and saw that he had one foot solidly on the bottom step of the girl’s staircase. The stairs hadn’t gotten Connor until he was a few steps higher, though, so Drew tentatively climbed a few more stairs. Nothing happened. The stairs stayed stairs. “See?” he called to Dade. “The stairs are just all broken today. It’s not you.”

  • Now I'm just thinking of singing fish - Dade, Sat Feb 24 12:39
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    • The fluke is the duke of soul - Drew, Sat Feb 24 13:27
      • Crabs aren't fish - Dade, Sun Feb 25 19:46
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        • Fish are friends, not food - Drew, Tue Feb 27 11:40
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              • Only if we can eat our friends - Dade, Sat Mar 3 15:54
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                • Cannibalism is frowned upon - Drew, Sat Mar 3 17:04
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                  • 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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