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Ness McLeod
We are indeed
Sun Jul 22, 2018 04:36

“Thanks,” Ness beamed, really genuinely touched by Evelyn’s compliment. Ness felt like a good person - a believer in all things good and fair, like equality and human rights and stuff. It wasn’t something everyone appreciated though. It had been easy to get into arguments at elementary school, given most people’s level of (im)maturity regarding the issues Ness cared most about. You could not, it turned out, have many sensible discussions with under ten year olds about gay rights because the word ‘gay’ was enough to send many of them into fits of giggles or, worse still, trigger accusations of ‘using a bad word.’ Attempting to explain that it was not a bad word, and that they were homophobic to think so did little to help because both the logic and the vocabulary was above their heads. It was pretty irritating, and kind of isolating. Not that Ness had ever felt lonely - the McLeods ran a charitable foundation, championing LGBTQIA causes, and so there was always a community of like minded people to engage with. Just more often than not they were adults, or at the very least teenagers rather than age-matched peers. “I think you’re good too. And I will probably respond to ‘hey, you.’”

It turned out Evelyn was a halfblood, based on what she said about her family. Ness was a bit surprised that she was so insecure about belonging at school, but maybe what she said about her mom accounted for that. Or maybe Evelyn just.. Lacked confidence. At least, in some ways. Clearly not in lisptick shades.
“Yeah, my Aunt Lola called Kir, my sibling, a delightful weirdo during the holidays. Like, in the sense of I’m proud of how you’re turning out.,” Ness agreed, when Evelyn talked about how it was good to be odd. “And I don’t think it’s the first time that’s been used as a compliment in our house.”

The suggestion of further food received a thumbs up, and Ness took a couple more cheese sandwiches and some potato chips, plus a couple of of salad tomatoes.

“Sure. Let’s sit, eat and swap life stories,” Ness suggested, “Wanna go first or shall I?”

  • The best sorts of peopleEvelyn Stones, Sun Jul 22 03:31
    Evelyn smiled. And then she kept smiling. "I think you're a pretty good person, Ness," she decided, grateful that growing up in the company of adults made it easy enough to be forthcoming about such... more
    • We are indeed — Ness McLeod, Sun Jul 22 04:36
      • With sandwiches like theseEvelyn Stones, Sun Jul 22 11:30
        Things were looking up and Evelyn was pretty satisfied she wouldn't be kicked out anytime soon. She was still dreading the idea of sitting in class and just hoping she could produce some acceptable... more
        • ..who needs enemies?Ness, Mon Jul 23 08:31
          “Ok, hope you’re sitting comfortably,” Ness grinned, when invited to go first in the telling of life stories. “I grew up in Vermont. It’s pretty nice. There’s trees and mountains and the world’s best ... more
          • Do I count as my own enemy?Evelyn Stones, Mon Jul 23 08:55
            It was a good story, and one Evelyn almost regretted learning. She had already known that she was a boring sort of person with a boring sort of family, but now there was proof even in the person she... more
            • I don't think soNess, Tue Jul 24 08:10
              “Well, based on what you just said, you sound either lesbian or asexual,” Ness informed Evelyn, in a very matter of fact tone of voice, enjoying once again the feeling of being the expert on... more
              • I'll toast to thatEvelyn Stones, Tue Jul 24 16:10
                So apparently Ness was amazing. As it turned out, randomly picking a stranger to chat with could have some pretty great results! Evelyn might have breathed a sigh of relief-- and probably did-- but... more
                • Mmm, toasted sandwichNess, Wed Jul 25 08:44
                  “Yes, that’s being pan sexual,” Ness explained, when Evelyn talked about liking everything, “Or… y’know. It can be. It doesn’t have to be. When you like everything, that is. Being in between is a... more
                  • Can you make grilled cheese via magic?Evelyn Stones, Wed Jul 25 20:59
                    Evelyn smirked. Ness enjoyed knowing things, and Evelyn was in a great place where she needed the knowledge. "Pansexual," she repeated, trying out the word. "Thanks for being so patient. Gender is... more
                    • Grilled cheese IS magicNess, Fri Jul 27 23:57
                      Ness laughed out loud at Evelyn calling Quidditch ‘riding trees.’ Evelyn was funny, and made smart jokes. “I really want to play,” Ness informed her. “I mostly have practise with the skills you’d... more
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