And some are buttholes
Mon Aug 13, 2018 07:10

“Different strokes for different folks,” Ness agreed with a cheery smile at Malikhi, “Unless the person’s “perspective” involves denying other people their basic human rights. Then it’s not really a perspective, it’s just being a butthole,” the Aladren added. On the whole, that was generally a friendly, liberal kind of thought, but it could get misappropriated all the time into thinking that you basically had to listen and give equal treatment to people who were committing hate crimes, and that was stupid. The comment possibly seemed a bit out of nowhere, given that they were talking about Transfiguration assignments, but Ness’ mind tended to connect everything back to the most important things in life, and to want to scale up any comment into an interesting debate. The comment had been said in a cheerful enough tone that it clearly wasn’t an accusation or a suggestion about anyone at their table’s behaviour. Just an observation.

“And of course you’re not totally wrong” Ness assured Evelyn, as she worried about her answer, “The majority of what you’ve said fits well within the boxes on the table - see,” Ness’s completed table was pushed into Evelyn’s line of sight, seeing as Evelyn was coyly hiding her own, “You’re talking about shape, colour and many of the other primary features,” Ness tapped the labelled boxes down the left hand side. “Even the stuff that’s more… your perspective can fit into some of these boxes. Like, ‘location.’ I mean, you’d probably need to expand your notes - you couldn’t just say ‘riverbed’ but if you explain why you think that, you might get credit for it. The main purpose of the whole thing is to help us with the visualisation, so anything that makes it make sense to you is a right way of doing it. Just when you’re handing your notes in for marking, you’ll need to make sure your thought process is thoroughly enough explained for someone else to follow.” Knowing one was right was a lot less comforting than knowing exactly why one was right and how to receive credit for it in a test or homework scenario. Thus, in the Venn Diagram of Ness, ‘providing emotional support’ and ‘explaining’ shared a seriously large overlapping proportion. How could anyone deal with a problem or feel comforted if nothing got explained? If nothing got explained, then there was no reason to feel better. It didn’t make sense to just say ‘there there, I’m sure you’re doing fine.’ You needed to back that up with solid evidence.

“Sounds good,” Ness nodded, both at Malikhi’s table contents and his suggestion that they try the spell.

Ness tried to push everything else out. That seemed to be a downside of having talked it through, as it was now necessary to get rid of Malikhi and Evelyn’s concepts of ‘buttons’ and focus instead only on one single idea of buttonness. That was harder than expected. Buttons were not a universal thing. They were diverse, a bit like people, and Ness liked diversity (excluding butthole people). It was hard not to start thinking about a whole rainbow of buttons, different shapes and sizes, different numbers of holes, some that went with shirts, some that went with trousers, some that could have come from any garment… Ness pushed them out, trying to make the one very solid, basic idea of a button come into focus.

“Pangolus,” Ness cast, trying to feel like it was somehow more deliberate than just saying it. Like saying it was going to make something happen. And also to keep focussing on that button image, whilst also focussing on magic flowing, and on moving and speaking… It was supposed to all fit together as one thing but it felt like doing four different things at once, and that was hard. It was unsurprising to find that the pebble had remained entirely… pebbular. Well. If at first you don’t succeed...

  • Everybody thinks differently. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sun Aug 12 15:33
    Malikhi couldn't help but smile as Evelyn rattled through her thoughts and explanations. Somehow, it was just so Evelyn . She was somehow seeing beyond just the button and delved deeper, into the... more
    • And some are buttholes — Ness, Mon Aug 13 07:10
      • GroooossEvelyn Stones, Tue Aug 14 22:39
        Evelyn breathed a sigh of relief and managed to stay relaxed as Ness spoke. Seeing Ness and Malikhi get along fairly well and each be friendly to the other made Evelyn's heart swell, and Ness'... more
        • Uh, Professor? It's a bit wet over here (tag Prof. Skies)Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Tue Aug 14 22:52
          Malikhi had been eagerly awaiting his turn to try the spell, so much so that he'd hardly paid attention to Evelyn's casting until it was too late. He just caught a glimpse of her pebble changing... more
          • Right... It's wet, not hilariousNess McLeod, DH Skies, Sat Aug 18 06:32
            Ness did not think the lesson was going quite so well any more. It had been a lot better when they were all just writing things down because that part was easy. The theory made complete sense... more
            • It's awful!Evelyn Stones, Sat Aug 18 14:49
              In that moment, Evelyn might have died. She wished she could, although she wasn't sure that sounded much better. Maybe she just wished to vanish into a poof of smoke that everyone thought was totally ... more
              • I was just... forget it. Malikhi Hill, Pecari, Sat Aug 18 15:24
                Malikhi was torn between being embarrassed because of being told off by Professor Skies, angry at Ness because he hadn't been speaking to her nor asked for her stupid stuck-up opinions and Evelyn... more
                • Good ideaNess, Tue Aug 21 06:44
                  Poor Evelyn. Ness would have hated to have messed up a spell and have everyone looking, or have needed the teacher to come over to deal with the situation. But it was Malakhi that Ness really blamed... more
                  • Facepalm. On the desk. Facedesk?Evelyn Stones, Tue Aug 21 23:16
                    Evelyn wondered whether it would be exactly as nice as she thought it sounded to just put her head on the desk and disappear. Perhaps her next bout of accidental magic would be to disapparate,... more
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