Claudia
Or a brief break
Sat Apr 1, 2017 16:31
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Claudia wasn’t sure exactly what she was feeling. She was disappointed with Marley for not being able to sway in her point of view, and she was frustrated that she couldn’t accurately convey her own knowledge in a manner that made it easy to understand. She was upset that the first person who had called her a friend had moments later come the closer to arguing with her than anyone ever had before (except her brother, but that’s what brothers were for). She was also feeling terrible about not being able to successfully complete the class assignment - another thing that she had not encountered before. Claudia was good at schoolwork; she was dedicated, and she liked to think she could get through an assignment even as difficult as this one.

When Marley picked another piece of paper, Claudia desperately wanted to bite her nails. She was gripping her quill tightly with one hand and the edge of her seat with the other, to keep her habit under control. She looked at the piece of paper, and contemplated the word on it. Well if they’d have had that to start with, they probably wouldn’t be in this mess. Claudia couldn’t ever remember Marley looking as forlorn as she did right now; Claudia had done that. She wanted to fix it. Despite her earlier promise to herself, she did not want to give up.

Hesitating for a moment, Claudia exhaled as she looked at the new piece of paper. Then she moved it out of the way, so the original word was visible again, and she turned questioning brown eyes to Marley, trying to ascertain whether the other girl thought this was okay. She dipped her quill in the ink, and put it to her parchment under her existing notes. “Marriage is also a union of two people who are in love, who want to spend the rest of their lives together.” She said, inscribing the words love and union. “Is… does that sound okay to you?” she asked. She wasn’t going to give up on her arguments, but she couldn’t deny that there were many exceptions to her rules. She knew of families who had suffered disownments because of inappropriate marriages, and she knew that sometimes witches married Muggles. She also hadn’t considered how Muggleborns fit into her view of the world, because her extended family didn’t really deal with Muggleborns. When she said it like that, even in her head, she could see how Marley might mistake it as racism.

“I still don’t know much about centaurs, though.” She tried a small half-smile, hoping that their differences in opinion, inexpertly expressed, hadn’t cost them their tentative friendship.

  • Or a distraction - Marley, Fri Mar 31 22:32
    Marley had heard about the witch-hunts and stuff like that, but she didn't think it was really relevant. Obviously not all Muggles would be quick to get on with wizards, and vice-versa too (as was... more
    • Or a brief break - Claudia, Sat Apr 1 16:31
      • And a small loop back to the beginning - Marley, Sat Apr 1 23:23
        As she waited for Claudia to say something, Marley attempted to put their argument to the side of her brain and focus on this new topic. Knitting. Okay. Obviously there was Muggle knitting and... more
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