May 29, 2020 4:29 PM
this is fluff (probably) and also set in the Sims
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Syd flops back down on Rowan's shoulder and nods. "M'sorry."

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Flo returns with Patrick and his parents, and sits them down, giving both families enough space. He starts by going through the events, not leaning towards either of the kids being entirely in the wrong, or the right. 

However, no matter how careful he was in retelling the events, Patrick's mother was very quick to pipe up. "She used battle magic, on my son, for merely asking a question!" 

Flo tried very hard not to say. "Mrs Appleton, as I said, he had been pestering her for some time. Sydney prefers to be left alone to read, and he was not respecting that."

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"I agree that the magic she used was wrong, especially using it on one of her peers. She'd like to apologise for it and then I'd like to talk about boundaries and how they should be respected."

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Syd recognises their cue. "I'm sorry for making you dance a lot. It wasn't nice."

And then they bury their face in their mum's shoulder again.

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Patrick mumbles, "Sorry that I bothered you while you were reading." And he tucks himself into his father, who pats his head. 

"I think that's agreeable for everyone, right? More important that the kids are okay and have learned their lessons?" Flo tries, and tries not to sigh again, at the look on Patrick's mother's face. 

"So the school isn't going to punish her for hurting my son?" She started.

"He endured no physical harm, and Sydney is sorry for her actions. I don't see any point in issuing further punishments that will only cause more distress, Mrs Appleton."

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Syd looks over to Patrick. "Do y'wanna read with me t'morrow?"

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Rowan squeezes her perfect little magic baby encouragingly.

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Patrick lifts his head enough to nod eagerly. 

His father beams at Syd. “That’s a really lovely offer, Sydney, thank you.”

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“I agree, Sydney, that’s a really nice thing to ask.”

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Mrs Appleton seems to want to continue to push for punishment, but her husband pats her arm gently, and she deflates. 

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"I think they've figured this out on their own. What are we needed for anyway?"

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Mrs Appleton looks at Rowan with a glare. “Discipline. So we aren’t here in the first place.”

With that, she gathers her family and hurried them out. 

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Flo follows them out part of the way, and then turns with a pained looking smile on his face. “So I’m not actually going to speak badly of other parents, but-“

He makes a hand motion.

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Rowan laughs. "They're very something."

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He crouches in front of Sydney. “You, especially, were awesome. It was very good of you to offer your book.”

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"It's what he wanted, wasn't it?"

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"No, Syd, he wanted your attention. I think he's wondering why you're so quiet!"

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"Words are effort."

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"Very true. Huge effort. Hopefully next time you won't have to make him dance so that he stops."

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"Not unless he asks."

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Flo laughs. "Atta girl." 

He stands, smiling at Rowan. "I think that's all wrapped up for the night. I'll walk you both out?"

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