Apr 16, 2021 8:19 AM
James goes to Hogwarts in the 1940s
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Yawn.

How's David doing?

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Seems to be chatting with Tom and Edmund over at the Slytherin table. He's smiling, a bit, which is better than it could be.

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Oh good.

He turns to Tintin. "So, about that flirting."

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Deborah chokes on her spit.

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"Mind your own business, sis," he says without looking at her.

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Tintin blushes again. "I am not sure if I am the best choice to flirt with," he cautions. "I am sure there are plenty of boys who are... I do not know how to say it. More... Less..."

He gestures vaguely at himself.

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"He's going to flirt with them, too," cautions Deborah.

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"Debs, don't you have better things to do right now than being the opposite of an overprotective older sibling?"

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She laughs and ruffles his hair but she does also make a point to turn around to look at other people and stop inflicting herself on James.

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"More to the point, I observe your objection is not that I am a boy, too, so I will make my own choices about who to flirt with, thank you very much."

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"I would not dream of stopping you. ...if we are going to flirt I think I would like to start it better than 'I think you could defeat a handicapped troll'. Perhaps 'you are very pretty'."

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He waves a hand vaguely. "Anyone can be pretty, just get some potions, killing trolls is way cooler." Pause. "But thank you, you are very pretty, too."

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"...you are right, it feels less - like something that matters. But it is nice to know that you think so."

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"Of course I think so, I have eyes."

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Tintin looks - confused, maybe.

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"- what?"

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"...it has not always been very obvious. Or at least people have not said it."

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"Deborah says I am too small to worry about this kind of thing. You know, boys, girls, kissing. Maybe the other kids just are too young." Shrug.

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"...yes, perhaps."

Dippet finishes his speech, and the tables fill with food. Tintin gasps with delight.

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James knew this was coming but it's still rather incredible to actually see it.

He dives in.

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Tintin doles himself out a heaping portion and sets about it. It seems possible that he has never had food before. It seems certain that he has never had food like this before.

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James is also a growing boy and as such will eat as much as he's able.

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Tintin eventually slows down. "I should leave room for dessert," he observes. "That is important."

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"We are growing boys and we need to eat as much as we can," recites James - although it is unclear if he just made that up right there and then - as he stuffs his face some more.

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"Dessert is also important, and I want to see what it is like in this place of wonders."

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