Oct 15, 2019 12:17 AM
Silvers and native Lotus in dreamshaperverse
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"...is that a significant worry?"

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"They tried to keep her, deliberately going against our parents' written wishes on the matter."

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"Is that still a significant worry or has the situation been entirely resolved."

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"Ah, it should be solved because we have been emancipated and we can provide a home for Maira. Our grandparents are still trying to win custody, but it looks unlikely."

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"You have a good lawyer? I know lawyers."

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Smile. "We have a lawyer, but it won't hurt to have more recommendations."

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"I can get you those! Try not to notice how many of them have sons my age, my parents keep trying to introduce me to nice Jewish boys."

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Giggle. "My sympathies. Skymages parents are even worse at it."

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"I'd suggest they introduce us to each other and we could have a delightful fake relationship, but somehow I don't think my parents would be satisfied with a gentile boy who's already dating another boy!"

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"Gosh, maybe you're some kind of mageborn with supernatural intuition."

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"You've found out my secret! And after I worked so hard to hide it."

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"Don't worry, my lips are sealed."

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She laughs, then sighs.

"So, on the topic of Jeanne ... she's probably working herself into a panic right now over your interactions last night."

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"I see. Do you think that stating my intentions are going to reassure her?"

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"...I think that's probably very phrasing-dependent; what would you say to her?"

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"Huh, I didn't have a specific one in mind. What is the problem with 'I want to be friends with you'?"

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"That will probably be good but when she's worked herself into a panic it's not impossible that she'll think you mean 'I want to, but I can't,' or 'I am making it clear that we are definitely not friends now,' or 'I don't want to date you but I'm too polite to say it outright so I'm saying something about wanting to be friends that I don't really mean.'"

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Nod. "Is writing a less effective means of communication? I could write her something, addressing all the concerns and conditions I can imagine."

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"...I think that could work in theory but you are going to have a hard time outdoing her at thinking up bizarre ways to interpret things. I suspect you will have better luck talking to her in person and hugging her and if she starts acting weird asking her what she's upset about."

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"Okay, so. Talking to her while hugging. Maybe bringing some notes? ...I'm tempted to record the conversation so you can listen to later, but it feels intimate."

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"Oh, she wouldn't mind. There ... aren't really things she'd mind me knowing? ... That probably goes for you, too, actually, except for things where she'll worry they'll make you hate her."

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"Okay. Recording the conversation for late peer review."

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"Yeah. ... If there's anything nice you can say truthfully to her -- even really obvious things -- it will mean a lot to her. You don't hate her. You think she has a nice smile. Anything."

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Notes. "I will try to think of nice things to say to her... which include not-hating, which..."

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Head-tilt.

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