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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:10 am

He nodded.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:13 am

“Then… I would say, it’s likely even more important for you two to learn… Not just how to conduct yourselves, but also how others might react to you – not only those who may have twisted desires, and those older or your current age, but also other children who begin puberty, who begin dating, or who become curious. Protection for yourselves, protection for others, and ways to minimise possibility of emotional pain, as well.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:16 am

"Learn, learn what? Exactly? It's not like I choose for people to notice me. I'd rather they didn't." Ladies and gentlemen, introducing The Understatement Of The Century! "I mean, I guess it was useful, but, I just don't want to participate in that shit anymore."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:24 am

He smiled softly.
“I don’t think you’d be able to avoid it; even if you were not half-Veela, other people would likely notice you. You can choose to not have sex, but you’d still need to decline their offers, or, if you choose not to be in a relationship, you’d also have to decline, and manage your own feelings. It is not always the case that not having a romantic relationship or partner will cause loneliness, as many people are fine on their own, but sometimes it does, and if you do become lonely because of your choices, you’d also have to learn how to manage that.

Then, there are unexpected things – life is full of those, right? Even if you don’t intend to, sometimes you may be surprised. Perhaps there will be someone to whom you are attracted. Perhaps there will be someone you thought you simply got along with, and then one day they suddenly reveal to you how they feel.

No one can know everything, but we can draw from what we do know. Currently, your experiences and knowledge likely consists of many unpleasant things; but relationships, attraction, sex, do not have to be that way. It also isn’t just about anatomy and biology. As you live in this world, it’s just not something you can avoid.” His smile became a little more playful.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:29 am

He just grimaced, as though forcing himself not to get up and tune out what Qingying was saying. Slowly, he said, "I don't... even... understand what you're saying. It's too... far away." He gestured with his hand outward. "I guess if it comes up I'll just deal with it. What do you think about a flashing neon sign?" his eyebrows arched wryly.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:39 am

He blinked.
“Neon sign?”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:40 am

"Yeah, closed for business."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:41 am

He blinked.
“You know people knock on doors of closed shops too, right?

Or, ‘please open this bank I really need money tomorrow’, or try to come in at one minute to, or past, closing time.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:42 am

"Not this shop. Abandoned building. Very sketchy."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Sun Mar 04, 2018 8:44 am

“Some people purposefully seek out sketchy, abandoned buildings.”

He smiled.
“Some boys begin puberty before your current age, you know? It’s really not that far away.

Girls, too."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:24 pm

"Oh, good, that's what I always wanted." Laurie rolled his eyes. He was already sprouting up in height, though.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:40 am

He smiled softly.
“Why did you say you ‘don’t think that’s in the cards’?”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:46 am

"What, love? Kids? Until you people found me I didn't think I'd fucking survive to my 20th birthday."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:21 am

You people. He supposed Laurie saw him as a wizard – but that was understandable.
“What about now?”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:22 am

"I guess I haven't thought about now. Until a few months ago there was no now. Suppose some people are just too fucked up for that."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:23 am

“Too fucked up for what?”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:24 am

Laurie shrugged, shrinking into himself. "I dunno. A family. Normal shit."

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:26 am

He smiled, and then looked ahead again.
“I didn’t think I would have a family, either.
Maybe this is a more ‘unusual’ family, as it is not two parents, of different, or same gender, and one or more children, but I am very happy.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:28 am

"Yeah," Laurie nodded, giving a smile. He hadn't really meant that kind of family.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:35 am

“I think it’s possible,” he said. “You two have a right to be happy.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Mahra Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:38 am

"I guess stranger things have happened," Laurie laughed. After all, they lived in a world of magic. "I think if you, you know, if you wanted that. You wouldn't, struggle." This was directed at Mahra. He touched Laurie's face again, smiling. We all struggle in our own ways, dear-heart. No two are alike.

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:55 am

He wasn’t sure if he understood Laurie’s words, but as Laurie was speaking to Mahra, Qingying didn’t ask for clarification.

“It’s difficult to hope; hope is one of those things that, once you have a bit, can help with the cycle of being able to hope. It’s something that appears, sometimes, and something that people find, other times. It is also often both, because if the person is not looking, or cannot see it, even if it appears, it is not recognised, and cannot help the continuation of the cycle.

To be happy, to be loved, to love. I think they are likely ‘on the cards’.” He smiled at Laurie and Mahra. “Even though it’s probably difficult to see, I think you have recognised glitters of it. I am glad you were – are – able to, and it’s worthy of praise. Looking forwards take effort, so it’s worthy of praise. You two are doing well; you’re trying your best. It’s difficult, I know, but I am very happy for you, and proud of you. Well done. Even though it might be a little bumpy, you’re doing well.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:58 am

Laurie's head tilted at that, genuinely surprised. He'd never considered that before, considered it like that. Always, he felt tumultuous and battered along the sine waves of instability and rapidly-changing states in his head, consigned forever to the ebb and flow of adrenaline and fear and blindness. For every step forward he fell a hundred back. "You think so?"

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Qingying » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:12 am

“Mhm. I think… many of us have rather high expectations of ourselves, even if we might not word it so, or tell ourselves that. There were times I thought ‘why?’ and times I thought, ‘there is no way’. We want something, and when we’re unable attain it – whether because of the environment, or ourselves (and usually, we’re shaped by the environment) – we are often rather harsh to ourselves. We berate, and say we’re not doing a good job, and lecture of missed opportunities and slipups. Perhaps we can be a little more forgiving; after all, if we’re discontented at the ‘results’, it’s partly because we’ve tried – and are trying – our best. Perhaps it’s okay to pat ourselves on the back for the effort, because the best is as much as we can give, and we’re giving it. To see progress made, to recognise that, and learn from them, and not just see the tasks and stepping stones ahead, is also important.

To be able to see hope, to hold onto it, to put effort into looking after ourselves and the people we care about, to help others, to try hard at what we want to do, to continue even while saying ‘we’re not good enough yet’, requires effort, and courage. But perhaps, we’re better than we think.”

He smiled at them. “Usually, other people would tell you that, because sometimes we forget to think about that part of ourselves. So: Good job, my dears.”

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Re: Oscillations

Post by Young Lawrence Keelan » Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:22 am

Laurie swallowed. "Uh, thank you." His smile was more a grimace, but sincere. "It, uh, it's appreciated."

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