Andrew Tennant

May 3, 2020, 12:22 p.m.

Badger badger badger badger

Oh Drew had really not meant to unleash Marley’s anti-pureblood speech. Not that he disagreed with any of it, but… it was A Lot to have let loose in the Christies’ bookstore, you know? She was, of course, a hundred percent right, except she seemed to think it was rarer for people to break restrictive families’ rules than Drew knew to be the case.

To start with, there was Aaron. Shrouded in mystery as he was, Drew had more or less worked out that his stepfather had left his family and changed his name and it had been A Whole Thing, but not so much of a thing that Uncle Bennet wouldn’t hang out with them sometimes. (“Hang out” was a very generous term for what Bennet DeMarco did when he visited the Tennant-McKindys, but whatever.) Jessie hadn’t so much “left” as “flitted away, having never had any expectations placed on her to start with.” But Darlene had several sisters who weren’t in her family anymore—one had died, but one had been disowned and apparently the other had left so thoroughly that Darlene hadn’t even known about her until, like, last year.

And there had to be others. It was just that most people left quietly, so no one knew. They said “no thanks” to whatever their families wanted and they peaced out and, presumably, went and led normal lives. Like Aaron (for a given value of normal). Apparently Danny wasn’t doing that and it was making waves, according to Marissa. Good for him and Holland, Drew supposed, but he would never do something like that. If everyone was so against you then why not just leave? It’d be way easier.

Connor? Oh, heck no, this is the best thing that could’ve happened.

Merlin, Circe, and Agrippa. Did Drew actually have to defend Connor?

No, he didn’t, but he would’ve thought Marley would be more sensitive, even if it was Connor. He shrugged. He didn’t know anything about the social climbing part (it was straight-up hilarious that Marley was gossiping about the relative prominence of different pureblood families, though), he just knew that Connor only acted like a decent person toward Claudia.

“Yeah,” Drew scratched his head, “but isn’t that your point? Wouldn’t it have been more of a ‘screw you’ to the system if they’d gotten together because they like each other, even though their families are on different social levels? I mean, Connor’s terrible, don’t get me wrong, but I’m pretty sure Claudia is like, literally the only person on Earth he cares about besides himself. If they’re not together because of dumb pureblood rules, isn’t that kind of as bad as all the archaic stuff you were talking about? Plus if he’s not trying to show Claudia he’s a good person anymore, he’s just gonna be worse than ever.”

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