Transcribed as best as I could manage from talking-to-myself on the way home last night. All new students.
“Well, I’m going to be cy’Lightning. It’s obvious I’m meant to have Professor Inazuma as my Mentor.” Hadley leaned forward, her elbows on her knees.
Her friends were not quite as charmed.
“Because you want to stab people with sharp things?” Farina giggled at the idea.
“Because you’re going to be really good with lightning?” Aquilo raised sculpted eyebrows.
“Because you’re really fascinated by Old-Japan history?”
“No!” Hadley sulked. “No, because he’s lovely and I am destined to be closer to him, that’s why.”
“Oh, come on.” Aquilo tsked, smirking. “It’s obvious he’s gay.”
“You don’t know that! Just because you like him…!”
“No, he’s not my sort. And come on, it’s – you know. You know know, when you’re gay.”
“Oh, good. More of your magical gay powers.” Farina grumbled. “Next thing we know, you’re going to be levitating the professors.”
“Well, I might,” Aquilo tsked. “I haven’t Changed yet. But look, he’s gay.”
“That’s ridiculous.” Keala shook her head. “Haven’t you seen him with Professor Cynara? They’re obviously together.”
“No. They’re not. He’s gay.” Aquilo sighed irritably. “Why can’t you accept that?”
“Haven’t you met Maihallr? She’s Professor Inazuma’s daughter with Professor Doomsday. And it’s not like Sweetbriar is quiet about her family, and she’s Professor Cynara and Professor Inazuma’s granddaughter. They have two generations of children together. Two Generations. They’re obviously in love.” Keala shook her head, as if at everyone’s idiocy.
“Uh! What does this have to do with me being cy’Lightning? I mean, come on. It’s not like the rest of you don’t like professors, too.” Hadley threw herself backwards in the chair in frustration. “Come on, Farina. Admit it.”
“Well… I mean. Yeah. Professor Chthon. Have you seen him? Or heard him?”
“Mmm.” It was a group sound: Professor Chthon was gorgeous, with a deep, throaty voice.
“And Aquilo?” Hadley pushed.
“Oh, you all know. Professor Aegislaw.” He shook his head sadly.
“But isn’t he…” Farina’s gesture was unclear, but everyone knew what she meant.
Aquilo sighed. “Yes. So very very straight. But that doesn’t mean I can’t lust after him. I mean, come on, it’s not like either of you have a chance for anything serious, either, with the Professors – even if Professor Inazuma somehow isn’t gay. Or in love with Professor Doomsday.” He shrugged defensively and flailed in the only direction left. “What about you, Keala?”
“Not a professor.” She hunched her shoulders. “Not into that. Too old. I mean, come on, you said it. Professor Inazuma and Professor Doomsday have two generations of kids. They’re a bit older than we are.”
“Then who?” Hadley was still sulking, but she was leaning forward again. “Come on, Kee, everyone else told, and you always keep so many secrets. Come onnnn.“
It was Keala’s turn to flop back in her chair. “Ejnar,” she muttered under her breath. “Ejnar cy’Underground.”
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