In the first half of the fifth chapter ofÂ Wizardâ€™s Holiday, Dairine meets her new (temporary) housemates. Intrigued? Then itâ€™s time for Mark to readÂ Young Wizards.
I simply cannot get enough of this.
I know a lot of my logistical questions are mostly likely going to be answered in the remainder of this chapter, so Iâ€™ll save them for later. (They mightÂ notÂ be answered.) This is going to be me freaking out because Duane has committed to this, itâ€™s real, and I CANâ€™T BELIEVE IT.
And look, I appreciate that. After spending so much time in theÂ Star TrekÂ universe, I expected a similar attempt fromÂ Young Wizards: lots of bipedal, humanoid aliens. However, Duane has managed to branch out for alien life, and the result of that is breathtaking. Centipede-like creatures. AN ALIEN THAT LOOKS LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE. Andâ€¦ Roshaun. Oh, Roshaun, you are so easy to dislike! Even in that, Duane demonstrates a willingness to go places that the reader does not expect. Up to this point, every wizard weâ€™ve met has been, in a general sense,Â really nice. They donâ€™t automatically agree with one another, and I wouldnâ€™t say that itâ€™s all one big happy family either. But the nature of the Speech means that, on a very basic level, everyone respects one another. The whole honesty thing plays a huge part in that!
So while I didnâ€™t go into this scene expecting Skerâ€™ret or Filif in any literal sense, IÂ didÂ assume that things would be awkward and weird once all of the exchange wizards showed up. Theyâ€™re all about to visit Earth for the first time,Â andÂ itâ€™s a planet where they canâ€™t walk around openly. (Oh god, I said I was gonna save this for later, but I canâ€™t. HOW WILL THEY EVER LEAVE THE HOUSE.) As expected, this was the case, though it was adorable to see how these characters adjusted to such a radical change.
AND THEN THEREâ€™S ROSHAUN. While Skerâ€™ret and Filif ask a ton of necessary and innocent questions, Roshaun makes the worst first impression imaginable. Heâ€™s haughty. Rude. Pretentious. He doesnâ€™t even introduce himself in a friendly way! Worse, he insults Dairine repeatedly within the first few minutes of their acquaintance. GOOD JOB, ASSHOLE.
But I wanted to talk about one specific thing that comes of this:
Dairine flushed as hot as if someone had insulted her, or her dad, or Nita, to her face. There was something insufferably superior about Roshaunâ€™s delivery. I have to be imagining this,Â Dairine thought.Â Iâ€™ve known this guy exactly two minutes.Â Itâ€™s much too soon to believe that heâ€™s a complete asshole.
THIS IS PEAK RELATABLE. I know Iâ€™m a sensitive person, and I donâ€™t feel compelled to go into the reasonsÂ whyÂ thatâ€™s the case. But I understood this reaction! Deeply so! Dairineâ€™s instinct is kicking in and telling her that this dudeÂ sucks. However, sheâ€™s conflicted becauseâ€¦ well, how could she make a judgement call so quickly? What if this is just a cultural difference and he doesnâ€™t intend to be mean? What if Dairine has misjudged this situation? Hereâ€™s the thing: itâ€™s notÂ impossibleÂ that she has misinterpreted this. I donâ€™t believe she has, especially given the word that Roshaun used for â€œpeopleâ€ in the Speech. Heâ€™s a jerk, most assuredly. But I recognized that kneejerk reaction, too, that voice that says, â€œYouâ€™re too sensitive, you misread everything,â€ and itâ€™s because that voice has been in my head for a long time.
I theorized in the video thatÂ maybeÂ Dairine feels subconsciously betrayed because she had an instant attraction to his photo, and he turned out to be a megaturd. I HAVE ALSO DEALT WITH THIS. This is speculation, too, but I know that I second-guess myself because so often in this world, Iâ€™ve been shamed and conditioned to accept this awful default state of humanity, and therefore, my feelings arenâ€™t valid because I deviate from the norm. So I wonder if thereâ€™s not some other dynamic at play here because Roshaun is, in simplistic terms, a rude guy. Arenâ€™t menÂ supposedÂ to be like this?
Itâ€™s just an idea, you know. I personally believe Dairineâ€™s instinct is spot-on. Her mind is telling her that this behavior is not okay. So, how long until she tells him so? Dairine isnâ€™t exactly a shy person. ITâ€™S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME OH MY GOD. I canâ€™t wait.
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