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Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 06:09 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Author's Note: Molly Finn is one of the paramedics in my story "Keeping Warm." in seven parts.


“Learning to Correct Yourself”




Liborio frowned down at the strawberry-blond preschooler. “What?”

“Do you have a squish on Olivia?” the boy, Edison Finn, asked again. He grabbed at Liborio's polo shirt, hauling himself at least half a head taller before sheer practicality made Liborio pick the boy up the rest of the way.

“I like this shirt,” Liborio told him evenly. “Pulling on it can wreck the fabric.”

Little wisps of red, too fine to really be called eyebrows yet, drew together. “Sorry. But do you have a squish on Olivia?” he repeated for the third time.

“What's a squish?” the dark-haired man asked, resisting the urge to borrow his boss' favorite nervous tell by pinching the bridge of his nose.

“It's when you like somebody for what they do and what they say, not because they make you feel gushy.”

“Oh. And you think I have one of these 'squish' things on Olivia?” Liborio asked.

Edison nodded gravely. “Or you could have a crush on her. Or you could want kissing with her. OR you could /do/ kissing with her....” he scrunched his face up, completely repulsed.

“Edison!” His oldest sister Molly shook her head in exasperation. “What are the rules for talking about relationships?”

“We're at home!” he protested, leaning a shoulder against Liborio as he twisted to face the young woman currently pulling her ash-brown hair into a curly ponytail. “And he's a friend, Daddy said so. ANNNNNNNNNNNND Olivia's outside with Aida in the salle, so /she/ won't get nervous, or upset, or mad.”

“Edison,” Molly began with a sigh. “Look at his face. Is he /happy/ about this conversation?” She mouthed 'sorry' to Liborio even as she waved from shoulder to knee. “Is he relaxed, or upset?”

“But you said if I asked /you/ about it, that was gossip!” he protested. Earnest hazel eyes pleaded with Liborio. “How do I know which rule to use? Are you...” his shoulders dropped to match the curve of his frown. “It's not FAIR that it's so /complicated/.”

“That's why humans take so long to grow up,” Molly told her littlest brother. “Now, think through what you said, and where the mistake is.”

The little boy was quiet, relaxed in the curve of Liborio's arm. Finally, he nodded. “I'm sorry I mentioned kissing and junk.” He wriggled, launching himself fearlessly toward the floor. His tennis shoes chirped sharply on the hardwood floor as he landed. “I've decided. Olivia's a nice squish, and I'm going to keep her.” He scampered toward the sliding glass door where Olivia's dark hair stood out against the sea of blond Finn youngsters, but turned back to offer a slow nod and wave to their other guest. “I didn't mean to make you feel left out! I could have a squish on you, too, Liborio!”

Behind him, Molly thumped her head against the cabinet door.


Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 08:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janetmiles
You know, I don't even *like* small children, and yet I find this adorable.

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 08:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Thanks so much!

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 10:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Half the things Edison says are cribbed from stuff my sons did at that age. Which is why my hair is so gray, I tell you!

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-17 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] technoshaman
*laughter* this doesn't surprise me, that you'd out him sooner rather than later.... :) Kids don't miss much *at all* (even though their rules engines aren't fully functional)...

What is it about gay men and cosmetology?? I've known bears and otters half my life now and I still don't get it....

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Yep, for all the very careful walking through social rules, Edison came to the conclusion that "leaving Liborio out of squishes hurts his feelings."

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 11:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
"tractive"? A new word!

"Serving to pull or draw; exerting traction." (Free Dictionary) Mmm. About what I expected, and not very helpful. Help, please?

OBTW, I got a kick out of the interactions, and the kid, oh, the kid!

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-15 11:55 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
So glad you liked him!

Edison is part of a much longer work-- so are Aida, Molly and Drew Finn, and their friends Jules and Mariset, who appear in other fills today.

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-16 12:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thnidu
Author's Note: Molly Finn is one of the paramedics in my story "Keeping Warm." in seven parts.

I went to reread that. Followed the link, reread part 1. And then I was stuck. Could you, maybe, link each chapter to the preceding and following, or use a unique and consistent label on each chapter?

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2014-11-16 12:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I do use consistent labels, I thought. You're also looking at the growth of my HTML knowledge from sub-zero in April. If you hit my starred-kept-whatever it's called post, it's my fiction index, and all of those work.

Not sure yet if editing /forward/ works the same way as amassing the links after I post the part.

: : Keeping Warm (seven parts)
Introducing an emergency response team in the midst of a callout. WARNINGS: Some mild swearing, medical procedures, threats of physical violence (very mild).

Part One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, and Seven
Edited (added links) Date: 2014-11-16 12:40 am (UTC)

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2016-05-15 06:49 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I reread this today and I adored it! Now I'm going to go reread the rest of what's posted under Finn Family, and hope for more of the Marionettes crossing over with them...

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2016-05-15 07:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
There's a novel-length story I'm working on, which creates the situation that leads to the Finns hosting Marionettes, knowingly. Hints of some of the events happen in the Shiv storyline, as it is the Marionettes who asked Graham to check up on both Ragno and Shiv after the Chayne incident.

Re: Learning to correct yourself

Date: 2016-05-15 07:13 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alatefeline
I'll look forward to it. Good fortune attend you on your writing journey.

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