Tricky M.B., now properly burned by Rod, came back for another round. “Can I call you Protige?”
“I’ll have Rod burn you again,” Prodigy threatened.
“Hey, he’s not your minion,” Raven muttered with a scowl.
“But he likes burning people,” Prodigy replied.
“Can I be Rod’s minion?” Tricky asked.
Prodigy sighed. “He doesn’t need to think he’s more powerful or respected than he actually is.”
She continued, “Well if he’s not actually respected or powerful, can I burn him?”
“Sure, go ahead and try.”
And so ensued a few moments of chaotic chaos in which Tricky and Rod chased each other, Rod screaming, “I WILL BURN YOUUUUUU!!!” and Tricky shrieking. In the end, Rod was telling the truth.
“Fine,” Tricky said resentfully. “One more question. Why are you doing this?”
Prodigy scowled. “I thought I made it clear that I’m here against my will. Though if you’re talking about my recording of it, I was hoping that someone would come ask some kind of deep philosophical question that I could wax on at length about. Or about Queen. Or Star Trek. Or the anti-derivative of x^3 + x. Needless to say, I was bored.”
“I have a question,” Raven said pompous-
“Wait, what?” Raven demanded. “I did NOT say that pompously.”
“Yes you did. Go on?” Prodigy replied.
“I have a question. What’s your opinion on movellas families?” she asked.
This took quite a moment of thought. “Hm. Well, I think they can be good and bad. They’re good in that it gives people a place to turn that’s not quite as public as talking to all of movellas. From what I understand, most families share their emails with each other, so if a family member had a problem, I can see how it would be nice to be able to turn to their families for private support.
“However, the families-stick-up-for-each-other thing can go too far. If someone in the family says something hurtful to an outsider and that outsider takes offense, it shouldn’t be like waging war against the whole family. They should admit that their member is in the wrong and not blindly stick up for them. That gives some families a bad reputation for being stuck up and abrasive. Also, it seems that once people get locked into the mindset of their family, whatever that is, they cease to be able to see things from an objective point of view. With all the drama these days, that's important.
“So, pretty much, what I’m saying is that many families I see around movellas are become closed and standoff-ish and that’s not how it should be. I wouldn’t be proud to be a member of some of these families and, if asked, I would probably decline to join. They’ve moved a little too far into the clique mentality which does nothing but start drama and isolate themselves from the whole of movellas. They’ve come to believe that being a [insert family here] somehow makes them exclusive, and I can see them beginning to think that it also makes them better than everyone else,” Prodigy finished. “Though if I were to pick a family that experiences the LEAST amount of these symptoms, it would definitely be the Nightshades.”
Raven considered this.
“That wasn’t meant to offend, but I am on veritaserum, so...” Prodigy added.