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On trying to catch the elephant before it makes it into the pyjamas, err, room - Diary of a Necromancer
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On trying to catch the elephant before it makes it into the pyjamas, err, room
Muse has spent most of the last few days trying to articulate some of her reasoning about a throwaway remark back at the beginning of this fit, err, fic that Jason didn't get involved with Jill because she's "allergic", so I thought it might be interesting to throw some thoughts out here to see if maybe there are even more angles I should be considering on this...

The technical problem involved is, how allergic is she, and to what? Some of the stricter interpretations happen to lead straight to Unfortunate Implications just by virtue of the characters' respective backgrounds; if Jill is allergic to werewolves, IE something that's a 24/7 thing for Jason, then no amount of pointing out that an issue with the wolf-cooties is an issue with his white parent doesn't get ugly. So I've been going back and forth with Muse to see if that was a point she truly wanted to raise for some specific reason, and she's finally managed to hand in a coherent ruling on the mechanics: Jill is allergic to dogs, and would only have an actual issue with being around Jason when he physically isn't in human shape.

Okay... but. That's one night a month. How inconvenient would that really have made a relationship? {bangs head on keyboard} More back-and-forth here about the Unfortunate Implications of to what degree having a dog around sometimes would be an issue even when he's not currently a dog...

And then Muse pointed out that it was a trick question; Jill's allergy is only about Jason at all in a peripheral sense, as it relates to her issues. Jason's all about family and belonging and Pack, and Jill... eats people. He would not be able to give her the space she'd need in a relationship proper, and by now she's probably polished off enough boyfriends to have spotted that in about ten minutes; the allergy is a face-saving reason to keep him from ever trying to pursue the idea.

(So what does Jason turn around and do? He sets her up with his flatmate, because he can spot in about ten minutes that she needs somebody in her life at this point. :) The interesting thing is that Muse apparently thinks that Trevor is fucked-up in the right way to get on with Jill...)


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ashnistrike From: ashnistrike Date: March 4th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
Less thematically, it is still likely to be an issue that everything in the house is a bit dog-haired. Though I suppose they can always vacuum the day after the full moon.
robling_t From: robling_t Date: March 4th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That's kind of where this started coming up as an issue that needed to be nailed down; there are at least a couple of scenes where one's on the other's turf in a way where the question would at least arise in some way...
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