"That sounds awful. There are much easier and safer methods of transportation," Edgar said a little more confidently than he had been speaking before. "Like trains." Why were train stations so far away?
He could handle walking for a few more minutes, as long as--
"Watch it!" he snapped as they passed someone who had quite nearly walked into the both of them. "What was that strange object he was holding? It was like a book, but...not a book." Edgar had no idea how to describe it, so he just looked at Kameron hopefully.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 3:31:39 GMT -6
"Most people don't have those options though. I spent the first eleven years of my life being driven around and I'm still alive, so it can't be too bad anyway," he pointed out.
Having thought nothing of the person he'd dodged, Kam startled a little when Edgar snapped at them for it. Once they were comfortably moving down the street again, he answered, "It's not a book, no. It's a mobile phone." How the hell was he meant to describe a phone. "Which is like.. it's like owls but instantaneous. You use them to talk to people."
Maybe Kameron was a pain in the ass because he had been driven around in a car for eleven years. Edgar thought that that explanation made perfect sense, but he would have to reflect on it more later.
"Fone..." the snake repeated, narrowing his eyes and moving closer to Kameron so that he could look at the ground without veering off in a random direction and getting lost. "It looked nothing like an owl, Tolbert, and he wasn't talking to anyone. Are you sure we saw the same thing?"
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 3:41:49 GMT -6
"Surely you haven't forgotten that I have a name in the two months since you've seen me," he commented before addressing the questions again. "I never said it looked like an owl. It functions like one in that you communicate with other people through it. And that can happen verbally or written. It does both."
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 3:52:13 GMT -6
Kameron nearly kept walking when the snake stopped, having not noticed right away. When he did, he sighed. "No, they don't fly. For the love of... Look, here." He pulled one of his hands from his pocket finally, and with it came a small object that he held out for Edgar to take. "There's one close up. Don't drop it."
Edgar turned back toward Kameron as he pulled his own fone out. The snake's eyes got big and his mouth opened as he grabbed the object and stared at it. How strange! He turned it over in his hands and ran a finger along the front of it.
"It's nothing like paper," he said. "How do you...use it?"
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 3:57:03 GMT -6
The amazement that lit up Edgar's face from the phone was kind of endearing. Aaand it was time to look anywhere but at the snake. "If you can manage to get it to the train without dropping it, I'll show you how to use it, okay?"
Edgar nodded eagerly and said rather impatiently, "Yes, yes, just show me how to use it." He continued to turn the object over in his hands and run his fingers along it, frustrated at his own ignorance.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 4:04:12 GMT -6
"Hit the little button on the right side of it," he said without looking at the other boy. They were nearing the station now and he didn't want to walk past it because he was distracted. "That'll make it light up."
Edgar turned the phone over again, looking for a button on the side. When he finally did and the phone lit up, he gasped. "Merlin's beard--is it magic?! Do Muggles use magic?" His voice was a little louder than he had intended, but he didn't realize it. The snake stared at the screen, trying to decipher what the words were telling him.
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 4:09:52 GMT -6
"Keep your voice down," Kameron hissed at him. Then he looked over to see that Edgar could at least follow simple instructions. "It's not magic. It's technology. Which is like magic in some ways, but a lot easier to use. It's what makes the phones work and the cars go. It powers pretty much everything around us right now."
Edgar's cheeks turned pink, but he tried to ignore that. "Technology? Are you sure it's not magic? It's...it seems magical." Edgar had seen a lot of magic in his lifetime, but this seemed the most advanced, or at least right up there.
"What are these pictures?" he asked, poking one of them. "Something's happening, Tolbert. What did I do?"
Post by KAMERON JOSHUA TOLBERT on Nov 14, 2017 4:19:03 GMT -6
"It's definitely not magic." Or maybe it was but in the nonmagical way. He'd never really stopped to think about it, because magic and not magic were two very separated worlds for him. Mostly because not magic Kameron had had a mum and magic Kameron didn't. And he hadn't quite figured out how to reconcile the two.
He nudged Edgar over so they could enter the station. "What do you mean what did you do? What happened?"