- Sat May 20, 2017 10:46 pm
"What got them thrown into Azkaban?" She asked. At first she felt terrible because it almost sounded insensitive, but it was also because she'd been rather desensitized when folks asked her before about her husband. Some asked in a more PC fashion, others dove in with slurs about tempers and how 'those people are' and it was enough to drive her mad. On the topic of the other family members who didn't care about Maddie, Kara didn't press. She'd let that one fade off as long as she wanted it to, mostly because she noticed it struck a pretty bad nerve, and gauged her questions based on the girl's reaction. She didn't want to make her any more uncomfortable than any stranger would, meeting the Leader of a resistance organization for the first time.
Kara pursed her lips. "Defenses. It's clear you have them." The more and more she brought up helping the girl, the more she was being hit back with a certain tone that didn't sit well with her, but it wasn't the girl's fault. Perhaps she was still a little upset at her encounter with Bryden and how the meeting went. Nevertheless, she was a bit tired of having to deal with push back when all she wanted was some conversation. Still, Kara kept herself cool on the outside and left herself open to discuss anything else that might have been lurking there under the surface, because it was clear to her that there was some insecurity there, uncertainty even, where that topic stood. "I'm not victimizing you and I'm sure you could defend yourself, but as I've just met you, it's fair that I can assume that your skills are average at best, since that's how I see all of the newcomers, until I see them in action myself." It was fair, she thought, to judge everyone at a base, or "control", where everyone was average until scaled up or down in certain ways after she'd spent some time with them. Since she'd just met Maddie, and knew that she'd survived on the streets, that was still not enough for her to assume she was a skilled fighter. "...if you've made it out this far, and don't take offense to what I said earlier--I'm letting you know there are people here to help hone those skills, established or otherwise, is all." By trying to take a stand, talk up at Kara in a way that she might seem 'tough', in reality was setting up barriers, walls, and defenses of sorts, which made Kara understand that Maddie had a major opportunity for growth and maturity. If she didn't want her to discredit her for the time she stayed out alone after leaving Hogwarts, then Kara would give her that respect in a sense that she wouldn't treat her any differently from the others, kids, adults, or otherwise.
"Now, this 'trace'...you said its preventing you from using your magic?" Wanting to move along with the conversation instead of wallowing in the over-analytical nature Kara tended to fall into when assessing a new acquaintance, she decided to ask questions head on. If the girl wanted serious one-on-one volley, she'd get that. Kara didn't like forcing out the diplomatic vernacular any more than anyone wanted to hear it.