Anonymous said: hey, fan of Educating Naomi here! i'm almost done reading it (and it's great, kudos) and i had to ask what if Emily never saw cook and naomi in the pottery room after the night at the club... and never got jealous? would she have still avoided naomi?
My feeling on this is no right away no. But then she’d have had another lesson with Naomi and she’d have realized then that she was crushing hard on Naomi and it would have ended up the same.
My vision of Emily is someone who’s always honest with herself about her feelings. Even when she was trying to hide her orientation in Skin3,. To me, Emily isn’t denying that she’s gay (like Naomi is doing) but she’s just not ready at that point to say it out loud because she’s scared of how people will react (notably Katie). But deep down I think Emily always knew she was gay, always admitted it to herself. You don’t go kissing girls when you’re in denial (trust me, I know this for a fact).
So because Emily always has this raw honesty, I think that even if she hadn’t seen Naomi and Cook together and realized she was jealous, she’d have realized the real nature of her feelings for Naomi soon enough. In EN it was always about Emily’s vision of Naomi shifting from this strictly professional mould to something more. The second this was broken, Emily couldn’t go back to seeing Naomi as this asexual entity that a student is for her.
I hope this makes sense!!
Thanks for reading and enjoying :)