That question made... absolutely no sense. Of course everything needed a purpose. Otherwise why were you doing it. That was a stupid thing to say. Or was Takumi just questioning the 'big' bit? Sure some people's purposes in life were smaller than others because they were less important so technically if you wanted to be successful you did need a big purpose but if you just wanted to live
then a small purpose would be fine. Of course he didn't have long to dwell on that before Takumi rounded on Ed's own experience with the system of Elites currently in question. "I... well... that was..."
he stuttered, trying to come up with an excuse under the pressure. "They were idiots for not recognising my talent, that wasn't my fault."
"Cornering you? You're in the centre of the room, idiot," Ed replied, the metaphor going right over his head as he frowned at Takumi for saying such a strange thing. "And besides, this is my dormitory too." As though to make his point, he moved away from the door to his own bed, pausing when he saw the state of it. He liked to leave everything perfectly neat and tidy in a morning when he went down to breakfast: bed perfectly made, books lined up neatly on the bedside table, and everything else at perfect right angles. But he was usually one of the first to leave the room, and the other boys had a habit of purposefully messing up his stuff to try and get a reaction out of him. It was a very efficient tactic actually, since Ed was now twitching very uncomfortably beside the bed, his intention of storming towards it and making a point of continuing this debate from it suddenly interrupted by his desire to make everything neat again. His hesitation only lasted for a few seconds, before he caved and began straightening out his sheets again, continuing the argument while he worked on his task.
"A fact shouldn't be intimidating Takumi," he snapped back. "It's not my fault if the truth scares you. Besides, you can't 'give' someone anxiety. That's an internal emotion. I can make you feel anxious but I can't give you anxiety, learn some grammar." Anyone would tell you attacking the wording of someone's statement was the weakest move in any form of argument, but it slipped out of Ed too automatically for him to consider whether this was the time or the place for it. He straightened up for a moment to look back at the other boy, a glimmer of weakness showing for a moment at 'I thought you were better' but he covered it up as quickly as he could. "Why would I be trying to make you cry? You aren't making any sense today, urgh, and they still want to let this mess into the Elites." He didn't challenge the 'superior' comment. it was hard to feel superior when your opponent had just gotten everything you'd ever wanted and was still proceeding to complain about it. No tears would redress that balance today.
He was suddenly very pleased his hands were busy with re-making his bed as Takumi told him exactly what he was jealous of. It gave him an excuse not to look at the other kid, or to have to directly answer the majority of what he said. He didn't turn back until everything was fixed again, sitting down on the centre of the neatly straightened sheets to reach across and organise his table now as well.
"Yeah you're right, it's sooooooooo much better to be a disappointment when there's nothing to compare to." The elongated 'so' was another thing he'd stolen for a classmate, though he did have a habit of testing new things against friends or even pseudo-friends where the backlash for doing it wrong wouldn't be so bad. Sarcasm in general was very new to him, and he was not quite getting the tone right, nor the balance in the words he was stressing. "It's so much better to fail when there is literally no minimum standard necessary to reach. Oh yes I much prefer it when rather than missing a visible goal I am deemed a failure for no other reason than I am me. Yes, sooooo much better.."
He had finally finished tidying his things, and had sat back against the pillows with a huff. He hadn't yet looked up though, so had missed the tears on Takumi's face, and apaprently hadn't registered the stres sin his voice either. "Besides, it's not my fault you lack confidence. And it is your fault for supporting a corrupt system. You should be boycotting it in protest, turning down their offer if you understand how unfair it really is!