Nikolas smirked and chuckled a bit at Lucy's small tirade. "Well, to be fair, I think a lot of it is just because I find a great deal of my housemates to be incredibly irritating, so I sort of have no choice but to look elsewhere. I mean Harper and Urquhart are all right, and Millicent Bulstrode's pretty great. But I don't really find my housemates very...pleasant to be around. Most of the time."
His mind settled on Daphne again, and how that situation, of all things, was one of the most troublesome that he currently associated with his house. Admittedly, they'd been getting on quite a bit better lately. They certainly weren't glad of their families' agreement, still, or even friendly to one another. But they had at least been able to interact civilly, and Daphne had even done him a favor the week before with that potion. Progress, right?
"But I do understand what you mean, absolutely. I'm just glad it's only a year and a half until we finish here, and we can start our careers or do whatever it is we've been working towards."
Nikolas made a teasingly apologetic face. "Actually, I've been counting down the days until we graduate on this calendar I have since last year. I hope that doesn't offend your studious Ravenclaw sensibilities."