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Jozua Sparks
You did that very well
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:58

Jozua stood in front of his mirror, studying his reflection doubtfully. The dress robes were nice enough. Surely not up to Grandmother Maartin’s standards, of course, but definitely more distinguished-looking than what he normally wore.

He had bought them at the dress sale, from the booth set up by Aladren Robes. In the context of the Cascade Hall, and with an unusually large percentage of blue fabric on display, Jozua almost hadn’t realized it was the same shop where he bought his school robes every summer until he recognized the old man greeting the students coming to his booth. Then a guilty feeling that Jozua may have been the one who had infected the guy when he’d bought his new school robes last August - that he was there at all meant he had already suffered the disease that caused both Sonora and Aladren to be quarantined - led him to look at the robes on offer, and between actually needing a set of robes for the ball and seeing that Aladren Robes was one of the more affordable booths at the sale had resulted in Jozua not having much excuse not to buy something from them.

He wasn’t displeased with his choice, and it would have been where he got his robes anyway if there hadn’t been a quarantine, but he still thought he looked like he some actor in costume and not himself. His hair was too neat. His robes were too clean and unwrinkled and nicely embroidered. He looked like a Maartin, not a Sparks, and it made him feel uncomfortable, as it always did when he visited his mother’s family in the Netherlands. Like he was pretending to be something he wasn’t.

At least he’d look good for the prefect dance with Lily. Speaking of, he glanced at the clock and got moving. It wouldn’t do to leave his best friend waiting.

He got to their meeting spot in the Cascade Hall first, but not by much. In fact, he almost missed Lily entirely. She was nearly on top of him before he realized the girl in the dress approaching him was even her. Certainly she was close enough to see the look of shocked recognition when he put together the features and came up with Lily as the name belonging to her.

“Wow, you look . . . beautiful,” he said, sounding a little too surprised to be entirely complimentary, but it was at least honest. In truth, at that moment, he was too stunned to be anything but honest.

He must have gotten entirely the wrong impression when talking to her about what they’d be wearing, because he had truthfully been expecting to find her in wizard’s robes not unlike his own.

Well, there went the half formed idea he’d had of sneaking off to climb trees like they had in their first year during the ball. Not that he hadn’t already been second guessing that plan on the grounds that this was a date-date and she might think he was euphemising a different kind of sneaking off, and he wasn’t sure that she wouldn’t slap him if he did that.

This one ball might be a date but they were definitely not a couple by any stretch of the imagination at this point. Lily wasn’t ready for that, and honestly, Jozua wasn’t really either.

Lily clearly felt about as uncomfortable about her dress as she did about dating him, if the torrent of words spilling from her was any indication.

“Really, you’re beautiful,” he repeated, holding out a hand tentatively, not quite sure how much physical contact was appropriate or welcome. Was holding hands too much? “Charlotte has good taste. It looks amazing on you.” Then, because it was Lily, and they were best friends forever before they were anything else, he added, smiling fondly, “I mean, it’s completely not you at all, but we can be imposters together for a night, right? Really awesome looking imposters. We can pretend we’re spies.”

  • Making an entrance.Lily Spencer, Tue Jul 10 14:24
    The package had arrived for Lily three days before the ball, a week after she’d already ordered her robes. She’d perused through wizard’s catalogues secretly before bed for several days, wanting to... more
    • You did that very well — Jozua Sparks, Wed Jul 11 12:58
      • Now to keep the momentum going.Lily, Thu Jul 12 20:41
        Jozua looked smashing and Lily’s stomach fluttered. It wasn’t the same overwhelming butterfly sort she’d felt with Geoff or Alex, so she didn’t think much of it. Primarily, she was concerned with the ... more
        • Like a rolling stoneJozua, Fri Jul 13 20:59
          She was blushing. It was kind of cute. Better not to mention it though. Jozua knew from personal experience that only made it worse. Oh, and now she was holding his hand. That was . . . nice. He felt ... more
          • "Sam'll be my pretend name, Octavia Lee will my alias." Lily appreciated Jozua for remembering those details - they were ever so consequential in pretend realistic spy situations. Spencer was her... more
            • There are some doozies in our past, tooJozua, Fri Jul 27 19:52
              "Got it," Jozua nodded, committing the name and alias to his short-term memory. He doubted this character play would come up again much in the future, except maybe as an inside joke, but he did want... more
              • We certainly can't forget those.Lily, Wed Aug 8 22:34
                Jozua was a surprisingly good dancer. She wasn't sure what she had expected, seeing as they'd hardly danced together before, but she was admittedly surprised. It was actually enjoyable - not tense... more
                • I’ve tried. It doesn’t work.Jozua, Tue Aug 14 14:15
                  Jozua grinned as Lily assured him that climbing trees was not out of the question tonight. And they called Aladrens problem solvers. “Right, good plan,” he approved. “Probably try transfiguration... more
                  • Throwing another one at you now.Lily, Wed Aug 15 01:14
                    "Oh, Charlotte would murder me if this dress was torn," said Lily, unable to hide her smirk. "I can just imagine her expression. You can't deny it would be a fun game though, levitating each other,"... more
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