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Danny Fox-Reynolds
Masquerading is appropriate at a ball, right?
Thu Jul 19, 2018 09:17
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The chances were that the headmaster was a homophobic old fusspot. The chances also were, according to Selina, that he would not put any effort into figuring out how any of the miscellaneous adults present related to his staff members and that he would leave pretty early. And so it seemed relatively safe for Danny to join the festivities from the beginning, just so long as he wasn’t too closely or obviously Tarquin’s husband. Danny was generally all for being loud and proud about who they were, but he recognised that there were certain lines, certain people not worth engaging on the subject, and getting his husband fired - fired in a humiliating and unkind way that exposed him to hatred and bigotry - was not something he was seeking to do. So, he was being good, and pretending to not actually be there with Tarquin, and doing his best not to look like a rampaging homosexual who was out to corrupt the children, or whatever the heck it was conservative freaks like Mortimer Brockert thought “people like him” were “up to”.

So far, this plan involved lurking near the refreshment table. Age wise, there weren’t many staff members he could be reasonably associated with. Although people did date across age gaps. But again, that would have required looking, analysing, caring on the headmaster’s account. And by all accounts, he didn’t really do many of those things. Age-wise, apart from his own spouse, he matched best with Selina, and anyone who was bothering to assume who he might belong to (and who had absolutely no gaydar because he radiated camp like a row of tents, although this was somewhat subdued by the fact he was neither moving much or speaking but which he felt was still strongly emphasised by his shoes, a very nice pair of burgundy dragonhide dress shoes with Monstrap fastenings which he was relatively confident no straight man would pick) would probably assume he was hers. John Skies had done them a favour in that department by being stuck somewhere on a business trip.

Deciding that seeing a bunch of teenagers butcher a waltz wasn’t high on his list for the evening, he people watched instead, trying to pick out the students that Tarquin absolutely hadn’t broken any kind of school confidentiality rules by telling him cute or amusing stories about. Once the dance was done, he poured himself a cup of the punch (presumably non-alcoholic and hopefully remaining that way). Doing so helped him look like he was doing something, which then helped to explain why he, a random adult, was not with their assigned partner. The fact that his potentially presumed wife was ushering prefects around was another reasonable excuse, he supposed. He moved away from the table because it was likely to be a hotspot for students who had not discovered romance/lust and still preferred cupcakes (or those that had but needed to bury their sorrows of rejection in sugar). He thought about ambling closer to his husband, but before he got very far, he found himself crossing paths with another adult.

“Hi. Coming to join the abandoned spouses club, or do you work here?” he asked. “I’m Danny,” he added, extending a hand for what looked to not be a particular firm shake, “Fox-Reynolds,” he added, in case everything else about him wasn’t enough of a clue. Tarq had told a few of the staff members he had a husband, and having told a few, it was possible that more of them therefore knew. And anyway, it wasn’t something he had a problem with his colleagues knowing, as they all seemed a reasonable bunch of humans. At least, as far as his introvert husband could tell from his position cloistered in the library office hardly speaking to others.

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