The Montoirs
Thu Jun 20, 2019 19:38

Dorian made his way over to his family, smiling happily but also feeling a little nervous inside. He had loved the Teppenpaw show - he had loved everything about it, the cheery songs, and what they represented, and all the whole way they’d made it look. He was proud of what he’d achieved and what his house stood for, and it really felt like he’d put a piece of himself out there, even if he hadn’t been on stage. And he so badly wanted them to think well of that. To at least be getting something right.

His mother and Émilie sprang up when they saw him, and he ended up caught between them as they both seemed to want to hug him at once, his sister letting off a volley of questions in French (including whether he’d used her notebook) and his mother chatting away in Chinese. If any of the Club of Tongues were in earshot, it was probably enough to make their heads spin, both because of the mixture of languages and because of just how fast they were spoken when not accommodating foreigners. They could probably pick out the fact that the emphatic ‘fēicháng’ was being thrown around a lot. They also probably knew most of the words in ‘Nǐ shì yīgè cōngmíng de Xiǎo Tùzǐ,’ and this was said fairly emphatically at the end. He thought that he was probably supposed to object to having nicknames used in public, or be horribly embarrassed, but he wasn’t. He wasn’t sure if Tatya knew that he was his mother’s ‘little bunny’ (Jehan had stayed in their house for a week, and he was sure it was impossible for his mother to have not used the name in that space of time) but he was also confident she wouldn’t make fun of that, and nor would Vlad. No one else was likely to understand.

“Can you breathe?” his father asked playfully, gently pulling Émilie back by the shoulder, “You can let him go,” he suggested to them both. And as they disentwined themselves, Dorian assumed that was more or less it. His father usually gave him a ‘very good’ when he turned in a good report card but he wasn’t as effusive as his mother and sister. He was therefore very surprised when his father clapped him on the shoulder.

“Good show,” he smiled. “All those effects are your work?”

“Not all, no,” Dorian hurriedly corrected him, “There was an older boy, Jozua, who did the complicated stuff - the fireworks, the disillusions.”

“Still,” his father continued, “You put in a lot of work, yes? Lots of it, I suppose, things people might not see. What was it you did write us with? Rain not making sounds?”


“Yes! Did not hear any single drop. You fixed that then?”

“Yes, I used some impervius charms. With-” he had been about to say ‘help.’

“Clever stuff. You always are clever. And must be getting to be quite powerful, huh? That was lots of spellwork.”

This conversation was odd. It was odd because Dorian suddenly realised they were having it in English. English at Sonora was so normal, and for a while it had been the language when they were all together, but now Mama’s French was so much better that it wasn’t necessary. Was his father speaking Engish because of where they were? The tone of his voice was also… odd. It was familiar, but Dorian couldn’t place it for a second. And then he realised. It was his father’s post-Quidditch-match voice. It was the voice he used to talk to Matthieu about his games - excellent strike against their Keeper! That made sure they didn’t equalise on goals. That block you got in, close one. Almost didn’t think you’d make it, but of course you did - the tone designed not only to convey his pride to his son but to make sure his voice carried, and that everyone in the vicinity knew just how well Matthieu had done too. Or, in this case, Dorian. And that was why his father was speaking English. He wanted everyone around to know what Dorian had done. Dorian felt slightly like the floor had been snatched out from under him, and he almost wanted to cry with happiness. Because his father was using the Matthieu-Quidditch-Voice about him, about something he had done, and that was unprecedented enough in itself, but it was about something in which he had been himself. Mama, and Émilie, and even his father - they were all happy with him and what he had done.

OOC - 'feichang' is 'very' and the compliment is 'You are a clever little bunny.'

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    • Pride — The Montoirs, Thu Jun 20 19:38
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            • Fair. Let me try again.Nathaniel , Fri Jun 14 12:44
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                • I'm trying my best.Nathaniel, Sun Jun 16 15:37
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      • Concern.Tatiana Vorontsova, Mon Jun 3 13:30
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        • Increasingly soÉmilie, Mon Jun 3 19:30
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      • Oh. Eep.Ness McLeod, Sat Jun 1 00:55
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        • Same though.Evelyn Stones, Sat Jun 1 01:04
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            • You're welcome to try. Evelyn Stones, Sat Jun 1 01:32
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                • Hey, not too bad. Evelyn Stones, Sun Jun 2 19:45
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                    • Spellotape would do it I think. Evelyn Stones, Tue Jun 4 00:20
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    • Come see me. [Tag Zara.] Felipe De Matteo, Tue May 28 18:46
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      • Make me smiiiiiiileZara Jackson, Wed May 29 10:56
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        • But then I might smile too.Felipe De Matteo, Wed May 29 19:05
          The urge to reach out and touch the soft sparkles that were crowning Zara's head was surprisingly strong, and only years of etiquette training kept the show of strain - or nausea - off his face. "You ... more
          • Would that be so terrible?Zara, Thu May 30 06:11
            "Thank you," Zara said, more softly when Felipe told her she looked beautiful. She knew there were more important things to be, like kind or hard working, but it was still nice to hear it. It was a... more
            • I am . . . not sure. Felipe De Matteo, Thu May 30 11:53
              Felipe, for his part, was very glad that Zara preferred to stay down here. There were lots of reasons that was a good choice, but he let himself just enjoy it for what it was worth, and smiled at his ... more
              • Let's find out!The Jacksons, Fri May 31 21:24
                “It’s a pleasure to meet you too,” Abraham smiled sincerely, shaking Felipe’s hand. The boy seemed sort of shy and serious, and Abraham tried to convey with his tone and his smile that he was not... more
                • OR! Or . . . or! We could not. The De Matteos, Fri May 31 21:47
                  Julieta beamed at Zara when the girl demonstrated a politeness that far exceeded her expectation for the average eleven-year-old. Were all the girls at Sonora so wonderful? When they'd sent Felipe to ... more
                  • No but let'sThe Jacksons, Sat Jun 1 03:25
                    “Well, I think it only counts as an insult if the other person takes it badly. And seeing as I don’t know what it was, I can’t do that. I’m sure it was nothing too terrible though,” Abraham smiled.... more
                    • That sounds stressful though. The De Matteos, Sat Jun 1 17:31
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    • Come, meet your second family! [tag Hilda] Johana Leonie Zauberhexen, et al., Mon May 27 14:02
      OOC - all dialogue in German unless stated otherwise. IC - With the concert over, and exciting things about to end, Johana Leonie was practically bubbling. She was going home! It had been far too... more
      • Freut michHilda Hexenmeister, Sat Jun 1 06:53
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        • Lass uns für immer Freunde sein!Johana Leonie, etc., Sat Jun 1 17:13
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    • Goodbye for now. [Tag Heinrich]Evelyn Stones, Mon May 27 13:37
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      • Auf WiedersehenHeinrich Hexenmeister, Sat Jun 1 10:54
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        • Not soon enough. Evelyn Stones, Sat Jun 1 16:56
          Evelyn grinned, honored to have a piece of their friendship in Heinrich's pocket as well. It meant so much to her to know that this was real for them both. "You did Wonderfully," she said sincerely.... more
    • Curious (tag Professor Brooding)Émilie Montoir, Mon May 27 00:15
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      • ExcitedProfessor Mary Brooding, Mon May 27 13:04
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        • Me too!Émilie Montoir, Mon May 27 19:35
          "It is also nice to meet you. I get told so many things of you," Émilie grinned, "I assume you say I look like Dorian," she commented. Context, and the fact that Professor Brooding had never met... more
          • That's a relief! Professor Mary Brooding, Mon May 27 21:48
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            • How about this?Émilie, Tue May 28 00:06
              "Also, look half Chinese but have French accents," she added, with a laugh, "It makes guessing not so difficult. But yes, people also tell us often we have the same face. "Ah, I think he teach... more
              • Less comfortable, but not bad.Professor Mary Brooding, Tue May 28 00:20
                "Also that," Mary agreed, laughing lightly. "My brother and I looked very much alike, too," she added, thinking of Parker with a fond smile. It was easier not to be sad about such things when smiling ... more
                • Are you sure?Émilie, Tue May 28 00:56
                  There had been nothing. Not a flicker. Either Professor Brooding was a much more expert liar than Dorian or there really was nothing to know. Émilie supposed she would just have to go to the source... more
                  • As sure as you are.Professor Mary Brooding, Tue May 28 01:10
                    When Émilie didn't push too hard, Mary realized that she had no way of knowing anything one way or the other. It was not, of course, her business, but she wanted to be helpful and supportive. Either... more
                    • I know what I thinkÉmilie, Tue May 28 04:29
                      "I said I do believe him," sighed Émilie with a small huff of impatience, wondering why Professor Brooding was choosing to question that. "Est-ce que je ne l'ai pas dit clairement?" she muttered,... more
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