Jehan Callahan
Fri Aug 11, 2017 16:02

Jehan was small for his age, with faraway eyes and hair that was cut a little too short for its natural curliness to really show. Of course, his curls were nowhere near as wild as his brother’s. He was dressed neatly, in slacks and a shirt, thanks to his mother – when left to his own devices, Jehan had an interesting sense of style.

He also had a tired air, but that was only because he hadn't slept well the night before. He had been too busy imagining things and creating stories of what his time at Sonora would be like. He’d eagerly heard all of the stories his older brother, Victor, had to tell, many times over, and had done his own research too, but nothing could really tell him exactly what it would be like.

Victor was worried about him starting Sonora. Jehan knew this. He could see it in Victor’s eyes, in his smile, in the way he ruffled Jehan’s hair as they stepped off the wagon (of course Victor wouldn’t hug him in public. Victor was funny like that). Jehan didn’t know why, though. He was away from his parents, and with Victor. Surely those were the two most important variables? Anything else wasn’t really important. People thought Jehan was small and young and different, and that he couldn’t cope, wouldn’t cope, or maybe just wouldn’t fit in. He didn’t understand why that was seen as a problem. Maybe he wouldn’t find any close friends here, but there were so many more people than at home. The odds (and also all the stories he’d read) suggested that he’d find someone he liked. And if he didn’t, if he ended up alone and sad, it would make the most beautifully tragic story. He thought he would quite like to sacrifice himself for The Sake of Art.

He was lost in his imaginings about dying a tragic death when he heard someone speak, startling him out of this thoughts. “Oh! I’m sorry, I was thinking about tragic deaths,” he explained politely, not having caught what they said. “My name’s Jehan.”

He didn’t bother with the traditional pureblood greeting. He knew his mother would be disappointed, but he didn’t really see the point. Unless someone asked who his family was, surely they wanted to know who he was? And the two things were hardly the same.

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                • Yes, this is all going very well!Jehan, Wed Aug 23 09:55
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