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Dorian Montoir
Waiting for poetry
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:17
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Dorian was rather looking forward to the fire. It sounded like quite a lot of fun, and they got to camp out and share tents with people who weren’t their room-mates - though he had no objections to including his, as Vlad was very nice, but he was excited about the possibility of sharing with Jehan. He was trying to focus on that and not the fact that it hailed the start of a long summer of separation. He was looking forward to seeing his parents and his sister again, but he was not looking forward to sharing a roof with his brother and losing his best-friend.

Still, tonight was not the time to dwell on that. Tonight was a night of celebration. He had dug through the poetry books in the library until he’d found something suitable for the occasion.

Most charming bluebell flames that fall from wands,
With gentle warmth that widely doth appeal,
Might warm my hands but leaves my spirit cold,
Played like a toy; so safe, so tame, unreal.

But not to fiendfyre's excess do I tend,
The raging, thrashing chaos that can sprout
And spread like lovers' quarrels, far too hot
'Til all's consumed and ev'rything burnt out

Just take the time to build a real fire.
It can be worth the risk of getting burnt
And spending time to keep the spark alive.
For anything worth having must be earnt.

Too placid or too fervent, you're undone,
But a steady burning fire makes a home.


He didn’t fully understand the poem, but it was very demonstrably and clearly about fire, and he was looking forward to getting Jehan’s help in deciphering some of the phrases where he felt he was losing the meaning. He had taken care to copy it out exactly, so that he could furiously annotate a copy, but had also checked out the original book just in case he’d made any mistakes in his copy.

He had parted from Jehan earlier in the day with a promise of ‘see you at the fire,’ and only when he got there did he realise that this wasn’t going to be quite as easy as he’d anticipated. Sonora seemed like a small school, but when all of it was squashed into a small area of the pitch, with added circus performers, and when you were one of the smallest people there, and were looking for another of the smallest it actually got decidedly tricky. Dorian decided that being quite literally at the bonfire was the best way to try to help Jehan find him, so moved over to stand next to it… Although he hadn’t meant that, he had just meant at the event of the fire… And now, doing this, he was technically beside the fire instead. But at least if one of them stayed still, the other one might find them more easily. Unless Jehan had thought the same thing, of course… He would give him ten minutes before he allowed that worry to take over, he decided.

He was planning to keep an eye out, but he couldn’t help but glance admiringly at the fire as well. At the flames as they…. vacillé. Scintillé. Sauté He frowned, realising how deeply he lacked the right vocabulary to describe this. The only word similar enough that he knew it in English was dansé. There was ‘jump’ for ‘sauté’ but it was more than that… It was a big jump. A magnificent jump. He pulled a notebook and quill from his satchel, which also contained the poetry book from the library, his copy of it, and the things he’d need for the night. He began scribbling down the words as they occurred to him, hoping Jehan would be able to help him find English equivalents, or at least give him some suitable English fire vocabulary. He might not know the exact words. As someone’s shadow fell across his page, he reflectively snapped the book shut, glancing up to see who had interrupted him.

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