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No, and I hope never to meet one
Tue Mar 6, 2018 06:21

“Nice to meet you,” he echoed politely and reflexively. That bit was simple enough. There was a pause a fraction longer than might have been considered normal before he smiled at Nathaniel’s subsequent comment, and added, “Yes, probably.” He took it that Nathaniel also was not a fan of cursing people, which was definitely an encouraging sign. He was acutely aware of taking time to process the other boy’s remarks and wondered whether to apologise for his English, but reassured himself that he was managing, and he should probably save that for the point at which he was truly messing up.

“Uh… I suppose… as if we duel?” he stated vaguely. “Enough space to both make spells, and for having… time. I have time to do once I see that you say it. I can say ‘time of reaction’?” he queried, translating literally and pretty sure that wasn’t correct. “Sorry, I have bad English sometimes,” he added, giving into the impulse to apologise for himself. Even though it was self-evident that he was not a native speaker, he felt the need to get it out of the way, almost as an introductory remark. He would apologise, the other person would reassure that it was fine really, and then they could go about their interaction with a lot less self-consciousness on his part, because he knew he had apologised and been forgiven for his inevitable linguistic clumsiness. “And then, when we feel ready,” he shrugged.

He stepped back, putting an appropriate distance between himself and Nathaniel, catching the other boy’s smile and returning it.

“Yes,” he agreed, “I not sure they covered how to do this politely in my etiquette class,” he smiled. “I suppose at least I don’t try to curse you, so there is no need for me to feel ungallant. Nor you really - you only follow orders.”

He tried to think through what he was doing so it felt clear in his head… Protego ashoo- no, achoo, his brain naturally wanted to turn the ‘ch’ into a ‘sh’ sound. ‘Ch’ was a tricky one for him, because it didn’t exist in French. It… sort of existed in Chinese. It was subtly different to the English ‘ch’ but close enough that he could pronounce the sound well when he concentrated. He was just more used to letting his accent soften it. It normally didn’t matter. But it did now, and so he tried to think as much in English or Chinese, and as little in French as possible. It was easier, it being an English word, he just had to focus…

He took a tissue out of the pack and tucked it into his sleeve so it was easily available, should he need it.

“Ready,” he confirmed. He watched Nathaniel closely, keeping an eye out for when he was about to cast, because he wasn’t sure he could keep a shield up for very long even if he did manage one.

“Protego achoo!” he cast, as the other boy’s wand came up, holding his own high so that anything he produced would be in line with the attack. It was the sort of spell that suited him, much more than something like finite which had required an authoritative air that he simply could not manage. He very genuinely, however, wanted to shield himself from harm and embarrassment, and thus this spell played to his strengths. A wisp of a shield formed itself. It scattered like smoke in wind the second Nathaniel’s spell hit it, and Dorian even sniffed slightly, but he seemed to have saved himself from the worst of it.

“Good aim,” he complimented, because for all that he’d managed to fend him off, he thought Nathaniel had done the spell well, and Dorian was the kind to naturally try to boost others’ confidence.

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