Julius Astley, Crotalus
A conversation I wish I hadn't started
Tue Aug 28, 2018 08:32

Julius was still smiling when Evelyn replied to him. He couldn't help it. He just felt so incredibly happy, all negative thoughts now banished from his mind. He felt as light as a feather, warm like he'd just drunk a full mug of hot chocolate, bright like the sun itself. His intention to record the feelings on his parchment was put to one side as he was sure that he'd never forget this wonderful feeling.

"I highly recommend it," he told Evelyn with an easy smile. "Professor Brooding is a wonderful cook. I am eager to try some of the others. Isn't this lesson just so interesting?"

Julius wondered if he would be able to recreate the cheerful dish. Maybe he could ask Professor Brooding for her recipe? Who wouldn't want it? If you had the opportunity to be cheerful all the time, like the blond boy - he believed his name was Malikhi - was, wouldn't you be? It seemed such a lovely way to be, always seeing the good in everything. His sisters were like that, especially Aelia. She was so young and so untainted by the realities of the world that she was generally so happy.

Then, Julius felt the positive feelings fade away and he felt a rush of several things at once. The first was emptiness, the warmth having dissipated from his chest. The second was embarrassment. He could feel a red blush crawling up his neck and across his cheeks. He had just behaved appallingly, even daring to interrupt somebody else just to let them know about some cheerful stirfry. What was worse was that it was the white-haired girl who was insistant on wearing all those ridiculous shades of lipsticks. She was so clearly beneath him and, before eating the stirfry, he never would have lowered himself to her standing. She was a commoner while he was an Astley. They were from two separate worlds that should never ever collide.

Yet, Julius now didn't know how to split them again. As he had been the one to clearly initiate the conversation, he couldn't very well brush her off now. His mother would fiercely disapprove of such a thing, regardless of whether she was from a lower social background than he was. It would be the absolute height of rudeness to just ignore her after starting to chat with her.

He frowned deeply and kept his eyes fixed on his previously discarded parchment. He wished he wasn't stuck in this exchange.

"I apologise for my behaviour," he murmured, feeling the need to justify himself. "I am not normally so..."

He trailed off, unsure how to finish the sentence but hoped it was clear enough for Evelyn to understand.

  • A conversation that's really surprising.Evelyn Stones, Mon Aug 27 13:48
    Evelyn was feeling a bit better now. It wasn't like her to stay mad at anybody for too long and she cared far too much about Ness and Malikhi to be too upset that they didn't care about each other... more
    • A conversation I wish I hadn't started — Julius Astley, Crotalus, Tue Aug 28 08:32
      • Tough crackers, my new friend!Evelyn Stones, Pecari, Wed Aug 29 22:09
        Evelyn turned her hips on their shared bench seats so she could angle herself more directly towards Julius Astley. It felt odd to even consider that she might ever have a conversation with him, let... more
        • I think you'll be my first friend. Julius Astley, Crotalus, Sun Sep 2 14:08
          Julius could've quite possibly fallen out of his chair with surprise when the white-haired, bright lipsticked girl intoduced herself in the way that all Purebloods did, though she didn't sound nearly ... more
          • I am so sorry about that.Evelyn Stones, Pecari, Mon Sep 3 02:28
            Evelyn sort of wanted to laugh, never having heard of the Astleys or the Something French Soundings of France. She also sort of felt bad for the boy who was clearly so desperate to prove that his... more
            • I don't understand why?Julius Astley, Crotalus, Mon Sep 3 10:25
              Julius was forced to admit that the girl didn't appear to be as silly and unintelligent as her ridiculous costume jewellery and lipstick colours might have suggested. In fact, she appeared to be... more
              • You deserve lots of friends!Evelyn Stones, Mon Sep 3 21:07
                "That's okay!" Evelyn said, bcaktracking. She supposed Julius was probably either highly sheltered from confections, or his family was simply above the gooey treat. "It's krispie cereal and... more
                • You seem to be the only person who thinks so. Julius Astley, Crotalus, Mon Sep 3 22:44
                  Julius was very confused by the entire situation that he found himself in. When he had first seen Evelyn as orientation, he'd dismissed her presence, considering her to be beneath him. Yet, in the... more
                  • Well, today is a new day, my friend.Evelyn Stones, Tue Sep 4 02:36
                    Evelyn nodded, understanding as Julius spoke of his father's expectations. While she certainly held no claims to any fortune or title, she was well aware of the pressures of an unreasonable and... more
                    • Isn't everyday a new day?Julius Astley, Crotalus, Tue Sep 4 11:09
                      Julius couldn't keep the confusion from his face as Evelyn leaned in, telling him that cooking was okay and something about a midnight snack. Such a concept was as foreign to Julius as her rice... more
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