Serafina Dubois
Back again for some reason
Fri Dec 13, 2013 15:03

RMI’s theatre had become a surprisingly familiar place to her over the course of her first year in the school. Thanks to their frequent play rehearsals, she had literally spent time eating and sleeping in the aisles of the theatre, along with all that work on stage, of course. The only place she’d spent more time in was probably her dorm, which was a bit ridiculous when she thought about it. Finn had never been a theatre fan at heart. Whenever she had the time for it, she migrated towards the larger cities of Québec for the sole purpose of visiting the jazz clubs, long bass strings and piano keys vibrating under the fingers of practiced musicians and a woman’s purr filling the room with the rippled lyrics of the blues - but a group of kids singing happy showtunes?

‘Eh. That was just a one-time thing.’

None of the music last year had been jazz, but she couldn’t deny that it had been kind of a neat experience getting to meet some other musically-inclined students and work on songs and dances with each other. At the end of the day, though, it just wasn’t her scene. Having the curtains rise over her and taking centre stage for her solos wasn’t something that she would describe as being as ‘thrilling’ (or alternatively, ‘terrifying’) as some of the students might have considered it. She was generally confident in herself, with a solid idea of what she considered her strengths and weaknesses, and stage fright was not a feeling she had any experience with. Similarly, being on stage was not a dream she had ever aspired towards, so while it was weirdly satisfying to receive such a prominent role, she was satisfied. She didn’t care about not doing it again.

‘There’s other things I could be doing with my time, anyways.’

She wanted to get a job, an actual paying job, and she wanted to get more involved with the HEI this term, and since she was already practically guaranteed a spot on the Draco team again then she really wanted to improve her ability to handle the Quaffle, take some time on the field to practice her aim when passing it - but for reasons she couldn’t rationalize to herself, Finn had gone down to the theatre again instead, and was now lounging back with her shoes propped up on the chair in front of her while she filled out yet another audition form. She didn’t care about not doing theatre again - but conversely, she didn’t care about doing it again, either, and it was kind of fun. Plus, she’d heard a rumour that Riley was graduating early, which was firstly awesome because maybe she could graduate early too, and secondly less awesome because he was one of the few students her age here whom she had hit it off with well enough to consider him a real friend. It’d be nice to have more time to hang out with him.

‘Hey, who knows, maybe we’ll get cast opposite each other again.’

Feeling ironically amused at the way her thought process was rapidly derailing, Finn gave herself a firm whack in the forehead, effectively smacking herself out of it and dislodging the fat grey cat perched hatlike on top of her scalp in the same go. “You didn’t even land on your feet! Gorlot, you’re the least cat-y cat, I swear,” she informed him, rolling her eyes at the ball of fur sprawled on the chair seat beside her. He mewed up at her in a clearly annoyed manner and she returned her attention to the audition form.

Name: Serafina Dubois, but again, just call me Finn
Year: 5
Height: 5’6
Voice Part: Alto
Desired Role(s): No preference
Previous experience: Rizzo in “Grease”

“Are you gonna come with me?”

By means of an answer, Gorlot picked himself up with dignity and leapt at her, claws hooking around rust-coloured hair as he settled himself back on top of her head. She winced as he tugged her hair. Opting to wait until he had settled himself before standing, Finn quickly concluded that this was the appropriate decision, as trying to stand up and keep her balance with a cat on her head would not have been any easier had said cat still been moving around. “Hmmph, you fat beast. Don’t you start moving again, now, this is hard enough already!”

The seventeen-year-old made her way to the office and, waiting for the door to turn green, let herself inside. “Salut, Addi, Little Leppit, Headmaster, Coach,” she greeted each of them in turn, handing over her form. She knew Little Leppit had a name, and it was a wonky name, but for the life of her she couldn’t remember it. But, whatever; by the time the kid was old enough to realize it, she’d be long gone from this school. She flicked Gorlot’s tail away from where it was tickling her ear and continued on. “I’m Finn Dubois, and today I’m gonna sing you some jazz.”

Snapping her fingers to hold the time, she hummed the first line to herself, settling into the groove. “Softly, as in a morning sunrise, the light of love comes stealing into a newborn day.” The thing she loved most about jazz was how easy it was to add her own twist into it, dropping the lyrics down into her comfortable alto range, the words skipping along cheerfully in her low French drawl. Like most jazzy tunes, the vocals themselves were designed as short endpieces to frame an open solo section for the hypothetical instruments that were accompanying her from inside her head, and Finn took the gap as an opportunity to toss around some improvised notes before launching back into the chorus. “So ends the story softly, as in an evening sunset, the light that gave you glory will take it all away.”

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