You're right; this is helping
Sun Aug 20, 2017 16:24

Of course Ruben was there, because that was just about the only thing that could make Danny’s day any worse at this point. He wasn’t alone; Russell was there, too, and Danny couldn’t hear exactly what they were talking about, but Russell definitely did not want to be there. It looked to Danny like Ruben wasn’t giving him the option of leaving. He took a few steps closer, assuming that his dragonhide boots would make sounds to alert the others to his presence, but they didn’t seem to notice that he was there. “I imagine this class has been very educational for you,” he overheard Ruben taunting. That wasn’t okay. Danny heard that Russell had a hard time in the babies class - he hadn’t noticed it himself, but he’d heard about it - and also apparently he’d vomited at the sleepover (again, he hadn’t noticed but had heard about it) after something Ruben had said or done or whatever. Danny actually sort of liked Russell less the more he knew him - at first he’d been on board with trying to get Russell into their friendship group, but it just never seemed like he actually wanted to join in, so Danny had eventually stopped asking - but even without his current disdain for Ruben coloring his judgement, he wasn’t going to just stand there and watch anyone intimidate anyone like that.

Or so he’d thought. But then Ruben said more words. About Marissa. If he ever looked back on this moment, Danny would probably describe it as though time had stopped for him, but everyone else seemed to keep living at normal speed. He could hear Ruben still talking, see Russell still looking like prey caught in a trap, but for a moment he could only process that the things Heather said were true. And Ruben was bragging about it.

Dardanius had always considered himself to be a friendly individual, tolerant of all sorts of people, but he had been really struggling to find something to like about Ruben. To start with, it hadn’t even been the transfer’s fault; Danny had been perfectly content with his friendship group dynamic that they’d spent four years perfecting. Then Ruben had Alpha Male-d his way into their midst, and almost immediately started dating Holland, creating rifts in the Lyra dorms that hadn’t existed since Danny’s first year. Also he got to hang out with Rose and Marissa in Aquila, which was sort of irritating, but again it wasn’t exactly Ruben’s fault he’d been sorted into that House. But then there had been the whole weird business with Marissa and Camilla, and Ruben had not needed to get involved in that at all. He’d hurt Camilla, and while Danny had been able to overlook Rose’s involvement, as she had five years of friendship and defending her best friend on her side, it seemed as if Ruben was just in it for the violence. All this, however, was nothing at all, compared with him just standing in a corridor, smirking as he told Russell things the fifth year definitely didn’t want to hear.

Danny was roused from a stupor born of disgust and fury as Russell tumbled past him. The Lyra spared a half second to realise that Russell must have thought he’d just been idly watching Ruben bully him, which merely ignited another spark of rancor. His wand was in his hand and he didn’t remember putting it there.

Wordlessly, driven by no logic or reason, Danny cast depulso, aiming his wand directly at Ruben. His nonverbal magic was improving immensely, and defensive spells had always been his forte. Despite Danny’s pacifism, and his general belief that violence didn’t solve anything, it wouldn’t concern him in the slightest if his spell knocked Ruben back against the wall so hard it caused some sort of permanent damage.

  • Well, I'm here to make it better! - Ruben Lundqvist, Sat Aug 19 15:30
    Whistling cheerfully, Ruben sauntered down the hallway, his usual long stride only a little hindered by the unzipped duffle hanging off his shoulder. He didn’t normally keep his bag unzipped, and he... more
    • You're right; this is helping - Dardanius, Sun Aug 20 16:24
      • Happy to hear it - Ruben, Mon Aug 21 22:39
        Ruben had barely reached towards the items on the floor when he felt a hard shove from behind. That was unexpected. Having spent too many years in martial arts training to sit (metaphorically) (a... more
        • So altruistic - Dardanius , Tue Aug 22 10:12
          Seeing Ruben slamming against the wall was very satisfying, but only for a moment. After a breath, Dardanius was ashamed that he'd resorted to primitive reflexes because he couldn't keep his emotions ... more
          • Bubbles? Seriously? Jävla fan , whose arm did Danny think he was pulling with that? Following up with an attack worthy of a twelve-year-old after having already slammed him was not only a garbage... more
            • Im not convinced that's true - Danny, Thu Aug 24 04:08
              If Danny thought he had anger issues right now, it was nothing compared to Ruben’s furious demeanor. All because he’d been pushed into a wall, which admittedly wouldn’t usually count as a good time,... more
              • Danny went down. Which was great, because that had been the point. You didn't punch someone in the face if you were planning on continuing the fight further. If there was such thing as a rulebook of... more
                • Disagree - Danny, Fri Aug 25 08:23
                  Rather than garnering any satisfaction from seeing Ruben’s immobile body hitting the floor, Danny was just frustrated. This was merely proving his mantra that violence never solved anything, and if... more
                  • We can't all be right - Ruben, Fri Aug 25 21:19
                    Ruben couldn’t hold back a snort of laughter at Danny’s instruction. “Reputations are not bad, not something to fight. To know that people can know you in some way from a distance is a fact to be... more
                    • Just me - Danny, Sat Aug 26 08:26
                      Ruben was obviously missing the point. Dardanius suspected part of this might be wilful misinterpretation. “It's not your business what I do or did with Marissa,” he said calmly, when Ruben asked why ... more
                      • And me! - Ruben, Wed Sep 6 22:40
                        “She doesn’t want people talking about her like that. It makes her upset.” Ruben half-listened to the other boy’s rant about how he should shut his mouth or whatever because Marissa hadn’t said he... more
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