Whatever floats your boat
Sat May 5, 2018 15:01

Wait did Ruben think he was serious? He had only been dating Holland for - it had to be less than five months. Definitely not long enough for anything like… like that. If they had been engaging in activities any more intimate than than the goodnight kisses anyone still awake in Lyra was available to witness, he definitely wouldn’t brag about it. To anyone. The concept was repellent. Of course, Danny had been with Holland in pajamas plenty of times: they’d been having sleepovers in Lyra since Emmett’s first year. Not once had Holland and Danny ever slept in the same room without Emmett there. Noticing the change in Ruben’s tone and expression, Danny wondered whether to correct the assumption or just let it lie. His and Holland’s private lives were no concern of Ruben’s, and if the Aquila chose to make assumptions based on idle jokes then that was his error. On the other hand, if he told Holland that Danny had been making unwarranted insinuations then that could be a problem.

Raising both his eyebrows in response to Ruben’s singular arched brow, Danny said, “To be clear, the ‘more’ I’m referring to is Emmett in a onesie, and my dormitory smelling of pizza for the next twelve hours.” He followed the statement with an expression that he hoped conveyed the implication that Danny would never be as vulgar as to discuss his interpersonal relationships. Admittedly he was now thinking of Holland in pajamas, and Emmett was definitely not present in this imagined scenario, but Danny did not need to tell Ruben that.

Danny forgave Ruben for laughing at his Bludger boggart tale. It was pretty funny, and had been at the time, too. Some other kids’ fear - including Holland’s - had been far more complex. Danny was lucky: until now he’d never had anything substantial to fear. ‘Poor, rich, little Dar-danny-us’ indeed. Ruben also made an excellent point about Kit being a terrifying Beater. It was much better this year, now she seemed to be hitting more of the opposition than her teammates, but Lyra practices could be… challenging sometimes. His easy dismissal of the boggart exercise as impractical, however, was something that Danny was prepared to challenge.

“You don’t think it’s beneficial to face your fears?” he queried. “To discover what frightens you most and overcome it?” Everyone was scared of something, whether a rogue Bludger or their parents expressing dissatisfaction, and Danny considered it pragmatic to be aware of your own weaknesses. “Sure, I was scared of Bludgers,” he shrugged - it was far less ridiculous than being frightened of mice or dolls - “it’s the most painful thing that’s ever happened to me,” - including the times he’s been hit in the head, first by Ruben then by Emmett. Great friends he had collected here at RMI - “but you know I was back out on the pitch the next day. Knowing your fears, and laughing at them, makes them easier to overcome.”

It was a good theory, anyway; It had been hard enough to think of something amusing when the Holland boggart had been looking at Danny like he was the most disappointing and repulsive individual that existed. He did not think he would overcome this fear so easily. He looked over at Holland again. “Now I’m terrified this risk won’t pay off,” he said. Ruben had seen and heard his boggart already, it wasn’t as though Danny needed to make any attempts to hide his nightmare. “That I’ll give up everything and - for nothing.” He shrugged, giving the impression of dismissing his legitimate concern more easily than reality allowed. “Monsters hiding under your bed, manticores, runespoors… we can deal with those.” He glanced at Ruben. He doubted there were many things that would cause him much consternation. It didn’t seem likely that a ghoul or grindylow was going to materialize in front of the Swede. “Some spells, some enchantments, not a problem, right? But what about the fears you can’t fight with a wand or a fist?” Losing Holland when he’d already lost everything else would be devastating. Danny would admit to being curious what might make Ruben tremble.

  • I'm into dragging you - Ruben, Fri May 4 22:41
    Ruben’s smirk broadened, and he brushed off Danny’s thanks with an airy wave. “Nej, nej, you deserved it.” He watched with blatant satisfaction as the darker-haired student (and much shorter-haired,... more
    • Whatever floats your boat - Danny, Sat May 5 15:01
      • And whatever rocks yours - Ruben, Mon May 7 20:36
        Ruben experienced a mild but undeniable surge of relief at the denial. (In addition to this came a less mild and absolutely not necessary to deny surge of humour at the mental image of Emmett in... more
        • Your interest in me is flattering - Danny, Thu May 10 09:25
          “It’s only a mind-game that a Boggart takes out of your head,” Ruben countered. There wasn’t much known about boggarts, or the type of magic that enabled the creature to access a person’s fears. If a ... more
          • Well duh, my attention is hard to earn - Ruben, Wed May 16 18:11
            “You guess correctly,” Ruben confirmed, his voice taking on a cheerier tone just at the suggestion. “Not only because it is more interesting, but also, the real world is not controlled. Any... more
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