I'm good at what I do.
Sun Mar 19, 2017 17:35

Russell’s question almost took her by surprise, and then she remembered this was his first year at Rocky Mountain International. She’d gotten used to him being in classes with her. There were also two more transfers, both Aquila, that came in after midterm, so that had definitely taken the focus away from his new-ness. It was pretty much common knowledge that she was one of RMI’s relatively trained dancers. The only other student who outshined her, in her opinion, was Nick, but the older student had a couple of years of practice on her. She didn’t think she’d go into dance professionally, but she was positive that if she wanted to, she could.

It would at least get her a pretty scholarship or two for college, if she was being optimistic.

Once she realized that he hadn’t seen a show yet at RMI, so he didn’t really have any knowledge of her dance experience, the question made a lot more sense. Marissa shrugged and smiled. She naturally swayed to the beat.

“I’ve been dancing since I was really little,” she explained, “I can’t remember when I started dance classes, really. I’ve just always been dancing. There’s a studio on Pearl Street, so I take classes there when I’m at school.”

She couldn’t help but glance around while Russell processed that information. Danny and Camilla were now closer – both to Marissa and each other – than they had been previously, which made it hard not to focus on them. Rose seemed much more relaxed than she was when she arrived, and Marissa hoped that wasn’t her imagination. She hadn’t seen Nick, which she thought was a little odd, but she brushed it off. Maybe he and Frankie were off doing seventh year things. EJ was preoccupied with Francine, and Marissa couldn’t help but wonder if he was also noticing Camilla and Danny’s closeness. She knew he said there wasn’t anything there that day on the Pitch – the day he also kissed her – but that didn’t mean it was true. I should check on him after the dance.

Russell did another dance move, and Marissa couldn’t tell if he was trying to impress her or if he really just felt more confident and comfortable. Either option was fun with her. She hadn’t seen Russell in any kind of his own element, but she thought this might be close. The Cetus danced, showing her something new, and Marissa beamed. It took her a couple more tries, especially when it came to mirroring his move, but she managed to get it.

The two danced together for a while longer. Russell showed another move, and Marissa showed him a couple of moves, too. They were mostly spins and isolations, but it was fun to dance with someone besides Nick who actually had knowledge to share. After another song or two, Marissa stopped, stretching her arms into the air.

“Do you take a break?” She asked, hoping that she wasn’t sweating too much from all of the dancing. Her thick hair had the ability to make a room feel much warner than it was. It was great if she was stranded in the snow, but not so great for physical activity. Marissa gestured to the table with drinks, avoiding looking at Camilla and Danny. To her knowledge, no one had spiked the drinks yet, which was good; Marissa wasn’t in the mood to deal with accidentally tipsy younger students. Some of the older students were as into partying as she was, and she liked to believe that they had enough common sense not to cause Extremely Illegal Trouble. Minor illegal trouble was more her style.

“We could get a drink – I can spike something if you want – and we could go sit down over there?” She nodded towards one of the darker corners in the room. It was mostly reserved for more interesting times, but she didn’t see anyone taking advantage of it at the moment. As much as she’d love to use that space to its full potential, she was mostly suggesting based on the little she knew about Russell’s eyesight. “I could use a break from dancing, and I know the lighting in here is weird.”

  • It's easier than I expected. - Russell, Thu Mar 16 19:37
    Once his feet had made the final slap to the ground in the drilled pattern, he opened his eyes. The first thing he saw was Marissa smiling widely at him. She had liked it? ...She had liked it.... more
    • I'm good at what I do. - Marissa, Sun Mar 19 17:35
      • I'm starting to figure that out - Russell, Mon Mar 20 14:21
        Russell had never taken a dance class. Or any type of class outside of his actual academics, really. It was hard to find classes with a physical environment he was comfortable in, and he’d given up... more
        • It's a talent - Marissa, Sat Mar 25 23:21
          Marissa grinned and made her way to the drinks, where she grabbed two cups and two cans of ginger ale. She knew she’d have fun with Russell, because the red head knew how to have fun in pretty much... more
          • A natural gift - Russell, Mon Mar 27 01:00
            Apparently, Marissa didn’t find him a drag after all. On one hand, he could understand that. Dancing together had been really fun. On the other hand, which was proportionately larger, Russell... more
            • Organic! - Marissa, Fri Mar 31 21:37
              It was really sweet how happy Russell was now. Marissa couldn’t think of a time where she’d seen the fourth year smile so genuinely. He was a really nice kid. A little odd, but everyone at Rocky... more
              • Mechanic! - Russell, Fri Mar 31 23:08
                Marissa didn't just offer to hang out, no - she offered to invite him along when we all hang out. He would've been happy simply with her promise to have him join her to practice dancing. But this,... more
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