Francine Holtz
Yup. Totally just an observation.
Sat Jan 14, 2017 22:46

Francine skipped merrily behind Lucien as they checked out the library. It was her favorite place to be after hours, when she wasn’t supposed to be unless she was doing prefect - and now Head Girl - business. She liked to look around, blue eyes wide, and imagine what the librarian saw, what he felt, during the course of the day. Sometimes she let herself behind the desk when her fellow student government member wasn’t looking. She stood where Aaron McKindy stood, her curious little mind wondering what his life had been like.

Not tonight, though, because she was with Lucien and he was a little more rule-oriented than some of the other prefects, many of whom Francine kinda thought wouldn’t have gotten it if the school was larger and there were more options (herself included). And as much as she obviously was biased and probably wished Nick had gotten prefect instead, Lucien was a pretty good one.

It was this actual aptitude and consideration for rules that made it all the more surprising when he asked about Marissa Kendrick’s party. She knew Lucien and Marissa had gone out at some point last term, before she left him for his sister, which was objectively pretty hilarious, although Francine thought she’d probably feel differently if a boy ever left her for Nick, which was, realistically, entirely possible in the future.

Francine couldn’t help grinning at his suggestion. He wanted to pop into the party? “Yes!” she said eagerly, leaning forward on her tiptoes. “I mean, uh, yes, that sounds wise,” she added with a clearly forced mature voice. If she’d known they were going to the party, she would have dressed in more colors. As it was, she wore a flowy dress in a sunshine yellow that reached just short of her knees, white ankle socks, yellow converse, and a golden headband made of little metal stars, corners poking through her messy blonde hair. For her, it was pretty plain, really, but she did feel somewhat cute regardless.

Her smile broke through the facade of responsibility. “C’mon!” she shouted happily, grabbing Lucien by the hand and pulling him through the entrance. She slowed the pace when they were inside the passageways, although she, a generally platonically affectionate person, didn’t think to let go of him unless he indicated a desire for separation.

They reached the area where the party was going on,, and Francine squinted, scanning the sizable assembly of students to check out who was here. “I don’t see anybody under fourteen, so that’s probably good, yeah?” she said, turning back to her partner-in-crime for the night. “But since we’re here, want to stay for a bit? Like, just a little bit? To, y’know, make sure none of the underclassmen show up late.” She gave a sassy little wink. She wanted to stay, but it was up to him now.

  • Just coming to observe - Lucien Dubois, Sat Jan 14 20:26
    Recently-buffed shoes clicking against the floor, Lucien paused to study the entrance of the school's lab. The door was ajar. That wasn't good. Furthermore, the lab was something he considered his... more
    • Yup. Totally just an observation. - Francine Holtz, Sat Jan 14 22:46
      • Maybe a little participation. - Lucien, Mon Jan 16 00:24
        Having known Francine for most of their shared seven years at RMI, he wasn't caught too off-guard when she literally dragged him into the passages by the hand. This didn't stop him, however, from... more
        • *A lot - Francine, Tue Jan 17 01:11
          She saw his nose wrinkle - God, he’s a cutie - and got the feeling he was judging people, but that wasn’t too surprising. He was from one of those stuffy families, the ones where people had roman... more
          • Only reluctantly - Lucien, Tue Jan 17 21:24
            Lucien followed her over to where the food was. Feeling a little thirsty, he reached for the punch bowl before pausing and pulling his hand back. What were the odds someone had spiked it? It wasn't... more
            • Good, good. That's super convincing. - Francine, Wed Jan 18 20:56
              He seemed hesitant. His initial response, while not even a full sentence, led to negative expectations. Francine did her best to stifle a pout, not wanting to guilt him into something he didn’t want... more
              • I'm good at pretending - Lucien, Fri Jan 20 13:00
                She was much too excited about dancing, in his opinion, and Lucien had to scramble to put his cup down when she grabbed his hand again. He managed to get it on the edge of the table without spilling... more
                • We're such good spies! - Francine, Fri Jan 20 21:19
                  Francine liked to be optimistic. It was a better outlook for the present, an eager positivity that made any current situation feel better, and then at least if you got disappointed later, you could... more
                  • Classy ones, too. - Lucien, Mon Jan 23 18:22
                    Francine said she liked his style. Whether she was referencing the dance position he had established for them or something more about himself specifically, he wasn’t clear, but either way it was... more
                    • His confidence was delightful. Sometimes Francine worried about the people around her - if they were really happy, if they felt good about themselves - and that included Lucien, so his almost... more
                      • I'll have to get a nicer suit, then - Lucien, Mon Jan 23 23:43
                        He snorted at her remark of Nick being a better partner - not in a bad way, of course; it was obviously true. When he thought about it, it felt like Nick had been in dance lessons for practically as... more
                        • I think you look wonderful as is. - Francine, Tue Jan 24 00:32
                          Francine giggled with his returned response. Had Lucien always been this funny? If so, she was quite disappointed in herself for wasting six years not picking it up. She wasn’t entirely sure he... more
                          • Having you beside me helps. - Lucien, Tue Jan 24 01:15
                            He’d ducked down to be closer for speaking purposes. Their heights weren’t too far apart, but it was loud in the room, so ducking was a practical move. Something had gone astray, clearly, because now ... more
                            • Well, a smile's the greatest accessory. - Francine, Tue Jan 24 18:04
                              It took a moment before he was actually kissing back, which was weird since he had started leaning in first as far as she knew, but maybe it was just the shock of being beaten to the metaphorical... more
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