I'm more of a people person
Wed Mar 15, 2017 13:48

Of course Ruben noticed Holland’s blush in response to his compliment. He was a good observer to begin with, and right now he’d been studying Holland with pretty keen admiration (hah, keen, like hens name) (wait, did he just make an English joke in his head? weird). Anyways, Holland blushed, which he took to be a good sign. He grinned back as hen returned with a compliment for him. “Ja? I do not think I have matched very well, although I was not really trying,” he told hen in a tone that might be called confidential if anyone else had used it. His grin probably gave away his lack of care about matching with the dress code. Ruben liked standing out; he didn’t even own a plain shirt, let alone a formal one with buttons.

“But since you approve my hair, then I think I can continue being here with you tonight without feeling like I am too outshined.” He gave his head a little side-flick; there was one piece of dark blonde hair near his face that had worked free of the braid. When it refused to stay put, long fingers raised involuntarily to tuck it back behind his ear. Clearly he hadn’t braided it tight enough. “If we dance too wild, I might have to fix this,” he said with an exaggerated sigh, referencing the loose piece. “Durmstrang did not give me much - many - options for hair. Always it was a very tight braid, to fit the uniform requirements, but that would not really be comfortable for a party,” he explained - possibly unnecessarily, but Holland seemed like the type of person one could talk hair with without concern of being brushed off as boring.

There were, he figured, two types of people who liked standing out in a crowd: those who didn’t care what they looked like and those who cared intensely. Ruben definitely fell in the latter category. And his hair was a big part of that. ‘Loose’ and ‘tight braids’ were the only styles he did it in (until tonight, when he’d attempted a looser plait), but he used to play with colours lack of colour a bit and had a brief spell in his younger teens where he dyed it solid black. It was all his natural colour now, but he might do something like that again one day, though for now his focus was on growing it out even longer.

He smirked at Holland’s confirmation that the passages were, indeed, used for things requiring privacy. “Good to know.” Not that privacy was really a necessity, in his personal opinion, but he knew that opinion wasn’t commonly shared, having had the opposite sentiments expressed to him a few times in the past (as well as by two interestingly flustered students whom he had come across while wandering the passages last month).

“Why, trying to break out?”

Ruben laughed, head tipping back. “Not out so much as in.” It didn’t make much sense to sneak out late when there was only one way to access the street above; surely it would be closely guarded. But, if he was to leave the school during the daytime, and then stayed out past curfew... Well, then he’d only have to worry about sneaking back inside, rather than both directions. “Breaking out is not so difficult,” he elaborated, “it is getting back that is hardest. I expect your Prefects are often watching the elevator. And why sleep on the street overnight when there are such nice beds here?” It was a rhetorical question, although if he was being honest, Ruben wasn’t opposed to a nice on the street. There was something comforting about sleeping in the open air.

The song changed, and it still didn’t have nearly enough of a bassline for him to be satisfied, but it was vaguely more rock than past songs, at least. “Are you still eating?” he asked hen. “Because if you think you can keep up to me...” He smirked, face displaying a mix of challenge and eagerness as he held out his hand to Holland. He wasn’t a dancer and this wasn’t his music, but he knew how to move with a beat. (Also knew how to move while beating, namely at concerts, but that was mostly irrelevant right now.)

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