Not quite
Sat Jun 3, 2017 16:36

Holland was only marginally annoyed that Ruben started by answering the question they wanted the answer to the least. The mild annoyance didn’t stop Holland’s brain from taking off with the information. It sounded like Camilla had done something that made Ruben’s hair fall out from the follicles, rather than just severing it like a close shave. Ruben’s hair was one of his best features, and he knew it; the baldness was a crisis of pride and aesthetic. Holland would cast a finite incantatem first just in case the spell had lingering effects that would prevent new growth. After that, a simple hair-regrowing charm would work.

Thanks to Kaye, Holland had been thinking about hair a lot recently. Because of their friend’s alopecia, the hair-regrowth spell wouldn’t be a long-term solution; Kaye’s follicles would still be attacked by her immune system, so the magically-regrown hair would fall out. There might be potions that could help—a topical potion mixed into shampoo could protect Kaye’s hair follicles from internal attacks—but Holland’s cosmetic expertise didn’t cover potions that interacted with the immune system.

Styling wigs and doing makeup were more within their scope. If Kaye was still into the idea, Holland was totally down for creating a henna design on her scalp. They just needed the ink and a squeeze bottle, and possibly a pattern to work from; Holland was comfortable freestyling, but Kaye might have other ideas. It sounded like a fun thing to try, and Kaye seemed willing to try anything, appearance-wise. That was Holland’s favorite sort of person to work with.

Back to the rumors. Holland’s incredulity with their boyfriend was growing by the word. So Ruben had been involved with Camilla being beaten up, and also—

“Wait a minute,” said Holland, ignoring his request, “so you found them fighting and you just… decided to jump in and start hitting someone? And with Camilla, you and Rose planned an ambush and attacked her from behind?” And why was Ruben so casual about this? Lucien was probably a skitstövel, but that didn’t give anyone license to physically attack him. The same went for Camilla, who (up until recently) had been friendly to most of the fifth years. It was not right to attack either of them. “What is wrong with you?”

  • Holland’s announcement that hen had questions came as no surprise, of course, and he made a sort of go ahead gesture, crossing a nod with a slight hand-wave. The way that Holland approached hens set... more
    • Not quite - Holland, Sat Jun 3 16:36
      • Why not? - Ruben, Sat Jun 3 18:59
        The next words out of Holland’s mouth did not acknowledge his lack of hair in the slightest. Ruben made a disappointed noise in the back of his throat and raised his glass. Yet again, his hair wasn’t ... more
        • I’m definitely not feeling helpful now - Holland, Sat Jun 3 23:44
          Either Ruben was being deliberately obtuse, or he genuinely didn’t understand why Holland would have a problem with him attacking Lucien and Camilla. Holland wasn’t thrilled with either of those... more
          • Maybe you're taking on too much - Ruben, Sun Jun 4 18:18
            Considering the more interesting extremes of his previous fighting experience (a satisfying mix of pre-arranged sparring with randomly provoked brawls), Ruben would be hard-pressed to classify what... more
            • Maybe you’re talking too much - Holland, Sun Jun 4 21:34
              To his credit, Ruben sounded like he meant it when he said he would never hurt them. Holland really wanted to believe that. It was true that until the last two days, they’d never remotely thought... more
              • If only you'd let me talk more - Ruben, Mon Jun 5 00:23
                Holland’s I like you too didn’t give him the satisfaction it should have. Largely because it sounded like an automatic response, something hen had said just as a way to shut him up before launching... more
                • Your actions spoke for themselves - Holland, Mon Jun 5 21:57
                  Apparently, Ruben’s biggest priority right now was to object that it was not easy for him to get into fights with people. As a person, Holland was primed to spot discrepancies, and Ruben had... more
                  • I do prefer actions over words - Ruben, Wed Jun 14 12:01
                    It didn't resolve any of his confusion about the unnecessary debate they'd wound up in, but Holland's confirmation that they could at least talk about it later was somewhat reassuring. Ruben would... more
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