Well that was uncalled for
Tue Feb 27, 2018 20:28

Sure, Danny could handle a threat from someone who was seventeen. However he doubted a few months on his side made up for Ruben’s pro-violence approach to conflict. He either hadn’t understood the point behind Danny’s suggestion to stop threatening students, or had wilfully misinterpreted it. Either seemed likely. What seemed unlikely was that Ruben was going to drop this topic any time soon, even though Danny had already assured him there wasn’t a problem. Okay it wasn’t unusual for Ruben to completely ignore something Danny had said, but this particular matter was none of his business. The Swede’s stance was still laughable, but Danny wasn’t laughing any more. He’d already broken Emmett and upset Claudia, and was certain there would be more problems further down the line if he stayed together with Holland; he really did not need this hassle from Ruben.

“Anyone who dates you can be hurt, not by you but by your fancy life,” Ruben outlined the strongest objection Danny had himself identified whenever he thought about dating Holland. It was tough enough to know that he was bringing such a substantial problem to the equation, but to have it pointed out to him - not least by someone who had done a … not entirely terrible job of taking care of Holland - was devastating. Danny grit his teeth, knowing it was fruitless to allow Ruben to rile him. Holland knew about Danny’s life. They had discussed it in detail, had weighed options and variables, including the potential for turbulence from narrow-minded idealists. If forewarned was forearmed, Holland had sufficient ammunition for this battle. If they were still willing to fight it, nothing that Ruben said would -

Why would he bring Marissa into this? It took all Danny’s remaining patience - severely depleted from his previous two conversations - to remain still and silent. He knew for certain he would regret any response he made right now to Ruben’s obvious attempt at goading him. Admittedly while part of his determination was fuelled by a refusal to give Ruben the satisfaction of success in that regard, primarily he knew Holland would not be impressed by him rising so easily to mindless baiting. Nevertheless, the guilt he still carried at the unintentional hurt he’d caused Marissa over the past couple of years, mingled with the shame of irrefutable evidence that he had been the cause of harm in a previous relationship, and residual fury that reignited at the reminder of how vulgar Ruben had been after the fact, sent a rushing, roaring sound to his ears. Ruben had evidently also missed the point regarding not discussing what he’d gotten up to with Marissa. Maybe talking really just didn’t work with Ruben. Perhaps a couple of choice hexes and the returned gift of a fist to his face would convey the message more succinctly. Despite being taller and more muscular than at their last altercation, approximately this time last year, Danny was under no illusion that he was an adequate match for Ruben’s years of training, but Merlin help him he’d be tempted to try.

“You should really learn to mind your own business,” he said as evenly as he could manage, not completely avoiding a terseness of tone. With his arms crossed on the table and his wand in his pocket he was not best prepared for pushing a person with a notoriously volatile temperament. Yet he had faith in his wandless abilities, should they be required; defensive spells had always come most easily to him. Danny believed himself to be magically stronger than Ruben, although he remained a challenging opponent with his proclivity for mixing physical attacks with magical.

“The last time I and you had a real disagreement, you attacked me on impulse, and look where that got you.” Danny considered that it got him Ruben’s wand while the Aquila lay silent and bound on the corridor floor where, had he been a more violent individual, Danny could have inflicted any damage he saw fit. It also rallied his friends against Ruben for a short duration, so he wasn’t sure what point Ruben was trying to make. It did however serve to remind him that attacking Ruben, as satisfying as it might be, was not a rational move. He ought to save his energy for pursuits that mattered.

“You think Holland isn’t aware of what they’re doing?” Danny replied scathingly. “Your threats are misplaced. You want to go hunting for bigots, be my guest,” a stiff head jerk accompanied this suggestion. “In the meantime, give Holland some credit for handling their own life, and back off.”

  • Concealed threats, despite being one of his primary skill sets, was not actually what he had been going for here. So the fact that Danny’s first response was to laugh was annoying, to say the least.... more
    • Well that was uncalled for - Danny, Tue Feb 27 20:28
      • But surely not a surprise - Ruben, Thu Mar 1 22:52
        Danny’s face had the expression of someone trying very hard not to have any expression at all. The other boy was failing, obviously, because Ruben had spent literally over a decade tangled up in... more
        • No surprises here - Danny, Fri Mar 2 10:17
          “Don’t worry, Dar-danny-us, I have complete faith in Holland. We know each other very well.” Generally irritated by the undesirable progression of his day and Ruben’s continued insistence on being an ... more
          • I'll try harder next time - Ruben, Sat Mar 17 16:48
            "If you're just looking for a fight-" If? Hah. He was pretty much always looking for a fight. There was not much point in day-to-day life if the majority of those days didn't contain something to... more
            • You nailed it - Danny, Sun Mar 18 16:26
              It was plain to Danny that Ruben was going to hold him personally responsible for any hypothetical harm that came Holland’s way (this was not at all surprising; of course Ruben would blame Danny for... more
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