You're earning my good opinion
Wed Feb 28, 2018 07:13

It would be an accurate assessment that Claudia found people laughing at her most unsettling. However as Caleb proceeded to chuckle at the answer she provided, the fourth year decided that having someone to laugh with was acceptable. Rather than being affronted by his laughter, she allowed it to relax her. Claudia had never believed the old witches’ tale that laughter was the best remedy, but she’d been feeling low recently; it was liberating to smile again.

“What do you usually do for those amazing long breaks?” Caleb asked next. Claudia regarded him critically for a moment. She had initially been reluctant to talk about herself, yet her companion had successfully found a topic she was not merely open to discussing, but would perhaps continue to improve her mood (which had been steadily moving away from total devastation the longer she was in Caleb’s company - this was not the direction Claudia would have predicted). She wondered whether it was happy coincidence that he’d latched onto that topic, or if he was one of those people who intrinsically knew how to improve the moods of others. Claudia was not one of those people. She could offer comfort, if necessary, with sympathetic expressions, or perhaps she could offer a warm beverage or dry handkerchief, but providing emotional support was not within her comfort zone. Overt displays of any emotion, for any reason, made her quite uncomfortable, which was why her own behaviour just now had been so very unsettling.

Electing not to focus on that, Claudia considered Caleb’s question. “I lie outside in a quiet, shady area,” she began, imagining the more peaceful moments of her time at home, “with a cool drink and a good book.” She couldn’t help smiling at the blissful imagery. “Sometimes I’ll dip in the pool, or maybe go with my mother into the city - we live in New Orleans,” she enlightened him, “- or my father and I will discuss art and music.” Claudia felt a great deal more like herself at home. She felt safe and valued there. “Then there are parties and galas,” she liked the food and dancing; she could live without the crowds, “and every three years we go to visit my family in Paris.” The next trip would be the following summer break, and Claudia was already looking forward to it. She’ only been a child last time they had traveled, and she was optimistic that being almost fifteen could only improve her already enjoyable experiences there.

With all these, any many more, delights to choose from, Claudia wasn’t certain she could identify one favorite thing to do. Yet that’s what Caleb had asked, so she tried her best to provide an answer. “I think - I’ll choose weekends breakfasts with my family,” she said after a short pause. “We’ll all sit down together, and there will be a spread of dishes on the table, fresh flowers in the vases, everything is light and beautiful. Nobody’s had chance to argue with or upset each other. It’s always my favorite part of the day,” aside from when it had been invaded by a Kendrick this past summer. Claudia resolutely refused to consider any unwelcome alterations to the next break, considering the preposterous announcement Dardanius had just made.

Admittedly with the delights of the city at her fingertips, and spectacle of soirees on her agenda, one could be forgiven for assuming that Claudia might have selected a less mundane activity to name as her most prefered. She was not prone to exhibition: a calm, peaceful pastime was more appealing any day. “Is that dull?” she asked Caleb’s opinion with a finely-shaped dark blonde eyebrow raised in question. His opinion didn’t matter to her in the slightest, but his response might indicate how likely it was she continued to solicit his company in future. So far the fifth year transfer had made an admirable impression.

  • Hank you for the opportunity! - Caleb , Mon Feb 26 18:08
    He made her smile! The blonde was smug about achieving that, especially after she had been crying. Her smile meant that he was doing a good job at becoming a distraction, and his heart couldn't help... more
    • You're earning my good opinion - Claudia, Wed Feb 28 07:13
      • Caleb listened intently as Claudia talked about her summer breaks. They sounded relaxing and low-key, especially compared to his summers. Caleb’s summer was active from dawn to dusk. Most of his time ... more
        • Good point, well made - Claudia, Fri Mar 2 15:47
          Claudia would not describe families breakfasts as perfect, but Caleb’s interpretation was sufficiently appreciative that Claudia graced him with another smile, which held fast as he told her a little ... more
          • Thank you - Caleb, Sun Mar 18 23:50
            “Thats easy,” Caleb declared with a big grin, “Quidditch.” Caleb didn't hesitate to give an answer to Claudia’s inquiry. Since he had been a small boy he had focused his energy on mastering the noble ... more
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