Dardanius Dubois
It’s finally happening
Fri Apr 13, 2018 08:33

The Finer Diner was almost empty, populated only by those few students who were present for the very first moment dinner was served. Danny was not usually here when the room was thus deserted, preferring to consume his meals in the company of his friends, at a later hour. He was not here to eat, however, but to have a conversation that was long overdue, to the detriment of many.

He soon located his sister, seated alone on a small table near the wall - the same table, in fact, at which she had been seated when Danny had last sought her here, in October - her dark blonde hair in some sort of braid or other, with no dramatic makeup (the likes of which she had taken to wearing recently), and her uniform robes completely concealing whatever else she was wearing beneath them. She perfectly represented the neat, studious young teenager that Danny had, until recently, imagined Claudia to be. Similarly, while he was not wearing his school robes, the dove grey slacks and bright fuchsia shirt Danny wore were a perfect representation of his generally neat appearance, with his individual preference for ostentatious hues; he was broadly rule abiding, providing he could have fun in the process.

Right now, however, was not about having fun, but was certainly related to Danny’s reluctance to abide by certain rules. Or, as he preferred to think of it, his creative interpretation of adherence. He walked purposefully to Claudia’s table. She wasn’t done eating yet, but the moment she saw Danny approaching she lowered her fork anyway, and stood to leave.

Dardanius graced her with a look that conveyed only a fraction of his rancor, but was still the most malevolent expression he had ever bestowed upon Claudia. If she thought she could continue to avoid him after what she’d done to Holland, she was grossly mistaken. “Sit down.” His words were not harshly spoken but commanded absolute authority. It was apparent to both of them that if Claudia did not comply with this instruction of her own volition, Dardanius would force her to do so. She sat.

Danny took the seat opposite Claudia. “You owe Holland an apology,” he said, without preamble. Then, to be perfectly clear, he stipulated, “and not because I, or somebody else has told you to, but because you actually have remorse for what you did to them.”

    • It was inevitable - Claudia Dubois, Fri Apr 13 11:43
      She tried not to feel intimidated by his glare, obviously intended for that purpose. Claudia understood why Danny might be irritated with her, but she had been irritated with, and disappointed by,... more
      • A foregone conclusion - Dardanius, Fri Apr 13 14:21
        “I’m sorry about that, too.” He was not apologizing for dating Holland, but expressing regret at Claudia resisting acceptance. Holland had explained the effects of her spell to him, arming Danny with ... more
        • I wonder how long it will continue - Claudia, Sat Apr 14 07:25
          Claudia had told her friends - Connor, Caleb, Nolan, but not Skylar, yet - about the argument as soon as she had been freed from questioning by the staff. She had kept any details to a bare minimum,... more
          • A couple more posts should suffice - Danny, Sat Apr 14 09:19
            Knowing more about the spells she used offered Danny little comfort; she had intentionally - in both instances - manipulated the thoughts of her targets. She gave no indication she considered her... more
            • Then others can join in - Claudia, Sat Apr 14 12:32
              Claudia was surprised to learn that Danny had not always been so accepting of others. She had been eight years old when she’d heard about Holland, by which time her brother had evidently overcome his ... more
              • They can join now, if they want to - Danny, Sat Apr 14 14:32
                “Somewhere around Marissa.” Danny couldn’t completely conceal his smirk. Well if his relationships were the sole cause for her mistrust of him, that was equal parts good and bad news. He could... more
                • Any takers? - Claudia, Sun Apr 15 11:56
                  Claudia bit her lower lip. This was stupid. Everything about it was stupid, and Claudia was tired of fighting. She hated that Danny had done this to them, and she wasn’t sure she would ever forgive... more
                  • I guess that’s my cue - Holland Keene, Tue Apr 17 13:29
                    After the meeting with Aaron, Claudia had gone crying to Toby, who assigned Holland a month’s detention for bullying a younger student and failing to set a good example. Never mind that the younger... more
                    • Sharing this one - Danny and Claudia, Sat Apr 21 11:56
                      The look Holland gave Danny suggested they were not impressed with whatever he had schemed (it didn’t take a paranoid conspiracy theorist to assume Danny had been scheming something when he brought... more
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