So what do you think?
Fri May 25, 2018 05:22

Holland’s voice roused Danny from his thoughts; he smiled at them, looking up from the pages that were starting to look creased around the edges. “I received a letter from my grandfather this morning,” Danny explained, noting their amused tone and smirking accordingly, “offering me a job.” He passed the letter over for Holland to read. Throughout their friendship, Danny had always sought their opinions and valued their input; over the past few years he didn’t think he had made any serious decisions without consulting them first. As this particular decision might have some effect on them, he wouldn’t consider attempting to make up his mind without talking to Holland, even though discussing their separate futures made his stomach churn.

The timing of their relationship was both perfect and terrible. Seventh year was the absolute worst time to start dating someone in high school, especially when one of them was as academically inclined as Holland, and would inevitably pursue their own interests after graduating. Yet Danny had realized that it was the only time it could possibly have worked out for them. It could not have occured any earlier, because prior to this summer he hadn’t even noticed how he felt about Holland. It could not have happened any later because he had already been contemplating Elinor’s betrothal suggestion, and if Holland had shown no interest in him, Danny probably would have accepted her. The window for dating someone new had been minuscule.

Then there was Marissa; her role was essential. If it weren’t for Marissa, Danny probably never would have considered dating at all: he would simply have done as he had always expected, and become betrothed to a pureblooded debutant, skipping the dating phase entirely. If Marissa had not subsequently broken up with him (and then actively encouraged Holland to take their chance), this new relationship not have had the opportunity to occur. Furthermore, without the safety net of RMI, where Danny could enjoy his relationship without needing to conceal it from his society at home, and with the support of their friends at school, Dardanius could not have contemplated making so bold a decision, that had already damaged his relationship with his sister, and could yet have many more serious impacts on his life.

And if Ruben hadn’t drawn Danny’s attention to Holland, and if he hadn’t started dating Kaye that summer so Holland remained single, and if Lia hadn’t accidentally revealed that Danny’s mother was bisexual, and if so many more things had not happened precisely when they did, he and Holland would never have attempted that first date. The timing had been absolutely perfect.

Also terrible, because whether he went to college or worked for Cirrus, Danny was going to be spending the next few years in Chicago. “I haven’t given it much thought yet but it doesn’t seem like a bad idea. I’m definitely considering it.” It was a pity he couldn’t work the internship first, before making a more informed decision, but that didn’t start until the summer and he would need to accept his college place before then. Danny was planning to research the programs and qualifications available to him at Cirrus, and consider how much he would lament missing out on the other experiences college had to offer, although his gut instinct was compelling him to accept his grandfather’s offer. He already claimed part ownership of Cirrus, and benefitted from dividends paid quarterly into his bank account without needing to lift a finger. Some involvement in the company might be gratifying. The promise of a guaranteed position at an organisation on the brink of international expansion, with future opportunities for travel, that was also a family business, and could provide qualifications relevant to the career Danny was interested in pursuing, seemed too good an opportunity to miss.

Of course if there was any one person whose advice he valued above any other, it was Holland. “What do you think?” Danny asked them.

  • Usually you just ask me - Holland Keene, Thu May 24 16:27
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    • So what do you think? - Dardanius, Fri May 25 05:22
      • That I’m bad at subject lines - Holland, Fri May 25 12:49
        At their core, Holland balked at the nepotism. They personally would have a problem with accepting a career—as opposed to an hourly cashiering job—from a relative. Networking opportunities had been... more
        • We have that in common - Danny, Sat May 26 16:03
          Whoever decided that eighteen year olds were sufficiently mature to pick their own futures had clearly forgotten what it was like to be eighteen. Holland immediately identified two of the drawbacks... more
          • We should work on that - Holland, Sun May 27 19:51
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            • Should we take a class? - Danny, Tue May 29 10:12
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              • We could just graduate - Holland, Tue May 29 15:03
                Not knowing Leo Tallow personally, Holland would have to defer to Danny’s opinion here. Given their understanding of how pureblood society worked, though, Holland thought it likely that Leo would... more
                • We had so little time to shine - Danny, Tue May 29 16:22
                  Finally Holland’s expression sprung out of a frown, and at a juncture that Danny would not have expected to elicit a grin if he was talking to anyone else. Right . Holland couldn’t separate the... more
                  • I think we made the most of it - Holland, Tue Jun 5 14:26
                    “It would,” Holland agreed, “but you could do it.” Danny had many qualities that Holland admired; his work ethic was not one of them. Working for his grandfather’s company was a situation which could ... more
                    • We gave it our best - Danny, Tue Jun 5 16:39
                      Holland agreed that this opportunity at Cirrus would be ‘a lot’ to deal with, but they also said he could do it. Danny felt soothed by the comment: they might not approve of him taking the position,... more
                      • We set the bar high - Holland, Wed Jun 6 02:25
                        Danny didn’t laugh. Oh. Holland knew from the boggarts that they didn’t have a monopoly on insecurity in the relationship. They had their share, but they were working to address those issues. Over... more
                        • Astronomically high - Danny, Thu Jun 7 16:33
                          When Holland moved to sit near him, Danny at first felt foolish that he’d let his idle concerns become known to them. Worrying about them meeting someone else wouldn’t help: nothing that Danny did... more
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