We have that in common
Sat May 26, 2018 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 of the vacancy: it was still in Chicago (not Massachusetts) and it would be less flexible than college. Also there would be no study breaks - but theoretically more control over when he took his holiday leave - and Danny would still be submitting coursework, attending occasional seminars and taking modular exams, in addition to full time employment. These disadvantages - distance from Holland, and potentially harder work than college study alone - were off-putting to an eighteen year old who valued interpersonal relationships and had a talent for putting in the bare minimum effort to achieve desired results. In five or ten years’ time, would the future Dardanius be content with the decisions his eighteen year old self had made?

Holland concluded the vocational route would make sense for him, which reflected how Danny felt about the situation; their approval increased the likelihood Danny would take the job. However their next words suggested they might not entirely approve: “Do you think you’d be the right person for Cirrus for this job?”

Unperturbed by their querying his aptitude, Danny smiled. Out of everyone with whom he might discuss his future, he expected standard reactions to the letter would be either ‘Is that what you want to do?’ or ‘It seems like a great opportunity for you.’ While he was fairly confident Holland would acknowledge the potential for Danny’s personal gain, he did not think anyone else would query whether he deserved the privilege he was being granted. He and Holland differed somewhat in their opinions regarding opportunities afforded to an individual based on their family name rather than personal merits, so Danny tried to remove his familial relationship from the equation as he considered his answer.

“The right person would ideally be interested in Quidditch,” he supplied, without needing to outline his own credentials to Holland, who knew him better than most (if not all), “with an appreciation of cultural variations, especially regarding import of magical artefacts. Speaking a second language would be helpful. Proof of dedication to a prior project desirable; perhaps six Outstanding IMPs would suffice?” Danny was unsuccessful at hiding a self-satisfied smirk as he continued to decide on and describe the perfect person to fill the position. “Willingness to travel essential. Relevant licensing preferred but otherwise training is available.” There was, however, one crucial criterion he was unable to meet. “I guess I am lacking work experience, even with the internship - it’s only a few weeks,” he admitted. Even then he was finishing up a little early to spend time with his family - the CEO of Cirrus included - in Paris.

“Maybe a better employee is out there,” Danny conceded, “on paper, at least.” He looked at Holland, unable to gauge whether that was what they expected to hear. “Does that mean I don’t deserve the opportunity to find out if I am the right person?”

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