Dade Farnon
New Year, New You [Marley]
Sat Jul 7, 2018 09:32

“Dade I swear to Merlin I am going to stick that dreamcatcher to your face and you’re going to have to get Professor McKindy to remove it when you get to school, so help me,” Rose had yelled as she threw the dreamcatcher at her brother. Instinctively, Dade caught it and had been right in the middle of opening his mouth to argue with her when the Portkey had whisked him away and dropped him right back into the entrance hall of the place he’d been having nightmares about for three months.

It was a little better. Dade had flat-out refused to go back to RMI at first. He had failed his STOATs. Claudia was going to be out to get him again, and now she’d had all summer to conspire with Connor against him, which is exactly what Dade was sure had happened. And on top of that, the stairs in Cetus hated him. There was also the situation where Remington had apparently switched sides and was supporting Claudia now. Everything was terrible, and he had refused to even entertain the idea of returning for another year. It had taken all of Rose’s willpower and more than a little bribery to get Dade to agree to give it a try.

The bribery had taken the form of Holland taking Dade shopping for clothes he hated less, which had genuinely made the fourteen-year-old feel better, even if it also made him a little anxious. One of the things he hated most was looking like his brother, but for Dade’s entire life, he and Connor had dressed exactly the same. Holland had helped him start a wardrobe that he liked more, even if there was some stuff that was a little more experimental than Dade necessarily had the courage for. For his return to school, Dade had chosen a pair of nice jeans with a purple t-shirt and a darker purple, nearly black, cardigan. Holland had tried to talk him into slightly more adventurous shoes than his usual navy sneakers, but the duo had compromised at a pair of black boots. Dressing differently was something Dade had never tried before and it made him anxious, but it was better than looking like Connor.

The Portkey made his already anxious stomach jump more than it already was, so Dade had to spend a moment trying not to vomit on his arrival to the entrance hall at RMI from Rose’s Boston apartment. Once that was over, Dade hurried inside the Finer Diner as quickly as he could, avoiding eye contact with as many people as possible. He went over to the Cetus fire hoping to find Drew, but didn’t see him at first, so Dade stood awkwardly with his hands shoved in his too-shallow pockets, looking around. He thought he saw Remington and immediately looked away and walked to the other side of the fire, hoping that she hadn’t seen him. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw Connor and - oh Merlin, that was Claudia.

With his heart in his throat, Dade walked briskly away from the Cetus fire as though he were intending to do something other than get the hell away from his older brother and his evil consort. By the time Headmaster Morgan stood to give the opening speech, Dade was at the Lyra fire and so he sat there. There was nobody in Lyra that was particularly scary, now that Claudia’s older brother had left. He applauded dutifully for the new students, but pointedly did not applaud for the prefects because Connor was one of them. Better Connor than Claudia, but in Dade’s opinion they should have given the responsibility to a house elf, or maybe a cat, or even a puffskein, over either one of the two older Ceti.

It was when he saw Marley Chapman walking back to the fire, that the realization happened in his mind. Marley was dating Teal - or Marley was doing something that looked a lot like dating Teal - and Marley was Claudia’s former friend. Marley was probably in just as much danger as Dade was this year, especially since Connor had probably been helping Claudia with her terrible plans, and Connor hated Marley. Oh no. He had to warn her.

“Marley,” Dade whispered loudly, waving to the Lyra. “Marley, come here, I have to talk to you.”

Mention of Holland approved by their author.

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