Claudia Dubois
I'll concede the study part
Fri Jan 26, 2018 14:37
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So far fourth year was just as terrible as Claudia had imagined it would be. An optimist might argue that they were not yet two weeks into term, and that was plenty of time for the situation to improve. Claudia considered herself a realist, and suspected that the term had started as it would probably continue. However, it wasn’t a complete loss, because she no longer had to take subjects in which she wasn’t especially interested, and had added two new subjects to her timetable: arithmancy and ancient runes. The jump from beginner level classes had surprised Claudia, but she was hoping to adjust soon; she believed had sufficient intelligence and determination to keep up with the quicker pace of learning the professor seemed to employ for the older students, and she was only taking five subjects.

Regardless of her workload compared to other students (who might be more able, or more studios, or more keen to prove themselves, or simply too foolish to realize that by seventh year their course load would be impossible to maintain), Claudia was dedicated to retaining the above-average grades she had consistently achieved across all subjects since her first year. She had worked hard for those marks, and she had no intention of letting them slip. Therefore even over the holidays she had made efforts to become familiar with her new subjects, but it wasn’t until she had experienced her first classes that she could identify where she needed to focus her efforts.

Whilst she had certainly visited the library on plenty of previous occasions, as a general rule, Claudia had prefered to execute her studies in the comfort of the Cetus commonroom. However, several events had occurred there last year that had ruined the impression of calm that she had previously associated with the space, and with the general start of term excitement permeating even the quieter study spaces, the fourth year had elected to remain in the library for the time being, where there was at least a member of faculty on hand to intervene should anyone become disruptive.

Engrossed in her copy of 'Interpreting the Elder Futhark', Claudia didn’t notice anyone around her, not even Marley, until the other girl loudly whispered her name and then sat down nearby. Once she was over being slightly startled from her intensive focus, Claudia felt a strange pang of happiness and sadness at the same time and in equal measures. “Oh. Hello, Marley,” she said levelly, her hands instinctively moving to her thighs in an anxious gesture, but Claudia refrained from any firmer motion than smoothing down the skirt of her blue-with-pink-peonies patterned empire line dress.

Her letters over the summer (which Claudia had yet to read, but still possessed) and behavior since their return to school indicated that Marley hadn’t realized Claudia wasn’t speaking to her. She supposed it was pointless to maintain this mechanism if its effects were non-existent. Although Marley was, as usual, talking enough for the both of them, probably voicing everything she had considered saying to Claudia since term resumed but had not had the opportunity to do so.

She didn’t want Marley to join her there, because she was trying to study, and because she did not want to be associated with Marley if things remained the same as they had before summer, but she didn’t seem to be able to tell her to leave, either. “Okay,” Claudia said reluctantly, moving her books closer to her on the table so that Marley had some space, too. “I was studying runes,” she said, aware that she didn’t sound especially inviting. She couldn’t help it. She just didn’t know how to talk to Marley anymore; she didn’t even know if she wanted to. Even though Claudia had thought about it a lot, and had conclusively decided that Holland’s suggestion of talking to Marley was a profound suggestion, she simply had no desire to discuss Teal - or Marley - in the context of dating each other. It was abnormal and abhorrent. She wanted to be friends with Marley, but Claudia couldn’t fathom how they could reach some understanding without discussing the thing she was unable to discuss. It seemed a lost cause.

  • Study buddies! [Claudia] - Marley Chapman, Thu Jan 25 23:27
    Marley had a song stuck in her head. That wasn’t exactly abnormal because she was, like, constantly listening to music, especially over school breaks, with Mum cranking up the volume in their truck... more
    • I'll concede the study part - Claudia Dubois, Fri Jan 26 14:37
      • Less studying, more buddying, please - Marley, Sat Jan 27 01:26
        “Awesome!” Flipping open her book, she started digging around in her backpack again in search of a pen, but then she stopped because it occurred to her a bit too late that Claudia didn’t sound quite... more
        • I'm working on it - Claudia, Mon Jan 29 08:27
          She probably ought not to have been surprised that Marley didn’t know she was taking runes - considering Claudia hadn’t spoken to her to tell her - yet somehow the realization that they didn’t know... more
          • But I'm always a step ahead of you - Marley, Tue Jan 30 22:05
            Marley was surprised at how short her friend’s list of classes was. How was Claudia only taking five? She was literally the smartest girl in their year, and probably smartest out of the year above,... more
            • In the wrong direction - Claudia, Wed Jan 31 14:39
              Claudia’s relief that Marley would accompany her to duelling club was short-lived, because only a moment later Marley changed her answer. Claudia would not be surprised if she physically drooped,... more
              • Can it be "wrong" when it's a circle? - Marley, Fri Feb 2 22:24
                The other girl started closing her books and looked like she was getting all ready to come along, and Marley’s grin widened at the sight. Yes, finally, they would get to hang out again and have some... more
                • Stir anitclockwise and find out - Claudia, Sun Feb 4 14:45
                  Marley supplied both possible answers to Claudia’s inquiry about her relationship with Teal, which was the only circumstance under which Claudia would welcome further details; Marley proceeded to... more
                  • Claudia answered that she hadn’t been dating anyone, and Marley hummed in acknowledgement, giving a sort of half-nod. She wasn’t entirely sure why she had nodded, though. Nods were normally an... more
                    • This isn't a shape, it's a mess - Claudia, Wed Feb 7 07:11
                      Claudia didn’t realize she had been holding her breath until Marley spoke, and the paler girl felt her chest tighten; she reminded herself to breathe and that helped lessen her physical discomfort.... more
                      • Just a minor maze - Marley, Sat Feb 10 01:26
                        Unrestricted? Marley seized on the word, feeling her hopes rise a little stronger. If Claudia thought that ‘her’ culture (whatever that was; coming from a mixed Mediterranean and South American and... more
                        • Show me to the exit - Claudia, Sat Feb 10 07:59
                          She didn’t know. How could a person not know if they were attracted to someone? Claudia would concede she was hardly an expert on the matter, but she thought she understood attraction. She had even... more
                          • Oh no. Claudia’s answer was actually a non-answer, and she didn’t want to assume that a non-answer meant a no but it definitely wasn’t a yes either and that made it seem like Marley was gonna have to ... more
                            • This is a one-way street - Claudia, Sun Feb 11 06:06
                              Marley was frowning still, and the expression looked so out of place on her usually cheerful friend that Claudia felt bad for causing it. Yet she also felt - much as she had in previous conversations ... more
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