Andrew Tennant
The rhythm of love
Fri Apr 6, 2018 10:08

Valentine’s Day was in, like, a month, and Andrew Tennant had someone he would like to be his valentine, and he was a music guy, so he was making a mixtape. Or, well, a mix CD, because it was the twenty-first century. Darlene probably didn’t have a CD player, so that was another thing Drew would have to figure out after he figured out how to burn the CD. (He would probably just ask Dad. It was kind of lame to ask your dad to help you make something for a girl you liked, but since Drew couldn’t go to Pearl Street and the library computers weren’t up to the task, he didn’t have a lot of options. Plus Garen had experience with doing music stuff magically.)

Right now, though, he was working on choosing what songs to put on the list. He had gone to the library with his portable CD player, noise-cancelling headphones, and his CD storage case, which was smaller than it really should be to contain the over-a-hundred discs he had inside, thank you, magic. Drew’s musical tastes were all over—he liked magical and Muggle artists, and pretty much every genre. Electronic and country didn’t do much for him, but he didn’t dislike them. He was pretty sure that Darlene didn’t listen to a lot of music (she probably knew The Weird Sisters because everyone wizarding knew The Weird Sisters), but that was kinda cool, because it meant that he would get to introduce her to his favorite bands and to awesome classics she might not have heard before.

He’d already added “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to his maybe list, but he wasn’t sure about it because it might be too, like, obvious. Same with “Sparks and Mirrors” by The Eponymous Heroes. It would probably be forward to include songs that had the word “love” in them, so he was trying to avoid that. But maybe forward was good? Ugh. Why were girls so complicated?

Okay, well, “A Whole New World” was definitely going to be included, because they had gone on a flying carpet together. Darlene might not get the reference, but really that was okay, because it just gave him an excuse to show her a movie. He thought that if Darlene was a song, she would be a pop standard like you find in 1930s musicals, something like “Cheek to Cheek,” so he added that to his list too because it was classic and romantic.

He had an idea of what kind of song everyone he knew would be. Like, out of the people in his family, Madeleine would be something happy and acoustic that made you think of a beach on a sunny summer day. Dad was from a musical too, obviously, but he would be the opening number that introduced you to the show’s theme and characters. Aaron was an indie rock song that was a little bit sad but still kind of hopeful, and that didn’t resolve the final chord until the very last second of the track. Marissa would be a ballad, probably instrumental, that started out light but came to a really intense crescendo. Kit was obviously K-pop, something in a major key with more than 180 beats per minute.

Out of the rest of their self-defense club, Ruben was definitely metal music. Something with a bassline that felt kind of unsettling before the melody kicked in, and then still make you feel on edge after it ended. Anssi was something polka-esque with quirky percussion instruments, like bongos or jingle bells or a xylophone. Remy was an uptempo, contemporary R&B song, probably a girl power anthem with a take-on-the-world attitude. Dade—Drew wasn’t sure about Dade, but definitely something in a minor key, with piano.

Drew was listening to “Fairy Lights” by Grilled Cheese and Thunderstorm to decide whether was a good choice (it was a little sappy, which he was trying to avoid, but it also made him think of Darlene, which was the whole point of the mixtape) when another student approached his table. He took off his headphones. “Hey,” he said in greeting. The good thing about break being over was that people besides himself and Madeleine (and the few people who didn’t go home over midterm for whatever reason) were in the school again. “Sorry, could you hear my music? The headphones are supposed to make it so only the person wearing them can hear it, so I didn’t think it would be an issue.” He would’ve picked somewhere besides the library to do this if he’d thought otherwise.

    • No Air humping in the library please. - Satveer Mittal, Fri Apr 6 15:56
      Satveer was just as bemused returning to RMI after his second ever midterm as he was with his first. His previously established, highly monotonous, norms of home education didn’t allow for the levels ... more
      • Way to make it weird - Drew, Sat Apr 7 01:51
        After the conversation they’d had on prospective students’ day, Drew had thought Satveer was kind of weird. Oversharey, if that was a word. (And if it wasn’t a word, it was now, because he had used... more
        • A mix CD. A simple answer to a nosey question. But whilst the answer may have been a simple one, the connotations and associations with it, were not. If Satveer’s understanding of teenage... more
          • Do or do not, there is no try - Drew, Tue Apr 10 00:21
            Drew kinda felt like maybe if Satveer wanted a quiet place to draw, maybe he shouldn’t have started a conversation with someone. Besides, didn’t the Lyra common room have a bunch of... more
            • I can be very trying! - Satveer, Tue Apr 10 09:18
              With Drew’s indication of “Maybe someday soon” , Satveer surmised that the CD wasn’t necessarily a token of love, but more of an attempt at some sort of peacocking. Satveer couldn’t help but imagine... more
              • That’s okay, I don’t quit - Drew, Tue Apr 10 17:33
                Drew had sort of been hoping for something… more different than the last event. He considered the idea. On the one hand, it was hard to figure out dates when you couldn’t go to Pearl Street. RMI was... more
                • I possibly ought to. - Satveer, Fri Apr 13 06:56
                  Drew’s noncommittal “maybe” was potentially the out Satveer needed. If he didn't have the audience, then he didn't need to plan it. Placing the Kit issue to one side, the logistics of such an event,... more
                  • Never give up, never surrender - Drew, Sun Apr 22 23:13
                    “ Nah. ” Well, so much for talking about crushes. Drew had a bunch of friends, but he couldn’t really talk to any of them about this. If he tried to talk to Kit about Darlene, she just called her a... more
                    • Satveer was very fond of music, so much so that his initial reaction to Drew’s question was to grin. “I like alot of music” he paused, realising his sentence needed clarification. “Or at least, I... more
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