Holland Keene
Giving The Talk [Dade]
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:17

Holland had gotten a letter over the midterm from Rose, which was odd enough in and of itself. Holland was usually in touch with Emmett, Marissa, and Danny over school breaks, but in general their friendship with Rose seemed to pause and resume depending on whether they were at RMI. And the contents of the letter were even more unexpected: Rose thought Dade might be having some Gender Stuff™ (Holland’s words, not Rose’s) and wanted Holland to talk to him.

Honestly, Holland wasn’t sure what to do about this. Being nonbinary themselves didn’t automatically equip them to be anyone’s queer life coach. But to be fair, it made the seventeen-year-old better equipped to deal with transish stuff than literally anyone else in the school (or, for that matter, anyone else Rose knew). So, okay, they could talk to Dade, who probably would rather be waterboarded than talk to a borderline stranger about private gender stuff. Holland wasn’t sure what Rose expected them to do, but their plan was to just gently bring up the subject and let Dade know he could talk to them if he had any questions.

The library was a good guess for where to find Dade. And probably a good place to have this conversation. It was quiet and sort of private, especially this close to the beginning of the semester. Hardly anyone would have homework yet, so hardly anyone would be in the library. Holland actually had some work to do for Animagus classes already, but that was not even work that required the use of the library. Except for maybe Wyatt Munroe getting a head start on some tutoring or Susan Ober, who practically lived in the library, Holland doubted the library would have much of a crowd today.

Their guess was rewarded when they found Rose’s brother sitting at a table by himself in one of the more secluded areas of the library. Perfect. “Hey Dade,” Holland said, sliding into the seat across from the underclassman. They ran a hand through their hair, which was Transfigured a soft denim-ish shade today. “How was your midterm?”

Holland put their black messenger bag down on the chair next to them, and the makeup and nail polish bottles inside clattered together quietly. It wasn’t unusual for Holland to carry beauty products (you never knew when you might need to touch up your makeup), but it had been a deliberate choice today. Holland had also been deliberate in choosing an outfit today. They’d settled on jeans and a plaid buttondown with gold sequins on the shoulders and pocket. Metallic red lipstick and gold flats that matched their eyeshadow completed the outfit. They had wanted something that was both reasonably masculine and slightly feminine, because when you were a queer life coach, you should lead by example.

    • Sorry, wrong number - Dade Farnon, Sat Sep 16 18:27
      Dade had avoided Rose all holiday, and Connor too for good measure and just in case she’d said anything. He was pretty sure she wouldn’t. Rose might be mad at him, but even when she was mad at Dade... more
      • Guess I have to redial - Holland, Sat Sep 16 21:38
        Encouragingly, Dade seemed like he was in a decent mood. He was usually surly even at the best of times, and he admittedly didn’t sound like someone who had had an okay midterm, but an answer to... more
        • 'Have to' is such a strong phrase - Dade, Mon Sep 18 14:58
          Holland answered Dade’s question about midterm with things he only vaguely understood (they’d talked about different types of movies in Cultural Studies but he hadn’t been paying much attention). He... more
          • It’s that or face Rose’s wrath - Holland, Mon Sep 18 15:37
            Well, that hadn’t gone very well. And probably Holland should have expected it, because when they were younger they wouldn’t have wanted to talk about this subject like this either. Monty and Bryony... more
            • Holland followed him into the stacks and Dade was furious. He just wanted to be left alone and he wanted everyone to forget what happened over midterm and he wanted everything to be normal but Rose... more
              • So we agree on something - Holland, Mon Sep 18 17:07
                Holland had half expected Dade to refuse the nail polish, and been prepared to refuse his refusal, so it was a surprise and a relief when he pocketed it. He was probably going to run away now, and... more
                • Sometimes I'm agreeable - Dade, Thu Sep 21 06:46
                  Wow Holland said a lot of words. Wow. Dade’s hazel eyes grew very round as Holland explained gender, which was something that Dade had previously been entirely sure did not require any explanation.... more
                  • Once in a blue moon - Holland, Thu Sep 21 16:28
                    Dade was quiet for a long time. Holland waited. They would’ve preferred to have this conversation sitting down, but the stacks seemed more private, so that was all right. They read the titles of the... more
                    • So Rose thought he might be ‘questioning his gender’ or the way he ‘expressed his gender’. Dade scowled. He didn’t even know what that meant. He had mostly followed along with Holland’s explanation... more
                      • Is it made of blue cheese? - Holland, Fri Sep 29 04:00
                        Dade was back to looking surly, which Holland supposed shouldn’t surprise them. It seemed to be Rose’s brother’s default attitude. Just like how Rose defaulted to stubbornness, and Connor... more
                        • Blue cheese isn't that blue - Dade, Sat Sep 30 15:48
                          Well if this was what Rose thought was helpful, Dade didn’t want to see what Rose thought of as unhelpful . The helpful thing would have been to just ignore it and move on (okay, the yelling part had ... more
                          • Maybe the moon is Swiss cheese - Holland, Sat Sep 30 19:19
                            Holland maintained a practiced composure while Dade got defensive. Ah, shit. Dade might actually be some flavor of gender non-conforming. If he didn’t identify at all with what Holland had said, the... more
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