Claudia Dubois
I'm afraid this might not be helpful
Sat Sep 16, 2017 16:10

Connor had replied that he was looking forward to their conversation. It had been one of the many positive occurrences of the second part of midterm; Claudia’s parents had hosted a New Year’s Eve party, at which she'd had a considerably more relaxing time than at the Christmas Eve ball. She'd purchased a couple more outfits, including the one she had selected to wear that day: a plum-colored, finely knitted dress that fit her figure from her wrists to her hips, then flowed more freely to her knees. Intricate golden flowers with trailing vines were embroidered on each shoulder, so she’d chosen her gold shimmer eyeliner and nail polish, too. Her mid-calf boots and jacket were both tan leather with added warning charms, protecting her from the Rocky Mountain winter as she hurried to the coffee shop.

She saw Connor immediately, but ordered herself a peppermint hot chocolate before joining him. He turned as she said his name, and she smiled before seating herself neatly opposite. “Good afternoon,” she returned his greeting. “I'm very well, thank you.” Honestly her stomach felt uncomfortable because of the potential something she might be about to do to her best friend. She was hoping the peppermint might help to settle her insides (the cashier said it would be a minute so someone would bring the drink over when it was done), although she was already feeling better being in the coffee shop with Connor, rather than just anticipating the meeting and trying to work out how it would go. “How are you?”

Now what? Unsure whether to say anything further, Claudia unfastened her jacket and slid it from her shoulders, turning to drape it over the back of her chair. She was almost warm enough inside without it, and the hot drink would help, when it arrived. “I wondered,” she began, “if you’d thought about-” Claudia cut herself off as her drink was brought over and placed on the table in front of her. The third year thanked the server politely, and took an experimental sip. It was too sweet, but then coffee shop beverages always were.

Aware she'd already started, Claudia wasn't sure how to continue. She didn't want to propose to Connor that they should be - what? A couple? In a relationship? Dating? She wasn't sure what the right terminology was for the circumstance she was hoping to achieve. She just wanted to make sure she kept Connor to herself. That wasn't unreasonable, was it? Surely there was some sort of label to attach to that level of emotion - there seemed to be labels for everything else. She would settle, however, for anything that explicitly placed her in Connor's presence, and Marley out of it. She smiled, hoping maybe Connor would correctly interpret what she had hinted at in her letter to him. It was subtle, but he was smart, sometimes. It would be convenient if now was one of those times.

  • Awaiting clarification [Claudia] - Connor Farnon, Sat Sep 16 10:56
    Dear Claudia, Thank you for the birthday wishes. I am glad to hear that your holiday is going well. I am looking forward to our conversation. Shall we meet at 2PM at the coffee shop on Pearl Street... more
    • I'm afraid this might not be helpful - Claudia Dubois, Sat Sep 16 16:10
      • It wasn't, particularly - Connor, Sat Sep 16 18:04
        “Rather pleased to be back at school,” Connor admitted in response to Claudia’s query about his well-being. He did not elaborate; he felt no need to burden Claudia with the trials of his midterm.... more
        • With less transparency, then - Claudia, Sun Sep 17 09:32
          “I was hoping you would provide me with more details as to its specific nature,” Connor said, disappointingly. Claudia stifled a sigh as she continued to sip her drink. She had hoped he would reach... more
          • Much more helpful, thank you - Connor, Tue Sep 19 11:51
            Connor had no idea what to expect from Claudia until she said the word ‘non-platonic’ and that was when his brain shut down. He sipped his hot chocolate as she suggested that it was probably more his ... more
            • Perhaps you could repay in kind - Claudia, Tue Sep 19 14:38
              She waited with very well - if she said so herself - concealed apprehension for Connor to formulate his reply. By wrapping her hands around her mug she was able to distract herself from inflicting... more
              • If I must - Connor, Wed Sep 20 10:23
                Connor made a face when Claudia pointed out that they were hardly going to elope. Of course they weren’t; that didn’t make his concerns about how reasonable this suggestion was invalid. He still... more
                • Mission accomplished - Claudia, Fri Sep 22 15:07
                  Claudia took comfort in not being the only person at the table who was currently afflicted by reddened cheeks. She was loathe to cause Connor discomfort, but if she was suffering then it was somehow... more
                  • That wasn't too painful - Connor, Sun Oct 1 13:01
                    “It would make the most sense to set up a regular meeting,” Connor said, straightening his shirt nervously. It did sound pleasant, but it also felt weirdly...high stakes to him. Which was ridiculous, ... more
                    • No pain, no gain - Claudia, Tue Oct 3 15:25
                      “I concur,” Claudia smiled, self-satisfied that she had correctly predicted Connor’s reaction. “I hope you don’t think me too bold to suggest Sunday afternoons on Pearl Street.” It was a time when... more
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