But do you want to?
Fri May 19, 2017 06:05

Russell’s reply wasn’t enthusiastic, but then Danny didn’t really classify Russell as a particularly enthusiastic person. He supposed maybe he just hadn’t hit on a relevant topic yet - it could be hard to be enthusiastic about something that didn’t really pique your interest. Although Russell was on the pitch with a broomstick in hand, so one could reasonably presume Quidditch was an acceptable pastime. The fourth year acquiesced to join in if required. Danny was about to tell him the invitation was just that, and not obligatory, and Russell didn’t have to play if he’d rather not - because he was getting the sense that Russell would rather not have been asked at all - when he was queried about the game’s format.

“Yeah,” Danny replied. “Sometimes we specify a couple of Keepers, if anyone wants to take the position up. Otherwise it’s like a free for all. No Snitch or Bludgers,” he clarified. As a Chaser himself, Danny was fine with this arrangement, but he could appreciate it might not hold as much allure for those who habitually played other positions. Russell - along with Rose, and Emmett - played Seeker for his House. It just didn’t make sense to include a Snitch in their impromptu games.

“You’re very welcome to join in,” Danny reiterated, trying to address the sense he had that perhaps Russell was agreeing to play out of politeness or some other reason, as opposed to actually wanting to join them, “but that doesn’t mean you have to. I won’t be offended if you’d rather do your own thing,” he smiled in what he hoped would be interpreted as a friendly manner.

It occurred to him that Russell was often persuaded to join them, but he never did so of his own accord. He didn’t seem to dislike being around them (though had obviously felt a bit awkward during the Truth or Dare game Marissa had dragged him into) so Danny wasn’t sure of the reason for his hesitancy - was he just shy or was in the sunlight thing? Danny recalled that Russell had been at the blind date party, but there was a strong chance Marissa had coerced him into that, too. “Or if there’s something you’d rather we do as a group maybe you could suggest something.” Danny shrugged. “Sometimes we go to the movies on Pearl Street or play pool in the Rec. Whatever you feel like.” It was important to Marissa for her own Marissa reasons that Russell join in with them more often, but that was only a part of the incentive for Danny to be friendly with Russell; he had noticed the fourth year hadn’t fit in very easily since transferring to RMI (Emmett didn’t exactly help - if anything he seemed as eager to exclude Russell as Marissa was to include him) and being of a naturally friendly, socially temperament, Danny was keen for Russell to feel more at ease with his peers.

  • From his peripheral vision, he saw Danny go past him into the shed. Phew. His assumption had been right. That could’ve been awkward otherwise. If he’d moved out of the way when Danny was really... more
    • But do you want to? - Dardanius, Fri May 19 06:05
      • "Want to" and "will" are separate things - Russell, Mon May 22 22:12
        Danny confirmed his guess. That wasn’t a surprise, because it made sense that Chasers would be prioritized in a mini-game of Quidditch, but it was still disappointing. Russell’s hand-eye coordination ... more
        • Yet can find a common ground - Danny, Tue May 23 14:55
          For a moment it seems as though Russell responded with some of the enthusiasm that he’d been lacking before. He sounded very adamant that he would play, but the more positive-sounding comments were... more
          • “If you admit to being dreadful it really takes the fun out of it for the rest of us.” Russell didn’t respond to this, or not verbally, at least. He did direct a small, confused frown towards Danny... more
            • Inevitably, at some point - Danny, Fri May 26 07:18
              Again Dardanius felt slightly awkward when Russell claimed there was always someone better. He was probably right, it stood to reason that a fourth year wasn’t the best in the whole world, ever at... more
              • Re: Inevitably, at some point - Anonymous, Sun May 28 21:12
                Interestingly (to him) (which probably meant it wasn’t really very interesting at all) Danny equated his attempted explanation of informal dancing with improvisation. Russell didn’t consider... more
                • This is where you write a title :P - Danny, Sun Jun 4 15:38
                  Dardanius wondered whether Russell would appear so nervous and apparently unwilling to join in if he had started at RMI in first year, rather than transferring into fourth when friendship groups had... more
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