Inevitably, at some point
Fri May 26, 2017 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 whatever style of dance he knew, but it wasn’t outside the realm of possibility, either. That he should draw attention to being bettered by others even in a scenario when he was being lauded for his skills was baffling to Danny. He had a tendency to show off whenever he could; his competitive streak often led him to prove he was better at something (or prove otherwise, as the case may be) when he wasn’t taken seriously in his boasts. He had, as long as he could remember, been able to appreciate that people were different in a great variety of ways, but understanding a reaction that was in direct opposition to his own was still not within his capabilities. He didn’t dwell on it too long on this occasion, however, but may well return to it later when not already engaged in conversation. Several of his friends and acquaintances could be quite negative about themselves from time to time; Danny knew he had faults but he didn’t think he placed unnecessary emphasis on them.

It was, in some ways, comforting to hear that the dancing Russell was used to - along with Marissa, and just about everyone else at RMI - not learned or taught in the same way as the dances to which Danny was more accustomed. This indicated it was not a failing on his part to absorb the knowledge, but then how did people know how to do it if it wasn’t taught? Obviously there were elements of life that one could pick up without them being explicitly explained, like not to eat food that looked past its best, or where not to sit in the Diner (even as amicable as he could be with the majority of people, there were some students that even Dardanius found it best to avoid). They weren’t specific kills, however; Danny had watched others dancing sometimes, and he accepted that physically he would probably be able to accomplish the movements that were being exhibited.

“I do find it difficult,” Danny admitted, although without any of the self-deprecating awkwardness that Russell seemed to effulge. Nobody could be good at everything. “Improvisation isn’t one of my strengths.” He didn’t know if his tendency to overthink was born from his inability to act on the spot, or the causation operated in the other direction. Regardless, to deal with anything which could not be planned, Danny relied on a series on pre-established rules. It was a helpful strategy, but not without its disadvantages; informal dancing being an obvious and relevant example, but he was often predictable during duels (although his meticulous approach also provided a reasonable defence so perhaps that balanced out?), and without implementation of a variety of specific strategies in Quidditch, he suspected he might not be so adept at playing Chaser, either.

Of course if if he could manage to co-ordinate a series of moves to a given rhythm, Danny didn’t know any of the moves to start with. He tilted his head to the side, shifted the Quaffle under his arm to be a bit more comfortable, and considered Russell for a moment. “I don’t suppose you would give me some pointers?” He didn’t want to put the fourth year under any sort of pressure, but he had introduced dancing as a preferable activity so it probably wouldn’t hurt to ask. “I know you said it can’t be taught or learned,” Danny quickly added, because he had been listening and he didn’t want Russell to think he had disregarded his words, “but really I would appreciate any advice.”

  • “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
      • 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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