And what a relief that is
Tue Jan 30, 2018 16:52

It was easy to assume that Marissa had corrected his use of the word ‘silly’ simply because they were good friends and she wanted to make him feel better. That line of thinking was, after all, pretty much the instinctual reaction Russell had developed back when he was still baffled at how someone as fun and popular as her could even consider them friends. He still didn’t totally get it, but he’d come to feel much less baffled with it over the past couple years - so even though it was an easy assumption and did indeed jump to mind straight off, there was much less emphasis on it than there had once been.

And so Russell managed to actually feel reassured by her words. He smiled back and settled both hands around his broom once more, bony fingers guiding himself to a smooth landing. Still slower than Marissa’s descent had been, and the gap between her landing and his own sneakers touching the grass was noticeable, but smooth. The sixth-year did enjoy flying. Even if only when all trace of sunlight could be avoided. Russell wasn’t quite at the point where he liked flying more than skating - there were unique tricks that you could do with a board, and probably some of them had counterparts that worked for brooms, but flipping around in the air seemed… a little dangerous.

Although he had almost tried a trick once. Nothing too fancy, just a barrel roll that he had to bail on halfway around because there was something shiny in the stands that reflected too bright from the lower angle, but still. Trying was a start. Maybe he would try again (at night, alone, with some kind of pillowing charm prepped just in case).

Broom swinging from his hand, he followed Marissa the short distance to their equipment crate. This at first was good for him, since she said something that was almost like a compliment and compliments were tricky to know what to do with, but then became less good, as she turned to look at him and so probably noticed the heat in his cheeks. He didn’t know what blushing looked like; even staring someone head-on, it was barely noticeable to him. But he’d been told that it was really clear for colour-seeing people. Yet another disadvantage. Sigh.

“I missed it, too,” Russell admitted, disappointed but not surprised at feeling the warmth of blushing hanging around his face. “Summer was kind of a drag.” Well, with the exception of seeing his fellow skaters again. And also dancing with Josh at his cousin’s wedding. The latter had been by far the most unexpectedly not-a-drag of the two. “But that’s-- I’m glad to hear it. It’d be great to get more time together.”

Matching her smile, and diligently failing to pretend it didn’t suck that Marissa would be graduating this term, he set down his broom, crouched to open the crate, and reached up to take the Quaffle from her. There was a time that he would’ve stepped back, but he was a little more comfortable with the passing contact of their hands now. Probably something to do with getting up on stage and dancing together at the Talent Show, which had involved both more contact and more direct attention than he was used to. “Well, I guess that’s the end of my first Captaincy practice. At least no one crashed,” he joked as he straightened back up, er, semi-joked - crashing wasn’t exactly uncommon when you were photophobic.

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