Holland Keene
A good way to celebrate!
Sat Feb 18, 2017 19:51

The thing about swimwear, Holland thought, was that there were a lot of options if you wanted to showcase your chest and pelvic area, and not so many if you wanted to be more modest. Holland just wanted to swim without calling attention to their primary and secondary sex characteristics (or lack thereof), and so it was harder to find an outfit for the pool. They’d generally avoided the recreation center for that reason. Holland wasn’t particularly interested in swimming anyway, so it all worked out.

But one of their Christmas presents from Mom this year (the tag said Mrs. Claus but Mom bought all the presents, even the ones that were labeled from Dad) was a black kneeskin swimsuit, which covered all of the relevant bits for modesty and was loose enough that Holland didn’t feel completely exposed. After four and a half years at RMI, it was time to try the pool.

Plus there was the whole Animagus thing. Holland was certain now that their form was some sort of umbrella octopus, most likely opisthoteuthis californiana. They hadn’t decided what to do about that yet—whether they would go through all the effort of becoming an Animagus to have an almost useless form. Being in water would probably help with the decision-making process.

Holland was in the pool, cautiously swimming around, when they heard an ominous shout of “Look out below!” from the top of the diving rock. Instinctively, Holland moved closer to the edge of the pool. They had been close to it anyway, since they were in the deeper end—not swimming for a few years apparently made you cling to the perimeter—but the splash would hardly have drowned them anyway. It just made the water rock comfortably, enough that the Lyra noticed but not so much that the pool was seriously disrupted.

“Nice cannonball,” they called as the underclassman resurfaced. Holland was not yet up to diving off the rocks and waterfalls that ornamented the pool, although this younger student’s bravery certainly hadn’t hurt their plans. “You made a really nice splash,” Holland added.

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