Dardanius Dubois
Just Keep Swimming
Mon Feb 20, 2017 09:15

When he was at home over the summer, Dardanius spent a lot of time in his family’s outdoor pool. In the winter, even with warming charms, he still didn't enjoy the experience so much as being indoors in the warm rec center. Being cold and wet just wasn't fun. Since returning from midterm, Danny had made it to the pool every couple of days for the first two weeks, but he knew from past years’ experience this regularity would wear off over time as homework, Quidditch and sleep took precedence.

Wearing neon green swim shorts that could only draw more attention to themselves if they had flashing lights, Danny put his toes up to the edge of a deep part of the pool and executed a neat dive into the water. The fifth year swam a couple of lengths of the pool, stopped for just a couple of seconds, and then repeated the exercise. He had always been an active sort of person, with swimming being his preference in the long summer months, perhaps just because that was his experience growing up. Then again, he'd tried horse riding for a bit when Claudia’d encouraged their parents to keep a couple of horses, but he hadn't been especially keen and didn't miss the animals when he’d left for school. He supposed maybe a person had to really like horses to properly enjoy riding one.

Then there was Quidditch, of course. Dardanius definitely liked Quidditch, and he was glad of the exercise that being on the team necessitated. He perhaps wasn't quite so invested in the sport as some of his peers, and no way did he possess Frankie’s level of dedication. Danny was mostly on the team for fun, and fame, and because Quidditch players were cool. Years of practise had helped him to develop into a pretty good Chaser, but he didn't expect to play much, if at all, after graduation.

After swimming a fifth, then sixth, length, Danny paused a little longer, treading water while he took in his surroundings. He wasn't the only person in the rec center, but then that was rarely the case - he wasn't ever the first person there in the mornings but he was occasionally the last person to leave before curfew. “Good morning,” he greeted a nearby student. It never hurt to be polite and rarely did friendliness backfire.

    • I mean, if you insist - Rose Farnon, Fri Feb 24 06:24
      Midterm had been Midterm, and Rose was a little annoyed she hadn’t been able to convince her brothers to stay at school for it. Dade had been down, but Connor had put up a fuss and had ultimately... more
      • Would you do whatever I insist? - Dardanius, Sat Feb 25 15:00
        Of all the students in the school, Rose was one who seemed to frequent the recreation center at similar times to Danny himself, so he often saw her there. He had, by now, schooled himself not to... more
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          • Don't you trust my judgment? - Danny, Sun Mar 5 14:40
            Rose said she'd met both the transfers. Danny had only asked about the one in their year just because that's where his train of thought had taken him, but he knew there was a new student in Emmett’s... more
            • Not even a little - Rose, Mon Mar 6 04:45
              Rose snorted when Danny said that he was going to take her comments on the transfers as a positive review. She considered it more neutral than anything, honestly. Although the two new students were... more
              • I'm hurt - Danny, Wed Mar 8 13:36
                Danny had been alternating between treading water and hanging on to the side, as where he’d been resting, and chatting with Rose, the water was too deep for him to stand. He had only done six lengths ... more
                • Pff, like you don't deserve it - Rose, Sat Mar 11 15:30
                  With a laugh, Rose splashed Danny, gliding her right arm through the water at just the right angle to make a fair amount of water shower him. She wasn’t sure that she was better than Danny at... more
                  • Maybe in a former life - Danny, Sun Mar 12 16:37
                    A reasonable cascade of water, considering it was created by a small person, splashed into Danny’s face. He laughed, not being entirely surprised by such a reaction (they were in a pool ), and shook... more
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