Dardanius Dubois
When in doubt, swim it out
Sun May 7, 2017 16:30

It happened a couple of times a week that Danny decided to swim before breakfast. Sometimes he was alone, sometimes there were other students there; quite often he swam with Rose. He didn’t think he had ever met Marissa there that early, though, so the sight of her red hair caused some consternation. She was obviously waiting for him. On the one hand, he had spent almost the entire of the previous day with her, so it was pleasing to him that Marissa still wanted to be in his company, and wasn’t bored of his shadowing her every move. On the other hand, the reason he’d been so attached was because of the unpleasant run-in she’d had with Camilla, and Danny suspected that was what had caused Marissa to seek him out that morning. Nevertheless, he couldn’t have helped from smiling when he saw her, and he dropped his swim bag next to her chair - he was already wearing his blue camo swim shorts and his neon orange t-shirt; the bag held his towel and dry clothes for after his swim.

“Hey,” he returned her greeting with a hint of question in his voice, which was soon answered when Marissa handed him a letter to read, confirming his suspicions about her presence there. He felt particularly awkward about the whole scenario, simply because it was between those two particular girls. He had never for a second considered himself to be involved - he knew neither of them liked him that way - and both of them had separately confirmed it had nothing to do with him, but it didn’t make the Lyra feel great about being caught between them. Danny perched on the edge of the adjacent seat and read the short missive over. He had managed to catch Camilla after Marissa had gone back to her commons the previous evening. They’d had a brief talk, which had involved Danny asking for Camilla’s version of events. He hadn’t forgiven her behaviour, because lashing out at Marissa had been unacceptable, but he could understand it, at least.

“Well, that’s up to you,” he said, passing the letter back. He’d known it had been sent, and that Camilla had tried to apologise in person, but that Marissa had been avoiding her, which was a perfectly reasonable reaction to the events, in Danny's opinion. “You’ve not done anything wrong, and you’ve had an apology. If you don’t want to talk to Camilla that’s really your prerogative.” He placed his hand on her shoulder in a gesture of comfort. They seemed to be in a strange place just recently, where any physical contact at all was noticeable, like underlined text in a book. They had always hugged and shoved and otherwise touched each other, but never before had it seemed in any way unnatural or obvious.

“I talked to Camilla last night,” Danny admitted. “She is sorry. I’m not excusing her behaviour at all,” he added quickly, moving his hand from Marissa’s shoulder to her hand, instead, “she should never have done or said those things to you.” It was for that reason that Danny had told Camilla he would be staying away for her for a while. She was his friend, but hanging out with her after this seemed to send the message that he was okay with what had happened to Marissa, which wasn’t true at all. EJ was also being strange and distant recently, not wanting to hang out much, and seeming sullen when he did. Camilla would probably be lonely for a while, and Dardanius did feel some sympathy for her situation, but she should maybe have considered that before laying a hand on Marissa.

“You were right about EJ.” Marissa had already guessed the reason for Camilla reacting as she had. “Camilla thinks you and Elijah,” he dropped his gaze, because he found he couldn’t look at Marissa as he asked - they were supposed to be friends and he knew he would betray other emotions - “have been, I don’t know, hooking up, or whatever.” Danny inspected his shoes, even while his hand was still wrapped around Marissa’s. “I guess,” he exhaled and forced himself to maintain eye contact, “I understand a little of how she was feeling.”

  • Just keep swimming! (Tag: Danny) - Marissa Kendrick, Sun May 7 12:07
    It had been an exhausting couple of days. Marissa had the surprising interaction with Camilla. She’d talked to Rose and Ruben almost immediately after, which had been a big mistake. After a while, it ... more
    • When in doubt, swim it out - Dardanius Dubois, Sun May 7 16:30
      • Maybe I should swim away now - Marissa, Mon May 8 19:06
        Marissa held back a small sigh. She was super aware that this was up to her; she just needed someone to talk to about it. Rose wasn’t an option right now, and she didn’t know where to find Holland... more
        • Please stay. I'll keep you afloat. - Dardanius, Tue May 9 08:55
          “I don’t think she’d slap you again,” Danny replied. Marissa’s concern was justified, considering that is exactly what had happened when the girls had last interacted, but it didn’t seem consistent... more
          • Can we use cute little floaties? - Marissa, Tue May 9 16:36
            Marissa knew Danny very well. They’d been friends since their first year at Rocky Mountain International. It happened naturally. Both of them were always happy and funny children, and the two of them ... more
            • Inflatable frogs and dolphins okay? - Danny , Wed May 10 10:40
              Wait, what? Marissa did like him that way? Danny laughed. He couldn't help it; he'd been assuming this whole time that the stomach-jolting, heart-tingling feelings had been entirely one-sided in... more
              • I'll stay for the dolphin - Marissa, Thu May 11 15:22
                He gave her a quick kiss, and it was pretty magical. Marissa was not a stranger to kisses, but they always felt like something a little more important with Danny. They were more than just fun; there... more
                • Wow. Outranked by a dolphin. - Danny, Fri May 12 06:38
                  Every word Marissa uttered made Danny smile yet more broadly - he was actually starting to become aware of the muscles in his cheeks and jaw - and his insides were doing a strange sort of dance that... more
                  • The dolphin is just an extra perk - Marissa, Tue May 16 16:08
                    Some things were becoming clear from this conversation. She and Danny definitely shared mutual feelings. Marissa knew this already, but Danny hadn’t. Now, it was common knowledge. Both of them had... more
                    • Perks are fun - Danny, Wed May 17 07:17
                      When he woke up that morning, Danny had no idea that within an hour he’d be talking with Marissa about the future of their hypothetical relationship. Whatever else happened that day, nothing could... more
                      • Lots of things are fun - Marissa, Wed May 17 10:50
                        Marissa had meant that they needed to come up with a more immediate definition of what this was, but Danny didn’t seem to reach the same conclusion. He mentioned that they had the summer to figure it ... more
                        • I feel like you're the expert on fun - Danny, Fri May 19 05:13
                          “This is okay,” Danny affirmed. More than okay, really. His skin was thrumming, his heart thudding, his arms were around Marissa. ‘Okay’ was an understatement. Admittedly this didn’t exactly fit in... more
                          • I'm perfectly happy with that as my legacy - Marissa, Sat May 20 15:57
                            Marissa grinned and kissed him quickly. This was okay. It wasn’t ideal. Most of what Marissa knew about the pureblood world was from people who didn’t agree with it or didn’t understand it. She knew... more
                            • What's my legacy? - Danny, Mon May 22 07:41
                              “Okay.” the syllable Marissa uttered elicited mixed feelings from the Lyra. Yes, he was exceptionally content to resume the decidedly not-platonic activities of their unconventional friendship, but... more
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