Claudia Dubois
I can do this
Sat Dec 30, 2017 19:18

This term could not end soon enough, in Claudia’s opinion. She had argued with Connor, she had argued with her now ex-best friend Marley, she had received a death threat and then been bodily carried through the school by the issuing student (although thankfully Claudia had been unconscious at the time so was spared any memory of this), her brother had engaged in a duel, and begun a relationship with an unsuitable partner, and even Claudia’s midterm break had been a disaster.

There had been some highlights, including the progression of her exclusive relationship with Connor, her successful performance in the talent show, her grades, a slight improvement in overcoming assorted anxieties, and developing friendships with some of the older students. Determined to focus on the more positive aspects of the year, and to put the past firmly behind her, Claudia elected to draw on this last beneficial element to assist her forwards momentum.

A few months prior, Claudia had purchased a turquoise dress with matching shoes, something more fitted and bolder than all the other constituents of her wardrobe. The previous evening, Claudia had asked Kaye for help; the fifth year had consented to paint Claudia’s nails in a matching shade of gel-effect polish. That morning, Claudia had cast one of the color-changing charms she had been practising, stripping the darker hues from her hair to leave a paler, honey blonde. Next she knocked on another of the Cetus dormitory doors and sought the help of Camilla, who complied to style her hair into an elegant chignon.

Returning to her own room, the thirteen year-old carefully changed into her outfit, and studiously scrutinised her reflection. It was not the same girl who had timidly peered in the glass the previous day: the person looking back at her was confident and sophisticated. Yet her new look was not quite finished. With great determination, Claudia resolutely pushed her shoulders back, and left her dormitory before she could change mind.

Still before breakfast, she slipped from her commons to meet Holland in the theater for make-up application. She had only passed a couple of students along the way, although each had caused butterflies to stir in her stomach. Only adrenaline - perhaps coupled with her determination not to be absent from a pre-arranged meeting - encouraged the third year to push open to the doors to the theater and make her way inside.

    • I can help - Holland Keene, Sat Dec 30 23:33
      When Claudia had asked for makeup help, Holland had been wary. Things had cooled off with Danny, which was good. Holland felt things were nearly normal between them and Danny when they were with... more
      • Your assistance is appreciated - Claudia, Sun Dec 31 00:31
        Progressing with quick, light steps through the theatre, Claudia soon arrived to find Holland waiting for her. Instantly they commented on her appearance, which was her main focus for the day, so... more
        • Your appreciation is appreciated - Holland, Sun Dec 31 10:23
          Having a Dubois tell them about a change in perspective felt familiar. In Danny’s case it had been about dating Marissa—ostensibly about dating Rachel, but Holland had felt his point was... more
          • Let’s do ocean themed puns instead - Claudia, Sun Dec 31 21:53
            Holland seemed to understand her decision, if not the reasons behind it. Reassured that her idea wasn’t entirely ridiculous after all, Claudia began to relax as Holland started to apply foundation.... more
            • I sea what you did there - Holland, Mon Jan 1 22:11
              Today, Holland was really feeling that double eyeliner was the way to go. They weren’t there yet, but black and turquoise would look really nice with Claudia’s outfit. The third-year seemed to prefer ... more
              • Care what you fish for - Claudia, Wed Jan 3 06:15
                (OOC: To accommodate recent, relevant additions to the Drew/Connor thread in Cetus - which occurred chronologically before this theater thread - please assume that in her last post here, Claudia also ... more
                • I’ll be reel-ly careful - Holland, Wed Jan 3 11:28
                  Ah, yes. Holland was very aware that Marley was going on a date. They were aware because when they’d gotten back to Lyra after Ancient Runes one day, Marley had been waiting outside their door. She... more
                  • I'm Floundering at finding a fishy pun - Claudia, Thu Jan 4 09:58
                    “Why does that mean you and Marley can’t be friends anymore?” Holland asked. As often happened when someone questioned her about her beliefs, Claudia experienced an instinctive reaction, rather than... more
                    • I’m sure you can dolfind one - Holland, Thu Jan 4 13:21
                      Holland, admittedly, had had similar thoughts related to Marley’s date with Teal. The younger Lyra had said that she liked Teal but wasn’t sure whether she like-liked her, but regardless that boys... more
                      • Whale I'll try - Claudia, Thu Jan 4 16:25
                        When Holland talked, they never sounded condescending or patronizing, even when they were telling Claudia something new (as happened often, because they mostly talked about make-up, and Claudia had... more
                        • You otter come up with something - Holland, Thu Jan 4 22:21
                          Holland hadn’t meant to break Claudia by introducing her to the concept of plurisexuality, but it seemed for a moment that they had. How could Claudia be a teenager and not know that people could be... more
                          • It's making me crabby - Claudia, Fri Jan 5 04:48
                            Closing her eyes and saying nothing while Holland continued to apply her make-up was very soothing for Claudia. It had been an especially tumultuous second part of the year, and perhaps she’d been... more
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