Your assistance is appreciated
Sun Dec 31, 2017 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 Claudia first felt triumphant. Her secondary reaction was to be pleased that Holland’s comment had been positive; Claudia revelled in praise and blushed a little at the compliment. She wanted to make a statement to herself, as well as to others, but it was a welcome benefit that she looked appealing whilst striving to achieve this goal.

“No particular occasion,” Claudia considered as she seated herself ready for her makeup application. It was a special occasion, of sorts, but only to Claudia. She wanted to be more confident, and to have well-placed faith in her own judgments and actions. She yearned to be taken seriously by her peers and elders, and not to merely be a wallflower concealed under layers of pastels and propriety. Certainly she wished to maintain her high standards of behaviour, and continue to promote the morals and ideals she felt appropriate for a peaceful and functioning society, but she wasn’t a child any more. Claudia Dubois was a powerful and influential young woman… she simply had to convince herself (as much as anyone else).

“It’s just… a change of perspective,” Claudia offered. She couldn’t alter any of the terrible things that had occurred this term, but she could control the effects they had on her, and how she responded to them. “I want to be a stronger person,” she said, and in the moment that immediately followed, the third year did feel more assertive.

Unfortunately, subsequent moments caused her to consider why she felt this way. From the overwhelming humiliation caused by the boys’ laughter, to the crushing betrayal of her best friend participating in something so barbaric that it created an insurmountable rift between them, the undesirable emotions she had suffered compromised Claudia’s calm. “I’ve had such a terrible year,” she confessed to Holland, tears treacherously welling in her eyes. “I just need to feel in control.”

She was not off to a good start, Claudia considered as one single year dared to fall, leaving a fine, glistening trail down her cheek. Knowing she could not succumb to this melancholy, she sucked in a deep breath and hurriedly wiped her face dry with her hand. “So,” the Cetus girl said, with renewed, steady determination, “I don’t want to feel overlooked any more.”

  • 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
      • 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
                          • We need to re-grouper - Holland, Fri Jan 5 10:36
                            “It might,” Holland agreed. There was some risk of pain attached to doing most things, and that didn’t make those things not worth doing. Marley’s intentions weren’t to hurt Teal; Holland had always... more
                            • Play a different tuna - Claudia, Sun Jan 7 13:38
                              Risk was a very personal concept. Claudia was taking a risk today with her statement dress and make up, but the risk was low: most people probably wouldn’t notice the change in her look, and of the... more
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