Dade Farnon
What if: I weren't here
Wed May 2, 2018 15:05

Remington had been the first one to find Dade after he had retreated to the secret passageways, which was good. Remington was Dade’s first real friend ever and she understood that sometimes it wasn’t important to talk. Initially, she had asked what was wrong but when Dade made it clear he didn’t want to talk, Remington had been okay with just hanging out for awhile. She read her book. Dade drew designs in the dust on the floor where he was sitting. It was quiet. It was nice.

Once Claudia had left Mr. Tennant’s office, Dade hadn’t been able to move for a little while. There was just too much going on and he didn’t know how to handle it. After he had sat there for a little while and Drew’s dad had just started doing paperwork, Dade had left quietly. He had detention and had lost some points for Cetus, which all-in-all probably wasn’t a bad shake for accidentally almost frying a student, even if she absolutely deserved it. All of his suspicions about Claudia had been confirmed when she admitted to having looked in Drew’s notebook. Dade knew it. Claudia was sneaking around and learning things about them, probably so she could keep hexing people until they were too afraid of her to do anything.

Keeping an eye out for Claudia, Dade had disappeared into the passageways as soon as he could and found one of his more frequented corners to sit down in, knees against his chest, head down. And then after awhile, Remington had come. And that was good.

Dade didn’t know how long he and his friend had been sitting there when Drew showed up, explaining that his dad had told him what happened, and asking if Dade was okay. There was a weird shiver in Dade’s stomach as he nodded and returned to drawing in the dust. Drew sat next to him. Dade was glad to have them both there with him, even if he didn’t want to talk about what happened. He was extra glad to have Kit not there.

It was another little while before it was pointed out that they were almost late for curfew; given the day’s events, it probably wasn’t the best idea to break more rules. Dade was resistant to going back to Cetus. He was pretty sure that Connor knew about what had happened by now, and he was even more sure that Connor was going to take Claudia’s side. Plus, Claudia was a giant liar who probably made it sound like it had been worse than it actually was. He had planned to sleep in the passageways and decide what to do in the morning but Drew promised that he’d sleep over with Dade, which made the flutter in his stomach happen again. Remington headed off to Draco as the two boys made their way to Cetus. It was late, so there were few other students in the hallways - perfectly fine by Dade.

Through the door to Cetus and quickly through the commons, Dade came to a screeching halt in front of the stairs to the boys’ side of the dormitories, feeling anxious and more than a little nauseous. What if the stairs messed up again for him tonight? What if Claudia had seen them mess up and that was how she knew there was something wrong with him? What if she tattled on him to Drew’s dad, or worse, the Headmaster? He gritted his teeth and shut his eyes tightly. He didn’t want to have to deal with this too.

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    • I don’t like the sound of that - Andrew Tennant, Wed May 2 15:34
      So today was not going great, because Drew had been called into his dad’s office. Dad was in Counselor Mode and had some questions about some spell incantations that Drew had written down. The ones... more
      • I'm sure we can find a compromise - Dade, Wed May 2 23:29
        Dade was the youngest of three (four if you counted Charlene, which nobody ever did because she wasn’t worth counting) and Remington was an only child, and sometimes you could tell those things. But... more
        • You could be here part-time - Drew, Thu May 3 06:54
          Dade’s hand was cold, and Drew’s first thought was that wow, he must have been more scared than Drew realized. He also noticed that Dade was blushing, but he didn’t have time to really think about... more
          • Part-time existence sounds stressful - Dade, Fri May 4 09:48
            Drew held Dade’s hand as they went up the stairs and Dade worked on trying to breathe and walk at the same time. There was just so much going on that the very last thing he wanted was for the stairs... more
            • But is it better than full-time? - Drew, Fri May 4 10:39
              Dade was almost as neat as Huburt, except that you could tell someone actually lived in Dade’s room. If Huburt suddenly moved out, Drew probably wouldn’t notice until it was curfew and Huburt hadn’t... more
              • Still a lot of effort - Dade, Fri May 4 16:04
                In general, Drew made Dade feel very comfortable. He didn’t make Dade feel like he had to talk a lot and when Dade indicated he needed space, Drew gave him space. When it was clear that Dade had more ... more
                • Well do you have a solution? - Drew, Fri May 4 16:55
                  Drew nodded and listened to Dade explain it. Drew was a good listener. When Kit was your best friend, you got used to listening, because Kit never stopped talking. Also because of Kit, Drew was... more
                  • Problems are more my speed - Dade , Sat May 5 07:11
                    Journalism was kind of Drew’s thing, aside from music, and Dade couldn’t really say he understood. He and Remington were much more interested in doing research about spells and practising the spells... more
                    • “Okay,” Drew said simply, like that was all he needed to know, because it was. He could tell Dade was starting to get upset and he didn’t want that. In fact Drew was surprised by how many questions... more
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