Dardanius Dubois
Who hurt my Holland?
Mon Apr 9, 2018 14:25

Danny had always thrived on routine. A schedule of classes helped him focus, a regular exercise regime kept him active and alert, and predictable periods of leisure time helped him relax. Before midterm, he’d developed a particular routine of returning to Lyra commonroom after his potions classes to meet up with Holland. He’d fully expected this pattern to continue with their return to school, so he was surprised when he whistled his way into the commons to find their usual sofa empty. After a moment's hesitation, Danny continued on to his bedroom, instead. He didn’t expect Holland to be there (they weren’t) but he did switch out his potions textbook from his bag, and collected the book about magical methods of communication Holland had gifted him for Christmas before sauntering back down to the commons main.

Settled comfortably at one end of the sofa, Danny had read the introduction and begun the first chapter when he looked up - as he had done every time a student had come into the room - to see Holland at last. His smile (that appeared automatically whenever Holland did) faltered, however; something about Holland’s stance triggered concern. Danny had been close friends with Holland for years. He knew that when they were upset, Holland would become withdrawn, holding their limbs close against them, moving with purpose but in tight, restrictive motions, like they were doing now. A glance at Holland’s face revealed a shuttered expression that pushed Danny to his feet and propelled him towards them, his book lying temporarily forgotten on the seat. “What happened?” he asked.

Something was wrong. He didn’t know who or what had upset Holland, but he wanted to find out, and he wanted to fix it. Yet stronger than the need to set their world to rights again was a compulsion to comfort Holland. Instinctively Danny had moved towards them, but he didn’t know the origin of their distress; he didn’t know if holding them would be welcome at this moment. Tentatively he gently touched their arm. “Are you okay?”

    • You’re not gonna like the answer - Holland Keene, Tue Apr 10 11:06
      After Aaron dismissed them, Holland made their way to the Lyra Common Room, almost on autopilot. They weren’t sure what they wanted to do right now, but first things first: they had to tell Danny.... more
      • There is no good answer - Dardanius, Tue Apr 10 16:02
        “Claudia hexed me.” At once Danny experienced symptoms similar to how he’d expect to feel if a bucket of ice water had been emptied over his head. He was shocked, his senses numbed beyond an icy fury ... more
        • Then you might be disappointed - Holland, Wed Apr 11 06:00
          Danny hadn’t known, based on his rapid pivot from concern to shock to outrage. Even last year when they had argued and yelled at each other, Holland didn’t think they had ever seen him this mad, but... more
          • That much is apparent - Danny, Wed Apr 11 09:39
            Danny wasn’t sure if it was better or worse that Claudia had used a different spell. The hex she’d cast on Danny had been so destructive to his emotional state, he’d be alarmed if she ever used it... more
            • There must be a silver lining - Holland, Thu Apr 12 05:16
              Both Danny and Emmett had grown taller than Holland over the last two years. They didn’t think heels high enough to make them taller than Emmett existed, but they were close enough in height to Danny ... more
              • Every cloud has one - Danny, Thu Apr 12 15:13
                Danny had interpreted Holland taking his other hand as a sign they would be comfortable with more intimate contact, which they confirmed as they leaned into his embrace. Both Lyras had understood... more
                • At least, that’s what I’ve heard - Holland, Fri Apr 13 15:15
                  “A lot better now,” Holland said, still not quite able to match Danny’s genuine smile, but making an effort. They felt a rush of affection that surpassed their usual feelings for Danny. It wasn’t... more
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