Holland Keene
Picking up what’s mine [Danny]
Sat Aug 5, 2017 20:15

After they’d made up, Holland and Emmett had spent the rest of the evening before falling asleep hanging out and gossiping chatting. Holland didn’t sleep well with other people around, even with their sleeping bag next to Emmett, with whom they were most comfortable out of anyone in the room. Holland went out of their way not to allude to their gendered stuff with their other friends, but they didnt mind so much with Emmett. He tried to get it more than everyone else did, they thought.

Anyway, Holland kept waking up throughout the night, even with the eye mask they had brought for any lights and the bedding they had charmed to be super soft over the Passageways’ stone floor. It took them just a few minutes to fall asleep again most of the times, although one of the times they’d stayed up long enough to write down a product idea for Mom: a night cream infused with a topical sleeping potion. Holland didn’t know much about potions, although they assumed it would have to be diluted somehow. Most potions seemed to take effect immediately. That wasn’t a good idea if you wanted the person to have time to get into bed after putting on the cream. Mom was great with potions, so she might have some ideas on how to make it work. She was good at figuring out the logistical stuff when Holland had ideas.

Waking up every hour or so made for a restless sleep. When it was morning and people started to trickle out of the party, Holland went back to their dorm (via the Finer Diner for breakfast, which was a bowl of yogurt, fruit, and nuts) to take a nap.

A few hours later, Holland woke feeling refreshed and relocated to the Common Room. They could do homework around other people, especially when it was just reading. Danny was supposed to bring their nail polish back from the slumber party, so being in the Common Room meant they might catch him on his way back from hanging out with Marissa. Based on all of the canoodling last night, Holland assumed he had, ah, lingered after the rest of the party left. He’d have to come back through the Common Room eventually.

But Danny didn’t pass through the Common Room. Holland got through the readings for Ancient Runes, History of Magic, and Magical Sciences, and still no Danny. Holland was a quick reader, but they took neat, detailed notes, which made the reading take longer. It was a few hours of sitting in the Common Room with books, paper, and a quill that wrote in multicolored ink, but Danny still didn’t show.

Figuring they might have missed him during their nap, Holland eventually decided to check Danny’s dorm. It was approaching dinnertime, so if he was there they could both go eat after they got the nail polish back. Holland trotted up the boys’ stairs and knocked at their yearmate’s door. “Hey, it’s Holland,” they said, loud enough that he could hear them through the door if he was home. “I think you have my nail polish? And then do you wanna grab dinner?” They had skipped lunch and their stomach was getting vocal about wanting food.

    • I assume you mean the nail polish - Dardanius Dubois, Sun Aug 6 07:39
      The knock on the door and the voice that accompanied it roused Danny from a state of semi-consciousness; he had spent most of the day lying on his bed. The sixth year wasn't accustomed to sleeping... more
      • I can pick up your pieces, too - Holland, Sun Aug 6 17:10
        At Danny’s answer, Holland entered his room, closing the door behind them. It was weirdly dark inside. All the lights were off even though it was early evening and the fake windows were showing a... more
        • That's what friends are for - Dardanius, Mon Aug 7 05:15
          Danny heard Holland come in, and disinterestedly watched them pick up the nail polish. It was inevitable, he supposed, that Holland would ask if he was okay; he wasn't exactly demonstrating usual... more
          • I even have a box to put them in - Holland, Mon Aug 7 08:35
            Even though Danny sounded like he was asking, Holland didn’t cast a cheering charm. This was partially because they didn’t have their wand on them and emotional manipulation seemed a risky thing to... more
            • That's forward planning - Danny, Mon Aug 7 10:50
              “Why?” Holland asked. Danny was surprised by the immediate bluntness of the question but it wore off quickly; It was not incongruent with Holland’s character for them to want to understand causality. ... more
              • I’m prepared like a Boy Scout - Holland, Mon Aug 7 16:52
                Holland had expected a laugh and acknowledgement that yes, ice cream would be great. But instead Danny sat up and launched into what must have been every single thought he'd had since this morning.... more
                • Constant Vigilance - Danny, Mon Aug 7 17:55
                  Danny was half-expecting Holland to blink at him, tell him to chill out and run away quickly. Of course Holland was a far better friend than that, and actually listened to ridiculous nonsense spewing ... more
                  • That sounds stressful - Holland, Mon Aug 7 21:50
                    Thankfully, Danny looked surprised and laughed a little, which Holland took to mean that he’d received their response well. “No worries. It helps to talk it through sometimes,” Holland agreed. Or to... more
                    • Emmett makes an entrance!!~ - Emmett Lawrence, Sat Aug 12 13:01
                      Emmett was a bit surprised by an impromptu sleepover, especially the night after a very promptu sleepover with everybody, but he wasn’t super complaining. He was in charge of the food, so he scurried ... more
                      • 10/10 Title - Danny, Sun Aug 13 15:49
                        Danny didn't object to Holland’s sleepover scenario. He didn't think he'd be great company, but he was already feeling loads better since Holland arrived, so maybe having Emmett there would help,... more
                        • 11/10 in my book - Holland, Mon Aug 14 23:16
                          Before he left to get sleepover stuff, Emmett told them to save some food for him, as if either Danny or Holland wanted anchovy-and-pineapple pizza. There was a reason why they each just got their... more
                          • I can't even count that high! - Emmett , Wed Aug 16 15:56
                            Emmett did as Holland and Danny told him. This was not an unusual phenomenon, as Emmett almost always did what Holland and Danny told him. (In fact, the "almost" was mostly just for Danny.) But... more
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