That's what friends are for
Mon Aug 7, 2017 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 behaviour. Danny sighed. He thought about sitting up but that seemed like too much effort.

Was he okay? That seemed like a tough question. True, the fact that he was lying alone in a dim room and had barely moved all day seemed to suggest he was perhaps not at his best. He felt miserable, and he wasn't accustomed to the feeling. Yet he wasn't physically injured, and after a day going through the morning’s conversation (the textbook had sometimes worked as a distraction, but he had read it before, so in the more familiar passages his mind had wandered back to the passageways) he was forced to conclude that there wasn't another option. He liked to believe that if there was a way he could really be with Marissa then he would have thought of it by now. Dardanius had made decisions that had led him to this point, and he could admit he hadn't handled the situation well, but that didn't mean the decisions he'd made had been wrong. Besides, general consensus was that feeling awful about ending something with someone was not an enduring state. So then he probably was okay, after all. Except he felt like he had, in fact, been bitten by a glumbumble.

“I could use a cheering charm,” he replied after a pause, sounding flat. He could have cast the spell on himself before now except it hadn't occurred to him. It felt wrong, anyway, to make some of these feelings go away, when he had only brought them on himself. He suspected that Holland might agree with him there - either from a ‘you made your bed now sleep in it’ kind of way, or perhaps something probably related to a conspiracy theory about not using emotionally manipulative spells - but if they were going to be in the same room as Danny for even a short duration of time they might be relieved to talk to something resembling his usual self.

With an enormous effort, Danny rolled onto his side to face his friend. “I broke up with Marissa,” he explained. He thought that was the right term, even though there hadn't been anything official to break. He tried to explain that he wasn't feeling sociable without making Holland leave, because actually the company was welcome, and that he wasn't feeling happy without sounding sorry for himself, but he seemed to lack the mental capacity to form vague sensations into coherent sentences. “It sucks,” he managed, and felt content with that level of eloquence.

  • 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
      • 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
                        • The same way Danny did very little planning with his wardrobe choices - he often just threw on whichever garments he laid his hands upon first, regardless of whether his outfits co-ordinated - he... more
                          • But we like you anyway - Holland, Fri Aug 18 16:07
                            “Danny, you may have a future as a pop art painter,” Holland teased lightly. “You can mismatch bright colors on par with Andy Warhol.” On the other hand, Holland was very impressed with both Danny’s... more
                            • Well, sometimes you want darker colors. - Emmett, Sat Aug 19 14:34
                              Unlike Emmett, Holland decided to immediately inspect the work done to them. When the compact mirror came out, he got instinctively nervous, but Holland seemed to like it. “Hey, not bad,” was a lot... more
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