Holland Keene
Mon Sep 25, 2017 16:01

Danny looked cocky and pleased with himself. Which, granted, wasn’t unusual for him, but since it was immediately after the date Holland could guess why. Technically this was the first time Danny had dated someone, which made him the last one in their friendgroup. Marissa had gone out with Lucien (yuck), and then his sister (less yuck but still, why?), and Emmett; Rose had dated Josh Embers before he transferred and now Emmett; Holland had dated Ruben and gone out with Armaan a few times; and Emmett, as mentioned, had dated both Marissa and Rose. Holland was pretty sure Danny and Marissa hadn’t actually gone on dates. The “on” phases of their relationship seemed to have consisted of kissing in corridors.

“Neither, just getting ahead.” When you were taking an absurd amount of classes, you couldn’t always afford to wait until the night before an assignment was due to get started. The arithmancy paper wasn’t due for another two days, but they had plenty of other homework to do between then and now. There was a History of Magic exam next week that Holland needed to study for, a translation worksheet for Ancient Runes, and, as always, Animagus stuff to do.

Also, they’d needed something to work on while they were Not Waiting Up. Holland didn’t say that, though. They set their book on the end table beside the couch and pulled their legs up into a cross-legged sitting position. Holland had on gray paisley-patterned pants and a short-sleeved top with a scoop neckline. The material was very soft and perfect for sleeping, but their favorite thing about the pajamas by far was that the drawstring pants had pockets. Bryony had even enchanted the pockets so that Holland could carry their wand easily.

“So was it good or was it just fine?” Danny had immediately downgraded his report of the date, so Holland wasn’t sure what to make of that. “Rachel seemed happy,” they mused. “She said you were going bowling?”

  • Do you come when I whistle? - Dardanius, Mon Sep 25 15:04
    As he sat, Danny realised Holland was doing homework, and maybe they didn't want to be disturbed as if they were trying to finish it before they went to bed. But then Holland commented on his date... more
    • Phrasing! - Holland Keene, Mon Sep 25 16:01
      • *blinks innocently* - Danny, Tue Sep 26 06:05
        He could appreciate the desire to get ahead in homework, but still he didn’t tend to work this late himself, and usually favored his dormitory or the library if he was working on his own. Danny only... more
        • You? Innocent? - Holland, Tue Sep 26 12:18
          Caught out, Holland couldn’t help smiling and blushing a bit. “Maybe,” they offered with a shrug. It was more that they’d wanted to talk to Danny without Emmett, and since Emmett was usually in bed... more
          • Until proven guilty - Danny, Tue Sep 26 14:12
            Danny laughed good naturedly at Holland. He didn't mind; in fact it was comforting to know that his friend still took an interest in his life, even after all his idiotic decisions. He thought they... more
            • Would you like a judge or a jury? - Holland, Wed Sep 27 07:12
              Holland was about to protest that something must have changed—if nothing had needed to change for him to be comfortable dating, then he would have done it before now—when Danny amended his statement. ... more
              • Am I on trial? - Danny, Wed Sep 27 12:17
                Almost as if they had been reading his thoughts (Danny didn't think Holland had mastered legilimency, but then it probably wouldn't be a skill a person would shout about. Of the two of them,... more
                • Should you be? - Holland, Thu Sep 28 08:14
                  “Agreed on all counts.” That they would have lost money betting against Rose and Emmett, that it was good for the couple if they really liked each other, and that Holland wouldn’t have imagined the... more
                  • I don't believe so - Danny, Thu Sep 28 12:10
                    Dardanius sniggered when Holland mentioned their own dating habits. In their defense, that blind date party had a lot to answer for. He really didn't want to think about Ruben in any capacity -... more
                    • The defense rests - Holland, Thu Sep 28 16:58
                      To Holland’s surprise, Danny picked up the thread of suspicion when Holland had been willing to drop it. That was a reversal. And his first move was to suggest Rose had instigated the relationship.... more
                      • So can I whistle again now? - Danny, Fri Sep 29 10:51
                        Holland seemed to mull over Danny’s input, which just made him feel bad for saying anything in the first place. Rose and Emmett weren't hurting anyone, probably - least of all each other, for the... more
                        • If you like - Holland, Fri Sep 29 15:14
                          Danny got defensive, which meant that Holland was probably right on the mark but he didn’t want them to be. Well, all right. Holland supposed that if they were dating someone they were moderately... more
                          • *whistles* - Danny, Fri Sep 29 18:04
                            Holland accepted the shift in focus, albeit with some apparent surprise. Danny gently exhaled while he waited for his friend to respond to the question, which they did, although the answer did not... more
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