Danny
I think it got lost
Wed Dec 13, 2017 16:24
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“Ruben knows things about me that you don’t because he needed to.”

What? Needed to? What did that - oh. No, that’s not what Danny meant. It, well, it might have been a part of it, but that wasn’t - why would that matter? Holland had always just been Holland, and that was fine, and why -? “That’s not -” he started, but then Holland said something that made every muscle in Danny’s body tighten in reaction.

“Entitled?” He repeated, sounding incredulous. “Nothing, I don’t feel -” he ran his hand through his hair; still tangled from the beach party, some strands caught around his fingers and he barely noticed as they tore away from his scalp. “I thought you might want - forget it.” He started pacing.

How could Holland could think this was about entitlement - was that how they still saw him? As the pureblood heir who just took what was granted to him and assumed more was due? Danny didn’t think he was like that. Maybe years ago he had been, but that was not who he was anymore. Entitled. He didn’t know whether he wanted to scream at Holland or to just walk away. He didn’t think there was a word Holland could have chosen that he’d have found more hurtful.

“You tell what you want to who you want,” he managed to reply at a level volume, though his voice didn’t sound steady, and that was infuriating, because it was ridiculous that he was having such an observable reaction to something so likely to be overlooked by anyone not in his position. Dardanius stopped pacing. “I’m not asking you to share anything you don’t want me to hear,” he said quietly to Holland’s shoulder, too hurt to look them in the eye. “I wouldn’t want that. I just - never mind.” If Holland didn’t want to tell him stuff then obviously they didn’t have to. This was stupid. The point of his argument had gotten lost somewhere and Danny didn’t know how to find it again.

“Right. Whatever. Obviously we’re not in a relationship, and if that’s what you need to be open with people then I guess there will always be someone who knows you better than me.” That was almost sad to say aloud, but then it was, after all, one of the benefits of being in a relationship with someone: you got to know them better than anyone else. And that was his objection to Ruben, and that’s why they were arguing, and they seemed to just be going in circles. Danny’d had enough.

“Look you dragged me in here to get me to stop interfering with your life, and you’ve got what you wanted, okay?”

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    • I think it got lost - Danny, Wed Dec 13 16:24
      • I’ll organize a search party - Holland, Wed Dec 13 21:25
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          • First we need a map - Holland, Thu Dec 14 12:27
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            • I found your map... - Danny, Thu Dec 14 16:47
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              • This is not the map you’re looking for - Holland, Thu Dec 14 21:01
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                • Oh. Whoops. - Danny, Thu Dec 14 22:10
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                  • Maybe a cartographer would help - Holland, Fri Dec 15 03:26
                    For the first time in this entire conversation, Danny said exactly what Holland expected him to. “ Then nothing. ” That was the right answer, Holland thought, with something almost like relief.... more
                    • Do you know any? - Danny, Fri Dec 15 14:51
                      Holland didn’t sit with Danny, but they did move towards the door. For a stomach-lurching second, Danny thought they were just going to leave. He suspected both of them had considered vacating the... more
                      • Afraid not - Holland, Sat Dec 16 22:56
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