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Post by Dory Le on Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:12 pm

Dory knew it was the silliest thing to be so hurt by. It made sense that Thai and Viola would need some time to adjust, and she had expected it. She knew it was no easy feat and she was so happy for them. She had just always imagined herself alongside them, ready to help. They knew how much she had always wanted a sister, how they had always felt like second parents. She thought this would be the experience to really make things clear. And she supposed that it had. They had their real daughter now, so they didn’t need her.

There. That was it. That was the thing that hurt so much, the words that had cut into her mind all summer, had propelled her to cry into a pillow and write letters she would never send. Because it was silly. And not fair. And a little odd. And not what they needed, not at all.

She didn’t want Jet to question her, didn’t want to have to put her stupid disappointment into more words than she had already. Jet didn’t need to know what extent Dory was pathetic. Let her guess.

But Jet didn’t ask any questions. In what felt like somewhat rare form, Jet ventured out. She... invited her over. She had never done that. No one from that side of her life had. They were always happy to see her but never seemed desirous to see more.

If Jet didn’t think it was a big deal, oh boy she was wrong.

Dory met her eyes, the tears soaking back, sliding away from view so she could beam with all the brightness she could muster. And, spoiler alert, it was a lot.

“That’d be fun. Really fun.”

She allowed the moment to hang between them, before pushing forward. Always onwards. “Speaking of next summer, do you know what you want to do when you graduate? It’s all I’m hearing the seventh years talk about. Must be exciting!”
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Post by Juliet Thruston on Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:48 am

The cloud passed, the sun re-established its rays, and the rains receded for now. Dory's happiness was palpable in a way many emotions weren't to Jet, who preferred distance and surface in her interactions. But she couldn't turn her back on Dory's feelings. Not now that she'd evidently hit the right combination of buttons to reset the conversation, to draw out the normal Dory at a trivial- to its payer, at least- price. On the surface, maybe it was. She'd cut some sort of bargain, made some sort of promise, and was nodding along as it was accepted, feeling out of her depth and disconcerted in a way that buried any relief at the successful mood change.

It wasn't about the invite. Or it was about the invite but lots more besides. Other people's conclusions. Their expectations and their disappointments. The parts of you they saw and the parts they didn't. The parts you hid from yourself.

Jet avoided Dory's gaze as she stretched her legs out, bringing her knuckles to her chest and letting their cracks fill the silence. Even keeping the moment elastic, stretching between them, she felt restless, contained. It was the onset of a familiar itch. Not one she could indulge around Dory- not one she'd ever wanted to indulge.

"Um... I don't know. Something History of Magic related, maybe. Research or something." She floundered for half a second, head too full of nothing to do much more than stare at her companion, brows creasing, and offer a rote "You?"
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Post by Dory Le on Fri Jul 19, 2019 4:55 am

It was a small victory, and she figured it would be a bit weird to celebrate, even if she felt like it. She knew a lot of people and had quite a few friends, but had never quite made it into best mate territory. She dreamt of it almost as often as she dreamt of true love - merlin, she was sad, wasn't she?

"I bet you'd be good at that!" she chirped, happy to be back in the comfortable position of affirming her friend. The question was turned on her and she opened her mouth and realized she didn't know the answer. She closed her mouth thoughtfully, tongue poking at the back of her lips as she tilted her head. "Well-"

"Well, well," came a familiar drawl, and she turned to see Cosmo approaching. She felt the butterflies in her stomach that always visited when she heard the voice, and she smiled, waving at him. "Hi Cosmo! Do you want some pastries?"

"No thanks," he said, sitting across from the two girls, regarding them both. "Dory and I caught up yesterday, but I haven't had the pleasure yet, Jet. So let's hear all the hot gossip." He smirked.
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Post by Juliet Thruston on Thu Aug 01, 2019 8:16 pm

In an interesting turn of events, Dory saw Cosmo coming before Jet did. The voice did function as a warning, though it wasn't that Jet hated the sound of it, exactly. The issue was more that Cosmo loved it- and other people seemed to, as well.

Any hope he'd walk on by was quashed by Dory's invitation. But she couldn't fault her the friendliness radiated at every passing body, not when she herself had just been caught in its orbit. It was a simple warmth, nothing like the slippery sociability that drew Cosmo closer and across from them despite only half a greeting. He sat down and she pulled her legs up, packing them closer to her torso to rest her elbows on her knees, restless hands finding occupation with each other.

If she'd fancied a cigarette before, she really needed one now.

"You'd know more about the hot gossip than me, Barbary," she intoned, his last name a subtle but purposeful line of distinction: your world, not mine. It was the closest she'd get to denying association outright. Not with Dory there, who saw both worlds as one, and that one as shared. This was how it went, toeing the line of politeness and disinterest, ever aware that her own rationality wouldn't accept smugness and a thirst for glory as sufficient reason to abandon all diplomacy. "Unless you're interested in the Natural History Museum's latest genetic ancestry exhibition."

If she'd been one to offer meaningless smiles, she'd have thrown him one. As it was, an expressionless gaze was the most he got. Neutrality was ever the recourse of the dispassionate.
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Post by Cosmo Barbary on Mon Aug 05, 2019 10:08 pm

“Who’s to say I wouldn’t be?” he said, arching an eyebrow and passing a cheeky grin to Dory, who turned pink as she bit back a smile and lifted another pastry to her lips. He could always count on her for her silent but wager affirmation.

Jet, on the other hand, stopped at silent. He knew that was her particular affectation, the shtick she maintained so as to keep people guessing. It was a good one, it had certainly reeled him in all those years ago. He was still mining, trying to find the truth at the bottom of the mystery, though he was secretly worried there would be nothing of interest for him once he did. That deep under the misanthropy and cynicism, Jet was like Dory, or other girls he found average and boring. At least those girls would offer him adoration.

“We’re just talking about our plans for the future,” Dory said, covering her mouth with her hand as she swallowed down the last of a scone. “Jet said something history related. I honestly don’t know yet. I’m not sure I’m good enough at anything.”

He turned a warm smile on her. “You’ll figure it out. You’ve got some time. I’m just now starting to circle something. I’m not sure yet, though, so I’m putting my theory to the test. I’m going to be launching a little debate club.”

Dory brightened. "Wow! That's a really great idea. You'd be smashing at that, too. You, too, actually, Jet," she said, looking to her other friend. "You should join once Cosmo gets it going."

"Yeah I know the guy running it, I can get you in," Cosmo said, smirking at Jet, while Dory laughed at his joke.
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Post by Juliet Thruston on Sat Aug 10, 2019 6:57 pm

Playing devil's advocate was such a habitual Cosmo move she wouldn't have responded either way, even if it hadn't been an excuse for the half-arsed flirting Dory ate up every time, pink and earnest.

He'd always had a knack for opportune comments. Her natural reticence was no match for his leisurely confidence, the easy camaraderie. She'd have stopped at you'll figure it out and been happy to fade into silence. But that was Cosmo: quick to reassure others of their potential, quicker to redirect the focus to his own promise.

It wasn't a fair assessment, as there was nothing to indicate he didn't genuinely care for Dory. But even that was hardly less worrying- caring for people didn't make them immune to your faults, just created an illusion of harmlessness. The palliness and casual generosity were a part of the illusion, this aura of certainty, of intimacy, of trust me I know what I'm doing, and it'll be our little secret. That illusion had grown tired around the time she had, too worn too early.

Her hand had been inching towards her bag as they spoke, setting it on legs that were stretched out again to rummage in one of the side pockets absently. Not even Dory's enthusiasm could rouse a show of interest, the quick glance up and between them for her benefit, the flat response for his.

"Not sure I can afford that favour." If she'd had a penny for every time she'd heard that exact offer, the rumours of wealth would be justified. Orsino's voice floating down the hall, words tripping and sliding over themselves, making promises he couldn't afford to keep to people he couldn't leave alone. It wasn't even an illusion, just the way of the world- someone knew someone who knew someone who had something you wanted, even if you didn't know it yet. The draw of exclusivity was a potent one, but once ugly reality set in it left a bitter aftertaste.

She suspected even ugly reality was another premise for Cosmo, something he could dress appealingly and wind pointless arguments around all to enjoy the sound of his own voice. It wasn't the first time he'd made grand claims, circling the future like a shark only to be exposed as a catfish when he got too close. But that, too, was unfair. Debating wasn't piano or quidditch. It was fitting, intellectual, respectable, she knew- and yes, exclusive. Deliberate. Theory + test = result. Even Jet couldn't fault that logic- nor could she fully decipher it.

She withdrew her hand, search abandoned, and fixed her gaze back on Cosmo with the tinge of a frown, appraisal nudging slanted brows closer together.

"Debating what?"
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