preghiereserali: (will you step a little closer?)
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[There's music playing. On an old-fashioned gramophone too, just to set the mood. In the middle of the room, Armand dances alone, a clean-limbed, red-haired boy of seventeen remembering the steps to a waltz, shoes clicking on a polished wooden floor.]

... This is pointless without a partner. Where have all the dancers gone?

Date: 2013-02-17 10:56 pm (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (snob on a mission)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
I can waltz.

Date: 2013-02-18 04:26 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (a sunny sort of smile)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
You may. [There's something to be said for proper manners, so she'll just sweep as elegant a curtsey as below-the-knee cashmere will allow, and place her hand in his.

Her ballroom hold is perfect. Obviously. >>]


And with whom am I dancing?

Date: 2013-02-18 07:11 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (this smile is entirely unforced)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
[Modern depends on your definition, and her people are old-fashioned, anyway.]

Narcissa.

[Her smile remains, though the chill of his hand prompts a raised eyebrow.]

You dance beautifully.

Date: 2013-02-18 09:53 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (bright smile)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
I don't know any other than myself, so you've an advantage of me there - though Armand isn't a name I've heard too often, either.

[She follows his lead with ease.]

Since I was six, or so. Maman had a tutor for my eldest sister, and I refused to leave the lessons.

Date: 2013-02-18 01:53 pm (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (smug little smirk)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
--oh, of course! Though I know the story better as La Traviata, and your name is lost, there.

[A quirk of a smile. Sweet. Yes, that'll do.] I was a complete delight, it's so lovely to have that recognised.

You're observant; I am English - but Maman is from Luxembourg. It colours my speech a little. Your accent is... a little harder to place. [The name is not the nationality, but she can't quite pick the origin.]

Date: 2013-02-19 04:41 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (highly amused)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
I'd agree with you, there. Alfredo has other connotations, now, which is unfortunate.

[A delighted smile in response to the compliment; vanity, thy name is Narcissa.] I've all manner of charms at my disposal, though I suspect none are what you'd be expecting.

...mm, I'm terrible at guessing. Let's see... your English is accented with what I think might be one or more of the Eastern European countries, but your red hair cancels a lot of that out. That, and the French name... oh, I don't know. You'll have to tell me.

Date: 2013-02-19 06:54 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (are you quite sure?)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
You're certainly significantly cooler to the touch.

[A tilt of her head in response; she's not sure how he'll like her answer. Although, given their location...] Magic. I meant charms in the literal sense.

Date: 2013-02-19 07:21 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (snob on a mission)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
I could. Do you have any wonders you'd like imagined, or shall I just call for light?

Date: 2013-02-19 02:43 pm (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (bright smile)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
Ordinarily that would call for fairies, but... [She steps out of his hold to draw her wand from a clever little pocket in her skirt, and thinks for a moment. Thoughtfulness becomes decisiveness, and with two flicks and a bubbly multis chorum luminaria, hundreds of tiny lights appear above them, mutely glowing yellow as they bob and weave around one another.

Narcissa looks ridiculously pleased with herself. She just made that up.]

Date: 2013-02-20 11:15 am (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (this smile is entirely unforced)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
It was, and it is, though it's not quite so exact as mere incantations. Magic is a part of me, and the phrasing and wand motion guide it to do what I want.

Date: 2013-02-22 12:48 pm (UTC)
asthedrivensnow: (holding back a smile)
From: [personal profile] asthedrivensnow
Not particularly. It tends to breed true, so those with the ability live separately from those without.

[A dancing mote obligingly bobs down to his hand. He might feel warmth, but it's essentially intangible.]

Date: 2013-02-18 03:55 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (the way you did once upon a dream)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
Well, you're very good!

Date: 2013-02-18 04:11 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (dreamt and made incarnate)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
Oh yes, of course... but it's good practice, at least, isn't it?

Date: 2013-02-18 04:49 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (recalling from the waking vision)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
Oh, my gosh... no, I don't know how to waltz, and I'm not very coordinated, besides. But I'd very much like to watch, if that's all right?

Date: 2013-02-18 05:38 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (to white souled heaven)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
[ His nose wrinkles a bit with uncertainty, but he would like to learn. So. ]

Well, all right -- although, I think I should apologize now, for tripping all over the place. Because I will.

Date: 2013-02-18 06:12 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (seek out in you where the heart lies)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
We'll see!

[ Oh! That's startling. There are plenty of possible reasons for it, of course, but it still gives him a bit of a shock. Nevertheless, he moves easily where he's guided, happy to begin. ]

Pleased to meet you, Armand. My name is Jaime, but some people call me Soleil. I don't mind either way.

Date: 2013-02-18 07:21 am (UTC)
blackfellsun: (a voyage with water and a star)
From: [personal profile] blackfellsun
[ He smiles, a little. ] It means "sun." In French.

Ah -- how to be led, I think! Is that simpler? I'm not sure I'd do very well at leading.

Date: 2013-02-18 06:54 am (UTC)
ofdrumsthesound: (Cheery)
From: [personal profile] ofdrumsthesound
I'm no great dancer, and this isn't my kind of music, but what the Hell.

Date: 2013-02-18 07:33 am (UTC)
ofdrumsthesound: (LOL)
From: [personal profile] ofdrumsthesound
*His response is to grin and turn on the Scissor Sisters.*

Date: 2013-02-18 07:26 pm (UTC)
ofdrumsthesound: (Cheery)
From: [personal profile] ofdrumsthesound
Yup! *And he'll just start dancing around now, because he is crazy like that.*