fixing my tag because i think simon broke it by accident somehow don’t mind me
(they’re both about the same age here, he’s just a generic dance teacher, not associated with a school or something)
Jade’s behind the rest of the class, which strikes Dave as odd - at the beginning she seemed to be picking everything up perfectly, a natural. But quite suddenly, his favorite student has started to flounder, messing up even the basics, and he’s worried about her.
He walks up behind her during class, correcting her form, straightening her leg for her, keeping a hand on her back to keep her balanced. “Like this, see?”
She looks distressed as she adapts, though she leans a bit too much weight into him. “I don’t know why this is so hard all of the sudden! Are you doing anything after class? I was thinking maybe you could give me some pointers!”
(this includes somebody being bludgeoned to death so FAIR WARNING FOR THAT)
High school is rough in the best of circumstances, and theirs are far from the best - spat out without their families after a game nobody remembers. John and Rose don’t manage to escape the foster system of their respective states - Dave only just scrapes by with his brother’s online presence easy enough to imitate. Jade moves in with him, teleporting straight to his apartment from across the sea, and they go to school together, because it feels like some way to achieve normality again.
It goes poorly. Jade is regarded as “weird,” and though she makes a few friends in a science club, most people give her a wide berth. Dave is regarded as a “freak,” his red eyes setting most people on edge. The shades he got from John were smashed months ago.
(I wrote this while feeling a little down last night - a friend suggested the princess/knight thing and I ended up writing a fairy tale that is a little too tongue in cheek for its own good)
Once upon a time, there was a little princess who lived in a lavish castle and lived a lavish life in which she was subject to no burden. Her mother spoiled her to the point of absurdity - so much as a passing mention of a pony, and there was the most expensive pony money could buy standing in the stables the next day, packaged with a bow and a fancy set of reins.
It was what most girls could only dream of, but the princess found it incredibly dull, and even wondered if this was not somehow her mother’s way of tormenting her, giving her everything she could ever want and leaving her with nothing to have her proper teenage angst over. She was not even particularly barred from leaving the castle, so long as she was accompanied by one of the royal guard.
So, frequently, the princess would sneak out without one, wearing commoner’s clothes so she could fit in among her citizens.
(She was under the impression that her mother knew of these trips as well, but the princess had to pretend she was being rebellious in /some/ regard.)
ok i’m gonna be queueing up some short beta kid fics i’ve been writing recently. They were done very fast and I can’t promise they’re up to my past standard of fanfiction and characterization but it’s been a while since I’ve uploaded writing here, so!
If you are uninterested in seeing these little drabble things I guess you can block the tag #stripe writes but also that’s probably half the draw of my blog so why are you here in the first place.