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Valentine's Day - What a Waste

Who: Jacob, Corvus, and others, open
Where: Lower commons
When: Thursday, after dinner

Status: Completed
Summary: A group of boys alone in the lower commons decide to try to play some games. Autumn makes a brief appearance, but decides to leave when they break out the exploding snap cards. Kaden inadvertently comes out to Corvus while they're walking to go get the aforementioned snap cards. Logan walks Autumn to the library, and Autumn decides she likes the Beauxbatons champion better than the Durmstrang one. When Alex and Kaden engage in a game of chess with the stipulation that the loser has to preform a dare, Alex has to run to the library in his boxers. Upon their return, Kaden offers to complete Alex's proposed dare for him, and he kisses Corvus before the party breaks up and the boys retreat to their given rooms.

Jake kind of wondered how much of a refuge the lower commons would actually be. How many of the couples, really, were going to actually pay attention to the signs on the door and in the common rooms?

He'd been pleased to see the sign - he was kind of getting really sick of that French couple that was always snogging in their common room. Didn't they have anything better to do?

Either way, he made his way in with a stack of books after dinner. He noticed a few other people there, and he announced: "you all damn well better be single," before he sat down on one of the couches.

"Why?" Corvus inquired from where he was sprawled across an armchair. "You looking for some lovin' Flint?" He grinned and waggled his brows at Jacob.

"Not from you, Corner," Jake shot back, but he grinned, too. He'd always thought that Corvus should've been a Slytherin, but ... well, he was a 'puff. Jake still thought he was an okay guy. "But speaking of lovin', you haven't noticed anyone snogging in here, have you?"

"I haven't been looking," Corvus quipped with a grin. "But so far, no."

"Good," Jake decided, settling in to do some homework. Or ... think about doing homework, anyway.


"Oh, no. I signed up for this when I came in," Autumn assured Logan. "I know I can leave if you lot get out of hand," she said, smiliing faintly in return.

Alex grinned. "Yeah, so, why did you come in, Miss McKimmon?"

"She's a glutton for punishment, clearly," Jake replied, corking his ink and closing his book. If they were actually going to have a game...well, homework could definitely wait.

Corvus nodded a little as he listened to Kaden. He couldn't imagine not being a quidditch fan ... even his kid sister was into quidditch. Well, kind of. She watched and cheered for them, anyway.

He shrugged when Kaden said he was being a downer. "No skin off my nose," he said. "You can be as down as you want to be." He grinned, and then tried not to tack on the dirty joke that had popped up with that thought. It probably wasn't right to scar people like that.
"Oh." was all that Logan could say in return to Autumn's remark. He then leaned closer to hear her response of why she decided to attend the "event."

Kaden smirked, "I'm trying to be excited and cheery today, despite the whole being single thing. Whatever...so, why did you decide to come to the little shin-dig? I'm a host so I was obligated to attend...but not really. I guess I just like hanging out with Alex, for the most part. He has a way of making me laugh."
"Honestly? Because Hans is up in our commons, and this room was closer than the library." She shrugged her shoulders. "And if this was a singles only event, then I didn't need to worry about people getting half naked in my presence."

Alex snickered. "You know you just set Jake up to strip, right?"

Autumn sighed. "As long as he's not snogging and groping ..."

Corvus shrugged to Kaden. "I dunno. Because I'm technically single, I guess. Seemed like if I was going to meet anyone, there'd be the place to do it." He laughed a little, shaking his head. "So ... Alex. Are you and he ... uh. Just friends?" He would assume so, but he wasn't sure; something about the way Kaden talked about him hinted they were possibly more.

But maybe that was his skewed take on things. Lately, he thought he was reading a little too much into ... everything.
"What?!" exclaimed Kaden, "Umm...yeah...we are...just friends." He hadn't noticed that until just then, he spoke of Alex like he had a crush on him, and he didn't...did he? It didn't matter anyway, Alex was straight (unless he lied about that). Kaden blushed and turned away from Corvus, 'Crap, does he know my secret now?' he thought, in somewhat of a panic. He wasn't sure if he was ready for more people to know about his sexuality, especially someone he didn't know. Of course, that was what happened with Alex. 'I have to change the subject,' Kaden concluded.

"So...about that last Quidditch match?" It was a bad choice, but it was too late to take it back.

"If 'e is going to start stripping, zan I zink I shall depart," joked Logan. However, he would leave if stripping started to happen. It wouldn't be good if others found out that the Beauxbaton 'champion' partook in a strip session.
Corvus kind of laughed a little. "Kind of sucked for your house, huh? Not like the snakes needed another win." The change in topic was extremely random, and Corvus was somewhat amused by it.

Fortunately (or, perhaps, unfortunately), he wasn't clever enough to string together the series of events and arrive at any sort of conclusion. "I'm a little more interested in the upcoming match. The lions should be pretty easy to beat," he decided.

"Yeah, no one wants to see that," Alex teased Jake. "Well, maybe McKimmon might, but I dunno..."

"Crazy," Jake pointed out. "Everyone wants to see this," he said, gesturing at his robe-covered body.

"Not everyone, Flint." She paused, regarding him thoughtfully. "You have to tell me though, with an ego that big, how do you get in and out of doors?"

Alex laughed, shrugging apologetically when Jake glared. "Sorry, man. Don't screw with 'claws, right?"
Kaden really had no idea who was playing in the next match. So, he merely humored Corvus, "Yeah...they should be." He let out a sigh of relief, and then focused himself on where they were going. "You said you were 'technically' single...how does that work out?"

Logan, too, laughed at Autumn's comment to Flint. However, he fell silent when he saw Jake glaring at him and Alex. "You know, if you can dish it out, you should be able to take it, as well." The comment wasn't really directed at anyone, he was just thinking out loud.
"Ah. It means...um. That Riley and I fool around, but we're not ... uh. You know, dating or anything." He focused straight ahead, aware of the slight flush in his cheeks. It was kind of one thing, talking about being gay with Riley or Tristan, but ... he didn't really know Kaden.

But then, he supposed, Riley could be a girl's name too, and he almost laughed at that idea. He'd have to bring that up at the next practice or something.

"He can take it," Alex assured Logan. "He just doesn't like getting shown up by a bird." This was really kind of fun, and he wondered if Jake was ballsy enough to seriously pull his wand on Autumn.

Jake rolled his eyes. "Whatever. If that's the best you can come up with, I'm not afraid." He snorted, and glanced toward the door. "Wonder if they stopped to snog or something," he quipped, mostly to get the focus off of himself.

Alex gave that entirely more consideration than it was worth. "Probably not," he decided.
"Riley? Isn't that a guy's name?" asked Kaden, tilting his head in confusion. Was 'Riley' a girl's name, as well? Kaden didn't know.

Glancing around, he noticed that they were almost to the tower entrance.
"Yeah," he agreed. It was weird, and kind of scary, to ... come out. Not that he was, really, since Landon had outed him in his journal, but if people didn't read the journals ... well, he had to come out all over again. "He's ah ... he's one of the guys on the team," he offered, glad they were almost at the tower.
"Oh...OH!" It took Kaden a moment to realize what the whole thing implied. "Well...that's cool. Don't worry, I'm not homophobic...in fact, it'd be rather hypocritical of me to treat you different. I won't tell anyone, though." He gave Corvus a reassuring smile. Pondering if he should 'out' himself to the boy, they reached the door.

After answering the question, Kaden turned to Corvus, "I'll be right back," and passed through the door. Kaden rushed to his room and dumped out his trunk, rather than search it properly. He knew that the deck of "exploding snap" was on the bottom somewhere...and he was right. "Awesome," he muttered to himself.

After tossing everything back into his trunk, he made his way back out to the meet up with Corvus.
Cor laughed, then shrugged. "Doesn't matter if you out me or not. Landon already did, back over break," he gestured over his shoulder as if somehow time was literally behind them.

Once Kaden was inside, Corvus entertained himself by looking around the hall, his hands shoved into his pockets. He was studying one of the paintings when Kaden came back out, and Corvus smiled to him. "Ready?"

After all this, it would amuse him if the gang in the room had decided on something else to play.
"Yeah, I'm ready." Kaden fell silent, before saying, "Sorry that you got outed. It must have sucked..." then before he could stop himself, he continued, "I don't know how I'd deal if someone outed me." Kaden's eyes went wide, and he covered his mouth, mentally cursing his stupidity.
Cor grinned over to him. "Guess the 'puffs don't have as big a lead as I thought," he said, then realized that wouldn't make sense, so he waved one hand dismissively. "Riley and I were ... saying ours was the gayest house."

He shrugged again as he turned back toward the lower commons. "I won't tell," he said. "But it's not that bad. You know. If people know. Then people that you'd be interested in that are interested in you..." his brow furrowed as he paused, wondering if that made any sense at all. "Well, you know. It gets the girls off your back."

Corvus, however, was unaccustomed to having any sort of empathy or compassion, and trying to be a helpful, concerned being went against his nature (sort of), so he simply sniffed, shrugged, and kind of grinned.
"Only one other person knows, and that's Alex. Maybe that's why I like hanging out with him. Since he doesn't have any problems with who I really am."

He let out a breath of relief. Corvus seemed like he could be trusted. "I don't like anyone, so it doesn't matter. Also, I'm not social enough for the girls to take notice in me...which is fine by me."

"So, is there anyone who has given you trouble since you've been outed?"
Corvus shook his head. "No one gave me any grief before this...and that hasn't changed." He walked along in thoughtful silence before continuing. "Besides, I think Tristan kind of ... you know, carved that path. He's out, very, very loudly. And a werewolf. I mean, if people here can ... accept a gay werewolf, what're normal gay guys next to that, right?"

March 2008

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