Happy when her comment wasn't met by some sort of glare or something, Dani smirked at him, moving a bit closer. "So, what got you into Quidditch, anyhow? Your family fans of it, or something?" She asked. She had to remember sometimes that some people were not born into the sport the way she had been. Some people didn't have the need to be in the air coursing through their veins.
She hoped she wasn't too out of line asking the random question or approaching him at all. Truthfully, she wasn't that close to anyone on the team - she seemed to have trouble connecting with people around her own age. She used Quidditch and flying as a front, sometimes. And, most of the time, it was enough to be just a part of the team. Only sometimes did the pang of loneliness linger.
It was weird, being friends with Athena. There was a time when Dani had absolutely hated the girl. But, things had changed. She'd seen how much her dad truly cared for this person and....she'd come to sort of tolerate her. She wanted her dad to be happy, more than anything. She'd realized that a while ago, when Athena had been missing, and she'd seen how upset he had been. She helped him in a way Dani couldn't possibly understand, but she knew it was important.
Today, she had arranged to meet Athena, as they sometimes did. She was hoping the older girl had scored her some Quidditch season passes, as she had begged her to on their most recent visit. She was actually growing to see Athena as a friend, as odd as the whole dynamic was. She was running late, though, and knew Athena wasn't exactly fond of being left to wait. She'd been flying in the pitch and lost track of time.
Practically sprinting into the village, blond hair flying like a banner behind her, Dani searched the horde of students for Athena's dark head. Finally finding her, she skidded to a stop, leaning down to catch her breath. "Sorry I'm late! I was flying." She said in a rush. Straightening, she pushed her long hair out of her face, meeting Athena's gaze. "Did you get the passes?"
Dani rarely thought of anything besides Quidditch. She lived, breathed, and dreamed of the sport. She saw the snitch her sleep, and thought of a dozen ways she could catch it. Maybe she was obsessed, but flying was in her blood - her father had loved it just as much. That was evident by the fact that he now taught the class here at Hogwarts. That had taken Dani awhile to get used to, but she had come to terms with it.
When she wasn't consumed with the sport, she did pay some mind in her other classes. She didn't find them all that interesting, but, to be honest, she didn't find much of anything interesting. However, her constant need for perfection made her strive to obtain the highest marks, even in the classes she found completely mundane.
One of those classes was Herbology. Honestly, who in their right name could find plants fascinating? If anyone loved the subject, Dani suspected there was something terribly wrong in their brain. She'd been reading the assigned chapter for a while now, but she was growing tired. When she spotted one of her teammates enter the common room, she got up and bounced over, desperate for a conversation.
Nearing him, she realized she didn't know what to say, other than something Quidditch. Rolling with that, she spoke up. "So, Reyne, you ready to help the team win? We've got a reputation to uphold, you know." She teased. The Hufflepuffs were actually doing well at the sport as of late, and Dani didn't want to ruin that.
She paused, chewing at her lip as she stared at the woman in front of her. Really though, she wasn't much older than Dani was...now that she took a minute to consider that fact. She was losing the caution she usually spoke to Athena with, the guarded tone falling from her words as she plunged deeper into the conversation. Curiosity was surely winning out.
The blonde listened carefully as Athena spoke, though her brow furrowed a little. "So you truly...do not care what they think of you? C'mon. Everyone cares what people think of them, even you must. Isn't it human nature?" She asked, squinting at the girl. She found it hard to buy the idea that Athena could completely not care at all. She seemed to care what her dad thought of her, at least.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jul 30, 2017 10:50:27 GMT -6
battle the night
The game was going to be a fun one. It didn't really matter who won, not out here. Usually, Dani did tend to have a little bit of a competitive streak. But she found that the other girl didn't seem to be bringing that out in her - not as much as some other people might have, at least. "Yay, I'm excited. I need all the practice I can get. I really want to play professionally someday." She admitted. Maybe back in France. Somewhere to escape the family drama.
She smiled as the girl accepted her compliment, one which she had payed in a definite, genuine manner. "I'm thinking it'd need to be something fairly unique. I'm trying to make....a new version of myself. I'd like a new sort of name to build that around. Does that even make sense?" She asked. She likely sounded like a crazy person.
Dani was growing more annoyed by the minute, but it strangely wasn't necessarily directed at the girl in front of her. Instead, the anger was directed at numerous sources - her dad, for getting into this situation to begin with, her mum, for just up and giving in to the sadness, and Hogwarts itself. She wasn't supposed to even be at this school. "Do you regret it? Ruining it all?" She asked, for once no hint of sarcasm lurking in the question.
She turned then to venting her frustrations at Athena, something she never would have envisioned herself doing in a million years. But the words spilled out of her like water from a faucet, and she couldn't seem to stop them. She was surprised when Athena answered with a genuine solution. "But how? How do I earn power and respect when nobody will take me seriously? Youth paints me as someone who is weak and ineffective. I need to...change the way in which I am perceived." She said. She needed people to see her for something better. Something stronger.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jul 22, 2017 17:27:04 GMT -6
Dani balked a little at the idea of the owl being dropped and having to be retrieved again. He hardly seemed amenable to the task. While he had settled down in the arms of Teddy now, Dani hardly relished the idea of regathering the creature. "Let's just try to keep him contained for now, I think." She said, her voice more than a little nervous. Even though she wanted to help the creature, it didn't change the fact that it set her a little on edge.
She smiled a little when Teddy mentioned the trouble that he knew his own dad had gotten into. Of course, Dani had heard some stories."What was it like? Growing up with a dad so....well known? I mean everyone knows who he is, thanks to his association with Harry Potter. That must have been so cool." She commented, gushing a bit but not at all caring.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jul 22, 2017 17:19:05 GMT -6
If Dani didn't play as seeker, she may have next chosen chaser. Keepers had to sit so still, and beaters were in constant fear of being hit over the head. Somehow, chaser and seeker seemed the most appealing. "We could release the snitch, give it a bit of a head start, and then see who can get to it first?" She asked, proposing a little game of sorts. She hoped the other girl would find it as appealing as she.
She really liked the other girl's name, and didn't hesitate to tell her so. "That's a really pretty name. I like it. I've always kind of wanted to change mine. But I don't even know what I'd make it, even if I did..." She said, her mind wandering off on a random tangent, as she so often did.
i'm trying to battle the night
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Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jul 22, 2017 16:21:05 GMT -6
Dani rolled her eyes again, unable to contain the gesture. She didn't know Athena well, but from what she had observed, it seemed like she was the master manipulator, not the other way around. Athena had seduced her dad and torn apart their family, no matter how fragile the bonds had been in the first place. "Please. You were never innocent, even as a child. Let's not pretend otherwise." She said. The brunette didn't seem like she had an innocent bone in her cold, calculating body.
She became even more flustered as Athena became more composed, as if the other girl's sense of accomplishment set her off. She couldn't stand this. She needed to take out this anger on someone, she needed to make someone hurt somehow. But she was small and ineffective and barely schooled in her magic. "None of this seems fair. I should be able to control what happens to me. Instead....I have no control. I have no power." She said, almost forgetting who she was venting to.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jun 3, 2017 13:17:23 GMT -6
This was going to be wonderful, she could already tell. The girl had a sort of energy that emitted from her that was very welcoming to Dani - it was the sort of fire she loved to see in people. "I've only really been playing it for a little while - I just joined the team this year, since I'm a second year. I like seeker though, it's like your own personal treasure hunt, which has the best prize." She said, grinning as she spoke. She truly did love the position.
She was surprised when the girl introduced herself, because she hadn't realized they'd yet to do that yet. "Oh! I'm Daniella, but everyone calls me Dani. You can too, now." She said. She considered people friends until proven otherwise, after all.
i'm trying to battle the night
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Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jun 3, 2017 13:09:03 GMT -6
If she hadn't been so disgusted by the girl, she may have respected her in some sort of sick, twisted way. It took guts to go through what Athena had and absolutely give zero fucks about what people had to say. But, Dani could not bring herself to even be a slight fan of the girl who had turned her family life upside down. "I suppose that's good, because I'm sure quite a few choice words have been used to describe your actions over the past few years..." Dani spat back, the anger still embedded in her voice.
She was a bit taken aback, though, when Athena dared to call out her anger. The source of it was clear, they both knew where it sprouted from. But, it appeared Athena was suggesting she simply....let go of it. That seemed impossible. "What? Are you suggesting I simply drop this? Not let it effect me long term? As if that's even possible? Honestly." She said, shaking her head at the girl and crossing her arms, adopting a more defensive posture. Honestly, what an outlandish suggestion.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Jun 3, 2017 12:59:28 GMT -6
Dani liked Lottie. She thought the girl had some great ideas for the team, she had seen her begin to take a leadership role over the last year or so. Plus, she thought it was pretty damn cool that the Hufflepuff team was the only team with a female captain. They'd lost one whem Rebekah Cygnus had graduated and left the Gryffindor team, so Dani was happy to see her own team filling the void. Girls needed to be respected in this sport.
She was super excited to be back at Hogwarts, away from whatever drama her father was involved in with that girl - excited to be able to fly again. She had hurried down to Pitch, though she was running just a few minutes behind schedule, due to the need to find her lucky pair of socks - emblazoned with reindeer in rainbow colors. Upon finding them, she'd raced out, bouncing up to the small group forming. Beaming at Lottie and each of the other two in turn, she congratulated the new captain. "You so deserve this." She said. The other girl must've been nervous, but she didn't show it.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Mar 13, 2017 12:38:57 GMT -6
what you want to hear.
Dani watched Teddy closely. She would try to help if she could, she didn't mind the thought of getting accidentally pecked or anything. She'd gotten hit with a bludger last practice, she had to imagine that a peck from a little bird wouldn't hurt as much. Or, maybe it would hurt more. Either way, she was willing to help. "I think it will work." She said, clearly trusting him. She didn't exactly have a ton of reason to, for he was just as young as she. But, she did think he seemed to have a least some idea of what he was doing, and that was good enough for her.
She trailed behind him after he had caught the owl, gathering the things she'd dropped on the way in along the journey out. "Do you think he'll be surprised to see you with a half-broken owl?" She asked, skipping forward, her short legs trying desperately to keep up with the taller boy. She wasn't sure if the boy was known for randomly running into wounded creatures or not, she hardly had reputation for doing so herself.
Post by DANIELLA BRITT OBERYN on Mar 13, 2017 12:28:23 GMT -6
i'm trying to battle the night.
She was delighted when the other girl seemed more than receptive to her flying around the pitch as well. Honestly, the Hufflepuff team was full of older players, minus Teddy and herself, and she often felt a bit intimidated, playing out there amongst those who had clearly been in the game for much longer. She needed to practice, she needed to get better. For, even though she had earned her spot so far, she realized it could be a sort of fleeting thing. She couldn't slip up, not now. "Awesome." She said, grinning at the brunette before climbing on her own broom, beginning her ascent.
She hovered carefully, so that she remained facing the other girl. She looked familiar, Dani thought, and she wondered if she'd seen her playing before. Dani payed a lot of attention to the Quidditch games even before she made the team herself, so it was no wonder she recognized the faces of the players. "Races sound fun! Though we should let the snitch out. I need practice finding it. What position do you play?" She asked, her excitement causing the words to come out quickly and close together.