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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
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take a little more off your mind [billie]
« on: March 08, 2019, 04:00:38 AM »
« Last Edit: March 08, 2019, 08:56:59 AM by Lianne »


i'm like a bitter old man except i'm a teenage girl

Billie Fay [ Ravenclaw ]
108 Posts  •  FOURTEEN  •  <3  •  played by VANNAH
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2019, 06:11:40 PM »
Maybe she was getting a little obsessive.

Obsessive probably wasn't the right word, but Phillip had only mentioned a very passing interest in the prospect of magical space travel and here she was; a day and a half into a research binge, sitting in bed surrounded by papers on the topic. It wasn't that she wasn't independently interested in the cosmos, because she was. Or that she didn't spend most of her time reading about a variety of topics regardless - because she did - but the fact that it felt so important to maintain some kind of conversational relevance with him might have been a bit... weird. Right now, she was reading a paper by someone interested in the crafting of magical solar panels. She didn't notice her dormmate's restlessness until the girl spoke.

Billie looked up as the silence of their dorm was broken. She grew still in anticipation as she waited for Barbara to continue. Bored of academics? The young witch almost smiled at the phrase. "We could go for a walk?" she suggested, closing her book carefully and sitting up a little straighter in her bed. The blonde glanced outside quickly, checking the weather. It wasn't exactly a sunny day, but it wasn't raining or too windy from the looks of things. She might need to tie her hair up if that were the case.

Brushing a loose curl behind her ear self-consciously, Billie looked back at her friend with a small smile. Maybe getting outside of the dorm would be good for both of them. The research thing was spurred mostly by Phillip, but also probably in part her own restlessness. She was a quiet girl, a wallflowery sort of person, but recently she didn't like spending too much time alone with her thoughts. She didn't like not having anything to do. Honestly, Billie had spent most of her time back at school so far with Phillip. At least, most of the time that they could spend together, which wasn't that much at all considering that they were in different year levels. That gap, plus the fact that he was (already??) accruing an impressive number of detention hours meant that they didn't hang out maybe as much as she would have liked. If he didn't have detention today then they'd probably be together right now.

"Shall I put my shoes on?" she asked, already moving to the edge of her bed to do so.
 
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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
54 Posts  •  15  •  played by nan
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2019, 08:45:11 PM »
« Last Edit: March 09, 2019, 02:21:21 AM by Lianne »


i'm like a bitter old man except i'm a teenage girl

Billie Fay [ Ravenclaw ]
108 Posts  •  FOURTEEN  •  <3  •  played by VANNAH
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #3 on: March 09, 2019, 04:29:57 AM »
By now, Billie was used to the way Barbara spoke. If she thought about it, the girl remembered her first impressions of her housemate very clearly, and they were mostly... intimidating. There was nothing relaxed or meandering about the forceful emphasis on important words in her sentences or the driving rhythm to her verbal flow. Early on, Billie had found it quite stressful. Nowadays, she only stressed when she felt like she couldn't match her friend's expectations. Following on from that thought, the girl privately wished that Randi or Harriet were here with them too. Things were always a little less pressured in small groups of friends, she found. Especially when the other, more talkative and higher energy people could meet each others needs.

Well, she'd just have to try harder.

The blonde girl tugged her socks, then slipped her feet into her shoes and tied the laces neatly. She smoothed the front of her robes with her palms as she got to her feet, quickly feeling in a pocket for a hair ribbon before following her friend. "Yes that sounds..." Billie trailed off as she was given other options. She gave a hesitant nod, her expression clearly indicating that she didn't mind which of the options they took. "I don't mind," she said with a small smile, stepping lightly out of the entrance to their dorm, "greenhouses perhaps?" Her thoughts shifted between the events of the newly-passed summer and spinning pictures of stars and heavenly bodies pulled through an endless void; she wasn't particularly bothered about whether they went to the lake or the greenhouses, anywhere with Barbara was sure to be a good distraction.

As the pair moved down the staircase to the common room, the blonde tied her hair back with a dark blue ribbon. "Have you started looking through our new herbology workbook?" she asked, for something to say. Immediately remembering her friend's comment about academics a moment ago, she tried to think of something else to change the subject to instead, but nothing came immediately to her.
 
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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
54 Posts  •  15  •  played by nan
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #4 on: March 10, 2019, 03:40:26 AM »
"Greenhouses, then," said Barbara, relieved at having anything to go off of. She'd never thought of Billie as being particularly interested in Herbology, mostly because Barbie herself wasn't and never thought that others could be. She swung the door open for her roommate and followed her downstairs. The next question-- about Herbology again-- made her wonder if she was just really obtuse, and Billie did particularly like Herbology.

"I've looked," she said honestly. "But not much." She hesitated, aware how frivolous and arbitrary it sounded, but added "We're not working with any really pretty plants for a while yet." She tucked her hair self-consciously behind her ears; she wondered often if Billie thought she was vapid or vain. Not often enough that she'd decided yet not to be. She wasn't sure she knew how not to be.

She didn't try to build on that, instead letting them get down to the Common Room before she said, "What were you reading? Was that Herbology?"

Barbara always felt a little like a lousy Ravenclaw, not having much interest in research. Billie did, and her parents both had their own interests, but the only thing Barbara was really good at was dancing-- about as unacademic as anything. Except maybe Quidditch. She opened the door for Billie and followed her out, skipping a little bit to catch up. Now they were out and about she was starting to cheer up, to walk with a little more spring than she had earlier. She was a fast walker by nature; it took conscious effort to make sure she was matching Billie's pace.


i'm like a bitter old man except i'm a teenage girl

Billie Fay [ Ravenclaw ]
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Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2019, 12:33:55 AM »
Billie nodded, adjusting her ponytail absentmindedly as she walked. "Oh, really?" she asked, not sure what to say in response to a comment like that. That's a shame, or something similar? She looked ahead again. "I haven't given it much more than a glance," she added after a beat. Sometimes the blonde got the impression that she bored her housemate. This feeling wasn't something she only felt around Barbara, though sometimes it was especially present when they were alone and she didn't know what to say. What did one do to become more likeable or interesting?

"Oh no, it was just..." Just a collection of essays on the potentials of space travel. Just a collection of extremely technical works, each rife with terminology that had her reaching for either a dictionary or other papers so that she could get a basic understanding of it all. "... Just some space stuff," she said, intentionally simplifying the convoluted answer her mind provided. "Something Phillip's interested in," she admitted, feeling a bit flustered but in a self-aware sort of way. It wasn't really a secret, the way she felt about her older friend, but it also wasn't her intention to betray any of her insecurities about not being clever enough for him, and hoped she hadn't done so. She was eager to turn the topic of conversation back to her friend; she was better at listening anyway.

"I don't think I've asked you about your summer, Barbara," she began apologetically, "was it a good one?" She didn't want to talk about other peoples' summers because the conversation usually got to a place where they asked about hers. But they were a couple of weeks into term now, and Billie was almost certain that Barbie would know not to ask about that.
 
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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
54 Posts  •  15  •  played by nan
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2019, 02:48:18 AM »


i'm like a bitter old man except i'm a teenage girl

Billie Fay [ Ravenclaw ]
108 Posts  •  FOURTEEN  •  <3  •  played by VANNAH
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2019, 04:58:10 PM »
She wondered what the emphasis on space meant. "Hmm... More like, astrophysics?" Billie replied tentatively, giving her friend a sidelong glance. She was unsure about Barbie's reaction, and unwilling to go into too much depth and seem uncool (bad) or make Barbara feel inadequate (far worse).

Despite her diffidence, however, a smile bloomed on her lips at Barbara's sequence of ohs. Her gaze dropped to the ground ahead as a light blush appeared on her cheeks. "Yes," she said simply, still smiling. "I know the first impression Phillip can give, but he's very, very clever," she added. She felt an urge to go on; she wanted to tell Barbara just how clever Phillip was, that his constant detentions were not at all a reflection on his intellect, or his broad range of interests, or the glint in his eye when he was learning something new that fascinated him. She wanted to tell her how sweet he could be, underneath his general air of standoffishness. But she didn't want to be boring, and Barbara didn't really know Phillip, or seem to care to, really. So she refrained.

Ballet show. Of course. Billie liked the idea of ballerinas, liked the idea of dancing. She didn't have the coordination for either - or quidditch, or sport in general, for that matter. She was on the chubbier side of normal, too, rather than the slimmer side that seemed to be a requirement for real ballerinas. Barbara was far more suited to the spotlight, she thought privately. "Not terrible is good," Billie offered hesitantly, after her friend was done speaking. She watched a mixture of different emotions pass through her friends's expressions, trying to think of the right thing to say and finding herself quietly wishing that another one of their dormmates was here with them too. "How was the ballet show?"
 
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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
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Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2019, 04:32:02 PM »
« Last Edit: April 22, 2019, 06:16:21 AM by Nan »


i'm like a bitter old man except i'm a teenage girl

Billie Fay [ Ravenclaw ]
108 Posts  •  FOURTEEN  •  <3  •  played by VANNAH
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2019, 11:22:39 PM »
"There are a lot of different components," Billie said fairly, agreeing with her friend. She'd go into detail about what she'd been reading, if Barbara wanted. She was still trying to get her head around electricity and trying to envision it as little dots racing through a tunnel, but she'd explain what she knew if prodded. Something told her that Barbara wasn't particularly interested in any of that, though. And that was fine too.

Barbara's dismissive tone made Billie wilt internally. She much preferred it when Barbara was speaking about herself; there was no way to say the wrong thing then, and Billie was a good listener after all. When Barbara spoke again though, Billie gave a thankful small smile in response. "Yes," she said. "He's lovely." She couldn't help but be pleased by her friend's approval. Even though it shouldn't matter - and mostly didn't - it actually still did, a little bit.

Billie slipped behind Barbara as they passed a rambunctious group of young Gryffindors in a narrower part of the corridor. She fell back in beside her when she could. "Oh, that's right," the blonde said with a little nod. She didn't know what to say to the Peter thing - Barbara's way of speaking didn't gel so well with hers. She didn't know if she should offer condolences or acknowledge the positive parts.

The blonde brainstormed things to say while the pair walked in silence. Things like schoolwork and crushes crossed her mind. Summer was off the list. Barbie broke the silence first. "Are they hurting your feet?" she asked in response, tuning into the dissatisfied tone in her friend's voice. Billie turned her sea-green eyes to Barbara as the pair approached the door to the grounds.
 
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Barbara Gibson [ Ravenclaw ]
54 Posts  •  15  •  played by nan
Re: take a little more off your mind [billie]
« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2019, 06:26:16 AM »


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