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Anna Filimonova [ Klyk Vampira ]
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[jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« on: January 24, 2021, 08:03:01 PM »
january '04

"Shit!"

Anna stuck her thumb in her mouth, sucking on it in an attempt to ease the burning sensation spreading through the skin there. The damn lights! With her free hand, Anna whacked the side of the metal canister, shaking it slightly from where she has not finished clamping it all the way to the pipes. Below, various other members of the stage crew were working on building sets - Anna, with her experience doing dangerous things in midair, was volunteered for lighting hang.

Still, it was better than dancing - Anna was not keen on performing anytime soon, for anyone.

The ladder she had used to clamber up here was abandoned in favour of hanging from the beams, knees hooked over the wood while her body hung upside down. It kept her hair out of her face while she worked. Her wand was abandoned on the top of the A-ladder, wrench strapped to her hand. She popped her finger out of her mouth and took a second to wipe the sweat off her brow. She could feel the droplets she missed making their way down her hair to splash on the boards below. Oh well.

She wiped her wet hand on the front of her denim overalls, noticing for the first time the little bit of black grease on her palm. Ugh.

"Conrad," she yelled, waving at the boy. "Can you pass me the next one?" She pointed at the ground, where a number of other enchanted lamps needed to still be attached to the pipes above.

@Conrad Sturm
« Last Edit: January 25, 2021, 03:41:18 PM by Fosse »

Conrad Sturm [ Drakonya Krov ]
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Re: [jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2021, 02:16:41 AM »
It had taken a little more adjustment than he had expected, learning how theater worked with magic. The first time he’d been backstage somewhere, he remembered being taken aback by how ugly and Muggle everything had seemed -- dull industrial metal, too-bright lights, plastic and rubber, everything overwhelmingly artificial -- but it’d been something else entirely once the lights were down in the house. It’d been one of the first things he’d seen and then really wanted to understand -- like illusions without magic -- of course, now it was illusions without magic, but with magic.

He had refused any real responsibility by saying he didn’t know anything about theater -- he’d be happier as a grunt than as an artist or manager -- but he hadn’t tried especially hard to keep up the fib, and had wound up being one of only a few upperclassmen who knew at all what he was talking about. That was very rare for Conrad, who had a long history of giving people blank looks until they opted to ask somebody else for help, and he was not sure if he liked it. Sure, he was in his element, but he didn’t think his element was a good thing to be in in front of all these other people. He knew once this stupid play was over, everything would go back to normal, except that a bunch of his classmates would know him a little bit better, which was the stuff of nightmares.

A part of him liked it, too -- a part of him liked having a job that people trusted him to do. That had been the appeal with the Muggles, too, that he just had to do what they asked of him without needing to worry that somebody was hanging over his head waiting for him to fuck it up -- Conrad, you’re not paying attention -- Conrad, I didn’t bring you here to sit -- Conrad, shut your mouth -- Conrad, don’t touch that --

Conrad, can you pass me the next one?

Conrad craned his neck up -- it was one of Zhenya’s bazillion cousins, one of the younger ones, hanging like a bat from the rafters. “No,” he said shortly, “Sit up first so you don’t drop it on my head.”


the show must go wrong

Anna Filimonova [ Klyk Vampira ]
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Re: [jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2021, 06:49:03 PM »
Conrad Sturm's neck twisted back to look at her. Anna attempted to give him a small, friendly little wave. Come on, just float up the next light, Sturm, it would be easy! Anna loved easy. She was so sick of working hard to get last place and participation ribbons. Fastening a light to the bar up here was easy and there was no competition.

Conrad Sturm snapped out a quick No. Anna's face curled into a scowl as her mood curdled sour.

"Shan't," she yelled back down, sticking her tongue out. Well, maybe she should flip back up. Her face was feeling read and her legs were getting cramped, now that she thought about it -- but she had already told Conrad she wasn't going to. "I can work like this just fine! Haven't dropped anything." She let go of her adjustable wrench to demonstrate -- it was attached to her wrist with a piece of tieline, and dangled in the air below her. "You're being a little girl about it."

Well, she had insulted him enough to make it seem like it wasn't his suggestion, right? Anna flipped right side up, hair falling in sweaty strings around her head. If Conrad wasn't going to pass her the next light, she would go down and get it herself.

She paused only to stuff her wand in her pocket on her descent, scrambling down the A-ladder with terrifying speed, two rails at a time, jumping off before the last one to land next to Conrad with a thump. "What's your problem, anyway?" Anna asked, still scowling as she wrapped her left hand around the handle of the lamp. "Scared of a little bolt bouncing off your skull?"
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Conrad Sturm [ Drakonya Krov ]
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Re: [jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2021, 09:53:58 PM »
She scowled.

Instinctively, Conrad dodged a step back when she let go of her wrench, but she’d tied it to her wrist, so that it just dropped and hung there in the air. Feeling foolish, he scowled back – she was acting every bit of six years old, sticking her tongue out and taunting – you’re being a little girl about it – and she was one to talk, Conrad almost thought to say, but his brain only made that connection after he’d clenched his fists and snapped, “Hey!” and he felt stupid tacking it on.

It didn’t matter, he decided – he was not going to get into a petty pissing contest with Zhenya’s little baby cousin. He was eighteen damned years old and she was like, twelve, and even if she was deliberately antagonising him, even if she was being immature, even if this wasn’t any fair when he wasn’t even in charge, even if she’d told him he was acting like a little girl – he was certain he’d been working up to a point, but unsure what it had been.

She sat up anyway – Conrad rolled his eyes as she slid down the ladder and bounded past him toward the lamps clustered on the floor. She was still scowling when she looked around at him; he said irritably, “No, you’re just being a little jerk. What’s your problem, you can’t follow directions?”
« Last Edit: April 14, 2021, 10:47:05 PM by Lianne »


the show must go wrong

Anna Filimonova [ Klyk Vampira ]
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Re: [jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2021, 02:41:33 AM »
What’s your problem, you can’t follow directions? "Yeah!" said Anna, the words Conrad was saying getting scrambled in her brain. She realized her mistake too late -- "Wait, no!" She fought the urge to stomp one foot on the ground and lost, slamming one foot onto the wooden stage like a baby. "Falling things aren't scary and you could have floated these up to me, easy. You're being a jerk." A BIG jerk, she kept herself from saying, knowing that would make her sound even more like a baby. She wasn't a little kid! She was just MAD. Maybe she should have tossed a swear in there to make herself seem older and bigger.

When had she gotten mad? This was a very stupid thing to be mad about, Anna, she tried to chide herself. When had she gotten mad? She was having a fun time only moments ago. Must be stupid Conrad's fault. She hoisted the metal lamp up with one arm. She was probably stronger than Conrad, Conrad didn't do back handsprings off a broom on a regular basis. She should fight him! No, wait, he was kind of in charge, wasn't he?

No, she shouldn't fight him. But Anna could think about it, at least.

"Wouldn't have to hang upside down if someone would help me, anyway," Anna grumbled, not quite ready to walk back to the ladder. Her bottom lip curled out into a pout, thought she meant to be looking stern and mature. "Angle's no good if I have to hold it up and 'ttach to the bar all alone."

Conrad Sturm [ Drakonya Krov ]
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Re: [jan mp] trapped in this fabulous show [conrad]
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2021, 05:17:06 AM »
Yeah!

Conrad hadn’t expected that; he narrowed his eyes with confusion, and maybe that prompted the girl to think about what she’d just said and take it back. She stomped one foot. She wanted this to be some kind of stupid slapfight - Conrad, with great difficulty, did not oblige, even though a part of him was aching to tell her that nobody, nobody, had time for brats, that she would have to learn that sooner or later and it wasn’t his fault she hadn’t learned it yet. Girls got away with so much shit just because they were so liable to cry about it when they got shut down.

He took a deep breath, deep enough that he thought he might pop, and said, trying to make his voice hard, unarguable, “Whatever.”

What did she care, anyway? He wasn’t even in charge. She didn’t even have to listen to him. She could go right on doing whatever she liked and it wouldn’t be his fault if she fell and broke her stupid neck. (Conrad had always taken a great interest in what was and wasn’t his fault.)

He was ready to go find something else to do – something indelicate where it wouldn’t matter that he was now in a mood to slam things around, like mop, like his dad made him do when he was in a snitty mood and couldn’t be trusted not to accidentally smash tanks of newts all over the deck like he had once when he was thirteen – but she was whining now. Conrad rolled his eyes and said, “Find another job then, and stop being such a baby.”


the show must go wrong

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