A little studio time with [personal profile] shardofwinter

Oct. 2nd, 2016 10:48 pm
barre_none: (resting in studio mirror)
[personal profile] barre_none

If Grace is anything, she's certainly a creature of habit, and so she's already been in the studio a couple of hours. It's an odd feeling, warming up alone; usually she's with a few of her colleagues or her partner, catching up with them while they stretch themselves into pretzels and wake themselves up.

But then again, since she's arrived here, when have her days been 'usual'?

She's dressed in her studio gear - tights and shorts over a black leotard, with grey leg warmers that have seen better days indeed - and is currently sat on the floor in what looks like a horrendously uncomfortable position. Somehow though, she looks quite content, amusing herself with her phone while she waits for Reynard to arrive. She has no idea how this will go, or whether they'll get much done, but she has no doubt it'll be a laugh whatever happens.

She might not /mean/ to be showing off...

Date: 2016-10-04 09:56 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Large Grin)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
Not a dancer of her style, no, but he has danced before. Even if those dances were more energetic and brazen than the grace she's looking for from him. He knows how to take large, gracious steps into position.

When she moves in front of him at the correct time he doesn't pause or hesitate. Confidence is a gift of the long-lived. He sets his hands on her waist, under her ribs, and lifts in a smooth rise and equally well controlled fall. If she looks back he's only smirking a little. "You're light as a feather, my dear."

... Like showing off.

Date: 2016-10-05 07:49 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Crooked)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
"One focused on ballet, I think," he quips back brightly. Whenever he does catch her eye in the mirror he's sure to smile back, though the rest of the time he'll be concentrating on when, where and how to lift and hold her.

It feels strange to do this. Compared to the dances he's used to, this is slow, calm, and focused on maintaining discipline and precision. And while he's not a professional dancer, he is a good partner. As he said, he takes direction well and quickly, as well as being intuitive about where she wants him.

Date: 2016-10-06 03:52 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Friendly conversation)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
When she pauses for a break he's all too happy for it. There are muscles he's not used to using that now ache unhappily. Still, he grins right on back at her. "I told you I was a quick study, and that I've danced before."

Date: 2016-10-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Large Grin)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
"It all looked more than perfect to me." There's a pause and he grins widely at her. "And you did well too."

Date: 2016-10-07 03:44 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Large Grin)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
It's both rewarding and amusing to see her play along to his little game. He watches her acting with a large, crooked grin. But she's quick off the mark to set them back to practicing. So he nods and saunters over to his starting position, only taking his hands from his hips once he's prompted to move.

"Your stage partner will be jealous when you go home," he says when she comes close. "To hear you found someone else to practice with."

Date: 2016-10-07 07:41 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Crooked)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
His scoff is almost a snort. "I don't buy that for a second."

Contrary to what she might think, as they finish the second round Reynard stretches a bit and, setting his hands on his hips, smiles at her. "Again?"

It's just starting to feel like practice as it used to be. Repetition, repetition, repetition. None of the many skills he learned were gained without continuous practice and use of them. Though it has been a while since he picked up something new.

Date: 2016-10-09 12:40 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Crooked)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
Despite her worries, it may be Grace they should both be worrying about. Reynard is used to long hours of hard labour with little to no breaks or food to keep him going. That isn't the life he leads now, but it is exceptionally easy for him to fall back into that automatic perseverance.

He will continue to help her, repeating the scene as many times as she likes, with fewer and fewer moments to break until he's going to his starting point the second they finish. It doesn't hurt that Grace is clearly pleased every time she makes progress. Reynard can't see what that progress is, but he can tell when she looks happier with herself.

Date: 2016-10-09 09:25 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Word in your ear)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
Though he laughs, he shakes his head, stretching his arms back and forth before holding his hands in front of him. "A slab of steak, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots on the side. All smothered in gravy." He lets his hands drop. "That's what you should be looking for."

Date: 2016-10-10 05:57 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Pub talk)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
That gets a curious lift of an eyebrow. "Are you vegetarian...?"

Date: 2016-10-11 07:19 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Questioning certainties)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
He sets his hands on his hips and his head turns, scanning around as if it would help organise his thoughts. When he looks at her again, there's a confusion she's probably used to by now. "Isn't that dangerous?"

Date: 2016-10-11 07:41 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Second thoughts)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
The joking around draws out his large, lopsided grin with ease. With her answer, he waves a hand dismissively. "I'll trust the woman who has the life experience with it."

For a second he hesitates, looking at her as if caught between two options, then he sighs, his shoulders shrugging lightly. "I've seen a lot of bad things happen to people who weren't able to eat well, that's all."

Date: 2016-10-11 09:28 pm (UTC)
shardofwinter: (Eye squinty honesty)
From: [personal profile] shardofwinter
"You shouldn't just be careful, you should be selfish," he tells her with a hint of a smile. "With the lengths you push yourself. No one else is going to take care of you. You need to pamper yourself like the queen you are."

Cheesiness for the vegan

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