"It seems like everyone’s generally friendly with each other here, lots of school spirit too."
"I did, about a day or two ago! I assume you’ve been here for a lot longer, though. Ah, thank you! I get that a lot."
"I’ve never seen anyone fight, but I guess I wouldn’t notice if they did."
"Oh, that’s really new! Not much longer, start of this year I think. Well then, you have really pretty eyes."
"One stole my sketchbook, then came back and stole my shoe!” Jane harrumphs, melting into a grin. “I’m not exactly sure— somewhere in the African wild. I can ask my father if you’d like— I’m certain he’d know.” Jane shakes her head, smiling. “I’m hardly an Intelligent. Thank you, though.”
Her eyes widened at the array of swords. “What makes you like the Epee?” she asks, impressed with the ease in which he handled it. She’d be terrified of dropping it and hurting someone else. “Alright. So, agility then. How on earth did you stumble upon this hobby, anyhow?”
"Really? How could you let a tiny monkey take it off you?" He teased, nudging her. "Could you? I’ll probably be able to find out, can’t be too hard if I do a little research." He shrugged, smiling at her. "I think you’re a genius."
"Well, the foil’s quite boring. It’s much smaller and much lighter, but it’s not as much fun. Every sword has a different set of rules, and with the Epee everywhere is a target, not just your torso. It’s just more competition." Nodding, he grinned. "Yeah! You just have to be fast, it’s pretty easy! Well I’ve always had pretend sword fights, with John and Michael, my cousins. We would pretend to be Lost Boys and Pirates. So when I got here, Jane just thought it’d be cool, and so did I."
"I know! There’s so many awesome people here, it’s great!"
"Hey, Danny. I’m Roxanne, and it’s totally nice to meet you as well!"
"Yeah! Everyone’s really nice and everyone’s different, I love it."
"Did you just get here? That’s a really pretty name by the way."
"Holy moly, this place is getting full."
"Hi, I’m Danny! It’s nice to meet you!"
She smiled, a genuine smile, for the first time in a long time. “I’ve missed you too, bub. Quite a lot.” Pulling his hand up she kissed it, knowing he wouldn’t allow her to give him one on the cheek.
"Of course you have!" He teased, scrunching up his nose as she kissed his hand but not taking it away.
When they reached the woods he was bouncing on his toes in excitement, his face lit up with a massive grin. “Where to?”
"Well, when you put it that way, it sounds rather dull. They’re sprightly little things— rather troublesome if you let them be." Jane pauses to think, wracking her brain for the name of another hybrid. "I believe that there’s a mix between a leopard and a lion. I’ve never seen one in person, unfortunately!"
"I’m going as fast as I can!" she calls back, scurrying to catch up, a bounce in her step, excited to watch.
"Really? What can little monkeys do?" He asked, his face lighting up as she described the next animal. "No way! Where’re would I find one of them? You’re really smart you know."
Holding the door open for Jane he stepped inside and grinned, walking over to the rack of swords and taking one, tossing it from hand to hand before walking back over to her. “Coach says we’re supposed to use the foils,” he said, pointing to the smaller swords, “because they’re for beginners. But I like the Epee best. Basically, you just have to hit your opponent with the tip of your sword five times, and not be hit in return.”