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honestypolice ([personal profile] honestypolice) wrote in [community profile] bakerstreet2013-01-07 07:28 pm

slow dancing in a burning room

slow dancing
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FORMAL OR INFORMAL, WITH MUSIC OR WITHOUT, YOU COULD BE AT A GLAMOUROUS GALA WHILE A SINGER CROONS SOFTLY OR IN THE SILENCE OF YOUR OWN LIVING ROOM. WHEREVER YOU ARE, YOU HAVE THE URGE TO DANCE. DID YOU ASK YOUR PARTNER OR DID THEY ASK YOU? HAVE YOU GOT TWO LEFT FEET OR IS THE VIENNESE WALTZ YOUR JAM? IT COULD BE AWKWARD, IT COULD BE ROMANTIC. EITHER WAY IT'S CUTE AS HELL.
 

mynameisnotbud: I trust you. You know that, right? (True smile.)

Lloyd Irving | Tales of Symphonia

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-01-09 06:19 pm (UTC)(link)
[ooc; M/F only -- except for Zelos just because it'd be bromancey and lulzy and Lloyd dnw.]
lightning_fists: (Goddess)

post-lessons with Zelos? because mama!Teef embarrasses him less

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-01-09 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[ In general, she wasn't all that familiar with formal dances. Growing up in a backwater town, there had been no use for it. Still, there was a basics to everything. And that much, at least, Tifa fake. ]

So, you hold her hand up like this. And place your other hand right here just above her hip.

[ Because, really. All Lloyd needed was the confidence to hold a girl... right? ]
mynameisnotbud: It won't last long either way. (Semi-interested? Not sure yet.)

YES GOOD

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-01-09 08:48 pm (UTC)(link)
[Lloyd can relate on the backwater-town-background thing -- even if that would confuse him because wut Iselia isn't an island; it's not even that close to the beach :|a -- but prior to Zelos' "generosity," Tifa would have him beaten in basics, even. Dancing isn't a Lloyd Thing, even if he's had exposure to it in different levels of society.

But! Now he Knows Things, and like heck he's letting all that awkward learning go to waste, so he nods at the instructions.]
Okay, got it.

[And right now he's in Determined Mode, so he's actually gonna do right as she says, moving to take her hand in one of his and put his other on her hip. As focused as he is on getting those right, he doesn't look up at her yet. Which might explain the lack of hesitation atm, as lol wut is personal space intrusion?]

Like this, right?
lightning_fists: (Ready)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-01-09 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Well, good cuz depending on how tall he is in comparison, he might just be getting an eyeful of bewbs right now if he were paying closer attention. Smiling, she nods her approval. Not too high and not too low. Although his arms could be a little bit stiffer. ]

Right. Good. Now, remember to hold your frame. You'll need it a bit when we start moving.

[ Lifting her hand from where it casually rested against his arms, the young woman lightly tapped an elbow that was drooping a bit lower than it should. ]
mynameisnotbud: You were easily prodded? ("Prod...easy...?")

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-01-10 03:56 am (UTC)(link)
Frame, right. Okay. [And he moves accordingly -- to his credit, he's a quick learner (that or he doesn't learn at all, usually). Arm up a bit more.]

'Zat better?
lightning_fists: (Smile)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-01-11 09:45 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Grins, a bit of pride laced in there. ]

Perfect.

Now, we dance. Remember to listen to the beat of the music. Most should just be an easy four count, but always take a minute to feel it out for yourself first if you're not sure.

[ And for aesthetic purposes, we'll pretend there's some dripping water somewhere that magically keeps perfect time. ]
mynameisnotbud: ("I get it! You're a handcuff thief!")

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-01-18 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
Got it.

[And because he's 110% FOCUSED ON THIS at least until he gets bored or embarrassed, he takes the lead by stepping in time with the perfectly timed water drops -- not tugging on her at all, but still leading.

And yeah, he's totally doing the "one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four" under his breath to keep track.]
lightning_fists: (Pride)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-01-19 04:00 am (UTC)(link)
[ And he's completely welcome to guide her a little bit. Because the waltz is completely archaic and resides in the fact that the man leads and the woman follows. But that's okay. Because it's pretty and it's nice and it's easy once you get the hang of it. ]

Good. Eyes up. [ Staring at your feet meant that your eyes weren't looking around and avoiding other people who might be dancing around you. Or tables. ] Smoother steps.

[ Because even though he had to hold his frame, it was still a dance and it still had to look graceful and pretty. Confusion, she knows. ]
mynameisnotbud: What good does studying do way out here, Professor? (Siiiiiigh.)

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-01-25 03:29 pm (UTC)(link)
[He does look up, but his expression's a puzzled and somewhat resigned one.]

How's dancing supposed to be fun when there're so many rules? It's kinda hard to enjoy it when you have to remember so much. [And apparently he can't whine chat and dance at the same time just yet because whoops posture slipping a bit]
lightning_fists: (Sweet)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-01-30 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
It's only hard in the beginning. [ And it's not like she's being particularly too strict on the rules. Only when it becomes glaringly obvious that he needs a little reminder here and there. ] Once you get the hang of it, it'll be like second nature. [ Laughs a little at that, soft and light as he sweeps her over in a side-step. ] And that's when it'll start being fun.
mynameisnotbud: It won't last long either way. (Semi-interested? Not sure yet.)

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-02-17 06:15 am (UTC)(link)
...If you say so. [The hesitance there isn't because he disbelieves her -- rather, considering how short Lloyd's attention span is, even he's unsure whether he'll be able to stick with it long enough to get very good at it.

Whoop, he catches himself and moves back in line.]


This isn't like the dancing I used to see back in my hometown, though. That was more... [hmmm]

...it wasn't so... fancy and uncomfortable looking.
lightning_fists: (Sweet)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-02-26 07:28 pm (UTC)(link)
[ He'll earn a soft chuckle with that. My dear little Lloyd, you have no idea. ]

I know what you mean. The dances in Nibelhiem always involved a lot of jumping around and feet stomping. A lot of laughter, too.

[ Dances in square formations, still. But a lot more lively than the little hop and bop she was trying to teach them. ]

I think you would've enjoyed that a lot more.
mynameisnotbud: I trust you. You know that, right? (True smile.)

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-03-13 12:32 am (UTC)(link)
[He gives a slightly self-conscious kind of grin] I didn't do much of any dancing back home, really. One friend of mine really likes it, though, so I'd dance with her at birthday parties and stuff when she wanted to.

[And then that smile turns a bit more fond, although he doesn't realize it] She's kind of a klutz, though, so she's not very good at it. But it was fun, even if it was just kids' stuff.

[...Okay flashback over as he grows thoughtful]

So how'd you learn to dance like this, then?
lightning_fists: (Meek)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-03-17 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Feeling the faint pull of a smile against her lips, the elder listened queitly to the other's memories with a warm weight blooming in her chest. It was not the same story as hers. But it was one she understood. Once upon a time it'd been her pulling Cloud along, and having him stumble throuh her whims through a pure need to make her happy. To see her smile.

It was a sweet gesture that filled her childhood with light amid the darkness.
]

A long time ago, I knew someone liked to dance...
mynameisnotbud: ("I get it! You're a handcuff thief!")

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-03-23 03:35 am (UTC)(link)
[He just smiles at that.]

So a friend taught you? He must've been good.
lightning_fists: (Fond)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-03-25 06:40 am (UTC)(link)
[ And despite herself, Tifa couldn't help but laugh. ]

Actually, I think he was even worse than I was. [ Voice, notably softer, there was no denying the hint of fondness in her tone when she continued to speak, feeling an ease in their step as they moved and smiling secretly at the way he seemed more relaxed than before. ] But I think he wanted to learn... For me.
mynameisnotbud: I trust you. You know that, right? (True smile.)

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-04-15 07:53 pm (UTC)(link)
[Oooohhh okay.]

So... he wanted to learn first so that he could teach you! [BINGO.] He sounds like a great guy.

[Lloyd Logic Fail -- learn to love it, Tifa. Or at least ignore it.]
lightning_fists: (Fond)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-04-30 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
[ Aww, Lloyd. You know she'll always go with the love. Especially with a goofball like him~ So here, has an innocent chuckle. ]

Something like that. And he was, a good guy. [ Please, ignore the way her voice becomes wistful and a bit distant. ] He ended up becoming my best friend...
mynameisnotbud: It won't last long either way. (Semi-interested? Not sure yet.)

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-07-08 12:45 am (UTC)(link)
[Nope sorry can't ignore that not possible

so have an innocently curious look right back.]


Where is he now?
lightning_fists: (W-well You See...)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-07-10 11:47 pm (UTC)(link)
[ Drat! Curse your unexpected but inevitable betrayalexpert observation! Still, she waves it off. Despite the softness that touches the edges of her eyes. Despite the way her smile lessens at the thought of him. ]

He's... away on a trip. Has been for a while.
mynameisnotbud: You were easily prodded? ("Prod...easy...?")

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-07-12 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
Oh... you mean like a journey?

[Because journey = TOTALLY IMPORTANT BIG THING whereas trip = vacation or walk to the store or something (in Lloyd's mind, at least).]
lightning_fists: (Neutral)

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-07-12 03:53 am (UTC)(link)
Yes. Something like that.

[ One that's lasted for nearly a year. But she can hardly blame him for it. It was simply... something he needed to do, she supposes. ]
mynameisnotbud: ("I get it! You're a handcuff thief!")

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-09-26 01:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Hm... well, when he gets back, you can tell him all about how good you've gotten! You gotta be good at something to teach others, right? And you're teaching me great!

[at the risk of sounding full of himself

...whoop go figure he stumbles a little even as he says that.]


Uh -- oops.
lightning_fists: (Amused)

...Lloyd is totally shipping CloTi right nao. 8|

[personal profile] lightning_fists 2013-09-30 09:46 am (UTC)(link)
[ Chuckles at that. Good timing, indeed. But hey, at least no toes were harmed in that stumble. That shows improvement there~ ]

I just might. [ Smiles, fondly, at the idea of it. ] Or... I guess I could just. Show him.

Meanwhile, I think you might need a little bit more practice.
mynameisnotbud: I trust you. You know that, right? (True smile.)

without even realizing it lolol

[personal profile] mynameisnotbud 2013-10-03 01:32 pm (UTC)(link)
[Sheepish grin is go]

Yeah, I guess so... but I'm definitely way better than I was yesterday!

[optimism again!!]

I'll have it down in no time.

[...yeah okay sure Lloyd just shush and keep dancing then]

is cute~

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