2010-09-19: Learning To Listen


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Summary: Connor and Robyn make a successful attempt to clear the tension.

Date: September 19, 2010

Log Title: Learning To Listen

Rating: PG

Xavier Mansion - Connor and Robyn's Room

Robyn's side of the room is cluttered but not messy and has a bit of a creepy feel to it. His bed has black sheets with a Nightmare Before Christmas pillow and comforter. On the wall is a Nightmare Before Christmas poster and a poster showing the art of Edward Gorey. On his end table is a collection of little figures that seem to have a deamonish quality to him. On his desk are more little figures like a tree that instead of leaves has hands and a snake eating someone holding a 'help me' sign. He's got a few art books on his desk along with his regular schoolbooks. A cased cello sits in the corner of his side of the room.

Sitting at his desk working on homework, Robyn's using it more as a time killer than actually to get work done. He's actually waiting for Connor to get back since he really wants to talk to his friend. He's working on his paper for Mythology and there are a few dvds on his bed and a few books from the library, all fictional stories featuring Greek Mythology as a theme. There are books and movies from Harry Potter to Percy Jackson to Shakespeare to Clash of the Titans and a few other titles. They are booked marked and have post it notes on them as he works on the optional assignment.

Connor has not actually been back on Campus since Friday evening, this being the night before school meaning he needs to be hear. Stepping through the door in a new dark grey hooded top and bluejeans, he stops for a moment as he sees you there at your desk. The moment has passed however, and he makes his way to his bed, and settles down several pieces of new clothing that he lays out in his usual and precise fashion.

Robyn turns to Connor as he walks in and smiles at him. "Hey Connor, you go away for the weekend?" He asks indicating he might have been looking for him. "Sorry about the mess, I'll have it cleaned up before I go to bed, just working on this report. I think I'm almost done." He says as he saves his word document and closes his laptop before turning to look at Connor. "Hey listen…sorry if I've been rubbing you the wrong way lately. I really haven't been meaning to just, I've been so stressed lately that things have been rubbing me the wrong way."

Connor turns around and sits on his bed, sighing once, and letting his hands fall on his lap as he tilts his head, "Robyn… I know you've meant well… but you've been so desperate to make your point with me… you didn't seem like you heard anything I said." Shaking his head once, he looks to the side and out the window, "I'm not begrudging you what's happened… not at all. So… I'm sorry if it came off that way, allright?"

Robyn looks at Connor and chooses his words carefully, speaking slowly as if trying to pick what to say carefully. "I think the feeling is mutual Connor. I think to me, it doesn't seem to be you're listening to what I'm saying and vice versa. We've….somethings been going between us lately and…I don't like it. I don't like you being mad at me and I don't like their being issues between us. And it's not because we have to share the same living space but..but because you're my friend."

Connor inhales deeply and closes his eyes, pinching at his nose a moment before settling once more, "I'm on edge… the whole Selene thing, allright? I don't like it one bit, but I'm working the hand we've been dealt. I do think there are things we can learn, but I can't stand the thought of her hurting any one of you again. I don't WANT this feeling in me, that I know and I will hurt someone, but it's there. And I have to come to terms with it." There's another soft exhale before he smiles again, "I've never been easy to get along with. While I lead with my head, when emotions get involved I tend to shut them down. Which is sorta the opposite of what you do."

There's a small smile from Robyn and a sheepish shrug. "My parents are artists…emotions is kind of a big thing in our household." Then about Selene he nods. "Yeah…I found out more information about Selene that makes me…need all the help from you guys I can get. I know I let my emotions usually run me and that's part of what I'm weary about. Also, I've never hated someone as much as I do Selene and…most of it..is from what she did to me. Finding out she's tried several times to kill me doesn't help with those feelings either."

Pushing up and off the bed, he walks over and comes around the back of Robyn, giving the other young man a shrug. Connor pats Robyn's chest a few times before he smiles and stands up to full height once more, "I think we fight because we want the same things for different reasons. And while we might see the solution? We don't think the other's route is the best choice. You don't like me close to her… and I don't like you sitting there hurting. So…" And he just knocks both his fists together, "So what's this years big project for you?"

Robyn looks down and takes a deep breath. "I was telling James…part of why I hate her so much Connor is..she scared me. More than anyone else has. She…she really is evil and we have to work with her. She tried to get James to kill me a few times and for some reason, she really hates me. I don't know why but…it's not that I don't like you close to her I just…I don't want you to get hurt." Then in regards to the big project he looks at Connor and bites his lip. "Well…besides art stuff, don't laugh okay. I kinda…wanna see if I can get us all to work as a team and maybe lead if possible, prove that I can rise above her."

Connor actually laughs a bit, and then settles on his bed as he tilts his head to one side, "I've learned that I'm not a leader… I can strategize, I can give the advice… but when it comes down to it, I'm a scrapper. I want to be there up front, doing the things that need to be done. So… I got your back." Then after a wink he arches a brow, "So… been into my Dr. Pepper stash while I was away?"

Robyn smiles and nods. "I really want this team to work and do well, and not just to spite her. I don't know, I know Lucas wanted to lead but his brilliant idea was to stage a walk out. Which would probably make Selene oh so upset." Yes there is some sarcasm there. "I dunno, I just really want us to work as a team and become a good team together. Including Theo." He's willing to look past their differences. "Though I'm pretty sure Theo is gonna be making cracks about the fact that I'm gay any chance he gets, he's already done that, but with Theo, I can ignore it. Selene, not so much. I think because SElene, she really got to me. What about you Connor, what are your plans?"

Connor claps his hands together, and then rubs them, "Working the advanced hand to hand course instead of gym, topping it off with some advanced geometry and english Lit… and I got into Mister Gilpatrick's music composition class. I'm trying to get on the Blackbird thing too… so I'm filling up my plate. I hate having leisure time… but someone we both know has pointed out that I need to make sure to not behave every once in a while. You know?"

Robyn laughs and nods. "Hey, it seems like it's a busy year for everyone this year. I'm doing the driving thing so that should help once I get my licence. And…I need to get applications out and get my portfolio done. College next year and with mental defense and JRXTC and Ms. Frost wanting to do the whole monitoring my powers so I can get the vampirism under control, it's a busy year. Which is maybe why you and I have been snappish, we're both stressed with it being our senior year and the amount of work.

Connor blinks a few times, "Right… Mental Defense. I'm in that with another group. The beginners… but all it ends up with is headaches at the end of every session. I think it's because of the wormhole link thing futzing with the ability to block everything out… or maybe I'm just too stubborn." Smirking a bit as he nods to Robyn, "That's cool she's taking a hand… is it weird, or does it all feel different somehow? Like… I got here last year, and everything was kinda… ready to fall down. Now… it's alive."

"Headaches are normal." Robyn says to Connor with a smile. "It's not easy to defend your mind, I get headaches from it and I don't think Addison goes that easy so I don't suspect he does on you guys either. And you know what, that too stubborn will probably help you in the end, you'll be too stubborn to let people in." He says before pondering his next question. "I…I don't know. See, I feel like things are more ready to fall down now this year than last year but then, maybe I'm just nervous about the idea of college next year. I mean…I'm used to this place and I don't wanna leave you guys behind."

Connor gives Robyn a bit of a look, "It's MY senior year too, you know… but it's the sensation of having to say goodbye. But this place isn't like other schools. I think they'd let you stay if you ask… just because that's the game. I mean… look at the staff. And supposedly, the security guys are all ex-students too." Reaching under his bed, he gets out his Dr. Pepper, and cracks a new can open, "See… don't look at it all as the big picture. You already know the big picture… so just look at the little things. A single problem at a time. And let it all fall into place you know?"

Robyn smiles and lets out a chuckle. "I know it's your senior year too Connor. Yeah but if I asked to stay then what? It's not going to help with art school and then am I gonna end up like Lucas? Just running from everything, including my friends?" Robyn shakes his head. "Yeah, I guess I just have to deal with it one day at a time and tackle those hurdles when I get there, or we get there in the case of our team." He then gets up and starts to clean up his research.

Connor tilts his head to the side to see what's on the desk finally, and asks softly, "Anything I can help with? I -am- a writer… it means I tend to read a lot, especially when idle… you never know when me being that know-it-all again will help."

"Well I have it almost done, but you can take a look if you want. It's an optional essay but it's on Mythology and how it impacts modern society and I went the entertainment route and how much entertainment is based off of Classic Mythology." Robyn says opening up the computer so Connor can look if needed. It's passable but not great. "It's mainly so I can get to go on the field trip at the end of the year."

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