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Two Fools in One ☻ In Person ☻ OTA!

[Good morning, Academy. It looks like you were hit with a color bomb. Also, half of Traverse Town is suddenly partying it up on campus in various crazy costumes. Feast of Fools, anyone?

After a fair bit of festivities (and probably confusion on the students' parts because since when was this a planned school function and wtf wtf), the performance begins, which basically goes like a normal FoF at Paris, only less hunchback-related fun and a very, very different dance from Esmeralda. Mostly because they're still at a school and a student pole dancing might be frowned on. So basically, it's just like Paris up to the moment Clopin disappears onstage, leaving only Esmeralda.]


[Esmeralda never understood how anyone could claim they couldn’t dance.

It wasn’t about the dancer, it never was: it was about the music, about how it tapped a rhythm against your very frame, weaving you into its melody. It was about how the music set fire to your blood. It was about how the music would coax you into movement. There was never a question of knowing or not knowing what to do: the music knew what it wanted, and the dancer was its instrument. If you listened to it – really, truly listened – you could hear what the melody was asking of you. The arpeggios, trills, and cadences knew the poetry of motion within the human soul, and the dance was the result.

This melody is different from her usual Festival of Fools routines – she has the advantage of being center stage, here, and not having to compete with countless other distractions and revelries to hold the attention of a fickle crowd. At first the melody is a steady pulse, punctuated by the sounds of her perfectly-timed stamps, embellished by the graceful curves of her arms and the swishing of her dress as she turns and sways. She lifts her skirts ever so slightly, dropping the material only when she gracefully unfurls her arms, or claps in time with the music.

A slow smile curves her lips upward as the melody steadily builds, gaining momentum, until she herself is a whirl – a tempest of red fabric and black hair – until the song itself is a hurricane of sound. She never falls out of rhythm or misses a single beat, nor does she lose her smile, not even for a moment. The song finishes with a flourish, and she strikes a dramatic pose, arms above her head, hands poised. She’s glowing; she’s out of breath; but she isn’t showing off. This is a far better introduction than any she could have hoped to make yesterday. Dance is her native language.

Are you impressed, Academy? Did you notice the bright decorations that were carefully strewn about the campus? Were any of you aware when you woke this morning that you woke to the day of Epiphany, lovingly (and sometimes disastrously) celebrated in Paris as the Festival of Fools?

You are now, ideally.

Happy Topsy Turvy Day!]

((OOC: Small text belongs to Clopin, regular text belongs to Esme. Video is only accurate up to 2:23, so no, no crowning of a King of Fools and no Quasi love, and Esme's new dance is viewable here. This is a mingle post, so post with your character with what they're doing and tag others! Threadjacking absolutely encouraged!))

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topsyturvyfool
Jan. 7th, 2012 12:58 am (UTC)
[Ow ow ow ow fuck ow

Clopin has tended to re-wrapping his stitches, but man does it hurt. The entire dance, he had been favoring his left side and motions on his right were stiff, but it was subtle enough so he was the only one who noticed. He dulls the pain by privately nursing a a bottle of brandy while Esmeralda dances and promising to give himself a rest once the day is over, then he ditches the bottle and starts running around the festival again, chipper as ever.

Hey, folks. The drama teacher you haven't seen in a week is dancing around and joking with people randomly again.]
obviousroyal
Jan. 8th, 2012 11:18 pm (UTC)
[She watches the dance and festivities from afar, curious, but... unsure. Last time she wandered around a "peasant place" she nearly got her hand chopped off. With this crowd of unfamiliar people, she wanted to play it safe. Were it only the school involved, she'd have no qualms getting in there and exploring everything. Heck, she's even keeping her normal "tiara" covered with her winter cloak, hood up, of course. Last thing she wants to do is draw unwanted attention.

But for now, she keeps to herself in the lesser populated areas, even if here eyes wander to the more popular attractions.]
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
[Hey. Hey, Jasmine.

You've been spotted.]


Mademoiselle Jasmine!

[Suddenly, there's the crazy drama teacher right next to you, with a hand on your shoulder.] Just the woman I wanted to see!
obviousroyal
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:19 am (UTC)
[She practically flails, startled.] A-ah, good afternoon, Clopin.

W-wait, "wanted to see"? Why?
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:26 am (UTC)
[It's a common reaction to him.] Ah, forgot so quickly? I did tell you that I would show you a peasant festival, didn't I? Clopin keeps his promises. [...Sometimes.]

Edited at 2012-01-09 02:26 am (UTC)
obviousroyal
Jan. 9th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
O-oh, right... that.

[She's just... not sure about this one. For whatever reason. Perhaps it's just that she's sticking to her original plan to stay along the outskirts like the stubborn and proud girl she is.]
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:03 pm (UTC)
[Stop being stubborn and proud and have fun. :| ]

Come, come, not getting cold feet, are we? It's just a jaunt, really.
obviousroyal
Jan. 9th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
[What is this "fun" you speak of? :|||]

I-I don't know... I don't want to cause any trouble or make you go out of your way...

[Push her in, Clopin. She'll forgive you later. Eventually.]
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chansondeleau
Jan. 7th, 2012 03:39 pm (UTC)
[What. The. Hell.

Demyx isn't sure if he's supposed to know what this is, but he's also pretty sure he'd remember something like this. (How the heck could he not remember something like Esmeralda's dance? Too much work for him, but still pretty sweet.)

He's wandering around through the stalls with his sitar strapped to his back, trying to find a decent food stall. He's starving.]
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 8th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
[ 8D ! ]

Demyx! Monsieur!

[Oh God Clopin have you ever heard of personal space you're all up in Demyx's]

Good day to you! Enjoying the festival?

[He has an arm wrapped around Demyx's shoulders because he thrives on popping people's personal bubbles.]
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
[Demyx literally flails when Clopin gets all up in his space]

Aaah! What the heck!?
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 8th, 2012 03:18 am (UTC)
[Clopin does this pretty often in class. This is your teacher, Demyx. What is your life?]

Not quiiiiiiiiiiiite an answer, mon ami, but I'll take it! Now then, you look lost!

[ 83 83 83 83 ! Still all up in your space!]
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
[Sob]

I'm looking for food and I'm not findin' any.
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 8th, 2012 05:46 am (UTC)
Ah! Come, come, I can show you the vendors that won't steal your coin! I'm afraid that's a very popular past time in these festivals. [And you, his student, rank above greedy white vendors in his general 'people I should help out' book, so he'll actually lead you away from the rip-offs that'll make you sick.]
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
[Thank God for that, Demyx hates being sick]

Why did you hire 'em if they're crooks?

[He goes, still wishing for more personal space]

Edited at 2012-01-08 06:50 pm (UTC)
topsyturvyfool
Jan. 9th, 2012 12:48 am (UTC)
[Good thing he's on Clopin's good side, then!]

I didn't hire any of these people, you silly man! They come for the money they get selling and for festivities, nothing else.
chansondeleau
Jan. 9th, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Oooh. So you didn't plan this?
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sirenspell
Jan. 8th, 2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
[Oh look, it's the magical musical boy!

Esmeralda's face visibly brightens as she gets off the stage, sneaking up behind him. She taps his left shoulder before quickly changing directions, and unexpectedly appearing on his right side, grinning.]


Hello!
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
Aah!

[More flailing! Good Lord people.]

Why do you two do that?
sirenspell
Jan. 8th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Do what? Be polite to people?

[The grin turns slightly mischievous.]

You might try saying hello back.
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:05 pm (UTC)
Creep up behind and scare people!

[He composes himself before waving]

Hi.

[Sorry he's not as...obviously happy or whatever. Black Mist, you know how it is. Does a number on emotions.]
sirenspell
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
[She accepts that wave, though his response to the "creeping up behind and scaring people" amuses her quite a bit. Silly boy.

She sinks into a polite little curtsy, her gaze transferring to what's strapped on his back.]


Oh, did you bring Arpeggio with you?
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Yep!

[He reaches back and pats the neck]

Always do.
sirenspell
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:34 pm (UTC)
[She's tempted to ask if he remembers his promise to play for her, but then, it doesn't seem very polite to ask just now, especially since this is a festival, and she's not sure if he wants to display his water magic publicly. She'll ask later.

For now, she falls into step beside him.]


Is this your first Festival of Fools celebration? What have you seen and done so far?
chansondeleau
Jan. 8th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
I'm...pretty sure it is. I probably would've remembered something as crazy as this.

[He chuckles]
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