honor among students ; verena v. rafe Sept 18, 2020 23:12:18 GMT -5
Post by 7m kyler petralia ♦ tris on Sept 18, 2020 23:12:18 GMT -5
Verena Bainbridge is not a nervous eater. Let's go ahead and get that out of the way.
But as she bites into the apple and chews, lazily tossing her hair over her shoulder, eyes scanning everything and focusing on nothing — it's really a distraction. The girl is clever, mapping out her strengths and her weaknesses to the point where she can see them when she blinks. Learning and mastering the tactics that make her excel.
One of those, she has found, is eating before any big event. Healthy meals, of course, something that is gentle enough on the stomach but capable of keeping her distracted. Crunch, chew, squint her eyes, repeat. She's not thinking. Not worrying. Only eating — studying. Going last is a curse and a blessing. There's so much to learn from her peers.
And so much more to teach them.
She's not cocky when she finally takes her place on the training floor, not one for all the bravado that these matches usually call for. She's a rich, pretty girl — strong and smart, high ranking in all of her classes — so stroking her ego seems like a pointless endeavor. It's telling. It makes you seem deeply insecure, in a way you don't even realize.
Verena is not perfect. She will never be, even as hard as she tries.
But being the best is a different matter — and she holds her sword with a strong hand, swallowing the sugary aftertaste and sighing out all of the tension in her body, always so serious and dedicated to her cause. She offers her adversary a nod, remembering that his name is Rafe and that he has never seemed that eager to show him off, either.
That's good. She likes to win against people that have personalities.
"Shall we?" she says politely, taking her stance in a practiced and elegant way. Fighting dirty has never appealed to her, and perhaps that is why she has yet to add Dauntless to her list of completed courses. But there are rules, and undeniable facts, and felling a boy with only her brain and her blade is far more honorable than throwing dirt into his eyes.
He needs to see this. They all need to.
So she strikes, and she tries to aim for his weakest joint.verena attacks rafe ; sword