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Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:06, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She was lying quietly on Ferlen's side of the bed, waiting for him to return home.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:10, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would walk in looking tired. "Sorry I'm so late...I'm sure you understand."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:13, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"Of course," she replied, sitting up and smiling softly at him. "You must be exhausted."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:15, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "A bit...it's been a long day. A long CRAZY day."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:16, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"It has been," she agreed, patting the bed beside her. "At least you can relax for a bit."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:19, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would shrug. "Tomorrow I have to try to sort out what to do with Ashley."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:22, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded slowly. "I can see why it would be so complicated. She's essentially been impersonating Lily for almost two years... then again, Lily helped her, and likely was the one who suggested that."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:25, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "I think the question is do we press charges of some sort...or do we offer her a job with the aurors."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:27, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded. "What are your thoughts about that?"
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:30, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would shrug. "Torn. I don't know if we can trust her, especially given that she's had Lily as a tutor for lying."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:31, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"Are you inclined to believe the whole of Lily's report?"
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:33, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would frown. "I was...until you said something. Why?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:36, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I'm just saying that even though Lily has lied so often in the past, she appears to be telling the whole truth now. Even though Ashley may know how to lie because of Lily, she also has observed how to tell the truth."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:44, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "I suppose so. Either way it's going to take time to rebuild that trust."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:45, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded. "Assuming Ashley is mentally stable enough to continue acting as an Auror."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:48, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would sit down on the bed and take off his shoes. "Or that she even wants to."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:51, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded, her gaze shifting as her thoughts demanded her attention.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:57, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would finish undressing, then put on his pajamas. "You seem to be pretty deep in thought."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:59, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She smiled softly and nodded. "It's a lot to take in and process."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:02, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would shrug. 'I suppose so. Does that mean you won't be coming to bed soon?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:05, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She scooted back to her own side of the bed, lying down again; she was already in her pajamas. "No, I should try to sleep. I just don't know when I'll be able to," she admitted.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:11, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "Well...there are potions for that...or we could stay up a bit and put on a muggle movie or something."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:14, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
As much as it would be nice to escape because of a potion, or escape into a Muggle movie, she knew it was probably best to let herself keep thinking about all this for now- or else it would creep back into her mind later. She reached to give him a gentle kiss. "You get some sleep," she murmured. "I'll be just fine."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:17, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would shrug. "Ok...just let me know if you need to talk."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:19, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded, looking him over. She probably should talk it all out... but she didn't even know where to start... or whether this was even the right time.

Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 19:30, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
About a quarter of an hour had passed since Ferlen had lied down next to her. She thought she knew what she wanted to say now... but if Ferlen was asleep now, she would try to push it out of her mind... write it down, then take a sleeping potion. "Are you still awake?" she whispered.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 19:45, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would roll over, sounding sleepy. "Partly...what's up?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 19:48, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"Umm..." Just let Ferlen sleep, one part of her brain argued. If you don't talk now, you probably won't for a long time, the other side argued. "I... think I want to talk. But only if you're not too sleepy," she added quickly.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 20:13, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would prop himself up a little. "Sure...what's on your mind?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 20:16, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She remained lying down, her head turned up to face him. "Lily and I... we have some very clear similarities... and some of them bother me. But we also have clear differences."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 20:50, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
He would frown. "You're nothing like her Teresa. You haven't lied to everyone around you."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 20:53, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"Yes, I did, Ferlen," she said slowly. "I kept my work with the Cruciatus Curse a secret... and sometimes I lied to keep it that way. In the end, I couldn't keep you away... just as Lily couldn't keep Ashley away."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 21:32, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
"The relationship's different Teresa...and you didn't lie. You told me you couldn't tell me what you were doing. That's different than lying to my face."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 21:35, February 16, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She sighed and met his gaze. "I did lie to your face. I made up all kinds of excuses when you noticed I looked tired. I made up stories about why I came home from work late, why I didn't wait for you at the office. You had asked me before if everything was okay... and until the night I told you everything, I always said yes."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 13:28, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would lay quietly, letting those thoughts bounce around in his head.


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 13:34, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She averted her gaze, waiting quietly for his response.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 13:45, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
Finally he would answer. "So...that's what's bothering you? That you think you're like Lily?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 13:50, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She measured her response carefully. "I think I've started down a shadowed path I can't go back from, and that I'm already tiptoeing the line. If I am like Lily...." She trailed off, firmly shutting down the emotion that was fighting to break through.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 13:53, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"Why can't you go back? You could stop right now...and just be done with it."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 14:00, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I can't rid myself of the Dark knowledge I already possess. And I've already changed... probably irreversibly. My Patronus is no longer a lion; it's a badger. I have too much control over my emotions... I can almost dictate when to feel something. I don't think I can change any of that back."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 14:07, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"I disagree. I think you've just been so exposed...and it's like a sickness and you're showing all the symptoms. ...but if you beat it...aren't exposed again, you can heal and go back to how you were."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 14:13, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She was quiet for a few moments as she processed that. "I'm not sure I want to stop," she admitted in a whisper. "If I did stop... if I even found that I was able to... what would be the point of it all?"
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 14:15, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"Maybe a lesson? ...or since you've had a breakthrough already, you could always draw the line there and say, 'I did this, and it was worth it...but no further'."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 14:19, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"Because I know that there are ways I can use the knowledge for good, if I'm careful and if I think it through. I could do it better, if I did it out of love, and if I made trust and honesty a foundation."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 14:25, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"...and I think it might be a slippery slope. I'm not saying it won't be useful...but you might end up hurting yourself or those around you to get there...and it may not be worth it." He would hesitate. "I guess I assumed after you were done with this occlumency and the cruciatius curse, you'd be done..."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 14:46, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I thought so too... until realized how much I'd changed... and how I could help Lily. I knew more about soul magic than I thought... and I have more information at my disposal. I didn't realize how much I'd picked up on." She bit her lip. "I am afraid of hurting others... and I know you disagree, but I can't see a way to change back to the person I was before."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 14:52, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would talk slowly, sounding concerned. "So...this dabbling in dark magic...will be a permenant thing?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 15:01, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I don't know how to make it any different," she murmured. She propped herself up and looked at him. "I can try to stop... try to cleanse my mind, like you're saying... I just don't know how... and if it can't really be done, then... what am I supposed to do?"
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 15:03, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would prop himself up too to look into her face. He looked worried. "I guess I just don't understand. I feel like it's a decision...like choosing to walk on the sidewalk or in the street. If you choose to stay on the sidewalk...you will. It seems really simple to me. Obviously you don't feel the same."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 15:15, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She slowly shook her head. "It's not that simple. Look at my Patronus... a Patronus is a reflection of the soul. The exposure to the Dark Arts has already done its damage... changed the essence of who I am."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 15:18, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would frown, a little defensive. "What's wrong with a badger? Aren't they supposed to be opposed to the dark arts or something?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 15:30, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I don't know about that. People with a badger Patronus are fiercely loyal to those close to them, but they are also extremely self-reliant, defensive, and have aggressive tendencies."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 15:31, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would give a little smile. "That doesn't sound like most Hufflepuffs I know."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 15:36, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"No, it doesn't... which is why I was surprised to read that."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 15:39, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"So...then what does my patronus say about me oh wise expert." He would give her a smile. "Do you even know what mine is?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:02, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"A unicorn." She smiled. "Trust, purity, innocence... strong but gentle."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:04, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "Yet...not quite all of those traits seem to fit me. I wouldn't really call myself pure or innocent, at least not anymore. Maybe that means not every traits of your patronus has to apply to you either."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:20, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
"I think it's about who you are at your core. You might stray away from your tendencies, but your strive for purity is what you naturally fall back on."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:23, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
"...well that being the case I would say the tendencies I see in you really could apply to a lion or a badger...you're just showing those tendencies more now in secret than in the open."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:40, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She flicked her gaze downward. "Maybe," she murmured.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:43, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would frown. "I guess I don't really understand why you're doing it that way either. Why don't you apply to the Department of Mysteries and work on Dark Magic there?"


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 16:55, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She paused. "If I did that, I wouldn't be allowed to tell you what I was working on. And I want the freedom to be open with you."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 16:59, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod. "I suppose so...but at least there you'd be doing it legally and in an environment where it would be safer and everything..."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:01, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She nodded. "But I also like my job in Technological Advancement. I think the non-Dark work helps keep me grounded."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:03, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would sigh. "I suppose that makes sense."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:07, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She leaned her head against the headboard of the bed, looking at her husband with a hint of sadness in her gaze. "I'm sorry, Ferlen."
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:10, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would frown, giving a shrug. "I just....don't know how to help you. ...and I'm worried about you. ...and I love you." He would look at her, his face etched with worry. "I don't just want to tell you you can't keep doing what your doing...but I want to protect you."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:16, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She gave him a tiny smile. "I think it would be quite difficult to protect me from myself." She paused, then scooted over a bit until she was pressed against him.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:20, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would nod, putting his arm around her. "It is."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:24, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She leaned her head on his shoulder and took his hand in hers, finally letting her emotions have free reign. She closed her eyes as she allowed her guilt to wash over her.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:27, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would put a tender kiss on her forehead. "...but that's part of my job as your husband, no matter how difficult it might be. I'll always love you, and I'll always protect you, no matter what."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:31, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She raised her head slightly to meet his gaze, not fighting the tears that suddenly filled her eyes. She offered him a smile. "Thank you," she whispered.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:32, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would give her a small nod. "You're welcome."


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:36, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
She let out a long breath and closed her eyes, instinctively fighting back the emotion until she was calm once more. She held Ferlen's hand tightly, not wanting him to let go of her.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:39, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would continue to hold her, being the steady rock she needed.


Teresa Azkaban
Teresa Black - Prisoner - Home
Send Me an Owl! - Echostar 17:44, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
~“Family is not an important thing. It's everything.”
Her grip on his hand began to loosen as she finally began to feel exhausted. She let out a soft yawn, then began drifting into sleep.
Ferlin
Ferlen - Alistair Fitzgerald's Senior Undersecretary
Send Me an Owl! - 17:52, February 17, 2015 (UTC)
He would continue to lay there, awake with his thoughts, holding his wife as she slept.
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