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Located deep in the forest far from the trails lies this abandoned mill. The old path leading here is long overgrown and eroded and the river that used to power the mill increasingly more difficult to traverse the deeper into the woods it gets, making the mill difficult to find.

Despite the difficult path to this old building, it's clear upon entry that others have found the place as well: the wall in the first room is half-covered in a beautiful mural much too fresh to have aged with the rest of the place.

Abandoned Mill
a remnant of the past

Roleplay

Carrigan

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

It's pretty early - about 9 AM, and Az is thanking Merlin for the lack of a trace on 17 year olds when he apparates straight to the mill from London. There's no sign of Pluto, which is odd but not too much so - those certainly sound like birds' warning calls, off in the distance. At least someone's having fun this week. Being gone for three days means he's missed yesterday's classes, and he'll probably miss this morning's too by the time he gets back to the dorm and finds his bruise healing paste (Elijah could so easily have warned him of the plan before he got them, but that would be much too much thought for the wellbeing of others to really expect of his brother). As it is, Az isn't too concerned; he's missed class for days on end before and nobody's really noticed, and this time the only people he'll probably have to explain himself to are Billie, which won't be hard - she's perfectly reasonable, after all - and possibly Professor Azari. He did kind of miss their remedial patronus lesson yesterday. Not that that's much of a loss; he's hardly going to master the patronus any time soon, after all. Shaking himself out of his thoughts, he ducks through the door to the mill.

Message Me • 20:39, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Perfectly reasonable is accurate for Billie, sure, at least on most days. It doesn't really apply when her boyfriend vanishes without explanation for three days with his witch hunter brother. As you can probably imagine, those aforementioned days have been a bit of a whirlwind; between that vision, frantically texting Sarai while trying to play it off as casual and just the general wariness from- well, from everything that's happened this year, you can't really blame Billie for being a nervous wreck. And bad luck for Az because she's already in the Mill when he walks in, sat on the floor at the far side with her earphones in, blaring indie music as loud as possible to try and distract herself from the nausea. The textbook in her lap has been completely abandoned, as has any real effort towards studying. That feeling... the last time she felt like this, her parents disappeared. Merlin knows what it means in regards to Az, especially when he went off with Elijah, and- oh. Never mind. He's there, bruised up but no more than he seems to permanently be, and the rush of emotions that goes through Billie in that half-second nearly makes her throw up. Relief, fear- anger, surpringly. She doesn't say anything, frozen, just staring at him. I can't believe you.

Message Me • 20:47, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

That's a tone he's never heard from Billie before, and Az blinks once before deciding to ignore it. "Sorry," he pre-empts, though he doesn't exactly sound repentant. He might not have told her he was going away for the weekend, but that's not a big deal, is it? They've gone a day or two without talking before. "I should have told you before I left. You okay?" He crouches beside the pile of blankets on the other side of the room as he speaks, apparently completely nonchalant. A-ha! There's his potions book. "And did I miss much in class yesterday?" He's not looking at her, preoccupied as he is with fetching his book.

Message Me • 21:03, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Pretending that everything's fine is the Cagan way - believe me, she's more than aware of that after months of coexisting with this family - but there's a time and a place for such nonchalance and this isn't either. She's not one for actually being angry; it's difficult to get her riled up (though this certainly takes the cake) and most of the time it just ends in her crying, but seeing Az just act like didn't disappear with a witch hunter for- "Are you serious?" It sounds- very unlike her. And maybe if the ordeal with her parents wasn't still fresh in her mind, Billie wouldn't feel like this: so shook-up, and scared, and fucking furious. She thought he was dead, for Merlin's sake. "I'm glad you're okay, by the way. I was starting to wonder."

Message Me • 21:07, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

It's clear from the look on Az's face that he has no idea how to respond to this, but the way he doesn't immediately snap back at her is a testament to how much growing he's been doing the last few months. Instead, he takes a moment to straighten up again, letting his book dangle from one hand as he replies. "Yeah, I, uh-" the other hand finds its way to the back of his neck and he winces. "Sorry." He doesn't have anything else to say; at least nothing nice. This isn't exactly going how he thought it would. "Thought Nova would tell you I was going away for the weekend."

Message Me • 21:24, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Look, she's clingy but she's not overprotective, she really isn't. And to be honest, she's spent the last day or so wondering how on earth she was going to approach this if when Az did return, how to not come across like Chloe, demanding to know where he was and who he was with and what he was doing. She doesn't care about any of that, not really. If it was with Elijah, of all people, it can't have been anything good, and sometimes ignorance truly is bliss. But then he says that and Billie can't hold back the scoff that escapes her lips. Three days is an awfully long time to stretch someone's patience, even that of the nicest person you know. "You thought Nov- Az, I thought you would have told me you were going away for the weekend. Did it not cross your mind to do that?" She's welling up, like she always does; remember what Chloe said? She's always fucking crying. "Rather than just leaving me to-" worry "-leaving me in the lurch like that?"

Message Me • 21:31, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"It was spontaneous," Az defends; if she'd been there he would have told her, isn't that obvious? He was just dealing with too much at that point in time to remember to update her on his every move. He's starting to feel the exasperation rising to his voice but shoves it down when she bursts into tears. For fuck's sake. "Hey," he says, dropping the potions book back into the pile of blankets and crossing the room in a couple of strides. "Heyheyhey. Stop crying. I'm fine."

Message Me • 21:40, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

She's not quite sure what stings the most: the fact that yes, she is crying again and she can never seem to stop it; the exasperation in his voice that wasn't quite able to hide before he came walking over; or the fact that yikes, this is so Chloe-ish of her, so manipulative. Fucking crying and making him feel bad? Nice one, Billie. But even then she can't bring herself to be anything other than angry, and maybe that's not fair but her cares are elsewhere at this moment. The nerves of the past three days have been simmering just below breakdown level, and now he's back and clearly in one piece, they can spill over. "No." The book drops to the floor with a thud when she stands up, smoothing down her skirt and trying to wipe her eyes before any tears threaten to fall. Her voice still sounds thick with emotion, though - it's obvious she's been bottling this up for a while. "Look, I don't- I don't care where you were or what happened, I just- I mean, did you even check your phone? I told you about-" Thinking about the vision calls it back to the front of her memory, playing like a movie scene in her head: the dark alley, Elijah, the unease of it all. "Were you with Elijah?"

Message Me • 21:46, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

Az doesn't really feel bad, for his part; he acknowledges he should have contacted her probably, but there's a tiny rebellious part of him saying why should he? Chloe wanted to know everything he did, too. Yeah, no- he's not going there today. Doesn't stop him stepping back at the vehement no. "My phone?" he repeats. "No, I-" fuck, it's not in his pocket. "I must have left it at h- behind." He really did manage to turn it off and forget about it for days, huh? Maybe it was a more stressful weekend than he originally thought. "I- yeah. I was with Elijah."

Message Me • 21:57, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Hearing him confirm that sends both relief and ice-cold fear running through her veins; relief that yes, that vision was real and not just an anxiety-fuelled manifestation her brain conjured up, and fear that yes, that vision was real, and Elijah's hanging around for some reason. After everything she's heard from Az about his older brother, that can't be good news, right? There's never been a good word said about him between them and considering his occupation, Billie completely understands why. Taking a deep breath, she drops her gaze to the floor, eyes following the cracks and the grain of the wood. He's fine. He's home." "I thought so." Merlin, that vision. The more times she replays it in her head, the uglier and more sinister it becomes. "I had a vision of you two. Of him- saying you owed him a favour then leading you into a dark alley somewhere. Your witch hunter brother. And then you didn't come home for three days." When she looks back up, a lot of the anger has melted away from her expression: she's just sad more than anything. "So I'm sure you can imagine what was going through my head."

Message Me • 22:04, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

It certainly seems like the anger's gone now, so Az warily closes the gap between them again, twining his fingers through hers and saying, "He's my brother. He wouldn't have done anything." Well. He's not so sure of that himself, but Az is pretty sure he can take Elijah, especially when he has a wand and Elijah's just a muggle with a good right hook. It seems like it's the best course of action to reassure her, though, so that's what he attempts to do. "Doesn't sound like your vision was very helpful, really."

Message Me • 22:17, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

He can't be- no, he can't be that emotionally unintelligent, surely? Or even- no. The concept of Az potentially forgetting what Billie went through a few months ago, or minimising it or doing whatever he's doing that makes him seem to completely miss why she's so shaken-up is unthinkable, and Billie shakes her head forcefully as if she can physically shake the thought from her brain. Her hand wrenches out of his at the same time, taking a few paces back before she starts doing something really stupid like crying on his shoulder. Merlin, she's pathetic. "He wouldn't do anything? The guy that stood back and watched you go through hell for years and said nothing? The guy whose job it is to kill people like us?" It probably isn't her place to comment on such things, but Az's comment has broken a dam that's been building up and up for the past three days and, well- maybe it's for the best she gets it out now. "For Merlin's sake. I can't- please don't disappear on me like that again." The tears are coming now, not floods but close. One day she'll get that under control but not today, not right now. "The last people who disappeared on me still haven't come back. I don't want to lose you, too."

Message Me • 22:25, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

Az stands frozen throughout her tirade, to the point where he barely even registers most of it (not that he'd really defend Elijah, anyway). It's all a little too familiar for comfort, and he finds himself unintentionally mirroring her, taking his own stumbling steps backwards and crossing his arms tightly across his chest as he always does at these times. "It's not like I just ran off on a lark," he defends, stomping on the apology that springs to his lips. No. She doesn't get to shout at him and have it work. That sounds like something Jocelyn would advise, anyway; stand your ground. At least he thinks so. "Look. I'm sorry I didn't check in every five minutes. I was a bit busy, you know, dealing with the fucking muggles."

Message Me • 22:47, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

She's not expecting him to dropping to his knees in apology or anything - this is Az we're talking about - but the sheer lack of acknowledgement that what he did (or didn't do, in this case) hurt her knocks Billie for six. There's a bit of silence where she's just staring at him, unable to school her face into something other than sheer bemusement, before the words come in stuttered stops and starts. "I didn't- no- I'm not asking you to check in every five minutes. I'm not your babysitter." The other side of the argument blares loud and clear in her head, though; maybe she is being too hard on him. After all, he must have stayed at home for the past few days, with Elijah and his parents, and that will have taken one hell of a toll. And he didn't tell Sarai either, so it's not like it was just her who was left out of the picture entirely. Maybe that's- ugh. No. He is in the wrong, as much as it pains Billie to consider it - he wouldn't hurt her on purpose. Not knowing everything they are to each other. Though clearly she doesn't mean as much to him if he's just going to- "I didn't know what to think. I was scared. You going back to your family never seems to end well."

Message Me • 22:55, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"I didn't exactly have much of a choice," Az shoots back, but he can feel himself deflating in the face of her softer tone. Pathetic. He shakes his head, scrubbing a hand across his face. "Look." His arms are once again crossed across his chest once he starts up again. "I'm sorry, for worrying you, and for not telling you where I was. I don't know if you've noticed, but I'm not exactly good at-" a wave at the room at large, "all this. But I can't promise I'm just not going to go back, ever. It's a bit more complicated than that. And I'm sorry if I- triggered you, or something, but I'm not just going to leave. I'm always going to come back. But don't fucking shout at me when I do."

Message Me • 23:18, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Does the apology even matter anymore? Not really, thinking about it; whether he actually knows he's in the wrong is another issue entirely, and one Billie can approach on a different day when tensions aren't so high. At this moment, she's just happy that he's back. "I know." A hand flies up to her face again to wipe away the remaining tears, nodding gently in appreciation that he's at least being honest. And in his defence, he's been more honest with her in the time they've been together than he probably has anyone else. That means a lot. "I'm sorry, too. I didn't mean to shout. I'm just- tired of the people I love disappearing on me, I guess." She doesn't even realise what she's said, considering that her mind is very much preoccupied with how they can regain some sense of normality after all this. "Tell me next time, yeah? Even if it's just a text. Just so I know you're okay." She's not going to mention texting Sarai, or that Sarai messaged Elijah or any of that - that'll really make her seem like Chloe. Merlin. She needs to work on the clinginess.

Message Me • 23:31, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

That stings - of course it does. He might not be very good at conveying it, but he does get it, at least logically. Of course she would relate this to her parents. And he feels stupid for not considering that at the time, but- well. His thoughts were more on his family, and keeping Sarai away from Elijah. "Well," he says, remaining where he is a few metres away. It's not really that unsurprising that he's feeling off-kilter, right? He and Billie don't argue. Ever. "I have to go back after class, today. I think I've left my phone." And it's not like they can do anything to him, anyway. The last few days have proven that - above everything else, he's an adult wizard, and they can't touch him.

Message Me • 23:49, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

The air still feels stiff, and it probably will for the next few days until one of them eventually breaks and apologises properly - which is definitely not going to be Az, if character tells them anything. And besides, Billie wants to make this work. She wants to make this work more than anything. "Do y-" She's about to ask if he wants her to come with him, but quickly swallows those words: as if he would. And besides, that's clingy as hell. So instead she nods, a little timid but ultimately understanding. "Okay. Be careful. I mean, I know nothing will probably happen but- ugh, you know what I mean." The gap between them feels like a mile long, and every nerve in her body wants to just walk over to him and hug him or something but naturally she's going to overthink everything she does for the next day or so - is it manipulative to be all touchy now that he's apologised? Is that what she should do? Is that- Merlin, three days and she becomes a nervous wreck. What a mess.

Message Me • 00:00, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"Do I what?" he asks, unfolding his arms finally and breaking eye contact as he bends to pick up his potions book again. Yeah, he's not going to class today - he'll just owl Hana for the work or something like that. Worked last time. It takes him a moment to look back up at her, doing his best to appear as nonchalant as he was when he first came in. "When am I not careful?"

Message Me • 01:37, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

"Do you want an honest answer to that?" she asks, quirking an eyebrow, but there's no heat behind it - quite the opposite, really, seeing as the corners of her lips turn up for the first time in three days (and what feels like years). The amount of times Az has arrived at the Mill with bruises, like now, or a bloody nose or some egregious injury is easily in the double digits. "Are you going back today, or...?" The question trails off, silently hopeful. It'd be nice to actually spend some time with him before he vanishes again - hopefully for a shorter time - but she can understand if he wants to get it over with as soon as possible. The pit of unease in her stomach hasn't quite dissolved yet, and that can't mean anything good.

Message Me • 01:44, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"Why wouldn't I?" he asks, mirroring her eyebrow quirk. He's pretty sure he can guess what it was, though - probably if he wanted her to come with him. And the answer to that is a resounding no; Merlin, imagine Billie in a room with Rachel Cagan. Az thinks his mother would spontaneously combust. "I probably should. My d- well. Not my dad, apparently. He works late on Tuesdays, so it's best to go today. And Elijah probably won't be there, so I really only have to deal with Eema- and Miriam, I guess." Merlin was it a serotonin boost to see the state his older sister's in right now. He almost pities her. Imagine that!

Message Me • 02:00, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

She hasn't heard as many stories about the women of the Cagan family as she has the men, and there's most likely a reason for that: either they're not as bad (unlikely) or Az just doesn't want to talk about them yet, which is fine. He'll tell her when he's ready, the way he always has before. Honestly, the progress he's made makes Billie's heart ache sometimes. "Okay," she nods, a little dumbly, eyes darting around the interior of the Mill so Az can't see the worry that quickly reaches her eyes. Speaking of progress, they both have a ton left to make, if tonight is anything to go by. "I'll copy up notes for class. You need to say hello to Pluto before you go. I think he missed you more than I did." (Impossible.) The dog ran off after a flock of geese a while back, disappearing into the trees to cause his own havoc, but the sound of Az's footsteps wandering up the path to the front door will no doubt have alerted him back. There's something else she wants to say but whether she has the guts to is another story.

Message Me • 02:11, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"Sounded like he was a bit preoccupied," Az comments - those were definitely birds' warning calls he heard when he apparated here. "He's a menace." Though, to be fair, Az definitely could have trained him more if he wanted to and didn't, so it's probably his fault. "You don't have to do that," he adds - he's hardly going to ask her to make notes for him straight after whatever this was. "I'll just catch up myself later. You've got enough to do already, I think."

Message Me • 02:25, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

The gap between them feels more and more like a chasm with every minute that passes; usually she spends all her time either wrapped around him or at least pressed into the side of him (who said she was clingy again?) so to be stood like this, arms folded across her chest defensively and shifting her weight from foot to foot, is such an alien experience. Even before they got together, they were pretty tactile. "Honestly, it's fine. I'm on top of my work at the minute, it's no problem." That and the fact that she needs to feel like she's helping in some way; it's practically drilled into her that she needs to be helping someone at all times, in whatever way she can. "I'll, erm- I'll meet you back here later, then?" She doesn't even realise she's drifting forwards as she talks, slowly closing the gap between them until she's stood directly in front of Az, head titled upwards to meet his gaze.

Message Me • 02:33, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

As much as he wants to, Az doesn't reach out; she pulled away last time, and he's not going to cross boundaries again. That said, he's also not going to move away - why would he? "I guess, yeah," he agrees, searching her expression. She doesn't seem upset, any more, but he's not dumb enough to think this is resolved. He's really going to have to text Jocelyn once he gets his phone back. "And- thank you. You don't have to do that."

Message Me • 02:47, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Can she even reach forwards and hug him right now? Is he still mad at her for shouting? It feels ridiculous to have to second-guess herself around her own boyfriend but they've never really been in this situation before, and there's another few beats of hesitation before Billie decides screw it, nodding a little at his reply before taking another step and practically burying herself in his chest. Even if he pushes her away, she at least wants him to know she does want this, and her mother always said to never go to sleep on an argument. Apparently that's how resentment grows, but that's ridiculous, because Billie could literally never resent Az. It's not physically possible for her. "Sorry again for shouting."

Message Me • 02:56, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

It's more of a relief than he'd like to admit when she practically throws herself at him - he's had arguments with Chloe before, of course, but Billie and Chloe are nothing alike, and it's frankly anxiety-inducing that he can't predict what's going to happen next. But at least now he has reassurance that she's not awfully angry with him. "Don't worry about it," he mumbles into her hair, some of the tension melting out of his shoulders as he wraps his arms around her. Merlin, he's in love. "I'm sorry for not texting."

Message Me • 03:06, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

The worry disappears pretty much as soon as she feels his arms wrap around her and realises that what, in hindsight, was a pretty minor argument hasn't completely destroyed everything. There was a moment back then where she was pretty convinced she'd ruined things, and she's emotionally intelligent enough to recognise that they both have a hell of a lot of growing still left to do, but the euphoria of having Az back, in one piece, after three solid days of anticipating his body being found in an alleyway somewhere overrides all of that. Maybe she's just so happy, regardless of the argument, and that's what makes her say it. And considering how long she's felt this way, in Billie's eyes, it's pretty overdue. "You're lucky I love you," she mumbles into his chest, before turning bright pink; hopefully the dim light of the Mill hides it well enough. "I know you are. And I'm sorry for freaking out on you as soon as you got back."

Message Me • 03:17, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

The admission is such a surprise - though it really shouldn't be, at this point - that Az takes a few seconds before he can figure out how to speak again. "You love me, do you?" he repeats, peeling himself away just enough that he can look at her expression. Just in case she didn't mean it like that; he's not going to make a fool of himself by assuming. "Yeah- don't worry. I get why you were upset. But it's not like any of them can do anything to me, any more." He can use magic outside of school now, after all - finally.

Message Me • 12:33, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Of course he heard that. The teasing - is it teasing? Or is he genuinely surprised? - makes Billie flush again, just as pink as before, and she's not cool enough to pass it off as anything but sheer embarrassment but what the hell, she'll give it a try. "Of course I do," she smiles, tilting her head as if to ask did you expect anything else before quickly latching onto the next point he'd made as a means of distraction. It's questionable: sure, his family can't do anything physically now he can use magic outside of school, but that doesn't mean he's completely immune to them. Mostly because Billie's a firm believer than you can never untie yourself from your family (even if they disappear into thin air) but also because haven't the past three days just proved Az wrong? "They can still try," she reasons, not wanting to come across like she's nagging. Hopefully that's not the impression he gets, but the ice is understandably thin. "I mean, Elijah said you owed him a favour and that was enough to make you go off with him. Anything could have happened. Sorry-" Her eyes drop from his gaze, knowing she's overstepping the mark she promised about five minutes ago not to approach. "I'm not trying to lecture you, I promise. I just- from what you've told me, it sounds like they keep trying things to get you to go back."

Message Me • 15:49, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

The confirmation coaxes a rare smile, and Az bends to press a brief kiss to her lips. Pulling back, his voice is serious when he tells her, "I love you, too. But you knew that." His smile melts away as he listens to her ramble, shaking his head at her (completely true) conclusions. "Elijah's a dickhead, sure, but I'm pretty sure he's not into fratricide. And that's not why I went." Why did he go, honestly? He's not even sure himself. Maybe some masochistic part of him still misses the brother he used to have? It's not like he's dumb enough to think he actually owes Elijah anything any more. "And I promise none of them are trying to get me back - except for my mum. She still wants to cure me. But I stopped giving a fuck about her a long time ago."

Message Me • 16:46, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

Deep down, she did know that, of course she did; but hearing him say it like that, especially after all that's happened, practically makes her melt even more than she already has. And she's not willing to lose the moment to more talk about Az's family - it's been made clear to her that he's not going to accept that they can't hurt him again, at least not yet. Merlin, she hopes he doesn't end up finding that out the hard way. "I know you did," she eventually nods, letting the few counterpoints that were at the front of her mind fall away. They can have this conversation some other time, preferably once he's said goodbye to his parents for good. If that ever happens. "And I'm proud of you for recognising that and staying away. Families are weird." It's crazy how different their families truly are - the Cagans are a whole other breed of complicated, whereas Billie's couldn't have been more white-picket-fence if they tried - and yet they're both estranged from them. Though Billie would give anything to have hers back.

Message Me • 16:59, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

Az's plan had been to completely avoid the topic of why he went home (even if Elijah was the only one that technically did something wrong), but he feels almost as if he owes her some kind of explanation. She's clearly worried about him, and the I'm proud of you for staying away brings a slight frown to his face. He's not really doing a good job of that, is he? "Miriam's husband, he, uh- he's not really the ideal partner, basically. That's why Elijah wanted me to come home. So we could talk to him about it."

Message Me • 23:37, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

She's not stupid, and even if she was, experience has taught her that Az rarely talks to people he has a bone to pick with, and it doesn't feel like Elijah would try and stop any violence. Besides, that bruise blossoming on Az's cheek speaks enough for itself. "Talk?" she parrots, giving him a look that says she clearly doesn't buy that explanation, but she doesn't press it any further; it's his business, and to be honest, she doesn't really want to know. But there's a lingering worry of what if this happens again still in the pit of her stomach, so Billie swallows and steels herself before continuing. "Okay. Did he get the message?"

Message Me • 23:49, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"You could say that," Az answers. That's about as much as he feels like he can really say; Miriam's ex husband certainly won't be bothering her again. He just- well. If he thought he knew what Elijah was capable of before now, he's reexamining that now. "Speaking of. If Elijah ever tries to contact you, ignore him, yeah? I don't think he will, but- best not to let him further into our lives if we can help it."

Message Me • 00:13, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

A barbed remark about how he should really take his own advice gets caught in the back of her throat, but she manages to suppress it and turn it into just a nod and a small smile; it's not the time or place, especially now the reassurance - if you can call it that - has sent another wave of unease rippling through her sixth sense. Whatever went down in that alleyway, it was more than just a punch-up or a back-off warning. Whatever. It's none of her business. "I doubt he will. And I'd tell you if he did," she says, earnest. "And he's a Muggle, so it's not like he can find the hostel. It'll be fine." Almost like a punctuation mark, Billie leans up on her tiptoes to kiss him again, a hand snaking around the back of his neck to steady herself. It might have only been three days but Merlin, she's missed him.

Message Me • 00:22, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

"Just because he can't see the hostel doesn't mean he can't find the area," Az reasons, though he feels like Elijah probably already knows. Merlin forbid if that information ends up with the witch hunters - a house full of kids who can't perform magic outside of school? Yeah, let's not think about that. But before he can think too much on that she's kissing him again, and it's all to easy to push it to the back of his mind to worry over later. For now he wants to savour the moment with her. "You're probably right," he informs her, snaking his hands around her waist. "But when are you not?"

Message Me • 01:40, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

The smile that crosses her face is genuine, beaming as he pulls her closer. It amazes Billie sometimes - well, all the time - just how quickly this very image became home for her. "One of us has to be," she teases, scrunching her nose up a little to show she's not serious, before lurching up again to kiss him quickly. "Go on, go back and grab your phone. Get it over and done with." The less time he spends there, the better. "I'll meet you back here around dinnertime?"

Message Me • 01:56, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Az CaganSeventh Year, Gryffindor • Head Boy

「 Age 」
17 y/o
「 Species 」
Wizard
「 Occupation 」
Student / Part-Time
「 Relationship 」
Head Over Heels

He's loathe to leave again, but he really does need to get that phone. What if Sam or Reyna need him? "I'll pick up sushi," he pulls her closer once again, mumbling into her hair. "See you later? I'll call you when I get the phone."

Message Me • 02:41, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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Billie Morriganseventh year hufflepuff • prefect • one eye open

「 Age 」
17
「 Species 」
witch; half-seer
「 Occupation 」
student + tutor
「 Relationship 」
smitten

She really doesn't want to let him go again, but needs must. The sushi comment makes her smile and she nods gently, squeezing her arms around him tightly for a brief moment before pulling away, feeling a lot more like herself than she did when this whole ordeal started. The sense of unease hasn't left her; it feels permanently present nowadays, an underlying hum of discontent she'll have to put up with, the way Muggles do with toothache and bad haircuts. "Sounds great. You can take Pluto, if you like." The panicked screeching of terrified birds has grown louder in the last few minutes, meaning the dog is on his way back now he's realised Az is home. "He misses London, you can tell."

Message Me • 16:36, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

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