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The girl had her hands behind her back, listening to the realtor as the house was explained to them. It was funny to have Dumbledore there with them and in muggle clothing nontheless. To the realtor it was as if the girls and elderly man were family. But ironically in these times it did appear he was as close to family as they had.
It didn't take any of them long to love the house. There were the five rooms, library, the study, and just everything sounded amazing. In fact, the place seemed like one she remebered wanting to live in when she had been a small child. And also a place she had wanted to get with Brian after the war. At that thought she had to shake her head. She could NOT think about that. It was no longer her life.
Dumbledore had gone off to buy the place and she was nudged by Willow. A soft smirk crossed her lips. [b "I am!"] And with that, Blakely ran after her cousin. She REALLY wanted to slide down the banister and to have some fun too. It had been a long time since she had felt so free.
"As soon as we can! This is amazing, we should snatch it up before some rich arsehole does. Let's go!" Willow actually jumped up and down like a kid for a moment.
It was weird to have Dumbledore walk with them in the hallway. The realtor just thought they were granddaughter. It had five rooms, a study, library, ballroom, kitchen, downstairs and a lot of acres and owned a part of the woods.
It was stunning inside and already had a handful of ghost stories. Willow had never been so in love. When Dumbledore went to buy it,she nudged Blakely.
"Let's slide down the banister! I've always wanted to do that," Willow said like a little child. Willow was feeling good, she couldn't explain it, but she didn't feel a pressure on her chest. Running to the top of the stairs she looked down to her. "You're still a little immature like I am, still. Admit it...it sounds fun.."
The two girls had eaten and shopped in the nearby town and then had headed up the hill with their backpacks and camping gear. She had forgotten what it was like to be out in the woods and open. To not feel the ties to anything in particular and to be worry free for a bit. The wind tussled through her hair as Willow stopped ahead of her and began to look through her binoculars. Her head tilted to the side as she moved closer to the other girl and soon took up her own pair.
It really did look perfect for a place to do head quarters. As she let her gaze scan it, Blakely could see the woods beyond it and the small house too. It was just like she had remembered when they had been shown it as children. Except the last time though pretty as it had been the place had meant very little. Now it meant something.
[b "Now everyone can be a part of meetings without having to fear. And you're right it definitely has the privacy element needed. Question is though when should we speak to Dumbledore about it?"] The girl asked the other, her head tilting faintly.
Was it her or was there a flicker of more in Severus' eyes? Willow gave him a smile, though was beginning to wonder a bit more of what he felt. The idea of losing Severus as a friend absolutely bothered her. But deeper feelings? She had no idea. It was puzzling about what she was supposed to do now.
Willow was already going on a date with Sirius, whom she was attracted to and they had chemistry to a point. Severus though, she had no idea other than she felt completely safe and comfortable around him.
Saying goodbye to Hogwarts a second time, and the new friends was hard, even if it was for a short while.
It was a beautiful area, she forgot how nice it was. First they ate the local food and shopped, then there was the camping and backpacking that they always meant to do.
Adjusting the backpack, she paused on the hill and looked down. Just below was a red brick manor with white windows and doors. Taking out the binoculars she scoped it out. There was forest behind them and the lake to the right.
Most of all, there was a for sale sign on the gates.
"Blakely...I think we need to talk to Dumbledore...that would be a perfect place. There's a house to the back for the bad time of months and privacy, there is the woods and privacy, and room for the order. It's perfect! Dad pointed that out when we were eight..."
It was bloody brilliant.
Constantly the girl was a bit down on herself in one way or another. She coulsn't help the struggle that she had with it. Or more so her fears of hurting someone. Literally now she could see and very much understand how Remus had felt and what he had to be reminded of. It was very painful in its way because even in her dreams she was not good. There was that part to her that wanted the taste of blood. And it scared her.
[b "I...thank you Remus. Sometimes I need the reminder of it."] She whispered and gave rhe boy a faint smile. And she meant it. His words and sometimes that gentle firmness was very much needed.
As he spoke about the bowling, the girl could see how eager and excited he seemed to be to do it. For a moment it reminded her a bit of a child. Funny she knew because they were far from it but still it did. There was just that innocence about him and that want to do something new for fun.
[b "If you really want to do it, we can. It would be nice to have a little 'muggle' fun without magic."] She said and nodded when he mentioned they should get in and packed. He was right about that as almost none of them had started to fo so.
He did wonder why that particular thing had been chosen. But when she explained about her father and how the man would probably flake out he could see why. It was also kind.of interesting to learn that she liked outings and stuff like that because others he talked to weren't as interested in it. "Do you have many memories of the place and what you used to do before?" He was genuinely curious.
When the changes were mentioned his curiosity was even more piqued. "Muggles actually have things like that? How did they make them?" Sirius asked. Again he couldn't help it. Perhaps it was the fact that he had the thing for muggle things like motorcycles, the beach girl calendars, and their music. But more than that he found it of interest becauae it gave him more insight into who Willow was aside from the girl from another time. And the more he learned the more he could say he liked her.
"From what you let me read seems they will be. See you later." He said as she began to walk away and he went back to James and Lily.
Severus had been wstching the two of them talking. And there had been a jealousy there. Not that he meant there to be but he was rather fond of the girl and he knew Black to be as well. There was just that slight nagging that with the other boy liking the girl he could lose any possible chances. It had happened with Lily and so he was afraid it could again.
A small smile came to thin lips and he nodded. "You know you'll see me in the few days. I look forward to seeing you when you get back." The boy said as a response. And he meant the words as she walked off. He would miss school, which he never thought he would say. But the truth was everything was changing. Life was just beginning for them all.
"Blakely, look at me," Remus said in a firm but kind tone. "You have potions, you have friends, and probably more will than anyone here. There's no doubt in my mind that you will do wicked good out there. You just need to believe it in your heart. It's not fun to live off of those potions...but you still have a life."
The idea of bowling gave him a wide grin. It sounded like fun, and most of their fun so far had been the library and walks. It was wonderful, but it was time to shake it up just a bit there.
"Then it's agreed, you can show me bowling. Let's get in? I think we need to pack soon."
"Chances were he'd find some way to not go anyway. Some business with Margot or work...Either way, it'll be nice to go back there," Willow smiled. There were several places in London that she could think of before giving a chuckle. "Oh yes, in this time there is music devices this big," she referred the boom box that was at the time. "And now mine was about this smaller...and where the music played was smaller and round."
It was interesting, word was the discs would replace VHS, too. She'd now need to wait and see. "I'm going to go back to the dorm. I want to say good by to Xeno...he promised me a pair of his glasses and a new lesson on some invisible gremlin. Very interesting him and his future daughter."
Giving him a smile, she walked to Severus. "I'll see you in a few days, okay? Or at least I better." She gave him a smirk before walking back to the common rooms. God, she'd miss this place.
"So just kind of do something that had been familiar so it doesn't feel like as if you lost your life fully? Or lost doing something you enjoyed at some point. I'm sprry it's not going to happen wirh your dad. But at least the two of you can enjoy it. How knows might find some interesting new haunts." The boy tried to make light of it. And also in a sense was saying that their adventure could be a good thing as well. He also had not known what else he could say.
Sirius smiled slowly and nodded to her words. "So things for muggles change faster than they do here for wizards?" He was ligitimately curious. Due to family and those he knew, Sirius really did have so little experience with muggles and their customs. The idea really intrigued him because it reminded him that there was more out there. There was more to explore.
[b "I'm slowly starting to get that...Just I am still afraid that at any moment I could lose my control and want to bite someone. With you and the others I've been lucky. But only because you're my friends and now also my family."] The girl said as her eyes came up and met his.
When bowling had been mentioned she couldn't help a laugh. She remembered the last she had gone with both Willow and Brian. It had been over the holiday and the three of them had decided they would be "normal" for a night. Though she had tried she had truly been terrible. But it had been so much fun.
[b "If we don't stay long in the bowling ally...maybe we can play a game or two. It's actually really fun. Annoying too."] There was a sparkle to her eyes as she spoke about it
"Well, a city isn't advised. I think we might visit where we used to go camping and hiking in the summers. The last year dad and i- were supposed to go backpacking in Scotland. That's not going to happen so we are going to," Willow's expression didn't falter. Chances were he would've came up with some excuse. "The day we leave here, by then we should have a place."
Looking to Blakely talking to Remus she gave a smile. "I'll see what there is. Times changes drastically in the muggle world."
"Woods, its sounds very nice. Eventually you'll be able to go to the city and do what you used to. As long as you don't let yourself be defined by it," Remus gave her a reassuring look. "We can certainly do this...though....I remember something about bowling mentioned. I've always been curious."
He hadn't done much muggle activies and something fun seemed in order.
Willow and her truly could not go back. Remus and Sirius along with Severus were aware the girls were from the future. But unlike the other two, the boy she spent the most time with didn't know all the details. [b "Thank you for that. If anyone can figure this stuff out, Willow can."]
[b "When younger Willow and I would go with our families to a lake in the woods. It was a quiet place and a lot of open space. Just the air of the place was so calming. If you like maybe we could go there? I mean there is a small town nearby where we could get food and other essentials. And that way we wouldn't have to worry about being near too many people."] Blakely's words were soft as she spoke them. And it brought on a kind of melancholy feeling for her.
It was simple she knew. But she knew that both of them liked the more quiet as well. [b "Like you said though we can definitely think about it and plan it."]
A smirk crossed his lips as she had teased about the other girls. "Let them be." The boy said. Part of him meant it but the other part was trying to play it cool. He was slowly starting to regain the him everyone knew. And the more he listened to Willow's words, the more excited he could honestly say he was. He would actually get to see what muggles did and to spend time with a girl who really held interest for him.
Sirius smiled to her and gave a cheeky wink. "A bikini couldn't hurt. But all of that is brilliant and we should do it!" Yup he was definitely excited for it. And his head tilted slowly.
"What do you and Blakely plan on doing when you disappear?" The words meant when the girl left.
Willow hadn't gone into why he pulled back. At the time she hadn't minded considering what was going on, even now she wasn't entirely sure what would happen. The First Wizarding War had lost Neville and Harry's parents, it was a tad bit scary. Keeping those thoughts alive would make things worse though.
"If the other girls hear that they might die of broken hearts," Willow teased, but looked genuinely happy. "Let's see...motorcycles and bikinis...huh. You can't forget fish and chips...I'll figure something out. It might miss the bikini though just as a warning."
Giving a teasing smile to him at the last part. Though the beach did sound amazing...
It was quite sad, they wouldn't be able to go back, the laws of time magic didn't allow it. There wasn't a device for it either. Still some days where they just spent time together was good.
"That time magic...it sounds complicated...good luck," Remus said sincerely before attempting to think on what they could do. "Well, other than my home, Diagon Alley and James' house, I haven't been out and done much. A city doesn't sound thrilling. I really don't know."
It was a strange thought to be planning something and he was blank. "Chances are you might know more on what to do than I would. We have time to plan it."
The girl offered a smile to the boy. It was one that was genuine and sweet in its way. She hadn't smiled like that in awhile. But seeing him smile eagerly like that was cute and made her heart seem to flutter a bit. He had been helping a lot since the vampyre had attacked her and she was learning to deal with it. It was like having a constant friend and a companion. Though she did still find she wanted more but things had become all the more complicated. So she was content for things as she they had become. If anything there was a little fear of what was to come and having no idea what was truly coming.
[b "We thought it would be good to spend a week together to say 'good-bye'. Especially since we're leaving like we are. But afterwards sounds brilliant. Anything you really want to do?"] The girl foung herself asking, a small blush coming to her cheeks aw his hand gently came to rub her shoulder. Her eyes locked on him and again her smile graced her lips. [b "You won't be alone here either. I promise."]
He hated the nerves that seemed to take him when he was around the girl and asked to do things which entailed they spend time alone. Never had he been like that and it frustrated him to no ends. Yet he couldn't seem to get ahold on it and so squirmed under the contemplation and thought she have.
[b "Told you that your don't and won't bore me. You're not like the others. Just had to pull back. But I really would like if we could go out."] It seemed the words slipped from him before he could stop them. Well it was out and couldn't be taken back. Great.
When she had agreed and said it would have to be a week a smile came to his lips. Like Blakely seemed to for Remus his given smile was a real one that many hardly saw. [b "Great! And learning about muggles like that sounds fun. Means can see where my pictures and posters come from."] The spark on his eyes didn't leave them as he spoke. Honestly he was excited by it.
Where had that even came from? Remus wasn't sure. It sounded an awful lot like a date, but it wasn't a date. It wasn't as if he didn't want to the issue was that it was so difficult and complicated right now. When Blakely agreed he gave a bright, eager smile, perhaps too eager.
"Oh, well, I'm glad...Willow was telling me that you are going to take a few days to yourselves, which is great. Perhaps after you're done we could go do...something..." Remus gave a small nervous laugh. This was not what he did, this was what Sirius did time and time again.
At least she agreed, he looked to her rubbing her shoulder. "You'll be okay, I'll be there with you always."
"Me? No, I really didn't," Willow managed to say before watching Severus move away, puzzled for a moment she looked to Sirius. It looked slightly nervous again, how interesting. She gave him a thoughtful look before giving the look of amusement at being asked out. There was that part of her that was actually very excited he was doing this.
"And here I thought you got bored of me," Willow said before giving a thoughtful look. There was that reckless in him that she rather liked, but around him still she didn't feel deeply herself. Right now falling in love and a family was the last thing on her mind.
"That does sound fun actually. It'll probably be about a week, I'm going to spend this time with Blakely. Maybe I could show you the muggle world," Willow suggested. He spoke of how he used muggle pictures to upset his family, the least she could do was show him that world.
Blakely nodded to Willow aa the other girl understood what she had truly been thinking. It was hard to voice it, though she had a couple times before. Truly they were all the other had. But she kind of figured that she would not want it any other way. [b "I was worried that it would be odd.."] She said as she gave Willow a small smile.
When the pictures were done, Severus gave her a faintly embarrassed smile. "You did it actually.." The boy said. He knew that the blonde girl would know what was meant. But before he could say more, the Slytherin boy moved away as Sirius made his way over to where the two stood.
The strawberry blonde had gotten told only that it would be soon that they would be sent out. Not much more, but she had figured perhaps Remus would be. Or she would be told more the closer things came. But when the new was told to her it all became even more real.
[b "You're right. We won't have much time...and doing something would be nice."] She whispered as her hand came up and brushed her hair behind her ear. She still needed to talk to Willow to see if she should let Remus know the future since he would be affected and Sirius and Severus knew.
Sirius couldn't help a faint smirk at James' words about joining something that could quite literally get them and their families killed. When put that way, even Sirius saw the humour. "Probably should have done something like this sooner. Would have saved me so much grief that they had caused." His words were half joking but on the other hand he kind of meant it. The boy truly did hate most his family. Only a couple could he stand.
"Yeah, going to go and do it now." The words left his lips and he went over to where Willow stood with Severus, the other boy backing off a bit. It was odd to his to be doing it, but it shouldn't. He was used to asking girls out, so why did Willow have to make it a little harder?
For a moment he was silent and then his usual slight smirk crossed his lips. "I was wondering if you wanted to go out with me? You know...since we kind of signed our lives away and we're still young. We could do anything you wanted..." There he had done it. Now the ball was in her court and it was up to her where things went.
Lily looked to James as he spoke and rolled her eyes. "Not yet. We'll see how it plays out, Potter." The redhead teased him as she too was watching their group of friends.
Willow gave a sideways glance to Blakely understanding what she was truly worried about. There was one just the two of them, which was all the family they needed. "I understand, cuz," Willow said wrapping her arm around her shoulder.
Once the pictures was over, Willow looked to Severus and gave a hint of a proud smile. "You did it, Sev. I'm proud of you.."
Remus looked to Willow giving a soft smile. They would be going to Translvania in the next week or so, of course, they were meeting someone Dumbledore knew.
"It's been set up for next week, I just got word," Remus told her softly. "This person will be meeting us at a station. Maybe we should do something before that."
James gave a small smirk to him. "You're joining something that will make them lose their heads, possibly literally. I'm sure dating a muggle born wouldn't be the top of the list. Though it could...Alright, then do it mate," James leaned back before looking to Lily. "Care to change your bet, yet, Lily?"
The bet about when Remus and Blakely would actually get together was going on, as well as Sirius or Severus. That was always the question.
Sirius watched and tried to be on his best behavioir with Severus there. He only did particularly because of Lily threatening him and because of Willow. Odd to those around them but he did respect the girls well enough to honour it. And so with pictures still being done he couldn't seem to take his eyes from Willow and Severus. Or rather couldn't until he was pulled away by James.
"I know that...I already told you why I've been pulling back as I have. But I still do like her and get jealous when I see them. You're right perhaps I should try and ask her out. Just no telling what she'll say." He said quietly. All the usual cockiness gone. That being the case meant he did truly care about the girl.
He sighed and ran a hand through his hair. "I thought this would be better and I could do it. But after..." Quickly he had to stop himself and shook his head. "I'll talk to her after Lily's done with the pictures."
The girl looked to Willow as she spoke and nodded slowly. She had forgotten that now that the year was over everything was going to change. There would be less time to be around friends and people that mattered. She herself would be traveling with Remus after Hogwarts ended and the others would move on to join Dumbledore and the Order. It was odd to be a part of what had once been the past. Because it had become their lives. They were living it.
An almost sad smile came to her lips as she found herself nodding. [b "Actually...they'll be good to have.. I think they....Nevermind I'm just still tired after those last couple exams."] Blakely amended as she smirked and gave Willow's hair a gentle tug before moving to her side as Lily made her, Willow, Sverus and Remus get a picture together
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