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[b "Forgive me if this is too bold.. But I think all of us have. And it's truly amazing."] The girl said with a small, almost timid smile. Still she could not see what others did and still seemed to dwell on things that had passed. Blakely had always been afraid to get close to too many people because when they found out or she gave traces of being able to read them it scared them. And she had to admit she admired those who had become like family. All of them were risking their lives fighting for something they believed in. How could she not join them?
Blakely wasn't incredilbly "stiff" as she had seemed when they had been in school. She had just been trying to be more careful then and struggling through what had been her past and his future. Funny and quite the irony when she thought of it that way. But so very the case. [b "That does all sound fun. But I do get your point that you would want more..."] Thoughtful were her words as she paid for the pizza and then stood, holding a hand out to the boy. [b "Erm since it'll be your first I rather you pick."]
"They were so much different than anything I knew. And just like fantasy did for you they kind of drew me in. To be honest it started with family but then just grew on me." Sirius answered truthfully with a small shrug. To be honest he had never thought about it before and so to give the girl an answer was strange. But also in a way kind of freeing that he could admit it to someone and didn't have to hide it.
When the train slowed and stopped his hand was still on the bar he had been holding. "They push and shove?" He asked slowly, but got his answer as he began to be pushed a little and let go of the bar, quickly following after Willow
"You've grown into yourself, haven't you? That's remarkable," Remus commented brightly. It was sad to see that she viewed herself in such a way when there had been loyal friends and family, even more now. Most wouldn't place themselves in the Order of the Phoenix without a second thought.
"Actually...I'd really like that...thank you," he nodded surprised at how easily she went with what he suggested. "It was fun, quidditch, games, causing chaos but seeing more was on the list. I was more limited then. So, can you pick the movie?"
That really was one of the sweetest things that Willow had heard. She gave a soft smile to Sirius, normally that she reserved for Severus. "That's amazing. And it must be a lot of fun," she said knowing the couldn't get more into it here. Instead she focused on listening to the announcements.
"Well, it's different from the movies...what made you decide that you'd do posters of motorcycles and girls? Other than your family," she asked before hearing the stop and straightened. "Here's our stop. You'll want to exit quickly, people get impatient."
"You should have seen him before. When we first tried to befriend him he tried to push us away. By some miracle we were able to get him to let us be friends with him but he still tried to keep us at arms length. When we found out we were like 'He's our friend wheter he likes it or not and we're gonna be there'. " Sirius explained, the faintest of red rising in his cheeks at her words of having a heart. Only did he shrug as he didn't have a good comeback, not did he really want to ruin anything. He liked her and so wanted them to have a nice time.
Again the young man gripped onto the railing so he wouldn't fall. It amazed him how easily it came to Willow. But he had to remind himself that this was her world and he in a sense was a visitor. "So basically an eacape that captured and allured you. For me I guess there is watching Quidditch and having spent the time at the Potters'. When home it was terrible and I have no good memories there." He explained quietly.
Blakely laughed softly and shrugged. [b "If not got my foot in the mouth.. It was more I didn't have a good grip on it and well it took its toll on me. Often when we would go out and be around too many people I would get drained and be ill as a child."] The girl explained and stirred her drink with her straw. She could sense a change in Remus and it confused her, but still she said nothing of it.
[b "You know it's still early enough we could catch a movie before going bowling. That is if you really want to?"] Her words were thoughtful and another small smile came to her lips. [b "Did you enjoy the time with James and his family? Or were you always wanting to do more?"] She was still so curious and bit her lip as she asked. Even if things were better between them and they were much closer than they had been, Blakely still remembered how he had been the night he had snapped at her for wanting to know too much.
"I do and it's very admirable to do that for a friend. There you go showing you have actual feelings and aren't a complete arse," Willow gave a small laugh. She hadn't realized that until Christmas when he had saved her from her sorrow. He was a good person. She just wondered if she was supposed to feel that close feeling like she did with Sev instead of just admiration and physical.
"Just one more stop," Willow said shifting her feet for the stop and go like an expert. "The movies and books had it all wrong but it was the idea you could change the world with a sword. Instead of fighting to keep my money from my sisters there was more. What about you?"
"So, it's always gotten you the foot in the mouth with people, then?" Remus asked. By now he was over having a secret over her or keeping a distance. He wanted a friend, he wanted a partner, he wanted more even though he was what he was. She really had pushed him to that point and he was thankful she did.
"Maybe you could take me to a movie sometime. I do understand that, but it'd be fun to do. And the beach...we didn't go anywhere during the summers and then I spent some of the time with James' family," Remus explained.
Blakely picked some olives off her pizza as she listened to Remus as he spoke. A soft smile traced her lips and she was thoughtful before she spoke again. [b "I have always been. Being the empath kept me away from people and feeling like I couldn't be around a lot of people. And those I did get close to they ended up pretty much my life. It's funny explaining it because I never really talk about it and try not to."] She admitted and then nodded. [b "Lily is right about the movies. Most of them are based on books.. though some are very well made, others leave much to be desired and change the books too much. Personally I like being able to picture characters and stories my own way rather than being told what you're seeing."] Again she was completely at ease in telling him. It was nice to talk about the world she had known.
Slowly she nodded, finding it cute how curious he was. Again it seemed like a child. Funny that she would think that way, but she did. [b "A couple of times my family and Willow's did joint summer holidays where we rented a beach house for the week. There was swimming, shell collecting, and even sand castle building... But once we entered Hogwarts is kind of stopped because it was like they were afraid of something."] She said quietly and shook her head. [b "Have you ever been?"]
His words had been meant to be a hint without telling her and he nodded. "So you get it?" He asked and smiled when she kissed his cheek. For a second at her next words, Sirius was confused. Or he was until the train lurched forward and he near lost his balance. "So that's what those words meant." Sirius said quietly, gripping the bar.
Being on the train with all the muggles was odd. But in its sense nice too. There wasn't anything to worry about and it was a chance for adventure. He also had to admit the speed was fun because the Hogwarts Express though quick wasn't even this fast. "So where did you say we were getting off?" He asked as the train slowed at another station to let more people off and on.
"Can you tell me more about why this world fascinated you so much? And the movies and the books? Like what makes movies so interesting?" He asked, truly interested. The boy obviously had no trouble in asking her questions.
"It sounds like you've always been a quiet person. That's understandable, I guess I always have been, too. What about movies? Lily talks about them sometimes says its like our books but it all moves," Remus said curiously. This one tasted good, he didn't care for mushrooms and there was something that Sirius had him try once.
"Have you been to the ocean before?" He asked curiously. He wished that he would stop asking but he was not able to really stop.
"I, uh, think I have a clue what you can do. And thank you," Willow leaned up and kissed his cheek softly. "Though, you might want to hold onto the bar right there..."
As she said that, there was the annoucment before the train lurched and started speeding to the next station. They'd go two stations before getting off. This felt good, all without the fear of Death Eaters.
"I've always been interested in this world...It was a big thing with these fantasy movies, then some books...so I read those, I learned card tricks and other things. But otherwise it was normal interests, movies, music, boys...and fantasy."
The girl couldn't help laughing softly at some of the faces Remus made when he tried the variations of the pizza. It was to her like a child trying to decide what he liked and what he didn't. Already she knew what she liked and was taking a bite from her own pizza, setting it down when he asked her more about her. The question shouldn't have taken her aback as it did but still it had.
[b "Well I can say that I like movies, bowling, playing cards though you know how miserable I am with it... Um I liked being able to go to the lake and just reading, writing, or sometimes drawing. But mostly I had found that I liked spending my time with Willow and Brian...I also loved being around animals and children..."] Her words were thoughtful as she did have to struggle some to remember. A lot of her memories were still there but slowly she found they too were diminishing just as her old life was. [b "What about you? What more is there you like?"]
At those words, Sirius gave her a raised eyebrow. He was almost sure with that comment she knew about the Animagus thing. But he wouldn't tell her if she was right. "I think a chihuahua or even a cat would be easier." The boy said with a smirk and a chuckle.
"Well since it is the British way we might as well do it. And a Pub sounds like it could be fun. Will they have music?" Sirius asked as he really was again eager to explore. He couldn't help it though.
"So do you know the things you used to like to do?" He asked, head inclined as he was curious.
"I...I don't remember..." Willow said after a moment. If it was a strong memory, she knew it, but the subtle ones was disappearing. There wasn't anything to replace it with. Perhaps it was time to write down more so they would have something at least. Giving a side ways look she looked to him. "A chihuahua would be easier."
She guessed it would be him since they had been with Remus that night. She just wanted to see the reaction. Once the train appeared, it was clunkier than she remembered, but still smelt and had the same amount of people on. Still having his hand she stepped on finding a spot to stand. "It is the British way. Maybe later we could go to a pub."
"It's lovely," Remus said softly. He had grown up like some of the others on an piece of land outside of a city. It had been a nice place, even in his condition. It was comfortable here and he could tell she was at ease here, too.
The pizza was a strange variety of things. He found what he liked without any mushrooms on it. "So, there are those books, pizza and all that. What else is there that you like?" He asked curious about her other than the tragedy.
"Which was your favourite read and what one made you want to claw your eyes out?" Sirius asked and had to admit that her next comment of the leash was more than amusing when he thought about the fact that he shifted into a giant black dog. But he couldn't say that. "Maybe you do. But no promises that I still wouldn't be dragging you all over the place." Came his words with a smirk as he gave her a side glance.
When he had been taken underground and saw the muggle way of getting tickets again his curiosiry was piqued. He was close to asking her about it but with there being too many people he decided that he would ask when it was just them. "So you would recommend at least trying the fish with the deep fried potatos?" The dark haired boy asked as they were on the train and had come to a stop to let more people on and off. He truly was letting Willow lead as she seemed to know it all and he was a stranger to it.
The girl giggled softly as she could smell the pizza and everything food wise around them. One perk to being half a vampyre were the stronger sense. The downfall, her being an empath was stronger too. So with that she could sense his curiosity and anxiety as it seemed to radiate from him. Only did she seem to relax as he seemed to change course of thought. [b "It's a quaint little town. Beautiful and not too many people. And trust me you'll like it. It's where we're all meant to meet up when we bring the others back with us... But I can take you tonight to see it?"] She asked.
It was nice to see him so bright. [b "That Remus would be the pizza. But they have other foods too. Come on."] Blakely said with a smile, leading the boy in and to seats at the counter. [b "Get anything you want. It won't bite you."] The girl teased with a wink.
"Pizza sounds delicious then. At least from what I heard it is delicious," Remus gave a small chuckle. It was clear that him asking her was not something she wanted to talk about right now. Perhaps it was for the best to find each other an a lighter level. "This is a nice town, and a head quarters? That's amazing. I can't wait to see it."
Remus could already smell something amazing ahead. he gave her a bright look before smiling. "What is that smell?" He asked brightly.
"Some where interesting, some were not, of course she wanted to read it all. There was some good ones, though," Willow said thoughtfully. Taking in his look when on the street she gave a chuckle. "I may need to get a leash for you...c'mon we'll take the tube to get to where we need to go."
Finding the station she went underground, paying for the tickets. It felt weird that there wasn't some machine doing it. Handing Sirius the ticket she waited on the platform liking feeling secure. "Fish and deep fried potatoes, it's amazing. If you don't like fish, there's much more."
Blakely gave Remus a faint smile as her hands went behind her back. Maybe she looked better and she did feel better but it also was that more seemed to weigh on her mind. Not that she had meant to have it show or be so very obvious to the boy who had become her closest friend aside from Willow while they had been in what used to be their history.
[b "For tonight how about we just enjoy it? I'll tell you soon what it is... And the time with Willow...it had been intersting. We did manage to find a place for HQ where all of us could be with no complications."] Came her words thoughtfully as she led him towards a small pizza parlor. [b "Feel like pizza?"]
Sirius chuckled when he saw her surprise and smirked a bit. "Lets just say I had gotten hit with it a couple of times. And no puns intended between Blakely and Lily." The boy admitted. But that was all he told her, not wanting to give the impression he had actually read it. That would be out of his character ans contadict the role he gave himself to play.
"She did? Seems she likes to study and get into things more, am I right? Did you at least enjoy the reading or get bored?" It honestly made him curious as he still didn't know all that much about the girl. Still she knew more about him.
As they had gotten into muggle London, the boy's eyes wandered with his curiosity. All of it was new and so very exciting to see. "Lets go with food...and what did you call it again?" He asked, attention coming back to Willow. He looked like a child wanting to run wild and to explore everything.
Willow gave him a surprised look at the fact that he knew that. To him it wouldn't be that old since it was placed in the sixties, to her it had been outdated. At least until she had went to Hogwarts when the question of her blood came up.
"Yep that's the book," she gave a smile. "We were supposed to read it in Junior high but learned magic instead. Blakely checked out books that we were going to read in muggle school and sort of made me read them."
She gave a small fond smile at the memory of that. Once back in London, there was the busy roads and the cars driving past so busily. It almost looked the same, smelt the same. "Well, if you're hungry there should be a place that has amazing fish and chips. Maybe a movie. I guess we'll find out."
"That all sounds good," Remus nodded. What sort of shops a muggle would have was beyond him a little. He was curious to try and see what there was. The bowling sounded the best. Looking to her, she seemed to be doing well enough, though there was new worry in her eyes.
"Are you doing okay with everything? You look better than when we left Hogwarts," she did look better though more worried. "How was the trip with Willow?"
Blakely's cheeks lit up with a blush as she slowly pushed her hair behind her ear and gave the boy a small smile. She was just as timid about this as he seemed to be. Not because she didn't like him, but because she did and very much. What held her back more or less was all the conversations they had had at Hogwarts, the fact that she was different now and didn't think he could like her for what she had become, and still remembering what he had in the future. It was all so head dizzying when she thought about it.
[b "I was thinking that maybe we could get some dinner, maybe explore some of the shops here...and then do bowling when it got a little later. It would be easier as later it won't have so many people around. I've been watching the town here the last few nights after Willow had gone to bed...."] She explained as she slowly held a hand out to him to take. [b "We can start wherever you want."]
Sirius chuckled faintly at her words. He couldn't help his amusement at her teasing him. "You're talking about [i The Outsiders] right?" The young man asked with a faint smile. He was only asking because he had gotten hit upside the head with it by both Lily and Blakely before the year at Hogwarts had ended and Blakely had insisted it was an amazing book. It had made him wonder why and he figured there was no hard to see the fuss, though he would not admit it.
His hand gave hers a small and subtle squeeze as she took his hand and led him towards the Leaky Pub that would lead them into London. He had only been on the Wizarding side not the muggle one and so was curious what awaited them. "So where were we going first and what did you want to do, Miss Straite?" Sirius asked, obviously curious and excited for their adventure or date.
She looked stunning, much more like herself, if he could say those thoughts than he would have. Remus wasn't like Sirius and was able to say those things so easily. "You look...you look good..." Remus settled on giving a small chuckle, awkwardly hugging back. Oh yes, he liked her, only that was the issue. He was entirely too nervous about that.
"So, uh, anything you'd like to do here? I mean other than bowling," he said rubbing his neck. He had a terrible week so far and he hoped this would turn it around.
"Oh, scruff and a leather jacket? Who would have thought you were a greaser," Willow teased, giving him a light hug. They were comfortable with each other physically to a point through the months they were sort of together. "That's a reference to a movie. Greasers were the poor, tough guys going against the rich assholes. It was one of my favorite movies."
She had to remember to explain. Taking his hand she started for the Leaky Pub where they would enter to get to London. She was excited to see how London used to be compared to her memories.
Sirius was actually in black jeans, white shirt and his favourite black leather jacket when he appeared. It was a style of his that his parents had so loathed but one he had so very liked. And since he was going to be spending time with Willow and knew the girl would be open minded had figured that it would be okay to be more of himself than she had even saw at Hogwarts. For even at Hogwarts, Sirius had still been on some form of a leash so to speak.
A smile came to his lips as he saw the girl in the muggle clothes and he walked over after he had appeared. She looked good and he had to say he was loving the new hair and clothes too. "Hey there. Long time no see. It's good to see you." The young wizard said, smile never faltering.
The girl herself was a bit anxious as she had told Remus to meet her in the town she and Willow had stayed near. The girl was in a white blouse and black skinny jeans as she saw Remus appear. Honestly she was a little skittish of what the boy would think of the new hair ane clothes, mentally kicking herself for those thoughts. Compared to everything those thoughts should have been the last thing on her mind. Especially now understanding that she and Willow were half-sisters and the secrets of a Death Eater.
Quickly the girl pushed those thoughts out of her head as she made her way over to Remus. [b "Hey there. It's so good to see you again."] Blakely said and gave him a quick hug before she stepped back.
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