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Aug. 9th, 2007 | 11:19 pm
posted by: regal_emma in hoggiewarts

Who: Emma and Remus
When: August 10th, mid-afternoon
Where: Diagon Alley
Why: Because she desperately needs to escape
Rating: PG

After sweeping out the shop and restocking with her mother, Emma couldn't stand it anymore.  She was this close to screaming her head off.  And that wouldn't have been a good idea, since she was already on thin ice with her mother.  So she did the only thing she could think of doing.  Emma went out.

She'd shouted a goodbye to her mother before dashing of course.  And she had the whole afternoon ahead of her.  So long as she got into no trouble and was home for dinner, she didn't think she'd get in much trouble.  Emma was finally free.  Well, sort of anyway.  Wandering the streets, she let the whole atmosphere just sweep over her.  She'd been saving her money for something special for the school year, but nothing was striking her fancy.  Though there were some nice brooms on sale, she knew she'd never get that passed her mother.  Besides, it wasn't like she played Quidditch or anything.  She found herself in Flourish and Botts with her school list and wandered around, wistful, dreamy look on her face.  

For the first time, she was calm.  It was a nice feeling.  The store was surprisingly quiet.  That is until she bumped into a pile of books and knocked them right over, hitting someone's leg.  "Oh, gosh!" she exclaimed, scrambling to pick them up.  "I am so sorry.  Lord, I am such an oaf sometimes."  Straightening, she smiled sheepishly.  "Are you alright?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 15th, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
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He was being really nice and she appreciated it. "My guess is a combination of both." Emma was smiling again, more than she had in several months. "Have you found anything interesting yet?"

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 15th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC)
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Remus shook his head and shrugged. "Nothing terribly interesting. In fact, I was just looking at a few of our text books for this year. Trying to get an idea of what they were expecting, it being OWLs this year and all. Looks a bit complicated. I've not found anything pleasurable to read though. I've been tormenting myself with school. Have you got anything?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 15th, 2007 11:24 pm (UTC)
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Emma shook her head. "Just my old stand bys. Muggle literature is one of my favorite things to read. But I was hoping for something I wouldn't have to hide under the floor boards beneath my bed." Shrugging, she turned to the shelves, scanning them for anything interesting. "I should probably be worried about my OWLs, too, you know. But my mum is driving me a little insane." Sighing, she turned back to Remus, careful not to lean against the book case.

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)
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"Well, my mom drives me mental anyway, but I know she means well so I try not to mind too much. She'd get even worse if she thought I wasn't stressing out just a little bit over the exams. My dad has explained them all to her a million times so she knows how important they are." He smiled weakly. "It would almost be better if she didn't, I think. Now I have pressure from her and my dad to do well."

Remus glanced around and spotted some chairs located at a nearby table. "Shall we?" He asked, pointing to the chairs. "You probably can't topple over any books from there."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 02:07 am (UTC)
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She nodded understandingly. "I usually put the pressure on myself. My dad used to be the one who pushed me to do my best. I guess I just got used to it." Emma followed his gaze and saw the tables. "Well, I certainly hope I won't knock something over."

She headed over and tucked her hair behind her ears. "I don't mean to sound strange, but I almost wish my mum would pressure me to do well." Emma sighed softly. "My mum... she actually doesn't want me to go back to Hogwarts." Her dark eyes glanced at him, wondering what he thought of her and her family now.

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
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"I don't want to disappoint my parents. I don't need to play anymore pressure on myself. They've already got me in a press as it is." He said, trying to sound a little more light-hearted than he felt at the moment.

He glanced over at her with a serious expression. "Because of everything that's been going on? Or she just doesn't want you to leave home? I suppose I could understand both, the way things are. My mum was like that when I first left for Hogwarts... Because I was so ill as a child. She knows that Hogwarts is safe though. Maybe your mum just needs reminding? If that's the problem, of course."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
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"After everything that's happened to our family, she doesn't think that anywhere is safe. Honestly, I'm surprised that she hasn't whisked us away to some cave somewhere, hidden away from the world." She pulled out a chair and sat down. "I don't know what she thinks anymore. My aunt's gone, my dad missing. I can see where she's coming from but she can't see my point of view either. I want to make a difference and school is the way to do that. I need an education, right?" she asked, leaning her hand on her chin and blowing a strand of hair back from her face in slight frustration.

Glancing over at him, she actually realized everything she'd just said. Emma flushed a little. "I'm sorry. I didn't mean to dump all that on you," she said softly. "I just... I don't have anyone to talk to anymore. It's just... hard."

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 16th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
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Remus remained standing until she had pulled out her chair and sat down. He then followed suit, sitting next to her and turning his chair to face her and he listened to her speak, smiling his most comforting smile. "Well, she's just scared. People do crazy things when they're scared. But you're right, you do need your education. Otherwise you'll only have more things to be afraid of if you can't defend yourself from whatever might be out there. You'll just have to continue to try to make your point if going back to Hogwarts is what you really want."

He patted her lightly on the shoulder. "It's okay, really. Listening is what I do best and it seems like you have a bit to say." He smiled again. "Don't worry about it. Your mum will come around, she's just worried about you. No place is safer than Hogwarts, especially with Dumbledore around."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 21st, 2007 03:56 pm (UTC)
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Emma listened as he spoke, realizing he was extremely rational. She wondered if his other friends thought the same thing. "I know," she said softly when he said she was going to have to make her mother see how important going back to school was for her.

When he patted her shoulder, Emma smiled more sheepishly. Remus was being perfectly nice and though she was sorry she dropped the books on his leg, she was glad it was him she'd done it too. "I supposed I should reminder her of Dumbledore's presence at school. I hope that will help some."

There were a few moments of silence and then she spoke again. "Thank you. For listening I mean. I really appreciate it." Emma decided it was high time to renew her brighter smile. "Let's talk about something else. Something happier. Here we are, two new friends and all we can seem to talk about is how our parents make us feel. We must have other things in common."

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 21st, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
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Remus smiled and shrugged. "Ah, well, you'll get back to Hogwarts with no problem. Just write to Dumbledore and have him remind her if it comes to it." The idea of parents stopping students from going to school seemed ridiculous to him, although he had to admit he could understand why a few of them were worried.

"Right. You're right. Let's find something else to chatter on about. What shall we talk about? Books? Quidditch? Perhaps there's something else you have in mind?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
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Quidditch. There was a loaded question. "Honestly, I wish I had more practice. My dad loved Quidditch. He was a huge Pride of Portree fan. So proud that they won twice in my lifetime." Emma rolled her eyes a little. "He used to play with me. Played Chaser for him. He was a Keeper, back in the day, at Hogwarts." Her eyes sparkled a little, both with the sadness that he wasn't around and the joy that they shared something together she still loved. "What about you?"

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 24th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
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"Ah, well, I don't really follow Quidditch. Well, I do, but indirectly through my dad and my friends. James and Sirius love Quidditch and I'm sure Peter does too. And my dad is a fan of the Quiberon
Quafflepunchers, some poncy team from France. They wear pink, of all colors. Imagine going to a match with your dad dressed in bright pink." He rolled his eyes. "Although if I had to pick a side, the Holyhead Harpies are pretty good, for being all girls."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 24th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Emma cringed. "Pink? How pink? Are we talking fluffy bunny or really loud?" she asked. Pink had to be one of the most ridiculous colors for a Quidditch team. She could onlt imagine what her father would say about that. Probably something about England having the only good teams.

"For being all girls?" she repeated. "What are you trying to say? That girls can't play Quidditch?" Her eyes had narrowed but her tone was all teasing.

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Remus J. Lupin

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from: nowerewolfhere
date: Aug. 24th, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Remus laughed dryly and looked around for an example of the correct shade of pink. "There's nothing here to compare it to." He said, glancing around again quickly. "It's bright, shocking pink. It's absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe any respectable Quidditch player would put those uniforms on, but their side isn't half bad sometimes. Nothing like any of the teams we have in Britain, but definitely better than some others. It's an embarrassment when they play England and my dad drags me along. If it makes him happy though..." He smiled fondly as if his dad's quirky tastes in Quidditch teams was just another of many eccentricities.

"For being all girls." He repeated, nodding a little. "Girls can play Quidditch fine. Those girls, however, play cut throat Quidditch. It makes the game more interesting." He grinned. "Not like those girls at Hogwarts. There's very few decent girl players there." He teased, though he knew perfectly well that all of the girls on the Quidditch teams at school were excellent.

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Aug. 25th, 2007 03:37 am (UTC)
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"I'd imagine you'd be about as pink as his robes, then huh?" she teased. "But it's good to have something that you two can do together, you know?" Emma missed that.

"They are excellent," she said, speaking of the Harpies. "Always a great game to watch when they're playing. I think they were my aunt's favorite, but she'd never admit to following the game. She always liked to tag along when the Harpies were playing Prides." She grinned.

"Oh yeah? Well, what if I happened to try out for the team this year? You going to change your mind then?" Emma didn't know if there were any spots open, but she had to tease back.

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