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Dec. 5th, 2007 | 12:10 am
posted by: regal_emma in hoggiewarts

Who: Emma and James
When: Friday after classes, week before the game between Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw
Where: outside the Great Hall
What: MUFFINS!!!!

Emma made her way down to the Great Hall after she'd dropped her books off in her dorm. She'd not been surprised to find her cat no where in sight.  Izzie was probably around spreading Christmas cheer with her colorful ribbon collar and her playful disposition.  The hall was deserted and James was no where to be seen.  This didn't bother Emma and she sat on the stone floor, looking up at the giagantic Christmas trees that had taken up residence in the entry way the day before.  She loved Christmas, the smells, the sounds, the music.  She loved to spend time with her family and relax.  This Christmas, she knew, would be different without her father and her aunt. But she hoped that she and her mum could create some new traditions.

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
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"That would be wonderful!" she said, more than up for a snowball fight. "I hope we get a good enough snow for it before the holidays." Emma grinned at him, knowing he was planning on nailing certain people with snowballs. She knew him well enough to know that about it.

The scents that hit her the moment she walked into the kitchen were heavenly. "Honestly, James, you don't have to get me anything." In truth, she'd been trying to figure out what to get him. Perhaps a good book. That would be better for Remus.

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC)
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James joined Emma in the kitchen and quickly asked one of the elves to get them a tray of all the new muffins. He smiled at Emma and wondered to himself why it was so easy to get along with her when he could barely talk to certain girls without starting a fight.

"It'll be the perfect way to release some tension, don't you think? And it had better snow before the break... I wonder if there's some spell to make it snow all over the grounds." He lead Emma over to a table and pulled out a chair.

"And of course I'm getting you something! I just have to think of what."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC)
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It was interesting that her thoughts were similar and she was pondering why she could get on so well with James and not have developed a crush to make things awkward. She wished Kitty was still here, so she could at least confide in her aunt.

Emma sat, thanking him for pulling out her chair. She smiled at him. "Well, I'm sorry I lack a suggestion at the moment. I just have no idea. I've been so focused on planning for everyone else, I hadn't even thought about what I'd like." She smiled sheepishly, remembering a time when the first thing she did on the first of Decemeber was write her Christmas list.

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
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James smiled and sat next to her. "How very unselfish of you. You're so different from most of the girls I talk to." He thought for a second and then added to that statement. "Of course, most of those girls are just staring at me or some other such nonsense." He watched as one of the elves walked over with a platter full of muffins and rested it on the table.

"I think that's why I get on with you so well. You're a lot smarter than a lot of the girls here." He smiled and pushed a gingerbread muffin towards her. "Try it!"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:05 am (UTC)
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She laughed. "Honestly, James," Emma said, shaking her head at him. "You're quite a handful sometimes. A girl needs a sense of humor to get along well with you." There was a wide grin on her face and she knew he was aware she was teasing him.

Emma blushed very softly. "No, I'm really not." She accepted the muffin and took a bite to avoid any further comments that would make her flush. "This is amazing. Reminds me of the recipe for my great-grandmother's gingerbread loaf."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:14 am (UTC)
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James snickered a bit and nodded. "I guess you're right. I am a lot to handle, aren't I?" He thought to himself that that was why he needed a fiery girl who could keep up with him.

"Of course you are! Don't be so modest, Emma." He smiled and grabbed his favorite chocolate chip muffin and took a bite. "That gingerbread loaf sounds delicious... is this a recipe that was passed down in the family?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:18 am (UTC)
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"But only in the best sense," she said with a smile. There were others who were a handful, but in a way that wasn't exactly as endearing as James was. He was very brotherly to her and she appreciated that, always wanting one herself.

Emma chose to breeze right over the comment about her intelligence and focus on the food. "Yes, it is. It's usually the first thing I make when I go home for the holidays. I'll have to send you some." That would be a great idea, actually. Send her friends things she baked for the holidays. Her mind was already going through recipes.

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC)
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James smiled and got that cozy sense he always seemed to get around Emma. She made him feel comfortable and very at ease. He leaned an elbow on the table and munched thoughtfully, already starting to feel tension about all the little things melting away.

"Well, you know I would be endeared to you forever if you did that! I am a fool for baked goods." He munched thoughtfully and glanced at Emma. "Now you must tell me what you want for Christmas. I can't receive a gift without giving one!"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
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She laughed. "I'm sorry, James. Why don't you surprise me? I'm sure anything you come up with will be wonderful." Emma hadn't expected to be getting a lot of presents and anything from a friend would mean the world to her. She didn't really care much about the what gift was. More about the who and the why; being a friend and because they care.

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:35 am (UTC)
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"That sounds fair. I apologize in advance if it's wildly inappropriate or just unacceptable." He winked and grinned broadly. He finished off his muffin and started to sort through the rest of the selections. "Ohh... I think this is an eggnog muffin. Care to split it?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
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"It wouldn't be from you if it wasn't unique like that, James," she said, shaking her head at his wink. He really was encourageable. Emma could understand what about him could rub someone like Lily the wrong way, but if she saw this side of him, surely she'd think differently.

"Eggnog?" Sounded interesting. "Sure." She smiled as she took the offered half and bit into it. "Not bad. I like the gingerbread one better though."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:43 am (UTC)
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James took a bite of the muffin and nodded a bit. "I'd have to agree with you there." He then smiled and laughed a bit. "And I guess you're right... it wouldn't be me if it wasn't loud and unique." As they sat there sharing a muffin, he started think of a gift to wow Emma.

"So are you headed home for the holidays?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 03:03 pm (UTC)
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She nodded. "Yes. I'm looking forward to it." Emma smiled, breaking off a piece of muffin and eatting it. "I can't wait to be able to cook again. I forgotten how much I miss it." It would be odd to cook for two instead of the four she was used to, but it was Christmas. She could handle that.

"I suppose you are as well?"

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
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James shook his head a bit, then thought and shrugged. "Well, as far as I know, I'm staying here. It all depends on if Remus is staying or not. Can't leave him here by himself after all!" He munched on a piece of muffin and smiled. "Besides, I think my mum secretly likes to get rid of me." He laughed a bit, thinking of the time he set booby traps around the house just for fun.

"It sounds like you'll be having a smashing time, though! I never knew you were a chef, Emma."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 5th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
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"That's sweet of you, keeping Remus company." Emma smiled softly, returning her attention to her muffin for a moment before he spoke again. She laughed softly. "I'm sure that's not the case, James. She probably misses you terribly." Emma smiled warmly.

She flushed softly. "I wouldn't go that far, but I find cooking very soothing. And besides, it's nice to cook for people who appreciate it."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
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"I try," he said with a wink. "Remus is one of my best mates... I'd do anything for the lad." He finished off his half of the eggnog muffin and smiled. "And my mum loves Remus, so she'd want me to keep him company as well. She'll give me up for the holidays for that."

James nudge Emma a bit when she flushed and snickered. "I'll bet you're a wonderful cook and are just being modest again. You can always experiment on me, if you'd like."

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
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"Your friends seem like they're more like family to you," she said with a smile. It was a wonderful trait to have, to love one's friends so well. The only friend she felt that for was sitting there with her, James, the big brother she'd always wanted.

Emma laughed at the nudge. "Oh, good. I have a new test subject." She grinned at him.

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
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"Oh most definitely. My friends are the most important people to me," he said with a nod. He knew they were the people that would always be there for him through thick and thin. And Emma was certainly being added to the list. She just had a way of always cheering him up that he found endearing.

"Anytime you need me, Emma, my stomach and I will be there!" he said with a snicker.

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
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She grinned. "It's a wonderful quality to have in a friend." Emma felt something rub against her leg and looked down to see Izzie. "Well, look who decided to join us?" Izzie went over to greet James now that her mistress had seen her.

She laughed again. "I will remember that."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 04:57 am (UTC)
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"Hey Izzie!" James said happily. He leaned over and gave her a pet, smiling at the purring little cat. "She's certainly a friendly thing." He sat back up and took the last of the muffins, the house specialty: blueberry.

"Care to share the last one?"

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 6th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
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"What can I say? She has good taste in friends." She grinned at James. Izzie purred and jumped up to Emma's lap and then the table, curling up in a ball between the two friends. Emma reached out and scratched her between the ears.

"Sure. I love blueberry. And these are the best. Mine don't even compare."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 7th, 2007 03:04 am (UTC)
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James gave Izzie a quick tickle under her chin, then quickly split the last muffin between himself and Emma. He floated Emma's half over to her and grinned. "Ha, she makes a lad feel special."

"And I'm sure your muffins are delicious," he said as he took a bite.

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 7th, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
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Izzie purred and nuzzled his hand with her head. "I'm sure she does. I know she makes me feel better when I'm down. She seems to always know when I need her with me." She smiled at her kitten.

James was a sweetheart. "I'll have to make you a batch so you can compare."

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James Potter

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from: jamie_prongs
date: Dec. 10th, 2007 12:20 am (UTC)
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"Well," James noted, "it must be good to have her around, then." He smiled and munched on the muffin, savoring the blueberry flavor. "I've been bugging my mum for an owl, myself. Think one would be dead useful."

"And I can't wait to try some Emma muffins!" He smiled and winked at her.

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Emmeline Vance

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from: regal_emma
date: Dec. 11th, 2007 02:11 pm (UTC)
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"An owl? That would be useful. I used to have one..." Her voice trailed off a little and Izzie cocked her head. Emma reached over and scratched her between the ears. "But no owl can compare to my Isabella."

Emma laughed softly. "It'll be the first thing I make when I go home."

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