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PostSubject: The Eagle and the Snake   Mon Jul 16, 2007 4:10 pm

Location: The Black Lake, opposite side than most go to
Characters: Charlie Ender and Amara Wolfe
Summary: Schoolwork, chatting
Status: Incomplete
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Amara and Charlie left the library and walked out onto the grounds. It was quite nice out for November, almost like May weather really. Not too hot, nor cold and just the slightest breeze blowing. She walked slowly across the grounds heading towards the lake, not to the spot closest to the school but a place almost half way around it. No one usually came to this side and she preferred it that way. They would have the quiet to get their assignment done as well as have privacy for whatever it was they decided to talk about, if anything. She was a bit curious to hear a bit about where he came from, his family and such though where they had just really started talking she doubted much would be said.

When she arrived at a rather nice grassy spot she looked over at him. "I hope this is alright for you, if you prefer somewhere a bit more populated that's fine." She placed her bag on the ground and then slid herself down into a crouching position and then sat on the grass, bringing her legs out in front of her. She wasn't about to take everything out of her bag until she knew whether or not he agreed with this spot. She then lay herself back, turned on her side with her hand coming up to rest on her head, her elbow on the ground to support her weight. Not the best position to be doing schoolwork in, but she wanted to be comfortable and maybe they could chat for a bit before they got back to work on that dreadful assignment.

"Quite nice out for this time of year. Way better out here then in the library with Pince. Did you see the way she was eyeing us?"


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PostSubject: Re: The Eagle and the Snake   Mon Jul 16, 2007 6:42 pm

He slipped his hands into his pockets as they left the relative warmth of the castle, making their way downt he gravel path that led to the Black Lake. They ambled at an easy pace, neither of them particularly willing to divert from the little distraction from school that they'd created. Truth be told, the library was beginning to become oppressive anyway. He was beginning to associate it with hours of tedious research now, rather than a place where he could come to escape from the crowds of people. The Ravenclaw common room was usually a quiet place, but it was always busy, particularly around their own private library. It wasn't really as comfortable as it could be either, certainly not as nice as the Gryffindor common room, from the one time that he'd been in there during his brief tenure as a prefect.

Finally, they sat themselves down, the grass still dry from the week of good weather that they'd had. The last vestiges of their Indian summer were now fading, but they were going out with a fight, that was for certain.

"It's fine." He glanced around, appreciating the stillness and tranquility around him. There wasn't that ubiquitous buzz of chatter that permeated the corridors, nor the frenetic pace that followed people around everywhere they went. He felt as if this was a place where he could just...be. "I like it...it's quiet, relaxing."

He followed her cue and leant backwards, lacing his weight on his elbows with his legs stretched out in front of him. They seemed to have an understanding that neither of them particularly wanted to return to the world of OWLs and History just yet, but simply relax, perhaps in each other's company. They did seem to be getting on well enough, which was rare these days. So many people were polarised, they simply failed to just see people as people. It was always with labels, unfortunately. Slytherin, Gryffindor. Light, dark. He was just Charlie.

"It's lovely, for November. I expect it'll be getting colder soon though." He agreed, surveying their surroundings again. "You know...I never actually thought to come round this side before. Strange how you can miss things that are right in front of your eyes." He grinned as she mentioned Pince's hawkish eyes, thankful that he wasn't the only one that thought so.

"Yeah, she's not going to win Witch Weekly's most charming smile award, that one. You have to wonder what makes a person so bitter." He cleared his throat, turning his head to look at her. "So, Amara Wolfe." He began, "While we're procrastinating, tell me something about yourself."
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PostSubject: Re: The Eagle and the Snake   Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:04 pm

She nodded to his statement of it being quiet and relaxing. "I enjoy it for just those reasons. There's just time when I want to get away from all of it, you know? I like to surround myself in silence, the sounds of nature, if at least for a little while." She sighed a bit in a relaxing way and brought her hand forward to gently run her fingers along the blades of grass in front of her.

"The cold weather will be here soon enough, all the more reason to enjoy today. A lot of people don't think to come this far round the lake, all the more reason to keep it our little secret right?" She gave him a small smile. She hadn't ever brought anyone else out here. All the other times she had come to this spot it was to be alone to read or get lost in her thoughts..so many thoughts. She didn't do it too often but sometimes, she just needed it. She was quite glad that she brought him here though, at least he could appreciate it for the same reasons that she did.

"If she wins the witch weekly award, I will be sure to write them a letter of grievance, you can be certain of that. She's always like that with us you know. The ones I usually surround myself with and nine times out of ten, we haven't done anything wrong. Just your stereotypical Slytherins, notorious for our horridness." She laughed lightly and readjusted her position a bit to make herself more comfortable.

She raised a brow at him when he asked her to tell him a bit about herself. 'Where to begin?' she thought to herself. "Something about me, let me think for a moment." There were so many things she could talk about and so many things that she shouldn't. She herself was a bit of an enigma, for a few different reasons. "Well let's see. My father used to work for the Ministry, magical games and sports division but retired a few years ago for, well certain reasons. Mom always stayed home to take care of me and my older brother Zohar. I'm pretty close with my brother. My whole family was sorted into Slytherin, all but my mother's sister who was sorted into Ravenclaw. They however do not acknowledge her, they pretty much just pretend she doesn't exist all because she married someone who they didn't deem suitable."

She let out a frustrated sigh, turning herself so she was now laying on her back and looking up at the billowing clouds passing overhead. "I don't agree with her exile, not in the slightest. The whole family are such blood supremacists that it sickens me. There are people just as good, witches and wizards alike that are not pure, only they are too blind to see it."

She was letting herself get lost in frustration and that was the last thing that she wanted to do, at least right now. "I will tell you a bit about me, just me. I love nature. Anything at all to do with it really. Magical creatures fascinate me, especially unicorns. They are so beautiful and majestic. I study hard, strive for perfection and will admit that certain darker aspects intrigue me."

She readjusted her position once more to again look up at him. "Anything else you want to know, just ask. You are quite easy to talk to I will admit. So now that you know a bit about me, tell me, who is Charlie Ender?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Eagle and the Snake   Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:51 pm

"Of course," He replied, returning her smile. "Places like this are hard to find." It was true. So much of the world was so frenetic these days, so little time was dedicated to just...being, rather than doing. For Charlie, moments like these mattered more to him than things which typically defined people's lives. He didn't think that life turned direction in the ways that matter when an exam result was received, or a job offer accepted. It was moments like these, in his view, that people really made their decisions. That people really reflected on themselves. That they really shared moments with another person.

Of course, he had a tendency to be a bit of a romantic like that. Not that he'd ever say it out loud, of course, but that was just him. He glanced at her offhand comment about people's general perceptions of Slytherin students. Granted, the stereotype was reinforced by a not-insignificant and very vocal minority...but he often wondered if that was a reaction in itself.

"That's just rubbish, though." He said quietly. "I've had family members in Slytherin, friends in Slytherin." He shrugged, picking a blade of grass and rolling it idly between his fingers. "Does that make me horrid? The Sorting Hat hummed and hahed about placing me there, but I'd like to think I'm not a bad person. People just like to believe what they hear, more often than not I think. Not what the reality actually is."

He sat in silence as he listened to her speak, content to absorb what she was saying to him as the lazy, dying light of the afternoon laid its glow over them as they lay in the grass.

"That's the reverse, I suppose." He said, as she talked about her family's prejudice. "Every group of people has their bigots. I've never seen anything much different between pure, half or otherwise, in all honesty. Too much focus is put on labels, I think."

Vaguely, he wondered why he was finding it so easy to talk to this girl. He wasn't antisocial by any means - he actually had quite a lot of friends from all the Houses, but he rarely talked politics or lifestyles with people. He found the subject too divisive, particularly in the current climate. In all honesty, Charlie was happy just to get on with things and stay out of other peoples' wars as far as he could. He supposed Amara just had that effect on him. Quite why, he'd puzzle out later. For now, he was glad of the company (and of course, it didn't hurt that she really was quite beautiful).

"Who is Charlie Ender?" He chuckled, bringing one leg up and bending the other around it, leaning all of his weight on one elbow as he turned towards her slightly. "I dunno, depends how much you want to hear I guess. My father works in the Ministry, legal departments. He should be sitting on the Wizengamot really, but it's an unspoken rule that it's a Purebloods-only club. He might get an invite soon though, we're probably more pureblood than most half blood families out there, in as much as it actually matters." He said the last part without bitterness or resentment, just a slight tiredness. He'd never been one to deny who he was. He wasn't a pureblood, that was for certain. His mother and father were both about three parts wizarding bloodlines, and one part muggle, so they weren't quite in the upper echelons of society, despite the family name. In the same vein, they were a bit too high in the social order to be fully trusted by the muggleborn factions as well. He supposed that was an odd situation, but they'd all given up being bothered by it a long time ago. People could like him for who he was, not his blood heritage.

"My Mum...she left when I was young. We never really knew what happened to her, she just vanished about eleven years ago. I've got a sister named Kathryn, she started this year. Gryffindor, like my Dad." He paused for a moment. "My Mum was Slytherin, I'm Ravenclaw, my grandparents were both Hufflepuff as I remember. We're nothing if not a family of mixes." He tossed the blade of grass away finally, glancing up at her with a slight smile.

"Me? I play Quidditch from time to time. I'm not on the team or anything, I was never that good. I just like it. Kenmare Kestrels fan. You follow Quidditch at all?"
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PostSubject: Re: The Eagle and the Snake   Mon Jul 16, 2007 11:15 pm

She listened to him in silence, taking every word in that he spoke. He spoke with such smoothness, such certainty. She could tell that he was intelligent, quite likable. She never would have known this about him had she not been assigned as his partner and she had to admit, she was quite glad that fate, as it was, got them talking. Perhaps Binn's wasn't that bad after all.

"You are not a bad person Charlie. This is what I would like to get through people's heads around here. The house does not define the person, the blood does not define the person, the person defines the person. If people would just wake up and get to know others, it wouldn't be as bad as it is now. I won't pretend that I am an innocent, far from it. I have said a few things, in the past that have made some people judge me. I am not all that bad though really. I am quite quiet and reserved most of the time. I am however fiercely protective of my friends, the ones I care about."

She was quite surprised that the sorting hat considered putting him in Slytherin. It's too bad he hadn't ended up there, she would have gotten to know him sooner that just today. Possibly becoming friendly with him way before now, but they were here, talking now and she was quite enjoying herself.

"Agreed on the labels. Like I said earlier, the person defines the person, nothing else. Prove yourself and you should be accepted, disprove yourself and be shunned. This is all a bit of a new view for me however. My parents are very bigoted, and I was raised to believe the same, which I did, but now, my opinions have changed for my previous stated reasons. I will admit however, that I don't normally associate with many outside of Slytherin house. I am working on that though, and here we are, getting along just fine and you are a Ravenclaw. If I am about to branch out, test the waters we will say, I am glad it's with you." She couldn't help but smile at him. There was just something about him that made this action easy for her to do. It was quite rare for her to be smiling so much in one day in all honesty. It was nice for a change and probably about time too.

She inched herself a bit closer to him as he began to tell her more about himself and his family, never taking her eyes off of him. She was truly interested in what he had to say. It might be a bit too soon to think this but she was definitely getting drawn to him, for one reason or another. Something that hadn't yet happened with another male since she arrived at Hogwarts. Only time would see where that would lead, if anywhere.

She learned a bit of his heritage, not pure, but not much less than, still in her families eyes, this would be something that they would not accept. It was quite sad. She could sense the tone change in his voice. He didn't speak with as much passion when talking about his father and the Ministry position as he did with other things he talked about. She could definitely understand this.

So his mother was a Slytherin. Her father could at least respect that. She wondered if they might have possibly known each other back in school.

"Sorry to hear about your mother, I am sure that was quite hard, especially on your sister. I don't believe in a few of my parents beliefs, they of coarse have no clue about it. Not that I wont tell them eventually, it's just not worth the banter right now. So, your sister is a Gryffindor, I haven't met her yet, she anything like you?" She thought it a bit amusing, not in a bad way, of how his family members were just sorted into random houses. That would certainly be interesting. They could all have a respect for each house that way.

She was happy to get off the subject at hand at least for now. Quidditch was a good diversion. "Well, with my father being in the Magical Games and Sports department for so long, we were brought up around quidditch really. He played for Slytherin back when he was in school. He was a chaser and team captain his last two years here. Kenmare Kestrels? Their not too bad, especially the last couple of years. My favorite team is the Falmouth Falcons, though they do need some serious work if you ask me. A total team over-haul is more like it but still, I will follow them. I would have played myself, or at least tried out but to be quite honest, there are a few people on the team here I could do without. I play yes, during the summer months when I get a chance to see my brother. I definitely prefer beater. Gives you a chance to get a bit of frustrations out really." She laughed lightly and moved her hand over towards him, resting it on his leg for just a matter of moments before withdrawing it quickly. "What do you say some night, after hours, we sneak out onto the pitch, fly around a bit. It could be fun."

She was a bit surprised with herself for her actions. Not only touching him for a moment, which she really never did before with anyone, but also for the fact that she was attempting to make plans with him for another time. Well, it had happened now and there was no way to change it, not that she would if she had the chance.
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