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PostSubject: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sat May 25, 2013 9:02 am

Every step Theodore made sent a thousand tingles upwards from his feet and legs to every part of his body, causing every breath to become more precious and different, as if he was aware of his own lungs moving and dancing to the silent humming of the castle walls he was surrounded with. Theodore founds himself in Hogwarts again, somewhere he never thought he'd be again. It was comforting to see that it still stood proud near the lake and the forest he adored so much, disbelieving that 10 years had already passed, and that he himself formed in a way his past self would've never guessed or expected. Yet, by taking a deep breath and sticking his hands into the pockets of his brown trousers he felt at peace, at home.

He had already unpacked, every possession of his found its place in the small room he was appointed with and would probably stay in that state for a long time or he hoped. Gazing through the window, Theo smiled when his blue eyes fell onto the calm surface of the lake which guarded this castle for hundreds of years. Deciding it's a nice morning for a stroll, he quickly put his sneakers on, along with a simple blue t-shirt, stuck a pack of cigarettes in his pocket; and he headed out. It didn't take long for him to reach the ground floor, luckily guessing right every of the moving staircases which used to get on his nerves far too often, and there he headed to the kitchen to ask for a cup of coffee.

The house elf apparated immediately, before he even had the chance to speak, and welcomed him to Hogwarts before offering his services. Theodore asked for coffee, and was given a small black and white mug with enchanted surface; it seems there was a picture of deer running through a forest by an artist unknown to him. Perhaps even the house elves prepared it for him, which enticed a smile at the corner of his lips. As soon as his foot stepped on the grass in front of the grand entrance, a gentle breeze ruffled his blond hair which was always unkempt, and he could feel the sunrays playing on his cheeks, between the rough strands of the beard for which he never had the patience to shave regularly, even spells annoyed him far too much.

After several minutes of walking, he sat beneath a tree not far away from the lake, before procuring a cigarette from his pocket and lighting it by flicking his fingers. He took out his wand and enchanted the cigarette to create different shapes from the smoke he exhaled, in order to enjoy himself more and see if he can notice anything he's been bottling inside for too long from the shapes that would appear. Gazing to the lake, Theo started remembering his childhood, accompanied by several grins and smirks, then came to a conclusion he is really excited about this new position, and to be able to work with passion in the field he adores; transfiguration.

He threw his head back; let the wind caress his hair and soaking up the sun, diving into the sounds of the forest rustling in the distance and the waves hitting the lakeshore.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sat May 25, 2013 10:30 am

    The late morning sun woke Theo up, stealing shy glances through the circular windows; light spilled into the room and further brightened the ever warm Hufflepuff basement. Theo had fallen asleep on the carpet in front of the hearth; and the fire still cracked and cackled, as if it never slept. She squinted her eyes toward it, lifted a hand to rub her nose, then sat up and stretched her arms up. The soft carpet melted between her fingers as she glided her palms over its surface; and Theo almost wished she could stay there, like she did so the night before, just roll around lazily while the fire danced and danced, and sang songs of ash.

    Getting up was the hard part, but once Theo got that out of the way she was bouncing to the bathroom and back, pulling on her bee leggings that made her look all the more ridiculous. Theo wore an old jumper, two sizes too big, over a plain white tee. She spared but a glance to her school robes and silently rejoiced that it was the weekend. Pink hair uncombed and yellow bag in hand, she walked out of the common room oh-so-important and made a run through the Hogwarts kitchen in search for food. The house elves were kind enough to offer cakes and fruits.

    Next stop, well, it took a moment of pondering; Theo stood in the middle of the hallway, not two meters away from the kitchens and stuffing her face with cakes when she decided she might as well get outside the castle. The day seemed nice, certainly, enough so that she’d take a time off setting up pranks. Maybe she’d even go down to the lake, say hi to the giant squid, send her love-

    She was quick going up to the ground level, climbing two stairs at once and nearly running to the castle doors. Once outside, the sun hit her face fully and Theo felt the warmth on her cheeks; felt the smile pulling over her lips. It was a short walk to the lake, even as she slowed her walk. The air no longer smelled of promise of spring; it was in full bloom, a symphony of smells and sounds, so explicit that in nearly made Theo dizzy. And then – then the figure beside the lake came into focus. It was no one Theo had seen before; and as she came closer, she wondered if it was another student. The man underneath the tree looked young, nearly as much as some of the younger professors, but Theo always found it difficult to guess someone’s age. Plus, she was certain she hadn’t seen him at the professors’ table in the Great Hall.

    Giving a one-shouldered shrug, promptly deciding that it was a student after all, Theo dropped her bag near the guy’s feet and leaned forward with a cheerful smile, teeth and all. “Hi.”
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sat May 25, 2013 12:04 pm

Exhaling the smoke into the sky above him, a small, barely visible rabbit started pouncing about before it vanished in the wind, Theo meditated and tried to feel every bone in his body, relaxing his muscles and simply daydreaming. He extinguished the cigarette on a nearby rock, then went back to gazing at the sky, when suddenly, he sensed a thud although it was barely audible, his eyes jolted wide open to see what has been thrown beneath his feet. And there it was, a bright yellow bag, exploding with colour surrounded by green grass and the faint blue surface of the nearby lake. Although at first he frowned, causing the creases on his forehead so mix together and join at the bridge of his nose, a smile appeared on his lips, pulling the corners of his mouth to the center of his cheeks and emphasizing his cheekbones even more.

He put his hands behind him, leaning on the ground, and raised his head to see who has joined him. A pink haired girl with a rather quaint style was leaning towards him, awaiting his reaction. Through his head, probably because of how he had spent several minutes prior, ran only a few thoughts, mostly conclusion such as those that she’s probably a student in her higher years, and maybe a Hufflepuff because of the colour of her bag. Although, he has never been good in guessing people’s houses, despite him being a quite good example of Gryffindor.

While he never considered himself a lady’s (or gentleman’s) man, people did approach him and tried tickling his fancy due to his good looks, although he’s hard to enter a relationship as such. He’s had various partners in his short adult life, yet only a few relationships which were more serious. Luckily, this was the last thing on his head currently, so without trying to pull any moves and risk getting punished for hitting on a student, he merely responded with a smile, “Good morning. Would you like to join me?”He patted the ground with his right hand next to him, before slipping his hand into his pocket.

He opened the cigarette pack, took one cigarette for himself and put it between his lips, letting it hang there and then and pulled out one cigarette so it’s easier for her to take it she wanted to. “Care for a smoke?”


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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sat May 25, 2013 1:00 pm

    The rude intrusion was not something that was often well received; quite the contrary, Theo had half-expected to be chased away in a line of curses. Rare as it was, it seemed refreshing to be greeted with a smile. Polite, too, as he invited Theo to sit. “You’re a rare sight.” Seventh year, probably, even if looks and words were not to be judged; and yet there was an air of maturity around him, something so rare among the younger years that Theo had nearly forgotten it existed. Theo left her bag in position, moving around it to indeed join where indicated. “Don’t mind if I do.” She sat cross-legged, stealing a glance towards the lake before turning her eyes back to the boy. Lifting her left hand up in a small wave, it was only fair she shared her name with the other. “I’m Theo, by the way.”

    Her eyebrows lifted at the pack, forming an arch on the small forehead; and promptly shifted back into normal state as she eyed the smoke suspiciously. She had only tried smoking once in her life, but Muffle’s tears made her feel guilty and Theo never picked up a cigarette again. Not many at Hogwarts, students or teachers, seemed to smoke much anyway. But Theo could smell it now; the scent of smoke had lingered in the air, and it was on the boy as well, in his clothes and hair, slowly stealing its way towards her. “I sh- wouldn’t we get in trouble for smoking on the school premises?” Theo did and she didn’t want it; and as the question hung in the air, she tried to take focus of it for a moment, even as her eyes stayed on the cigarette.

    She imagined the smoke filling her lungs and brain, relaxing, erasing all the frustration from the past month. Then Luke’s face tore sharply into her mind, his features drawn with anger; and Theo reached for the damn cigarette, lips pulling into a line as she did so. What an exemplary Prefect she was; ever in detention, cooking up experimental potions that landed her in the Hospital Wing, and now smoking. Well. What did it matter? She’d stopped wearing her badge weeks ago. “Never mind, light up.”
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sat May 25, 2013 4:39 pm

As the girl sat down Theodore couldn't help but get a feeling that she isn't the brightest of them all, or maybe that was the general opinion about girls who liked to dress too colourful and seem a bit clumsy. Yet that first impression was quickly erased when he realized they share the same nickname, which brought a smile to his face.

He never had many nicknames, he would usually introduce himself as Theo, except at work, where he was Theodore, nothing more, nothing less. When he was younger he used to have the nickname „Little“ since he was of small stature and liked to provoke fights due to it. Later on, puberty kicked it and now he's of average height, but that nickname stuck with the closest group of his friends.

The girl seemed tempted by the cigarette and refused to take it, her hands in her lap slightly moved as her thoughts buzzed while waging the options and consequences. The question if they'd get in trouble hovered in the air, but Theo didn't really think anyone would take a smoke so seriously. He, for one, used to do things far more worse than that.

He watched as the girl was deciding whether to take it or not, while smiling, before he noticed the final moment in which she decided to take it after all. Her lips formed a line, both angry and sad at the same time, and Theodore knew his first impression was wrong after all. He'd often forget that we all carry different baggages with us, and they're never exactly light.

Theo shook that thought of his mind and when the girl said light, he slowly leaned towards her, extended his arm and hovered with his fingers in front of the cigarette that was in her lips. Then, he suddenly flicked his fingers and the cigarette started to smoke, before returning to his position and doing the same for him.

“Lovely name, Theo. I'm Theodore, or Theo, as well.“ he smiled, and exhaled the smoke from his lungs which turned into a whale in the air, diving and jumping, slowly vanishing as the gentle breeze shook the grass around them.

He continued, before bringing the cigarette back to his lips, „Well, if you're worried about getting in trouble so much, we can always transfigure the cigarettes into something more unnoticeable. A carrot? Or a popsickle? Which would you like? But for now, this has always been awfully annoying to me,“ He took out his wand and enchanted his cigarette to levitate next to him, so he can have both of his hands free to lean on the grass and sit more comfortably. “There, better. Mind if I ask which year are you?“ his husky and deep voice was always giving out that he was a smoker indeed, yet people found it quite appealing, most of the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Sun May 26, 2013 12:20 pm

    Theo didn’t know what she had expected; a spell, one that would take a wand to cast, or perhaps a box of matches. She certainly hadn’t expected the boy to just flick his fingers in front of her face and the cigarette to light without flame. That had to be some form of advanced magic, perhaps something taught in seventh year, or perhaps a spell he found on his own. Theo, who had her nose stuck in potions textbooks only, certainly wouldn’t know anything about it.

    “Okay,” she decided, her eyes a little wide. Inhaling, Theo took in the smoke, felt it wrap around her lungs and set motion to the cogs in her brain. She let it out and it danced around her head in from of a dragonfly; and Theo laughed, her lungs heavy with reminder of the alien substance. She coughed a little, for it had been more than a year since her lungs had filled with smoke so entirely, so beautifully, promising comfort in mortification.

    Her eyes fell back to the boy as he spoke, and Theo’s lips picked up another smile. “Are you taking a mick?” She searched his features for a sign that he was joking, but found none. “I’ve never met another Theo! It’s like Christmas with cream cupcakes.” She nodded to herself, perfectly satisfied with her description of the situation. White cream, blue sprinkles and pink stars-covered cupcakes, to be more precise.

    “I was never much good at transfiguration,” she gave a helpless shrug; she was not, in fact, much good in any form of wand magic. Most she ever got out of DADA was a headache. “I could pass nibbling on a carrot. Don’t bother, though. If need to hide it arises, I’ll personally spoon-feed someone with forgetfulness potion.” Theo lifted the cigarette back to her lips, let out a smoky jellyfish. “Sixth. Another year and I’ll be off.” She watched his cigarette levitate, swaying gently up and down. “And you? Is this your final year here?”
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Tue May 28, 2013 11:24 am

As he inhaled the smoke and it expanding his lungs, filling it with the substance which made him feel more awake, coiling in it and spinning and turning; Theo smiled at the girl's laughter and her brightness. She seemed rather bright-spirited, if one could say that, not many people would compare things to cupcakes. Not many people over the age of 13 at least.

It seemed Theodore was the opposite of the girl; he was never good at theoretical magic or potions or herbology even. Recognizing potions and plants, okay, but anything more than that would give him a headache. "I myself was never good at Potions. I hold that as the reason to why I can't bake either; I couldn't mix a batter properly even if you held me at wand-point..."

Now that she said that it was her sixth year at Hogwarts, he could see it somehow, as if she's become more mature in that split second. Funny how our brain serves us what we want to see. "Actually, it's my first year here." He started, awaiting her reply by taking another huff of the cigarette. "But obviously not as a student..." he smiled as he inhaled a wolf made of smoke, which howled at the sky and started running on the breeze.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Tue May 28, 2013 3:42 pm

    Seeing Theodore smile despite her silliness was oddly comforting, his calm posture, so it seemed to Theo, entirely different to hers; and yet the difference posed no threat of exclusion from his world. For a moment Theo thought she found someone she would like to call a friend.

    “I suppose Potions can be a bit tricky. You should be fine as long as you don’t just throw everything in, hoping it doesn’t explode,” she clicked her tongue, painfully aware that some of her inventions consisted of exactly that. Never so much that she’d put herself in danger to the point of fatality, but there was always a possibility of a miscalculation, a stray ice pop or a bottle of explosive fluid with a label that got smudged or damaged somehow. “Silver lining is, you can always find someone else to cook for you. If I held someone at wand-point, I’d have a better chance of jinxing myself.”

    Theo wouldn’t let herself regret the fact. It was inconvenient at times, certainly, and the situation outside of Hogwarts did little to ease her mind. But such was life. Some people were better at practical magic and Theo- Theo could brew a mean Befuddlement Draught. A little confusion and she could be gone from the scene before anyone took notice of her.

    She brought the cigarette up, her hand wavering in front of her lips a moment before she slowly let it fall again, without having a taste of the smoke. Suddenly, impossibly, the smile that always played on her lips regardless of the situation – slipped away like a fistful of sand. Theo had considered it, just for a moment, when she first saw him; but it seemed unlikely, because the students were so many. It made more sense now, that Theodore was new in his teaching position. A couple of words made him years older, revealed the seasons in his voice. In his eyes was something that Theo could not understand even if she spent the entire day looking; there were images of the world that she could not yet have seen.

    “I, uh- I do apologise, you- you look really young,” Theo felt a mixture of emotions caught in her throat; surprised and suffocating, an embarrassed flush that became evident as a blush on her cheeks. “Sir,” she finished with a lack of breath, and only then remembered to breathe again. Not all professors at Hogwarts were strict, mind you, but her behaviour would surely be considered inappropriate. And Theodore was a new professor; such a great first impression for Theo to make.
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Wed May 29, 2013 8:21 am

Theodore felt oddly calm and serene conversing with the young girl, although they only shared a few lines and only about 10 minutes have passed. Perhaps that was what calmed him down, he never was a person to rush things and had his own pace of doing things; and today, more than ever, he really enjoyed in simply sitting and exchanging a few strings of words, lined up next to one another, falling down into reality in the physical form of a breath, syllables, sentence.

He nodded at Theo's comment about Potions, he could remember numerous explosions which occurred in the potions' classroom; luckily he never made one. We could say although he wasn't very apt at theory and ingredients, common sense was never his weak side. If your gut told you "If you mix that, it will blow up in your face", you'd better listen to it.

Theodore extinguished the cigarette on a nearby rock, before reaching to take a sip of coffee and letting his blue eyes gaze again on Theo's lips as she spoke again, this time with a far more serious expression and careful phrasing of her sentence. He took a sip of his coffee, when she added 'Sir' to the end of her sentence, which made him gag onto the sweet taste of the liquid, slowly turning into something sour as he began to cough. When he finally reached for breath, a loud laugh broke through. His friends, but he himself at times, were never sure if he was laughing out of pure joy or if something else was mixed in those few moments when his lungs filled with air and exhaled gusts of air one after the other.

His laugh was deep, echoed on the wind, and it seemed like he laughed with his whole being. His shoulders were brought up closer to his neck, shaking rhythmically with the sounds he made, he grasped his knees with his big hands, making his knuckles more prominent and every little scar or cut he had on his fingers and the back of his hand a little more visible. When he finally collected himself, after good 10 seconds of laughing, he remembered he might've scared Theodora, so he cleared his throat "I'm sorry, it's just that I've never seen anyone being afraid of me, as a figure of authority." with his right thumb he wiped his lips, letting it slide slowly on it, collecting his thoughts "I doubt I'll be a strict professor and request respect with every sentence directed at me, so please relax. Maybe when we're in the classroom you'll have to bow with every step I take, but for now, here, let's just be" he took a breath and look straight at Theo, searching for any sign of discomfort, then let a wide smile take over his lips and sighed out "ordinary."
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PostSubject: Re: Ripples in the sky [Theodora].   Thu May 30, 2013 8:15 am


    Extinguishing her own cigarette between the rare patches of grass, Theo observed the professor with a sour expression as he laughed. She saw nothing funny to the situation; not at first, but then Theodore’s laugh filled the air like a good feeling reaching, spreading, until it possessed every fibre of her being. A smile snuck its way back to her lips, goaded by the contagious laugh, even as she shook her head in denial.

    With her right hand Theo rubbed her cheek, trying to regain her posture as Theodore’s laughter slowly died. His apology sounded strange to Theo; for one, she saw no need for it. The situation in its entirety seemed oddly reversed, a confusing thrill of a possibility that the students and professors treated each other as equals. It was a brilliant thought, albeit impossible. An entire school surely couldn’t function properly with those terms in mind.

    Still Theodore claimed he would not be a strict professor, but what did such a claim mean? There were other things to consider; respect was something naturally given, most of the time. Such friendly closeness, however, was something else entirely. Students simply weren’t seen idly chatting with their professors, much less sitting by the lake on a lazy Saturday morning. “What do you teach?” Theo asked, hoping that somehow the knowledge would ease her mind. If Theodore taught a subject that Theo was no longer taking, perhaps it would make the situation less awkward. “It's not just us,” she tried elaborating. “Others might not think it ordinary if they saw us casually laughing next to one another. I'd like to say rumours don't bother me, and plenty there would be, but I'd like to remain a bubble-head wonder, rather than a teacher's pet.”
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